Trekking Holidays: The Kilimanjaro Climb Adventure

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Rising from the plains of northern Tanzania close to the Kenyan border, Mt Kilimanjaro dominates the surrounding landscape and on a clear day can be seen from almost one hundred miles away.

Climbing to the summit of this beautiful volcano is a fine challenge even if you are not a mountaineer because it is a non-technical climb; everyone from teens to retirees can enjoy the trek, although a fairly decent level of fitness is required.

Although the mountain is only three degrees below the Equator, the peak retains a permanent cover of snow and ice, while the slopes comprise five distinct ecological zones - from lush rainforest to alpine heathland and finally a barren, high-altitude desert - making Mt. Kilimanjaro one of the most beautiful and varied mountains to climb.

Although the climb up Kilimanjaro is challenging, it is achievable for any reasonably fit person with the correct clothing, preparation and a good pair of hiking boots. With the support of a dedicated team of porters and cooks, climbers are well looked after, and all Kilimanjaro climbs are accompanied by experienced guides with first-aid training. The effort of reaching the top is well worth it - watching dawn break from the glacier-clad summit of Uhuru Peak is an unforgettable experience.

As a reward for your climbing exertions, we recommend combining this trip with a luxury safari and/or a relaxing beach holiday at one of the beautiful island destinations along the coast of Tanzania or Kenya.

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Isabel is our 'Trekking Holidays: The Kilimanjaro Climb Adventure' expert and as a seasoned traveller has the inside track on the most memorable adventures.

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