By Karsten Horne06 Sep 2018Straight off the highest mountain in Africa, Reho Travel’s Chief Executive, Karsten Horne, takes a moment to give us the full rundown on what to expect & do when climbing Mt Kilimanjaro.Attitude check, intimidating cliffs… check. Commitment is there as you push through the pain barrier. Training is key and is this life changing? ABSOLUTELY.Here is my A to Z take on my climb of Mt Kilimanjaro: A IS FOR ATTITUDE Which is the biggest challenge of the climb; it affects everyone in some way. B IS FOR BARRANCO WALLAn intimidating cliff face that we conquered on Day 4. C IS FOR COMMITMENTWithout it a challenge like this remains a dream. D IS FOR DETERMINATIONYou need it to push through the pain barrier. E IS FOR EXPERIENCEA life changing one. F IS FOR FITNESSWe trained hard and prepared well, in the end it was the difference. G IS FOR G ADVENTURES Their goal was to get us to the top safely and ensure we had the time of our lives. H IS FOR HEROWhich applies to everyone who conquered the mountain. I IS FOR ICEAt dawn on our frozen tents, our frozen water bottles and under our feet on the summit. J IS FOR JAMBOHello in Swahili, a greeting shared with the amazing porters and crew. K IS FOR KILIMANJAROThe highest mountain in Africa and a spectacle that will remain in our hearts forever. L IS FOR LEMOSHOThe route we chose, as it is the longest, the most spectacular and best for acclimatization. M IS FOR MOSHIThe nearest town to Mt Kilimanjaro and home to the Union Café. N IS FOR NATUREWhich is captivating and inspiring, energising yet calming, and allows you to surrender control. O IS FOR OXIMETREEvery night our oxygen saturation levels were measured to ensure we were able to continue. P IS FOR POLE POLEIn Swahili it means slowly which is the only way to walk in high altitude. Q IS FOR QUITA word that never entered our heads, no matter how hard it got. R IS FOR REWARDThe reward of looking down from the top of the mountain to the clouds below. S IS FOR STELLA POINTWhen we finally reached it; we knew that we were going to make it to the top. T IS FOR TENTOur home, our protection, our comfort and our place to rest. U IS FOR UHURUAt 5895m the highest point of the world’s highest freestanding mountain. V IS FOR VEGETATIONWhich changed every day as we trekked through five distinct climate zones. W IS FOR WATERYou dehydrate quickly in high altitude, we were encouraged to drink at least 3 litres a day. X IS FOR THE X FACTOR No matter how fit you are or how much training you have done, the altitude can stop you in your tracks. Y IS FOR YOUIf you really want to climb Mt Kilimanjaro, you can do it. Z IS FOR ZEROWe felt pretty sick on the first two days, until Gerard our guide said “Don’t worry you will soon go from zero to hero” READ: “Myanmar gets a helping hand: I get a giant serve of reality.”READ: REHO TRAVEL trades city shackles for the beachWho would you climb Mt Kilimanjaro with? Other stories you may likeWhere are the best countries in the world for mind blowing travel experiences?BATH SLIP: Thermae Bath Spa heats up in this modern bathing worldTUNTE BENE: Tourists can WAKE UP THE VATICAN with… TripAdvisor?