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.

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.

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.

Who’s joining us? To help you decide, have a watch of this video:

 

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.

 

Author: EDGE Team – Dave Pickles & Charis Hayden

 

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