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Most likely to alter your life view: Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania.

You start this 6-day trek on a simple uphill slope through a rainforest teeming with birds and monkeys. Then on an exhausting but breath-taking climb, you weave your way through rocky outcroppings littered with tiny yellow and white flowers. After a steep hike through a rock-strewn moonscape, you are rewarded with a jaunt through misty Dr. Seuss-inspired ravines and forests. The memory of an endless slog over a barren terrain is instantly erased when the sun breaks over the ridge revealing that the snows of Kilimanjaro are almost close enough to touch and the earth below is only a distant dream. At the summit at 19,340 feet, you realize the world is a smaller, more accessible place than you believed and that you are a stronger, more resilient person than you ever imagined. -- Michelle Rowan