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Stories: Kilimanjaro

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Esteban 'Topo' Mena coiling a rope while guiding a Cotopaxi Expedition with Alpenglow Expeditions.

“Give Yourself the Time”: Graduating from Trekking to Climbing with Topo Mena

While ‘walking’ may sound trivial, a number of big mountains involve a lot of walking, albeit in extreme places. To talk about the journey, we connected with IFMGA-certified Alpenglow guide Esteban ‘Topo’ Mena about graduating from trekking to climbing. For beginners, he had this advice to offer: “At first, it’s important to give yourself the time to walk in the mountains and appreciate the land and the opportunity to just be there.”
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Clients hiking up Kilimanjaro at sunrise during a guided Kilimanjaro Expedition with Alpenglow Expeditions.

A Brief History of Kilimanjaro

Kilimanjaro, the majestic Roof of Africa and one of the world’s Seven Summits, stands as a sentinel in Tanzania, its snow-capped peak piercing the sky at 19,341’/5,895m above sea level. But beyond its towering presence lies a rich history held by the indigenous peoples who have long called this region home, and the intrepid adventurers who have since scaled its slopes.
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Exploring Kilimanjaro with Alpenglow Expeditions

Embarking on a journey to summit Mount Kilimanjaro is a dream for many adventurers, and with Alpenglow Expeditions’ expert guidance, unparalleled 24/7 logistical support, optional safari extension, and a commitment to safety and sustainability, our journey to one of the world’s Seven Summits is the opportunity of a lifetime.
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What’s in Adrian’s Closet?

  “Frostbite is Failure” Interview with Adrian Ballinger: A run-through of every climbing shoe and mountain boot in his arsenal. Mountain guides may be the most shoe-obsessed people on the…
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Kilimanjaro Summit Success

Successful Summit for Kilimanjaro Team Our Kilimanjaro team had a successful summit of Kilimanjaro on Saturday, July 13. But before we get to summit day, let’s pick up where we…
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Climb Kilimanjaro with Guide Will Sperry

Alpenglow is back climbing in Africa once again and we’re headed up Kilimajaro! Tahoe guide Will Sperry is co-guiding alongside our Kilimanjaro mountain guides. Here’s everything that has happened in…
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Kilimanjaro Expedition Underway

Words and images by Logan Talbott It’s adventure time. We are ready to head to the mountain – bags are packed, jet lag has been overcome and the team is…
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Successful Summit on Kilimanjaro

Congratulations on a successful summit for our expedition team on Kilimanjaro (19,341′ / 5895m)! The team made it to the summit of Kilimanjaro (Uhuru Peak) this morning at sunrise. They…
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Kilimanjaro Expedition Begins

Another #AdventureDoneRight kicks off and our sights are set on the highest point in Africa and one of the famed Seven Summits, Mount Kilimanjaro (19,341’ / 5,895m). Climbing Kilimanjaro is the perfect entry…
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When to Climb Kilimanjaro

Mount Kilimanjaro is one the most exotic and beautiful trekking expeditions in the world. You travel through every ecological zone in East Africa, have a chance to see some of…
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