We all have a bucket list of experiences we want to tick off before our days are done. You might not have physically written your list down, but you will probably have thought about a few things you really want to do, and you might have even started putting plans into place to tick them off.
Does this sound familiar?
What is your bucket list?
Most people have a castaway destination on there, an adventure through a foreign land, or maybe a sport that gets the adrenaline pumping. But the thing about bucket lists is that they are entirely personal, and nobody has a carbon copy of anyone else’s. One entry that tends to make a lot of repeat visits on worldwide bucket lists however is climbing Mount Kilimanjaro.
Yes, it is possible!
Many people wrongly think that climbing this huge volcanic mountain is simply for the experienced adventurers out there, or perhaps celebrities raising money for a hugely beneficial cause. The truth of the matter is that thousands of people climb Kilimanjaro every year, and provided you heed advice and do your research; your trip – should you decide upon it, must be safe, uneventful, and stunning for all the right reasons.
To give you an idea of the sheer scale of the task at hand here, Kilimanjaro is a huge 5895 metres high, and as you travel towards the famous summit, you will pass through various different landscapes and experience different ecosystems, depending on the amount of altitude you are at. Of course, there are risks associated with such an epic feat, but that is where caution and research comes in.
If you have always had this adventure in mind, perhaps now is the time to put your plans into action? A guided tour is always the best way to experience such a wonder of nature, because not only do you not have to do endless amounts of research on specific routes, but your guide will be able to tell you all about the wonder of what you are seeing, really enriching your trip beyond measure. There are countless Kilimanjaro trekking tours available, and it’s a case of doing your own research into which is best for you.
One of the best times to visit Kilimanjaro is between January and March. The downside of this is that you are likely to encounter more in the way of crowds, but the weather will be optimum at this time, and visibility is fantastic. Temperatures are mild during these months, and rain is low, with low snowfall also, although it is possible to experience a little during the first half of the year. As you move towards the latter end of March, the rainy season starts to make an appearance, and this can be when conditions aren’t so great, although crowds are less.
Many people aren’t aware that at the summit of this beast is a small wooden box, which is full of tales left by those who have reached the top. Quite a sombre and gentle contradiction when you consider the might of nature they have just climbed!