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T R A N S F OR M AT I V E JOU R N E YS A N D DE S T I NAT ION S It could occur in the form of an expedition, like summiting the snowcapped peak of Mount Kilimanjaro, in Tanzania, where you’ll experience the majesty of the land and the scope of your endurance. This transformation may happen during a pilgrimage on the Camino de Santiago, in Santiago de Compostela, in Northwestern Spain, where miles of walking to the tomb of an ancient saint permits time for existential assessment and spiritual renewal. Or the healing may take place on a quest to Machu Picchu, the ancient seasonal retreat of the Inca, in Cusco, Peru. Here are the ways these destinations can awaken your spirit and expand your world. EXPEDITION TO MOUNT KILIMANJARO At 19,341 feet, Kilimanjaro is the tallest mountain in Africa and the tallest free-standing mountain in the world, meaning it’s not part of a range. From the pages of Ernest Hemingway to the dog-eared African maps of adolescent explorers, Kilimanjaro beckons travelers to climb. Not as perilous or high as Mount Everest, Kilimanjaro has many routes up the mountain, but the most popular is the Machame Route, taking six days. Incidentally, it also has the most foot traffic. With the assistance of experienced guides, diligent porters and a chef, travelers ascend the mountain through the rainforests of Kilimanjaro National Park. The terrain is broad on the lower end, deceptively hiding the fact that you’re walking up a mountain. Next you’ll reach the heather zone, defined by lower vegetation and sunshine at about 10,000 feet. At 11,000, you begin to grasp the full size and height of the mountain, and at 13,600, you’ll enter the moorland zone, with desert-like shrubbery and short, stout bushes. Reaching the snowcapped summit is both a moment of elation and exhaustion. Of the expedition, different travelers tend to have reactions comparable to finishing a marathon or traversing the entire Appalachian Trail. One female climber said about Kilimanjaro, “Most definitely a once-in-a-lifetime experience and one that earns huge bragging rights.” 30 · escape · SPRING 2020 BOOK IT NOW Mount Kilimanjaro: Ntaba African Safaris Climbing Kilimanjaro — Africa’s highest mountain — is one of the world’s greatest adventures. Our agency, along with Ntaba African Safaris, can set up your epic hike, as well as include additional Tanzanian highlights such as Ngorongoro and Serengeti National Parks.