Many people seek adventure in their life; many like to live life on the edge. One of the more popular, but also more exciting adventure sports that a person can take part in is mountain climbing or mountaineering.
There are several mountains that retain a sort of legendary air about them, either due to their sheer height or the stories of difficulty in surmounting to the tops of their peaks. Everest is one, as it is the highest mountain in the world. However, it has become so popular that by now, people must line up to take turns to climb its peak.
Mount Kilimanjaro, located in Tanzania, near the border of Kenya, is the African continent’s highest mountain peak with an altitude of 19,340 feet above sea level. It also happens to be the world’s tallest free-standing mountain, unlike other mountain peaks that are part of a mountain chain. It is famous for its rare surroundings, and the unique presence it has as Africa’s tallest mountain, with a snow-capped peak looking out over hot African savanna. However, due to climate change, the snow on the peak is rapidly disappearing; therefore it would be best and more picturesque for your adventure to visit Kilimanjaro sooner rather than later. It also enjoys much popularity thanks to its relatively easy climb, and is, therefore, an excellent choice for those looking to try out mountaineering and/or trekking on their adventure travel holiday.
The mountain, thanks to its location, is rich in wildlife and plant life. There is a high diversity of wildlife thanks to the latitudinal gradients, and at each different level of the mountain, you are bound to come across different kinds of plants and animals. It is a wonderful trek for naturalists and adrenaline-seekers.
Located near the Tanzania/Kenya border, Mount Kilimanjaro is popular with tourists and locals alike. Thanks to its enjoyable popularity, there are many different adventure tours that organize treks up the mountain. There are a myriad of different options when it comes to climbing Mount Kilimanjaro. However, one rule stands above all others: you must have a licensed guide to climb the mountain. Many times, porters or sherpas, as well as cooks and camp attendants also attend the trips to help carry gear. The average cost for a climb can range anywhere from £500 to £4000. It is customary to carry some cash to tip the native camp helpers and porters. They often also lack adequate outdoor gear (mostly clothing) so if you have any to spare that would also make an excellent tip.
The Kilimanjaro climb itself is relatively easy as the path is well-traversed and marked, and you usually are climbing in a group of people and you have your guide who is well experienced. There are six official routes sanctioned for climbing the mountain as well as well-established camps along the way. The typical trek may last anywhere from 2 to 6 days, depending on what altitude you begin your climb.