I climbed Africa’s highest mountain Kilimanjaro

On July 16, at 9:45 within the morning, we stood as a gaggle of 15 males and ladies on high of Mount Kilimanjaro, the very best in Africa, positioned in Tanzania. Before I speak about what occurred to us, let me let you know the explanation why we’re doing this.

The journey was coordinated by the group Give to Learn to Grow Foundation (GTLTG) based by Dega Naalaye and her sister Barwago Naalaye, each of whom fought with journalists Hodan Naalaye who was killed in Kiamayo a couple of years in the past. Although Hodan (ahn) has been attributed to the terrorist killing of Muslim folks in Somalia, there is no such thing as a clear proof as to who killed her. Her sister’s objective was to do one thing for her folks and the motherland as an alternative of constructing trendy faculties within the villages of Adhicadeye and Galbarwako close to Lasanod. In order to boost funds for these faculties to determine pc labs (pc laps), they’ve devised a visit to Kilimanjaro the place the members will elevate cash for this challenge. 15 folks participated from USA and Canada, together with 7 Somalis together with me. Many different teams have come to Kilimanjaro like us from Europe, America, South America, India, Japan, the Arabian Gulf and elsewhere. I actually have not seen any Somalis aside from us. Alhamdulillah, each objectives (fundraising and promotion) have been profitable.

Kilimanjaro is the very best mountain in Africa and the FOURTH highest mountain on the earth. Its peak is 19345 toes (or 5895 meters). The highest level on the mountain is named Uhuru Peak and it took us six (6) days to go up and a day and a half to go down. It was a unbelievable expertise for us. It isn’t any small factor to stroll up a mountain for a complete week, day by day, for 8 hours or extra straight. Muscle ache is accompanied by chilly, poor hygiene and poor hygiene. The greatest drawback to be afraid of is altitude illness (altitude illness). You really feel confused, blurred imaginative and prescient, headache and a few vomiting, and you could be out of breath as a result of you’re operating out of oxygen.

Between the start of the progress and Uhuro Peak, there are 5 camps (camps or settlements) the place you relaxation each night time, referred to as Machamo Camp, Shira, Baranco, Karang aiyo Barafu. A camp (or camp) consists of small tents shared by two folks. Every night earlier than the group reaches the world/camp, there may be a employees referred to as Porters (or porters) who convey all the things wanted in the world/camp, together with tents, meals, water, chairs, bogs, and so on. They are males and ladies who’ve by no means seen something prefer it. Each morning, when the group begins to maneuver, all the camp is unpacked and brought aboard. When we attain the subsequent camp, all the things is prepared even for dinner. The group is led by employees referred to as Guides. Guides and porters spend years coaching to get this job.

On the final day of the journey, the journey began at 12.00. Because we had to achieve Uhuru Peak at dawn. I did not sleep a lot that night time as a result of the identical day we completed 8 hours of strolling and sitting to achieve Barafu Camp which is the final of the camps. (Barafu is a Swahili phrase for snow just like Somali). After a fast dinner we checked his mouth, checked his oxygen and pulse and tried to get some sleep. Unfortunately for me, I used to be dissatisfied that night time. Everyone was anxious that they might not attain Uhuru Peak. The transfer began at midnight. This climb was tougher than the earlier days and there may be a steep climb and slippery rocks and dust on the way in which up. It’s darkish and you could have a headlamp strapped to your head. So you simply see what’s in entrance of you. Looking again from the highest of the hill, I noticed a protracted line of lights a number of kilometers lengthy. Not solely Anna, however all of the teams going to Uhuru Peak, they have been in a line like camels linked collectively.

About two hours after the beginning of the climb, one in all our women ran out of oxygen. Oxygen was then positioned within the mouth. When she acquired higher she determined to finish the progress. Unfortunately, she and one other lady suffered from altitude illness and lack of oxygen and needed to be despatched again down. These two women confirmed unimaginable braveness as a result of the ache began on the primary day of the stroll. But they refused to cease marching. But ultimately he ran out of oxygen. Alhamdulilah we went down with each women secure.

The remainder of us set foot at Uhuru Peak at 9:45. It took us about 9 hours. When I reached Uhuro Peak, many individuals have been anticipated to be in tears. Because it will not be simple for people who find themselves used to quick walks, who attain all over the place by automobile and different technique of transport, to finish this ascent. I noticed a Saudi lady strolling with a gaggle from the Gulf who have been in tears of pleasure. When I put my foot up, I fell to the aspect and all of the fatigue got here out of me.

Uhuru Peak was anticipating snow. But now the snow is gone from a lot of the mountain. Because the world’s local weather has modified. You can solely see the clouds under you as when you are on a tent and a wall of snow in the gap. We have been advised that 20 to 30 years in the past the complete mountain was coated with snow. Of course, if that have been the case, it might be tough for them to achieve the highest.

After taking pictures at Uhuru Peak, the descent quickly started. Just a few of us acquired altitude illness going to Uhuru. They instantly went down. Luckily I did not fall into that lure, however me and a couple of others went down worse than climbing. The drawback that caught us is that the street is steep, my muscle tissues are weak as a result of of the 9 hours I went up and I slipped an excessive amount of. Luckily the guides have been there. The journey took us about 3 hours. When you stand on the hill you’ll be able to see Barafu Camp which appears to be shut nevertheless it will not be. When we acquired to Barafu, we had lunch after which began our journey to a different camp which is 3 hours away. We arrived at Mweka Camp within the night, it was freezing chilly and raining. I spent the night time there. Early within the morning we moved in the direction of the terminal gate and reached about 4 hours later. It was there that we ended our journey and climbed Kilimanjaro. From there we took a bus to Moshi.

I took benefit of a number of essential issues from the chance to climb Kilimanjaro. I’m conscious that your physique can deal with many conditions. In English they are saying “mind over matter” or the thoughts guidelines the physique. Most of the time the thoughts guides the physique and convinces it what it will probably and can’t carry. When your physique tells you that you simply can’t go this level, the thoughts convinces you you can. In addition, I used to be very impressed by the employees who accompanied us, who actually confirmed a correct administration and system, abilities and good manners that I actually have not seen in African folks. These folks confirmed groups from everywhere in the world that Africans can grasp any job. They confirmed us good management, punctuality, respect for folks and loyalty. Finally, there’s something to be pleased with that Somali folks have their ancestry. Thanks to my brothers Naalaye and Deeqa Geele who organized this journey, spent plenty of effort and time and at the identical time achieved the mission assigned to them.

Jama Ibrahim, a lawyer based mostly in Atlanta, USA
Email: [email protected]

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