6 Summits and Counting: The Famed Significance of Hiking Kilimanjaro

November 13, 2013 at 3:17 pm Leave a comment

Tourists come to Tanzania for all kinds of reasons. Hiking Kilimanjaro is usually somewhere on the list. For some travelers, this feat ranks higher than others. It’s not just the fact that it’s on their bucket list or it’s an once-in-a-lifetime opportunity; they’ve come here with a distinct purpose in mind: to climb all seven summits.

A Trekker’s Geography Lesson

Mount Kilimanjaro is one of the seven tallest peaks in the world. To date, only 344 climbers have successfully ascended all seven summits. To give you an idea of what the feat involves, you’ll find the location of each mountain listed below:

  1. Mount Kosciuszko, Australia – first ascent 1840
  2. Mount Aconcagua, Argentina – first ascent 1897
  3. Mount Elbrus, Russia – first ascent 1874
  4. Mount McKinley (a.k.a. Denali) – first ascent 1913
  5. Carstenz Pyramid, Indonesia – first ascent 1962
  6. Mount Everest, Nepal-China border – first ascent 1953
  7. Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa – first ascent 1889

As you can see, mountain climbing is a great way to see the world. Since only 30% of the climbers who attempt to complete this goal actually get the chance to do so, hiking Kilimanjaro has a deeper significance to these dedicated individuals.

The Mountain that Glitters

This is just one of the many names Mount Kilimanjaro is known by, but to a climber the phrase could describe any mountain they’ve left unconquered on the list above.

At the right year, hiking Kilimanjaro is technically easy. It is the tallest freestanding mountain in the world, but there are many routes you can take to its summit, making it relatively accessible. Our porters are very experienced and adept at using the right route for the right climber.

Mount Kosciuszko in Australia is also located in a national park. It switched names with the neighboring mountain when the neighboring mountain proved to be taller. It’s roughly a four to five mile trek to the summit.

Mount Aconcagua in Argentina is known as the stone sentinel. The climb should be reserved for the most experienced individuals. It is frequently underestimated and has proven to be quite treacherous.

Mount Elbrus in Russia is an inactive volcano with a permanent icecap that feeds into three glacier-packed rivers.

Mount McKinley in Alaska is part of another national park. It has two peaks: a North summit and a south summit.

Carstenz Pyramid in Indonesia is the tallest island peak in the world. It is also one of the most demanding climbs. It’s remoteness and the political unrest in the area make this mountain difficult to ascend.

Mount Everest on the Nepal-China border is the most dangerous summit on the list. Hire professional mountain guides if you plan to attempt this trek. One out of every 10 successful ascents ends fatally, making the most dangerous part of the climb the descent.

Most veteran climbers recommend that you start out on training peaks before attempting any of the seven summits.

When you’re ready to start hiking Kilimanjaro, Zara Tours can guide you through to the summit.

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