Reaching the Summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro

The big day and the good news is…. I MADE IT TO THE SUMMIT. I am so proud of myself for making it all the way to the top. It was a hard trek that started at midnight. On the night of the summit, we left our campsite at midnight and started hiking under the moonlight.

It was practically a full moon so it was so beautiful, but we also had our headlamps. Its a 6 hour hike to the summit from where our campsite was. Even though it was only about 2500 vertical feet, because the altitude is so high, the hiking gets very slow. Near the top, we were moving really slowly and I was having a tougher time than the other guys. But we stayed as a group and they waited for me. Once we reached the rim of the volcano, we began to see the glaciers. That was soo beautiful seeing the ancient ice forms. In order to reach the summit, you have to walk on the glaciers, so that was pretty fun. Then I saw the summit with its big welcoming sign, and I was admittedly relieved! I was sooo excited that when I got there I started crying and doing a little dance. Simultaneously :)

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Author: Megan Arz

I am a travel and food obsessed Midwesterner living in Chicago and dreaming of the world. I work as a full-time program manager for Greenheart Travel, but I am also committed to integrating the travel lifestyle into my every day routines. I am passionate about ethical travel, meeting new people, creating unique memories and eating local cuisine!

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  1. Loving your blog. Was particularly interested in your African adventures as it’s become a place very close to my heart. This makes me regret I never did Mt Kili, but gives me an exuse to go back!

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