The ice-capped dizzying heights of Mt. Kilimanjaro appeared like a dream before the four dentists from the city who summitted Africa’s highest peak in September.
The dentists, Varaprasad, Sreedhar Bitra, Sudhakar Korukonda and Suresh Gorantla, were a part of a 12-member team that achieved the feat.
Eight of them were from Telangana.
The bone-rattling journey began from Rongai route in Tanzania and it took them five days to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro, the highest free standing mountain and one of the seven most challenging summits in the world, standing tall at 5,895 metres.
A majority of the thousands of climbers who made it to the base camp had experience in mountaineering. But for the four dentists, it was a leap of faith and a desire to explore nature in its purest form that led them to embark on their first-ever mountaineering expedition.
“But when we started the climb, we realised what a Herculean effort it is to scale the mountain standing on the Earth’s equatorial waistline,” said Dr. Sreedhar. Incidentally, two other members from their team had to abort the trek due to health issues. The trekkers braved severe weather conditions with temperatures ranging from -7 to -10 degree Celsius.
The biggest challenge they faced was just before 100-150 ft. from the final destination when they felt breathless. “We trekked for more than 12 hours at a stretch on the fifth day to get to the peak, ” said Dr. Sreedhar.
Source : The Hindu