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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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Top 8 Beautiful Crater Lakes on Earth

There are few factors that can contribute to the creation of crater lakes such as, a meteorite, explosion cashed by human and volcanic activity. Following the crater formation, rain, groundwater circulation, or melted ice fill in the crater with water and creates a crater lake. Here are our selections of 10 amazing crater lakes on earth that become marvelous places to visit.

Albertine Rift, Africa

Volcanic explosion becomes the main reason that responsible for this crater lake development. Encircling this crater are some of the highest mountains found in Africa.

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Mount Mazama Crater Lake, USA

This marvelous Crater Lake is located in Oregon, US. It is considered as the deepest lake in the US with a 1,949ft depth! This lake is filled up by rain and snow that give this lake fresh water source.

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Heaven Lake, China, North Korea

Located in the Baekdu Mountain on the border of China and North Korea, this majestic Crater Lake was known first formed due to a volcanic explosion. It is now around 699 feet deep and the water turns to ice if you visit in October-May.

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Quilotoa Crater Lake, Ecuador

VEI-6 explosion 800 years ago caused the formation of this gorgeous Crater Lake. This mystic lake is now 820ft deep and promotes amazing view with greenish hue in light of the dissolved minerals in the water. Hot springs and fumaroles are also present on the lake.

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Kelimutu Crater Lake, Flores Island, Indonesia

Flores Island in Indonesia has 3 different crater lakes, one is a dazzling blue, while the other two are between red and green. All three crater lakes come from the same volcano, and why they have different colors is still a mystery.

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Deriba Crater Lake, Sudan

Exploded 3,500 years ago, The Jebel Marra Volcano formed this majestic crater lake in southern part of Sudan. There is a dormant volcano beneath the crater.

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Crater Lake Okama, Japan

Northern Honshu region has many active. Okama Crater Lake is loated in the central volcano. This Crater Lake changes colors with the weather, so, by the locals, this lake is also called as “Five Color Pond.” A volcano eruption in 1720 made this 200ft deep Crater Lake.

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Crater Lake Mount Ruapehu– New Zealand 

Mount Ruapehu is the most active (and largest) volcanoes in the world. The deep crater lake in Mount Ruapehu lies at the center of the 3 peaks.

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Great Adventure in the Mount Leuser National Park, Sumatra

Aceh is a region in Sumatra, Indonesia. The region is known well be people in the entire world in 2006, the year of Tsunami which collapse the region. However, only few of them know the greatness of Mount Leuser National Park in South East Aceh. Since the land is in the tropical country of Indonesia, so many tropical fruits can be found, such as mango, rambutan, durian, avocado, orange, papaya, and guava. The region is also famous with the great production of world-class coffee and tobacco. All those fruits and coffees spoil the visitors.

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The Mount Leuser National Park is one of the largest national parks in Indonesia. It is 7,927 square kilometer located in the northern tip of Sumatera. The park covers mangroves, beach and swamp forest, lowland rainforest, moss forest, and up to subalpine forest. You will found so many hidden paradises which are kept very well. Except the wonderful landscape, you will also find so many unique species, around 130 species. This experience and adventure are so priceless. You possibly never meet some of them before. They are including mysterious Sumatran tigers, elephants, rhinos, Siamang monkeys, macaques, clouded leopards, reptiles, fish, and around 325 species of birds. It seems that there will not be any dull moment for you to visit such national park by considering how rich the plantation and the animals there. You can feel like you are in Africa but, at the same time, you can feel the distinctive characteristic of Indonesia in such national park.

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In addition, the Mount Leuser National Park also has a small friendly village to visit, Ketambe. In this small village, you will feel and enjoy a different way of live. After having a great adventure in the jungle with so many mysterious animals and landscape, having rest in the village is such a good idea. The other small village is called as Angasan. This village is the starting point to go hiking to the peak of Mount Leuser. It will take for about 10 to 14 days. The recommended visiting time is from June to October. See and visit the paradise of the 2006 Indonesian Tsunami Island!

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Check Travel Tips to Visit Baluran National Park, East Java

All people like to visit new place because they like to see new and learn about new things. For all of you who often travel to best shopping venues in the world such as in Singapore or in other places in Europe, it is good for you to try challenging holiday. You can close to the nature and enjoy nature in unique way. You who are living Indonesia never need to visit Africa to see the similar view in Africa. You just need to go to Baluran National Park and then you can see stunning view that you never expect before. It is good for you to know more about this park first before you go to this place.

What is Baluran National Park? It is a name of natural preservation that you can visit in East Java. This national park occupies more than 27,000 hectares and you will not only see land but you can enjoy the stunning view of sea. This conservation area is completed with natural savanna desert. That is why you never need to go to Africa or other countries to see savanna. In East Java you can find Savanna too. This national park not only offers you with stunning view of savanna but you can see seasonal forest, mountain forest, mangrove forest, beach forest, and some other things. Most tourists who come to this place like to see the perfect view of non active mount, Baluran. It is 1,247 meters high of mountain. What you can see and do in this national park?

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There are some attractions that you can see in this national park. You can watch wild buffels when they are drinking and also bathing. It will become once in your life experience. You can also see wild bulls, antelopes, and also deer closer. You still can see panthers, wild boars, wild cat, komodos, and also lots of species of birds such as peacocks, jungle fowls, and also uli-uli. You who like to introduce your kid to new and challenging holiday must bring them to this national park too.

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This national park is near with Ijen crater, next interesting destination to visit. When the best time to visit Baluran National Park? You better visit this national park in between March to August but if you like to see fight between deer, you can come in July. You can reach national park from Surabaya and it takes 6 hours.