Hands down, one of the best places on earth to visit is Mount Kilimanjaro, which is why mountaineering experts tell us that some 30,000 people climb Kilimanjaro every year. It’s a popular goal for all kinds of people from all over the world.
Certainly, if you’re looking to turn up the sizzle on your to-do bucket list, then climbing this beautiful mountain is essential ‘African safari’ stuff. Year after year, Mount Kilimanjaro is as fresh as a morning breeze and it appeals to all ages.
Africa is known as the continent of many colors and this mountain is one of its most famous ports of call. There are so many awesome reasons to climb Kilimanjaro, but we’re going to look at just 5.
- Africa’s tallest mountain
Mount Kilimanjaro is part of the Seven Summits – the highest mountains on each continent and people want to conquer this amazing African mountain.
The mountain is found in the northern part of Tanzania, in the Kilimanjaro National Park and is a dormant volcano. It is the highest free-standing mountain in the world, meaning that it doesn’t form part of a mountain range but is a mountain on its own. The summit on Mt Kilimanjaro is known as Uhuru Peak and stands at 5,895m or 19,341 feet.
- Summiting is within reach
The mountain climbing adventure is suitable for everyone - even people who aren’t ‘mountaineering types.’ The reason for this is that you don’t require any special mountain gear such as ropes, crampons, harnesses and ice picks.
When you consider climbing Mt Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, by choosing the right tour company such as Climbing Kilimanjaro Tours, their brilliant offerings with a strong focus on safety simply encourages the participation of beginner- and seasoned climbers.
- The full package
Transforming your climbing into a scintillating experience is what the best tour company is about. Apart from having an excellent summit success rate, the full package ensures that climbing the mountain isn’t only purposeful but fun and enjoyable too.
You get licensed, professional guides egging you on, you get sturdy, waterproof mountain tents for resting, you get private, hygienic toilet tents, hot, fresh meals and cool, fresh drinking water.
An all-important aspect is that getting to the top is all about guides whose focus is on safety and who have certified, alert responders accompanying the climb.
- You’re not burdened down
You just have to carry your daypack. So, you only take what you need for the day, with the heaviest items being your water. These expeditions are fully supported, meaning that a team of porters accompany the climbers and guides on the trek to do the work that would otherwise exhaust a climber.
The porters set up the tents, take them down, cook the food and keep things orderly around the campsite. Clients don’t use their energy up on this. All your heavy stuff is carried and you don’t see it again till you reach camp later on. At the daily briefing, you’re well informed on weather conditions and you’ll be advised on the items you need to carry in your daypack.
- Make hay while the sun shines
Mount Kilimanjaro is one of the natural wonders of the world, but even though the protection of these world heritage sites is a government’s responsibility, this mountain is at serious risk from global warming.
The mountain has wonderful glaciers, but because of global warming, the ice is melting and the glaciers are disappearing. Climbers have been enjoying the best of the mountain. If you want to see Mt Kilimanjaro as it should be, there is no time for delay – you need to take action and start making preparations to see the mountain now to avoid future disappointments.