Dr. Stu Steinman is an attending physician at Westsports Medicine, a sports medicine practice in Norwalk, Connecticut, where he has been practicing since 2002. In his free time, Dr. Stu Steinman enjoys hiking and has climbed Mount Kilimanjaro.
The highest point in Africa, Mount Kilimanjaro looms 19,336 feet over Tanzania and is also the world’s tallest walkable mountain. This doesn’t mean that the trek isn’t hard – it is, and it requires between 7 and 10 days to complete – but those who take the challenge will have the experience of a lifetime crossing five climatic zones to reach the roof of Africa.
A few notes for those considering the hike. One, you can only climb the mountain with an organized trek and along established routes through a tour operator. Two, be sure to book your trek well in advance so you can go during the months offering the safest conditions. These months include January through March and September through October. Finally, be sure to get fit long before the trek. The best way to prepare is by walking, especially up hills and with a backpack on.