My Take On Kilimanjaro Climb & Everest Base Camp Trek

My Take On Kilimanjaro Climb & Everest Base Camp Trek

My two extreme adventures. Two incredible feats. Accomplished.
My climb to Mt Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain of continent Africa.
My trek to Mt Everest base camp, the highest base camp in world.
The ultimate test of my physical fitness. And my mental strength, too.
At certain junctures when my limbs felt too tired, refused to move, then my
mind reigned and pushed my body forward. These extreme adventures taught me
the significance of body and mind unison. Else I would have lost either my
limbs or my life.

Me at top of Mt Kilimanjaro

Me at top of Mt Kilimanjaro

Me at Mt Everest Base Camp

Me at Mt Everest Base Camp

So many similarities between both adventures. Both were high altitude ascents
with low levels of oxygen. And both were physically and mentally demanding
as far as endurance part goes. Beyond these similarities there are striking
differences that I am highlighting in this post:
-Topography of Kilimanjaro and Everest base camp is totally different.
Kilimanjaro trek route comprises rain forests and vast stretches of desert.
Everest base camp trek route crosses through Himalayan range of mountains.
-Kilimanjaro trekking trail passes through uninhabited region. And there are
different trekking routes which take between five to seven days to finish the
trek. Five days trek is without acclimatization and I chose five days trek to
test my limits.Everest base camp trek runs through inhabited areas. The distance
to cover upto Everest base camp is long. Fix route and it takes ten days to cover
the trek. I did the same as no other option.
-Last phase of Kilimanjaro is steep with loose scree. Difficult to ascend. And
descend equally hard on toes. On top there is glacial trail.
Last phase of Everest base camp trek is all glacial. Icy trail gets slippery.Each
step has to be taken with caution.
-Kilimanjaro top is at higher altitude then Everest base camp.
-Kilimanjaro final climb takes place at midnight with minuscule oxygen in air.
Gasping for each breath. Following guide step to step under a tiny ball of headlamp
light. At sunrise reaching top then immediately descending back to base. Extremely
exhausting. No night trek during Everest base camp.
-There is no restaurant or lodge on Kilimanjaro trekking route. Huts for night halts
are available only on one route. Otherwise high altitude tents are required. And all
material required for cooking is carried along for entire trek. Cooking is done by
the cook only who accompanies solo climber or group of climbers. I was solo climber
so I had my individual cook.
-Kilimanjaro climb I did as solo climber, with one guide, one cook and two porters.
But my Everest base camp trek was in group with trekkers from different countries.

All in all I would say that my Kilimanjaro climb and my Everest base camp trek were
unique in their own ways. And both adventures filled me with sense of accomplishment.

31 Responses to My Take On Kilimanjaro Climb & Everest Base Camp Trek

  1. Awesome Experience. Feels like want to hit the road.

  2. mirela16 says:

    I really would like to climb to Kilimanjaro and Everest. I appreciate so much what you do with passion. Congratulations!

  3. Wow amazing! So impressed you’ve done one- super impressed you’ve done both!!!

  4. It seems nice experience 🙂 Keep the jacket on it is too cold hehe ;P Nice pictures. Keep traveling and posting.

  5. Wow, I really want to do Kilimanjaro, but don’t think I could handle Everest! You’re an inspiration 🙂 .

  6. shirley says:

    congratulation on your achievement! Everest basecamp and Kilimanjoro are not for amateur at all…..

  7. Rebecca says:

    Congratulations on your big achievements! It looks like you did it in style too!

  8. Kat says:

    Well done on your achievements! I am heading to Nepal next year and hope to do the Three Passes including Everest Base Camp, so this post was great for me, thank you! 😀

  9. I think that is your biggest accomplishments. You were in Nepal, just 45 min away from my country. Do visit Bhutan next time to see tiger’s nest, Takstang.

    • INDU says:

      I have spent many years of childhood in Bhutan as long back my father was on deputation as electrical engineer in Bhutan. I remember serenity, stunning vistas of your country very well.

  10. Radif Rahman says:

    It was always my dream to visit there, Kilimanjaro, I am coming, thanks for the beautiful article.

  11. Fayaz says:

    A great adventure! Wish to read many more advtures like this.

  12. dave says:

    wow, you’ve been on some excellent adventures. Your blog is great, well done Indu.

  13. prachi says:

    very good and interesting article very beautiful pictures

  14. verry nice places i will tavel there one day

  15. Tomak says:

    Good and interesting article post.

  16. Sylvia says:

    Wow…climbing must be fun. I hope to do same one day. Thanks for sharing

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