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The 5 Key Tips of Conquering Mt. Kilimanjaro

Hikers travel from all corners of the globe to climb to the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro. Although climbing to the top of the Roof of Africa is not an easy task, you stand a better chance of success if you are adequately prepared and equipped for it. Here is a look at 5 key tips to guide you on this preparation:

Have the Right Attitude

It is often said that success is dependent on 75% attitude and 25% effort. Attitude is fundamental when it comes to conquering Mt. Kilimanjaro, the world’s highest free standing mountain. You should set your mind to the task and convince yourself that you must make it. Getting to the highest point, the Uhuru Peak at 5895M, calls for you to know the kind of challenges to expect along the way, and to be ready to overcome them when you finally encounter them. It does not matter how tired you will feel along the way as long as you keep going up. If you start with the right mental disposition no challenge will be too big for you to overcome.

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However, even with the right attitude, you may require a little expert help. Estimates show that about 65% of hikers fail to reach the peak. Your determination to increase your chances of success might require that you seek the services of a reputable operator to help you. Organized tours are preferred for this kind of arrangement, as they offer the best experience.

Prepare for Success

Proper mental preparation involves setting clear cut goals. It is very important to do so when you set yourself to conquer Africa’s highest mountain. Indeed, hiking experts strongly advise on mental preparation as the key to overcoming 50% of the challenges that you are likely to encounter along the way. The reason for having a strong mental preparation is simple. You are likely to encounter two kinds of people as you climb up: those who have success stories, and those who did not make it to the top. Of course, the anecdotes of those who succeed are likely to buoy you up. However, it is the ones who have given up that will dampen your resolve. If you are not properly prepared mentally, you could be influenced to give up along the way. Therefore, before you embark on the climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro set your goals; and ensure that you stick to your objective to the very end.

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A level of physical fitness is also necessary if you are to successfully reach the summit. You can do some practice hikes to improve on your stamina in readiness for the climb. Also, make a point to see your doctor for a medical exam before departure. You would not want to get an ailment at close to 20,000 feet.

You must remember, however, that no amount of determination should supersede your health. Ensure that your AMS symptoms are closely monitored. Listen to the guides if they advise that you descend.

Be Prepared for Altitude Sickness

Altitude sickness is a common condition that is experienced by hikers who tackle very high altitude areas. At over 19,341 feet high, the biggest cause of failed summit attempts in Mt. Kilimanjaro is altitude sickness. It is a condition that might make you want to give up on the quest altogether. Altitude sickness is characterized by nausea, muscle cramps, extreme exhaustion, diarrhea and severe head ache. It can affect anyone, regardless of their level of physical fitness. Fortunately, there is medication (like Ibuprofen and Diamox) that you can take before the climb to mitigate the effects of altitude sickness.

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Another good way to fight altitude sickness on the ascent of Mt. Kilimanjaro is to acclimatize. You can do so by choosing a route that has a gentle ascent – one that will take not less than 6 days.

Pack Carefully

Hikers are advised to strike a balance between what you need, and travelling light. Mt. Kilimanjaro’s climate is quite diverse, and a variety of clothing is needed. Among the must-have items are sun protection, warm clothes for the upper reaches, a first aid kit and a sleeping bag. It is possible to hire most of these equipment on-site. Be keen on quality as you do so.

The key to traveling light lies in packing only what you need. It is possible to hire porters on-site, and many of them are able to carry loads of up to 20kgs. If you decide to use them, remember to carry some cash for their tip.

Budget for the Trip

A Mt. Kilimanjaro hike costs anywhere in the region of $2,500 to $5,500 per person. This amount is inclusive of food, camping, transportation to and from the mountain, guides, porters and park fees. Most of the guides and porters speak Swahili, but they also have a good command of English, so communication skills should not be an issue. They are usually well trained and can handle basic emergencies. It is common practice to tip the porters: carry some cash for this.

You may want to use the shorter routes to save on some money, but remember this will compromise on your acclimatization attempts, and you could end up suffering from altitude sickness and failing to reach the summit.

Being the world’s highest walkable mountain, Mt. Kilimanjaro provides an allure that is irresistible. The above five tips should provide you with the guidelines you need to pass through the five climate zones that you will encounter as you summit the Roof of Africa.

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Menjangan Island: Brief Guide of What to Do and See There

Menjangan Island is situated just off the northwestern tip of Bali. This small island is also located in the Bali Barat National Park, a protected marine reserve. Surrounded by acres of wonderful coral reef garden where a wide diverse of eco biology shelters there, this island has become popular especially among the divers and snorkelers. The island’s south side is a famous place for tourists and local people alike to dive for coral reef exploration. With Bali Barat National Park surrounding, the 12 dive sites are always protected.

The popularity of this tourist destination has made Menjangan Island a paradise for tourists with so many Menjangan Island resort areas built. For the divers and snorkelers, there are no dangerous currents this area to contend with, so it’s relatively safe to dive and snorkel any time of the year. And aside from the high diversity of beautiful coral species and tropical fish, you can also observe the different kinds of shorebirds and sea birds that frequent the small island.  Plus, you can also spot the Hawkesbill Turtle that frequents the area.

The name ‘Menjangan’ itself means ‘deer’ in English. That is why this small island is also often referred to as Deer Island. The reason is that the island also happens to provide a shelter to the Barking Deer, which is also known as Muntjac.

To reach the island, hire a motorboard from Labuhan Lalang or Pemuteran. Labuhan Lalang is located at the main road towards Singaraja, accessible by minibus from both Singaraja and Gilimanuk. You can also travel by private car from Singaraja to Labuhan Lalang or Pemutaran. If you travel by minibus, the travel time may be double at least, considering the waiting times and stops on the way. Needless to say, when you go to Bali Island next time, be sure to visit Menjangan Island for all the attractions it offers, including Menjangan Island diving!

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Tanjung Puting National Park: Embark on Your Tropical Adventure

Tanjung Puting National Park was initially a wildlife preserve before gaining its park status along with an international reputation. Now, this national park has become Kalimantan’s most popular tourist destination. Accessible via direct flights from Jakarta and Surabaya, it seems like there’s no reason not to visit Tanjung Puting, especially considering the wonder and adventure you can enjoy and experience from one of natural wonders in Indonesian archipelago.

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Sign up for the tour. With many options to choose from, pick one which Tanjung Puting tour price will adjust to your budget. The Park itself is best viewed from a two-leveled live-abroad boat called klotok which travels up Sekonyer River to Camp Leakey. Lounge on the deck during the day to observe the lush tropical jungle with binocular or watch for the colorful kingfisher that flashes quickly. In the evening, spot the sight of proboscis monkeys seeking for protection amidst the treetops. During your tour, take the opportunity to sleep outside as the boat is tied up on the river, enjoying the hum of the rainforest to lull you.Tanjung Puting National Park

Orangutans, however, are still the best known animals in this national park. Here, you can find this endangered ape roaming freely. There are also Malaysian sun bears, clouded leopards, civers, barking deer, sambar deer, mouse deer, and banteng live there. In addition to that, Tanjung Puting also hosts more than 230 species of birds, including the famous bird lakes—the seasonal rookeries for half a dozen threatened species of waterbirds. The Park also has dozens of frogs and snakes, two species of crocodiles, and numerous endangered species including a fish known as the Arwana.

The trip is also a great introduction to the rainforest, especially the trip with a klotok, which will easily make the most memorable experience to have on Kalimantan Island. Fortunately, some klotok now are already outfitted with freshwater tanks, which definitely will let you enjoy your Tanjung Puting tour.

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Kelimutu National Park: A Brief Guide to Visiting Nusa Tenggara’s Must-Visit Place

Kelimutu National Park is a must-visit tourist destination when you travel to Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia. Here, you can find the famous Mount Kelimutu, the main tourist attraction, where the three volcanic lakes are naturally carved at the top. The mineral lakes will change color following the change of light, which makes it really popular. From time to time, the lakes change their color completely—there’s a table of what color they were for every year going back 20 years in the national park.

Even so, the Mount Kelimutu lakes are not the only attraction the Park offers to its visitors to see. There is an official feeding ground you can find on the way down the volcano where you can go to feed the wild monkeys. Even so, you have to be really careful since those monkeys are sneaky buggers—after all, there’s always a risk of getting scratches or bites when you’re interacting with wild animals! And to get you unwind; visit the hot springs near the entrance of the Park. For a picnic, go to the waterfall.

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You don’t need to worry too much about accommodation since it’s plentiful. Your hotel may arrange transport for you too in the public cars. However, you’ll have to pay the price of a full route although you’ll get on only in Kelimutu. Hence, to reach Kelimutu, it will be cheaper to flag a bus or car in Kelimutu once you’re ready, although this also comes with some downsides too—it might take a longer time and only a little to no guarantee that the car would arrive on time.

Getting around Kelimutu, you can use ojek or rent a motorbike. The cars that are licensed to carry the public transport passengers are those with yellow-colored plates and will let you on anywhere you stop them. Alternatively, you can hike down to Ende from Kelimutu on foot, which isn’t so difficult considering how the hike goes down and the light forest. Plan carefully and make many memorable moments during your Kelimutu tour!