A few Indian adventurers too had the idea of spending India’s Independence Day differently when the Asian nation was here commemorating its 75th year of independence. To climb Mount Kilimanjaro, the tallest peak in Africa and the only free-standing mountain above sea level in the world, as part of Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav, roughly four men and three women set off.
The crew set off on the adventure on August 8 from Bengaluru on the 7-day Machame Route package, and after acclimatizing, they climbed from Machame Gate to Machame Camp via Rain Forest, Shira Cave Camp, and Barranco Camp, making sure to be prepared for the coldest periods.
As you make your way to this camp, you will pass by Lava Tower, which is 4,630 meters high and makes hikers queasy due to the altitude. However, after lunch, we drop down to Barranco Camp, which just mesmerizes hikers with the clouds formation in front of it. Punitha Nagaraj, a housewife from Mysuru city, claims that the Lava Tower’s elevation makes hikers queasy. From a distance, you can see the Camp, but the ups and downs required to get there send shivers down your spine.
According to Tiger Solanki, an adventurer who frequently plans treks in India, after we get at Barranco Wall, we frequently climb the 850-foot wall the following day.
When you reach the top of the wall, the clouds below you will make you feel as though you are walking in the clouds. However, after you get at the Karanga Camp, some animals are eager to move on to the next Camp so they may tackle the summit that day. We took a rest and traveled to the Barafu Camp the following day.
With Mount Kilimanjaro on the opposite side and hikers dancing to the sounds of the Jambo Jambo bwana, Habari Gani, the Barafu Camp is picture-perfect.
When our orderly Zakariya came and told us it was time to depart for the final ascent we had come for at 10 o’clock at night, we complied. It was a strenuous seven-hour journey to Stella Point or Mt. Kilimanjaro, which is at a height of 18,885 feet in Tanzania and approximately 5,895 meters tall. On August 19, we just had some tea, ground almonds, and popcorn before setting out for the summit (19,340 feet).
According to Lenin Chowdhary of T. Narasipur in Mysuru, who is on his maiden expedition, it is the world’s highest free-standing mountain rise and going upward at night was a nightmare.
According to Hyderabad resident Chethana Seervi, doing this walk was difficult despite all the obstacles related to a vegetarian diet. As there was none throughout the walk, and even if there had been, it would not have been suitable for eating. Karthik Nagaraju of Bengaluru says, “But even so, on August 20 at 6.20 am, we successfully summited on Mt. Kilimanjaro and Stella Point and continued farther and made it to Uhuru Peak which is at a height of 19,341 feet in Tanzania.
DSD Solanki, Lenin Chowdhary, Punitha Nagaraj, Chethana Seervi, and Gireesh Hullur, Karthik Nagaraj, and Sri Gowri, all from Mysuru, made up the squad.