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Ten Reasons To Hike Mount Kilimanjaro

Why do over 40,000 people aspire to summit the world’s highest freestanding peak and Africa’s highest? Mount Kilimanjaro is now known as “Everyman’s Everest” because of its popularity. (See Kilimanjaro hiking packages for more information.)

From the most practical to the most philosophical, these are the top ten reasons why you should tackle Mount Kilimanjaro:

1. Mount Kilimanjaro is the highest peak in Africa and one of the seven mountains. To reach the summits, no technical skills or climbing equipment are required. In other words, a novice with no prior experience climbing large mountains can reach the summit safely and successfully.

Mount Kilimanjaro is technically the easiest of the world’s Seven Summits to climb.

2. A one-week journey from the equator to the north pole. Kilimanjaro is a snow-covered equatorial mountain. Climbing Kilimanjaro in a week is equivalent to climbing from the equator to the North Pole. It causes drastic changes in vegetation and animal life on a daily basis. It is thus one of the world’s greatest wonders.

3. A world unto itself. Did you know that? While the entire United States has seven climate zones, Mount Kilimanjaro has five. The Mountain provides an out-of-this-world experience, with stunning changes in vegetation and climate creating the sensation of “traveling through different worlds in just a few hours.”

The five climatic zones of Kilimanjaro.

Farmlands, tiny settlements, and coffee and fruit plantations are examples of cultivation.

The rainforest is home to the majority of species.

Heather-Moorland: Shrubs and unusual flora abound.

Alpine Desert: Distinctive landscapes with volcanic rocks of various forms and sizes, as well as severe temperatures.

Glacier Summit is located in an Arctic zone.

4. Kilimanjaro is a beautiful place to reconnect with nature. Staying at least four nights in a tent and wandering through various vegetation is invigorating and can help you reconnect with nature, especially if you are coming from a big city.

5. The mountain that motivates. Whether you want to inspire yourself or others, ascending Kilimanjaro can help. Kilimanjaro is located in Tanzania, the first country in East Africa to gain independence from colonial powers (it was previously known as Tanganyika). “We, the people of Tanganyika, would like to light a candle and place it on the top of Mount Kilimanjaro which would shine beyond our borders giving hope where there was despair, love where there was hatred, and dignity where there was only humiliation,” said soon-to-be President Julius Nyerere before independence in 1959. The top is now known as Uhuru Peak, after the Swahili word for “Freedom.”

Fact: President Nyerere went on to inspire freedom and liberate countries in East and Southern Africa.

6. A hotspot for climate change research, global warming is one of the most disputed topics, with many advocating for and against it, from senior global leaders to youthful activists, all with strong convictions. Kilimanjaro’s receding glaciers have long been touted as evidence to support claims for global warming, making it one of the ideal places to clear your doubts and take a stand.

7. Hiking Kilimanjaro is not a difficult but also not an easy undertaking, with many hikers claiming it is one of the most physically and mentally hard tasks they have undertaken. Climb Kilimanjaro, stand on Africa’s roof, and see the world in a new light.

A mountain summit is a place for inspiration, vision, and a fresh start. Juluka’s renowned song goes, “I’m sittin’ on top of Kilimanjaro, I can see a new tomorrow.” I’m perched on Kilimanjaro. I let go of all my sorrows.

Tip: Climbing Kilimanjaro is a good feat to be proud of.

Kilimanjaro, Beautiful and Stunning. The panorama from the trailhead to the summit is breathtaking, from the lush green foliage to the kissing rock. You will be rewarded with beautiful scenery, views of sunrises and sunsets, the peak, and, if you arrange ahead of time, a spectacular view of the full moon.

Other reasons to consider trekking Mount Kilimanjaro

9. Africa’s top safaris, since you’ll already be in Tanzania, a safari to the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater is a worthwhile extension that you shouldn’t miss, given that these wildlife areas are perhaps the best in the world. However, they are only the tip of the iceberg in Tanzania, which has over 26 national parks (see Serengeti safari packages).

Tanzania is home to over half of the world’s lions.

10. Beach expansions, Tanzania has a long coastline, but the archipelago islands of Zanzibar are best recognized for their clear waters and beautiful beaches. (See beach elongation)

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