Summiting Mount Kilimanjaro Above the Clouds in Tanzania
Nearing 20,000 feet, Mt. Kilimanjaro—Africa’s tallest mountain—is a climbing feat to be reckoned with. You start Day 5 of the 6-day trek just before midnight, ascending the steep slope at an agonizingly slow pace, forever mindful of the importance of acclimating yourself to the extreme high altitude. In eerily silent darkness, the narrow tunnel of your headlight and the soft humming of the Tanzanian porters are your only guidance. If your physical, and more importantly—your mental—endurance has persevered upon summiting, you’ll be standing (more like wobbling at this point) amidst striking aquamarine glaciers and a cerulean sky thousands of feet above the clouds. Quickly relish the view, not only because these glaciers are expected to melt in the coming decades due to global warming, but you’ll have to start the descent minutes later.