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.
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
-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.