IIM Indore director climbs Africa’s highest peak, Mount Kilimanjaro


New Delhi: Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest peak, once again hoisted the Indian flag as Professor Himanshu Rai, Director of IIM Indore, scaled its 5,895 meters (over 19,000 feet) height. He attributed his achievement to India and IIM Indore. Professor Rai had started to climb this summit on July 9.

Taking to Twitter, Himanshu Rai said: “With your blessing, I participated in the summit of Uhuru (Mount Kilimanjaro) yesterday July 15 at 7:30 a.m. The tallest freestanding mountain in the world and the highest peak in Africa have been conquered. I dedicate this summit to my country, and to @IIM_I and to the whole #IIMI family.”

He finally reached the summit at 7:30 a.m. on July 15, after six days of hiking. The ascent of the last stage started at 12 noon on July 14 and finished at 6:30 p.m. at the camp. Rai was accompanied on this excursion by two other buddies and comrades who climbed this peak with him.

Prof Rai says that climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, which has a total altitude of almost 19,000 feet, is extraordinarily difficult. Due to the intense cold and strong winds, night mountaineering is considered the most difficult. There are seven paths leading to the top of the mountain, each with a distinct dwelling type. This peak can take 5-9 days to climb on average.

Professor Rai remarked that he has always loved mountaineering and has planned a trip to Africa just for that purpose. He said Mount Kilimanjaro was chosen because it is the highest peak in the world that is not part of any mountain range.

All other mountains are part of a range. Rai has already climbed Rudra Gaira Parvat and Kala Patthar Parvat.

Mount Kilimanjaro

Mount Kilimanjaro, located in Tanzania, is the highest peak in Africa, rising to 5,895 meters (19,340 feet). It is the tallest freestanding mountain in the world, which means it is not part of a mountain range.

Kilimanjaro, also known as a stratovolcano (a massive volcano formed from ash, lava and rock), is made up of three cones: Kibo, Mawenzi and Shira. Kibo is the summit of the mountain and the tallest of the three volcanic structures. While Mawenzi and Shira are no longer active, Kibo is latent and could flare up again. Scientists believe the last eruption occurred 360,000 years ago. Uhuru, the Swahili word for “freedom”, is the highest point on Kibo’s crater rim.

The mountain is also known for its snow-capped peak, but experts warn that the snow could disappear within the next 20 or so years, according to National Geographic.


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