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Posted On: 19 June 2008 09:30 am
Updated On: 12 November 2020 02:08 pm

Qatar’s flag set to flutter atop Kilimanjaro

Khalifa Al Haroon
Khalifa Al Haroon
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The Qatari flag will fly atop Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain peak in Africa, in August this year. If everything goes well, Fernando De Guama, a resident of Qatar, will be holding the Qatari flag at 6am on August 8 at the summit, standing 5,896 metres above the sea level. The event will mark the first achievement of Qatar Expeditions and De Guama's quest to explore some the highest peaks in the world. Of the seven highest mountains on each of the world's seven continents, Kilimanjaro is the fourth highest. De Guama plans to climb the mountain via the little-trekked Shira route in Tanzania, which is one of the toughest routes up the mighty mountain. The expedition is planned between August 2 and 9 with the summit scheduled for August 8. He will be back in Doha on August 11. “As I climb higher, I'll have to acclimatize to the low pressure and oxygen conditions at high altitudes or I risk getting Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS). So it’s vital that I pace myself and get plenty of rest and recuperation after each upward push, and train my brain and body to function with low oxygen pressure for future challenges. So I have changed my training into developing my climbing muscles and strengthen my resistance,” says De Guama. He will share all noteworthy incidents and events during the expedition with supporters and sports enthusiasts via his website, which will be updated on a daily basis. De Gauma has already announced plans to trek to the North Pole next year and fly the Qatari flag there. His future plans include placing the Qatari flag at the seven summits in the world. Several social activities have also been planned as part of his expeditions. The Pen