Senior Tourists Climb Mt Kilimanjaro

Jun 7th, 2011 | By James E Becker | Category: Senior Travel

Mt. Kilimanjaro Are you up to it seniors?  I seem to read almost weekly about well-known folks who have decided to make the climb up Mount Kilimanjaro.  It is up in the air all right…at 19,340 feet.  If you have good feet, good lungs, some extra cash stashed somewhere, this may be just what the doctor ordered.  Many Americans have made it to the top.  Generally speaking, if you have mountain trekking experience and are fit, you can make it to Uhuru Point , which is the summit and highest point of the mountain.  A 360 video click taken at the summit will give you some idea of what you can expect to see once you make it to the top.  Typically an ascent of Kilimanjaro takes five-six days, with the final ascent taking place very earlier in the morning.

Mt. Kilimanjaro, a beautiful and adventurous mountain, is actually an inactive strato-volcano located in northern Tanzania.
Standing tall, it’s the world’s highest free standing mountain – which makes it an attractive and popular destination
for hikers and trekkers around the world. It is certainly not Mt. Everest, but it is attainable with some determination, skill, time and good guides.

The mountain is commonly known as “Africa’s roof”,  rightfully so due to its extreme altitude.   Climbers of this beautiful mountain can experience nearly every climate condition on the way up. From warm air at the bottom, to the cold snowy peaks.  Climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro is an exciting, adventurous experience that can be considered an awesome achievement if completed.  There are many who don’t make it to the top for various reasons, but even so, they often claim it was the greatest experience of their entire lifetime.  Kilimanjaro can be climbed any time throughout the year, however, the
best months to climb are December through March, and September through October because these are warmest and driest months.

The success of an ascent depends on how well you plan, your guides, and what route you decide on taking to the top. Many
companies around the world offer Mount Kilimanjaro treks and climbs, and nearly all of them rely on Tanzanian operators as only they are officially allowed to make the ascent arrangements and purchase the entry permits (which run around $100 per day).  Here is a flight sample from Boston. Enjoy the hike! jeb



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