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The Roof of Africa

Kilimanjaro. Are people really willing to trek up a 19,341 feet (5,895 meters) Mountain for fun? The answer is yes!

Kilimanjaro is in the North of Tanzania near the Kenyan boarder, East Africa. Tanzania is famous for its tourism whether that’s agricultural activities, fishing, wildlife or mining. But what really attracts tourists’ is the famous Kilimanjaro, the highest peak in Africa and the highest free-standing mountain in the world, making it one of the seven highest summits on the seven continents.

In 2021, EDGE Travel Worldwide will be flying off to Tanzania to be trekking up the spectacular Kilimanjaro to Uhuru Peak (meaning ‘Freedom’ in Swahili,) in its 21st year of organising and leading group trips up Kilimanjaro. We want to help you achieve your goals sooner rather than later so why not join us for an adventure of a lifetime! Dave Pickles and his team have a huge amount of experience on Kilimanjaro, with Dave having summited over 57 times, taken just over 2,800 to the summit and having helped organise and lead two previous world record breaking events in the crater. As a master summiteer on Kilimanjaro, Dave Pickles with keep you safe and supported while setting the trip up for success with his selected local crew and Chief Guide. Current success rate of any group size getting to the top of Kilimanjaro with Dave and his Team is 98%, which even includes the shorter routes.

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Did you know Mount Kilimanjaro is not actually a mountain?

Mount Kilimanjaro isn’t a traditional mountain, it’s a stratovolcano – a term for a very large volcano made of ash, lava, and rock. The giant stratovolcano is made up of three distinct volcanic cones. They are Kibo, Mawenzi, and Shira. All three of these name places make up the name Kilimanjaro.

The Mountain is safe to trek on. Its last major eruption took place over 150,000 years ago and there has been no sign of dangerous volcanic activity since it is classed as a dormant area.

Kilimanjaro is a trekking peak. This means that, rather than a technical climb requiring extensive experience and specialised equipment, the experience is more of an endurance trek. Stamina will be the necessity to reach the beautiful African summit.

A some-what surprising gift to those that scale the peak is the beautiful ice-capped summit. Whilst this seems strange for such a warm climate, it really just shows the height to which you will no doubt be scaling! But, sadly, this wonder will not be with us forever. As the Earth’s temperature continues to rise, the glorious white peak shrinks year by year. The chance to see this spectacle of nature is running away with time.

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How hard can it be to climb Kilimanjaro?

It has been proven, that half of people who attempt the climb will fail. This is mostly due to altitude-related issues, but this can depend on your chosen route, who you go with and the depth of experience you have supporting you! Additionally, many people who have failed climbing Kilimanjaro have not prepared themselves. This can include not having the right gear, lack of training, and not requiring a guide service.

There are six main routes for climbing Kilimanjaro which originate from several points around the mountain. Kilimanjaro can be completed in as little as five days or as many as nine days depending on the selected route.

There are longer routes than others, so this depends on your fitness levels. The routes that take 8 or 9 days generally have a higher success rate of summiting. Overall, the difficultly of the ascent depends on your chosen route.

EDGE Travel Worldwide has extensive experience in high-altitude treks. You will be accompanied by experienced team members driving you to have the best outcome from your adventure of a lifetime! The trek can be challenging, which is why EDGE Travel Worldwide requires you to be healthy, fit and have had previous trekking experience.

For information regarding this trip, visit our EDGE International Trips section online to see our previous trips to Kilimanjaro! We are always here to answer your questions and it would be great to have a chat about the trip.

To get in touch, visit our contact us section online where you can either email, call, or submit a message.

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Chris, Frodsham

What can I say, this was the experience of a lifetime and was fantastic! Every aspect of the trip for me was handled with professionalism and care with everyone’s safety and enjoyment paramount. The local guides and contacts were fantastic, plainly experienced and some of the loveliest people I have met. Walking at high altitude (19,500 ft at the top) comes with its own risks but I felt that every step of the way our wellbeing and health was being looked after and I am happy to say I would trust my life to Dave and his teams on any of his trips. I got so many things form this trip, meeting new people, walking at altitude, spending so much time laughing and being able to mentally unwind. The achievement of reaching the top of the highest free-standing mountain in the world, seeing the sunrise over Africa, has and will stay with me forever. It has given me the mental strength to do other things in life and when things have got tough afterwards I have been able to say to myself “You walked to the top of the highest free standing mountain in the world, you have got this” and it has inevitably got me through. A massive thank you to Dave and all at EDGE Travel Worldwide for this life changing experience and I can’t wait to go on the next one.

Jayne, Shrewsbury

It has been a privilege to walk with the people I have met. Many of them, friends for life. On my first EDGE Travel Worldwide trip I took my daughter to Machu Picchu. To share such an adventure with her was incredible and we will treasure the memories forever . It changes your mindset seeing the culture and a view if life in a different way .
It’s hard to put into words how much Edge Travel worldwide has changed our lives as a family for the better . Through meeting Sarah and then Dave I have travelled to Machu Picchu and Kilimanjaro & I have now reserved my third adventure

This was my second EDGE trip, this time I took my son , we loved it every second of it . Kilimanjaro is so much more than just the summit it’s the journey before and after . The people that care for you, the guides the trek the adventure folds out in pages like a chapter in front of you you can’t wait to turn the next page . The joy of this experience is you take it home with you and the feeling of such an achievement stays with you . I feel healthier, fitter and addicted to altitude. At the time it’s a tough challenge but to push yourself out of normal daily life and out if your comfort zone its an experience I will never forget . For me it’s about making the most of the time we are here and trying to stay fit as long as I can and share these incredible accomplishments in the knowledge the next adventure is out there. Without Dave none of this would have been possible. The encouragement, guidance and kindness extends far beyond a trip. I have seen Dave show my children how to overcome fear of heights, learn about weather conditions, believe in themselves and succeed without any limits. These are priceless travel experiences and we want to thank you for making our dreams come true for me and my family.

Toni, Leicester

IF you’ve seen and have been inspired by the Comic Relief Killimanjaro climb and are interested in finding out how you too could get close to this amazing mountain and have a wonderful adventure!
IF you wish to challenge and grow yourself in the company of other wonderful inspiring people then you need to meet Dave Pickles from EDGE Travel Worldwide.
We had the most amazing time. We were all from different backgrounds ,different age groups , different fitness levels , and Dave brought us together as a TEAM!
We laughed , cried , sang , stumbled , hugged and shared this amazing experience together .
What you can’t see in the Comic Relief film are the amazing porters who carry the provisions , care for the climbers , encourage every step of the way and who make the journey so special .
I reached the summit holding hands with Hilary – he sang softly for hours as we climbed the mountain in the moonlight and this was one of the most beautiful experiences in my life so far .

Yvonne, Kingsmead

Kilimanjaro, wow – I wanted a challenge and that is what I got!

I absolutely loved this trip; the itinerary was well put together with Dave Pickles coordinating every day seamlessly. The local crew of Porters and Guides were so incredibly funny, friendly, humble and kind, I felt that I was always in safe hands.

I was travelling alone, but within minutes of meeting people at the airport, friendships were made and a lovely group was born. Two thirds of the group knew each other previously but this did not really impact on the group dynamics, everyone integrated well.

This trek took me way out of my comfort zone…I have reasonable fitness level, but I found this so hard, particularly the summit night when altitude sickness descended. But it made the success all the sweeter when I reached the very top of highest freestanding mountain in the world. Ages in our group ranged from 19-74, young and young at heart got to the top, so it really is achievable for all with the right mindset and support.

Dave gave clear guidelines to follow from the outset, rest is best, hydration, pace and relaxation…his support, enthusiasm and vast experience gave me so much confidence in my ability to succeed. Dave constantly encourages, jokes, entertains and manages people in a fun and positive way, striving to give each individual person such an epic experience. He balances that comedic, approachable charm with military organisation and calm professionalism – it is most certainly Dave and his ethos that gives Edge Travel the ‘edge’ above other similar operators.

I could have booked this trip directly with any tour guide in Tanzania, but to be able to draw on Dave’s expertise and knowledge leading up to the trip as well as whilst we were away was invaluable.

Only one small flaw in the itinerary, it would have been wonderful to have an additional day by the pool in our hotel at the end with our group to digest our achievements and raise a toast with a few Kilimanjaro beers! That was just the luck of the draw with the flights and not a complaint, I guess I should have just booked that extra week in Zanzibar after all.

I am rather proud to achieved what I have with the help of Edge Travel, it is all still sinking in and already I can’t wait to plan the next adventure…

Paul, Sandbach

I went on the 2019 trek and what an incredible trip! Certainly tougher than I expected especially on the final ascent but well worth it to have the experience of standing on the roof of Africa. The diversity of landscapes that are experienced throughout the trek is amazing. I would like to highlight that throughout the trip Dave and the team in Tanzania were incredible and the whole trip was made easier knowing that I was in completely safe hands and would thank everyone for their professionalism, care and attention. One of the many memorable moments for me was on the final ascent walk the Tanzania team could see that people were flagging and began singing which I know had an inspirational impact on me and certainly helped get me to the top and speaking to others it had a similar effect. I would not hesitate to recommend Edge Travel to others and also am looking forward to going on another Edge trek.

Angela, Sheffield

I did this trip with Dave in 2017. From start to finish it was the most emotional experience of my life. It was bloody hard, testing and satisfying. I choose the right company for my experience that goes without saying. I didn’t know anyone on the trip but from the end of day 1 I made friends for life and I genuinely mean that. I adore everyone of the team I walked with.
If your looking for a challenge I would defo recommend this one.

Paulina, Spalding

Tanzania and Kilimanjaro was my first trip I did with EDGE. I remember I kept asking myself before the trip if it was really happening. So it did happen and even that until today it’s still the toughest thing I’ve ever done in my life I feel I found myself on that mountain. Believe or not I actually did it again for the second time six months later! And want to go again.. Am I addicted? 😀
Tanzania feels like another home to me with kind people, tasty food and great scenery. You won’t be disappointed!

Wendy, Llangollen

This was my first EDGE trek with Dave in September 2016. I am 100% certain I wouldn’t have submitted without Dave. He has summited Kilimanjaro over 50 times and his vast experience is very evident. His understanding of every emotion a trekker on this mountain is going through is uncanny. His ability to feed you enough information for a successful trek is invaluable. The pace is slow to allow safe acclimatising. Up until the summit attempt this feels like a trek that only gradually gets more challenging. Summit night was a whole level tougher but reaching the crater rim with sunrise felt like I was on a film set. Summiting was surreal (take plenty of photos) I descended quickly and enjoyed feeling the air thickening again at about the same pace the enormity of what I’d achieved really did start sinking in. I definitely have to do this one again as it still feels like a dream!

Phil, Leeds 20/07/2020

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Mandy, Bury St. Edmunds 20/07/2020

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A great experience from start to finish! Thank you ☺️
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