Mount Kilimanjaro is undoubtedly one of the world’s greatest outdoor challenges. It is the highest trekkable mountain in the world, the largest freestanding mountain in the world, the highest mountain in Africa and has the only snowfields on the equator. Reaching the top of Kilimanjaro is a very significant undertaking, not to be taken lightly.
Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro is actually a good deal more difficult than most people think. This is not a straightforward walk in the park, it is a gruelling, arduous and potentially very dangerous trek. The vast majority of trekkers do not completely get their heads around this fact until their trek is underway. Kilimanjaro may well be the most physically demanding thing you ever do, but also one of the most rewarding.
Mount Kilimanjaro also just happens to be situated close to perhaps the greatest safari area in Africa, lying just 100km east of Ngorongoro and Serengeti. It is also within an hour hop by light aircraft of the tropical beaches and superb diving off the islands of Zanzibar. Which means that a trek on Kilimanjaro can be used as the backbone to an extremely cool longer adventure within East Africa.
So long as you are sufficiently fit, well prepared and well guided, then Mount Kilimanjaro should reward you with an experience of genuinely life-punctuating magnitude. It is the closest most of us will ever come to experiencing a genuine expedition, the deep and powerful camaraderie of a team working together in adverse circumstances to reach an extraordinary goal. People who know the mountain understand the level of achievement that it represents. People who have successfully climbed Kilimanjaro remain proud of the fact for the rest of their lives.