Virtuoso Traveler - June/July 2017 - 55
EXTREME EXPERIENCE | AFRICA
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Ever since German geologist Hans Meyer's first recorded summit of Mount Kilimanjaro in 1889, thrill seekers have dreamed of scaling the "roof of Africa." The
continent's highest peak seduces climbers from across the globe, who willingly endure weeks of training and the risk of altitude sickness for bragging rights at 19,341
feet. On the ascent, they get to experience four different climate zones: rain forest,
low alpine, high alpine, and glacial. Rise to the Occasion: The mountain has seven
official routes that cater to different fitness levels; an exclusive, ten-day Lemosho
climb with Kensington Tours takes a more leisurely yet still invigorating pace to
the crown. You'll be led by a team of professional guides, who set up comfortable
camps each night, while a logistics team at the base monitors every step of the
journey. Departures: Any day through January 31, 2018; from $8,940.
The narrowest section of
Utah's Zion Canyon - aptly
Top of the morning: Sunrise from
Mount Kilimanjaro's Uhuru Peak.
named The Narrows - ranks
among the world's best slotcanyon hikes. Adventurous families can slosh their way through
the Virgin River under the watch
of thousand-foot-high walls on
Backroads' five-day multisport
adventure to Zion and Bryce Canyon national parks. Departures:
Multiple dates, June 6 through
August 29, 2017; from $1,898.
During spring, the Canadian
Arctic is home to pods of narwhals, the "unicorns of the sea."
Experienced divers can hit the
icy waters with these mystical
creatures on Arctic Kingdom's
eight-day Baffin Island dive
safari. Departure: Early June, 2018
(exact date not available at press
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time); from $12,500.
Nearly two miles of hanging
bridges crisscross the dense
canopy of Costa Rica's Arenal
Volcano National Park. Enjoy the
view before soaking in volcanoheated thermal pools during
Lindblad Expeditions' 15-day
voyage aboard the 100-passen-
"How to tell if you can climb Kilimanjaro? You must be able to withstand terrain hiking of
ger National Geographic Quest.
six to nine miles per day. I recommend a sustained period of increased training (walking,
Departures: Multiple dates,
running, stair climbing, swimming) to build endurance. For those who summit the mountain,
December 9, 2017, to March 19,
the experience is overwhelming and unforgettable - literally a view of a lifetime!"
2018; from $10,410.
- Josh King, Virtuoso travel advisor, Overland Park, Kansas
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