5,895 metres high
Mount Kilimanjaro is the tallest mountain in Africa and the highest free-standing mountain in the world.
Only 66% of climber succeed
Approximately 25,000 people attempt to summit Mt. Kilimanjaro annually. Approximately two-thirds are successful. Altitude-related problems is the most common reason climbers turn back.
A 9 day expedition
The trip will take a total of 9 days with time allowed for acclimatisation
Climbing Kilimanjaro has been on my bucket list ever since Gareth and I were on a flight from Nairobi to Zanzibar on our honeymoon and the pilot came on the speaker to inform us that on our right was Mount Kilimanjaro.
I will never forget the image of the summit sitting above the clouds. I can still see it now. And so can you – Gareth took a picture!
That was more than 6 years ago!
Until now the opportunity just hasn’t transpired, but what a 6 years it’s been. 2 house moves, 3 children, a dog and everything else in between, along with a very supportive husband, friends and family has meant 2017 is the year to tick it off the bucket list.
Walking for me connects me to Louis in a way that nothing else can.
Deciding to complete the three peaks on what would have been Louis’ 1st birthday was necessary for me at the time to be the best possible mum to Freddie and the best possible new version of myself. Training which mostly involved walking with Sam (the dog) allowed me to spend that time being with my little angel.
Kilimanjaro seemed like an obvious next challenge and my renewed motivation came soon after Evie was born. The desire for a challenge and a new focus materialised after positing an innocent message on Facebook asking if anyone fancied taking on Africa’s highest peak with me and low and behold here we are.
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Mount Kilimanjaro is the highest free-standing mountain in the world at a spectacular height of 5,895 metres above sea level. (Mount Everest is just more than 2,950 metres higher!)
This mountain towers above the surrounding arid plains, where wildebeest and elephants roam.
The ice cap on top of Kilimanjaro has shrunk by as much as 80% over the last hundred years – higher temperatures mean the ice is melting! Scientists predict Kilimanjaro’s glaciers will be gone by the middle of the 21st century.
The youngest person to have climbed Mt Kilimanjaro is currently Keats Boyd from Los Angeles, who reached the summit in January 2008 at the age of 7.
Spanish mountain runner, Kilian Jornet, made the fastest ascent up the mountain in September 2010, at just 22 years of age. He reached the top of the Mountain in a startling 5 hours, 23 minutes and 50 seconds.
The oldest couple to have reached Kilimanjaro’s summit is Martin Kafer at 85, followed by his wife, Esther at 84. The Canadian-Swiss couple reached the Mountain’s summit in October 2012.
Douglas Adams, the late famous author of the legendary Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy series, took part in a Mt Kilimanjaro hike dressed in a rhinoceros suit for the British charity organisation, Save the Rhino International.