Often times, people who would love to have a little adventure during their summer holidays are not willing to try mountain climbing. With stories of people dying on the mountain revolving around the society, people are getting mislead by the danger that the mountains have. The dangers are real. That is undeniable. However, some stories involving dying people on the mountains are due to accidents we never see coming, such as snow storm or severe rainfall. That is why we have so many precautions regarding safety on the mountains including bringing the right gears, predicting the weather, and other safety measures put by the people who take care of the area. Some places even have guides to show us the way so first-timers would not get lost. However, there are indeed some mountains that are best climbed by those with more experience. But you can still get the same thrill by climbing easier mountains; and here are two of the most famous.
Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania
This mountain is not as overwhelming as its reputation on being the fourth of the the seven highest mountains on Earth. The mountain has a 19,336 feet of altitude. You can start climbing at 5,900 feet. This is the perfect mountain climbing getaway for long holidays. Just like what every mount climber does, you will need to do physical exercise first before getting on any mountain. This is to prevent altitude sickness, especially that you are going to climb on the fourth highest mountain. This mount is also great for those who love great natural views. Along the route, you will pass through 6 natural zones. From the bottom you will have grasslands, then up a little bit you can find rainforest, with all varieties of plants and animals. As you go up way further, you will find a desert like ground, and then a gradual change from an area of soil and sand, to the rocky, snowy top. What an experience isn’t it? In order to be able to make the most of each scenery, you will need a slow 6-hour walk for a period of 7 days. Quite a long journey. The long resting time is to make sure your body adjust well with each differing weather and altitude change.
From the Himalayan Mountains: Kala Patthar, Khumbu Valley, Nepal
You will be satisfied, climbing the Kala Patthar. Although you can’t reach the top of the Everest, you can still see its beauties after reaching the top of Kala Patthar. This mountain offers the most perfect view of the Everest. Having an altitude of 5,600 meters, this mountain is quite a challenging one, especially for first-timers. It is recommended that you take slow walks and have rest a lot to make sure you don’t get altitude sickness. Other than that, climbing this mountain sure is an experience that will change your views towards the so-called life-consuming mountains. Kala Patthar is a part of the trek to the famous Everest Base Camp. So, expect yourself to meet many people from around the world. Aside from the great mountain climbing experience, you will also be served with a worldwide cultural experience, from the people of Nepal, exotic places, and meet and greets.