Oma­nis scale Mt Kil­i­man­jaro to mark Re­nais­sance Day

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Atop the moun­tain, the group was de­lighted and raised the Omani flag while wear­ing Omani dish­dashas

To cel­e­brate sul­tanate’s Re­nais­sance Day, a group of 12 Oma­nis has suc­cess­fully com­pleted a trek to Mt Kil­i­man­jaro peak af­ter walk­ing for up to eight hours a day for five days.

Atop the moun­tain, the group was de­lighted and raised the Omani flag while wear­ing Omani dish­dashas.

Mt Kil­i­man­jaro (5,895m) is lo­cated in Tan­za­nia and is the high­est peak in Africa.

Speak­ing to Mus­cat Daily, Ab­dul­lah al Naa­mani, group spokesman, said that it had been the group’s dream for a long time and he was glad that it came true at the time when Oman cele- brated its Re­nais­sance Day.

“My wife had a dream to climb the moun­tain since she was young and I was in­spired too. In Fe­bru­ary, we started plan­ning and we had some re­fer-

ences of the peo­ple who had vis­ited the moun­tain last year. We started train­ing which in­cluded four times go­ing up at Jebel Saal in Ghala which has 626 steps till you reach the top, and also hik­ing at Jebel Shams height at 3,000m. Dur­ing week­ends, we used to walk for 8km,” Naa­mani said.

The group, which also had an Egyp­tian male doc­tor and one Bahraini fe­male doc­tor, reached the Uhuru Peak on July 26 af­ter five days of walk­ing, ev­ery day

for 4-8 hours.

“We took five days to reach the top and an­other two days to de­scend to the Mweka Gate. It was a chal­leng­ing ex­pe­ri­ence due to cold weather, al­ti­tude sick­ness, long walk­ing dur­ing the day, less sleep and no bath. We feel so great af­ter con­quer­ing the high­est peak in Africa.”

June to Au­gust is the best time to climb the moun­tain be­cause it is the dri­est sea­son.

Naa­mani said stamina train­ing was an es­sen­tial part of prepa­ra­tions for the hike as ex­treme weather con­di­tions such as rain, high winds, low pres­sure and thin air could be en­coun­tered.

“It was a dream come true for us even af­ter suf­fer­ing from dis­com­fort, short­ness of breath and headaches in ad­di­tion to al­ti­tude sick­ness,” Naa­mani said.

Mt Kil­i­man­jaro is the fourth high­est moun­tain among the Seven Sum­mits, which are the high­est moun­tains in each con­ti­nent, with Mt Ever­est top­ping the list.

We took five days to reach the top and an­other two days to de­scend to the Mweka Gate

Ab­dul­lah al Naa­mani

(Sup­plied photo)

Part of the group on top of Mt Kil­i­man­jaro

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