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.

I did these with resolute. So can you.

In this post I am guiding you on certain aspects that are to be taken care of, during both treks, while sharing my experience in brief.

Mt Everest Base Camp trek and Mt Kilimanjaro climb were the ultimate test of my physical fitness. And my mental toughness. 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

Mt Kilimanjaro

Me at Mt Everest Base Camp

Mt Everest Base Camp

So many similarities between both adventures. Both are high altitude ascents with low levels of oxygen. And both are physically and mentally demanding as far as endurance part goes. Beyond these similarities there are striking differences that I am highlighting to you all aspiring trekkers:
-Topography of Kilimanjaro 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 up to Everest base camp is long. Fix route and it takes ten days to complete 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. Whereas 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.                                                                                                                              There are plenty of lodges, restaurants on Everest Base Camp route. Variety of meals are available to choose from.
-Kilimanjaro climb I did as solo climber, with one guide, one cook and two porters.
My Everest base camp trek was in group with trekkers from different countries. But I did solo trek for Kala Pathar on following dawn of EBC trek.

All in all I would say that Kilimanjaro climb and Everest base camp trek are unique in their own ways. For detailed study on both trekking adventures pl read series on my Everest Base Camp trek and my Kilimanjaro climb.

36 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

  17. Evelyn says:

    Thanks, Indu, for sharing your adventures! What a way to embrace the wonderful path of life. Congrats on your treks!!

  18. Bethany says:

    Wow this looks amazing! Congratulations on you’re achievement!!

  19. Marifaith says:

    Wow, that’s incredible! What an experience to have!

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