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Get There While It Lasts: Glacier on Kilimanjaro is “Peaking” Traveler Interest

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It can be easy to forget the fragility and ever-changing nature of our world.  Glacier melt is one way we’re reminded of the fact that, even after thousands of years, things change and even the most permanent of natural features can disappear.

When we get the chance to see rare or “endangered” attractions it’s best we relish the opportunity; it seems many travelers are conscious of this and are planning their trips accordingly.  In recent reports (link below), the number of climbers on Kilimanjaro is increasing and will have shot up to record levels in the coming years.  Part of this is attributed to an interest in seeing the region’s glaciers before they recede any further and potentially disappear.

There are several ice fields and glaciers around the Kilimanjaro region including the Furtwängler Glacier, the main one, located near the volcano’s summit crater.

As described in this adventure travel news report:

Climbing Kilimanjaro is now more popular than ever.  Tanzania National Park statistics show that the number of people climbing the mountain has nearly doubled over the past 10 years.”

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A trek guide and the Furtwängler Glacier at the Kilimanjaro summit: A reason to make the trek sooner rater than later! Photo Linh Vien Thai

Check out our timely magazine issue on Kilimanjaro, as we head into this crucial period for tourism in the area.  The magazine has photos and an exposé on the journey of a guy who’s been there and back to tell the tale.  Thanks to Linh Vien Thai for the photos and for sharing his journey in the magazine issue.

 

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