Zara Tours Presents: The Top 5 Reasons to Climb Mount Kilimanjaro

August 7, 2013 at 3:39 pm Leave a comment

Every year more than 40,000 people make the trek to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro. It’s clear that this is a universal life goal. Our question is why? In an effort to quantify the inexpressible, we asked some of those 40,000 climbers why they chose to stand on the Roof of Africa.

Everyman’s Everest: The Top 5 Reasons to Climb Mount Kilimanjaro

The responses ranged from practical to profound. We’ve collected the top five best reasons everyone should make this trek at least once.

Reason #1: It is the easiest ascent of the Seven Summits. Whether you have all seven on your list or you just want to climb one, the Seven Summits are a draw all their own. However, if you have never climbed before, Mount Kilimanjaro is your best place to start. You don’t need any ropes, professional climbing gear, or climbing experience. It’s a relatively easy trek to make. The youngest person on record to reach the summit is six years old; the oldest person is 83. It is important to mention that climbing Mount Kilimanjaro is not without risk. Be aware of rockslides and the effects of altitude sickness before you begin your trip.

Reason #2: The Mountain is as remote as it is accessible. Tanzania’s home to a unique balance of civilization and wilderness. On the one hand, you are located just south of the equator and next to the Serengeti. On the other, you’ll be treated to some of the best accommodations on the continent. Due to the popularity of mountain exploration and safari trips, the area has worked to establish top-rated hotels, well-trained staff, and some of the comforts of home. Depending on which route you take while on the mountain, you may have access to kitchen and other facilities during the trek. Every effort is made to practice sustainable tourism. This is another aspect of the Kilimanjaro trip that appeals to many visitors.

Reason #3: It inspires “Uhuru” in all of us. Uhuru is the Swahili word for freedom. Kilimanjaro has been an inspiration to the world and its peoples since Tanzania claimed independence. To commemorate this milestone the summit is called Uhuru Peak.

Reason #4: The climb gives a sense of personal accomplishment. Whether the goal is to inspire transformation or simply overcome the challenges of your life, Kilimanjaro has always stood as a testament to what we are capable of as human beings. If you complete this climb, your achievement brings with it peace, insight, and confidence. These are all qualities the world could use more of.

Reason #5: To make a difference in the world around you. Kilimanjaro reminds you of the connection with and size of the world around you. Many climbers come looking for a way to make the world a better place. This trek offers a unique opportunity to do just that. You can climb for your own cause or take part in local charity events.

Contact Zara Tours to add your own reasons to this list.

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