Mount A Mirage on Kilimanjaro
The first time I went on a hiking trip was by sheer coincidence; I had met friends in England who became family and we decided to do something together. So, we came up with the idea of visiting Nepal and climbing the Himalayas ( Anapourna Trek). There, I discovered that the best way for one to visit a country is by means of hiking, because not only you will be seeing and contemplating the beauty of the country itself, but you will also be in direct contact with the locals: adopting their lifestyle, eating their food, embracing their customs, while excluding the so- called « touristic attractions » where locals fool tourists in pursuit of their money. In the Himalayas, we had a blast; so we decided that our next destination together will be Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, the name of which I had never come across. However, the experts told us that it is better to hike the Salcantay trail in Peru first because the trail which takes you up to a 5000 meter altitude was supposed to help us acclimatize better in Kilimanjaro. In Peru, I learnt that the mountain had a soul and it was called « Pachamama » ( Mother earth in Peruvian). And one day, out of the blue, I receive a phone call from my friend whom I didn’t hear from for the last 6 years, when we bid farewell to each other at the Nepalese airport, telling me: « I promised that we will climb Kilimanjaro together and I am a woman of my word » . ..
Elias Moufarrej reaches the top of mount Kilimanjaro. The view from the top of the mount Kilimanjaro, culminating at 5895m.