Tentang Taman Nasional Gunung Kilimanjaro

Sejak dibuka secara resmi pada tahun 1977, Taman Nasional Gunung Kilimanjaro telah menjadi salah satu taman yang paling banyak dikunjungi di Tanzania. 

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Stella Point was where my journey ended at Mount Kilimanjaro. ⁣ ⁣ Our morning started at 4.30am, trekking in the dark until sunrise.⁣ ⁣ We had crampons for the final bit of the trek due to the ice and snow.⁣ ⁣ The last stretch to Stella Point was the hardest thing I’ve ever done, even more so than EBC. It sits at 5756m above sea level. It took the majority of us approximately 10 hours to get there from camp. All of us had exerted ourselves but we had it in us to give a final push to get to Uhuru Peak, which is the highest freestanding mountain in the world. ⁣ ⁣ Uhuru is 139 meters higher than Stella Point. I was 20 minutes away when a snow storm came in and we were told to turn back and start descending. My heart sunk at that moment. ⁣ ⁣ Only about 12 people out of a team of 29 made it to Uhuru Peak. ⁣ ⁣ As I started descending I saw one member of our team collapse. I immediately ran to her to try and help as she was struggling to breath. Within a few minutes she wasn’t responding. Oxygen was given and energy gels put on her gums. Alhamdulilah she was ok but needed to be carried down. ⁣ ⁣ A few moments later, another team mate passed out. ⁣ ⁣ After a few hours, someone else from the team had to be carried down. We were running on 0% fuel. We ate porridge in the morning and had been living off breakfast bars, chocolate, glucose tablets & energy gels for the rest of the day. ⁣ ⁣ I didn’t have my day bag the last four hours coming back down to Barafu Camp, meaning no snacks or water. It started getting dark around 6.30 and I realized that my head torch was in my day bag. The weather turned again with heavy rain and then snow. The porters kept telling us to walk faster but I simply didn’t have the energy. My legs couldn’t carry my body anymore. ⁣ ⁣ I was on the verge of collapsing and felt like my body was about to give up. I had no energy as I hadn’t eaten properly for 15 hours. ⁣ ⁣ Luckily one of our guides found us and gave water mixed with hydration salts. This boost helped me walk back to camp. ⁣ ⁣ Yesterday I realised that no mountain or summit is ever worth risking your life. Yes, it’s an accomplishment, but my family/friends mean more to me than a mountain.

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