Being asked “Would you like to come and climb Mount Kilimanjaro with us?” is not a question you hear very often. For me it was a first and i’m guessing it might have been for you too.
So when Martin Edwards from Bench Africa told me he was taking a travel industry group on a trek up one of the world’s most famed mountains and asked if I might like to join I jumped at the chance.
I then nervously thought, “What exactly have I just signed myself up for?”
Mount Kilimanjaro or ‘Kili’ as it’s affectionately known is in Tanzania, East Africa, right on the border with Kenya and is the tallest mountain on the African continent and the highest freestanding mountain in the world.
Our 8-day/7-night epic adventure will depart on the 29th October and after flying into Kilimanjaro Airport and Moshi town will take the Rongai Route up to the Summit of ‘The roof of Africa’ and back in 6 days.
The Rongai route ascends Kilimanjaro from the northeastern side of the mountain, along the border between Tanzania and Kenya. This alternative route retains a sense of unspoilt wilderness and offers a different perspective on Kilimanjaro by approaching it from the north.
Thankfully there’s no talk of ice picks, oxygen tanks or crampons and the climb itself is well paced with some tough moments but mostly steady ones which mean this climb really is for anyone with a moderate level of fitness and an appetite for achievement.
The final leg of the journey upwards to the Uhuru Peak at 5,895m will happen during a full moon so you can imagine ascending under a moonlit sky to reach the summit and THAT moment to savour when first light comes. Oh yes.
As Martin puts it, the trip promises to be life changing for everyone in so many ways.
“Everyone that has signed up for the trip so far has their own reason and story for wishing to take on this challenge. Whether it’s a personal goal, a chance to raise money for a charity, an opportunity to improve their health or just to tick it off the bucket list. From shop owners & directors, to travel consultants and people from the industry at large, this Kili climb brings different people together all with the same target in mind – to reach the summit!”
My purpose for going is to create awareness around our ‘Travel to change the World’ initiative and to raise funds for the much needed and Australian founded charity – Save the African Rhino Foundation who have worked tirelessly for the last 30 years in Africa to help stamp out poaching and exploitation.
So do you feel like a positive challenge and want to tick off a bucket list item with a group of likeminded travel industry folks too? This is your trip!
THE 8 DAY/7 NIGHT ADVENTURE INCLUDES: Kilimanjaro trekking, Professional/English-speaking guide, Mountain crew, Overnight stays in hotels and mountain tents, Camping equipment, Meals according to the itinerary, Drinking water, All national park fees and all mentioned transfers
PRICING: The 8 day/7 night trip is priced at a reduced rate for industry of $2,195 per person (Saving $740 off normal price).
EXCLUDES: Flights, sleeping bag, tipping, drinks, visa and insurance.
Single Room/Tent Supplement: $265 per person
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