Climbing Kilimanjaro is perhaps, the world’s number #1 Bucket List Adventure, and if you dream of doing something amazing this year, Africa’s highest mountain could be the perfect trip for you.
While climbing Kilimanjaro is not easy (by any means!), it is not technically challenging either, and providing you have a good level of physical fitness, you can walk around 8 – 10 hours a day, and you choose a longer expedition such as the Lemosho Route that allows plenty of time for acclimatisation, there is no reason why you shouldn’t make it to Uhuru Peak.
But if that’s not enough to make you book your Kilimanjaro Expedition and pack your old kit bag, here are 17 Reason to Climb Kilimanjaro in 2017…
- It’s affordable! The Tanzanian government decided to impose 18% VAT on all travel services in July last year, which saw Kilimanjaro expeditions jump up in price overnight, but despite this, it is still one of the most affordable options within the 7 Summits.
- It’s life-changing! A cliché I know, but when you stand at Uhuru Peak overlooking the beauty of Mother Africa below, you’ll understand what I mean.
- It’s a great way to get fit! If you are going to climb Kilimanjaro, you need to train – and I mean really train! Running, swimming, hiking and cycling are all great sports for improving your fitness levels, and you’ll probably lose a kilo or two!
- You will support the local economy. And in Tanzania, there are many people who rely on tourism to survive.
- You will see the glaciers. If the scientists are right, the magnificent glaciers on top of Mount Kilimanjaro will be gone in less than 20 years… so go see them now!
- You will walk through 5 different eco-systems during just a few days!
- You can raise funds for your favourite charity. There are many reasons to climb Kili, but the charitable ones are the best. Support a local cause or a Tanzanian cause, either way, your expedition will be rewarding in more ways than one.
- You’ll have the opportunity to access Kilimanjaro National Park and camp under the stars on Africa’s highest mountain.
- If you are celebrating a milestone birthday or anniversary, why not do it on Kilimanjaro – it really is the perfect place for a party!
- Likewise, if you are getting married in 2017, why not Climb Kilimanjaro on your Honeymoon before finishing off with a week of relaxation on the sugar white beaches of Zanzibar.
- Kilimanjaro is one of the world’s greatest natural wonders…go see it with your own eyes!
- There is no upper age limit for climbing Kilimanjaro, so whether you are 18 or 80 years old, there’s no reason why you cannot summit this magnificent peak.
- It will give you a sense of personal achievement (and the stories you’ll have to tell your grandkids will be amazing!).
- It will give you a new outlook on life. After witnessing how the locals live in Arusha and Moshi, you will realise just how lucky you are!
- You’ll make lots of new friends – other climbers and local crew members who will have you singing and dancing all the way to Uhuru Peak.
- You’ll learn that you can survive a whole week without having a shower! Who knew?
- Did we mention the view from the top of Kilimanjaro…? It is quite simply breathtaking (especially when combined with the altitude!), and worth every single step on Africa’s highest mountain.