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Kilimanjaro makes you feel on top of the world

Having scaled the likes of Ben Nevis and Snowdon, budding mountaineers from the UK are left with little else to achieve within the shores of Great Britain. I think that once these have been mastered, any serious climber worth his or her salt must seriously consider the next natural step to satisfy their need for a challenge.

I have found that Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania certainly fits the bill. While trekking to the top of the highest points in the UK is decent enough practice, there is little to prepare you for the sheer size of the African landmark. Not being the most gifted athlete, I thought that maybe I had bitten off more than I could chew when I attempted to scale the monstrous peak.

However, thankfully those who had embarked on this path before me had stumbled across what is now called the Rongai route, which offers a far more comfortable (although still challenging) passage to the summit than the Machame route. Even though the more seasoned adventurers may relish the latter, I was quite happy to settle for the easier, but equally scenic walk.

Few places around the world can offer the same thrill as this Tanzanian hotspot. Many tourists, myself included, combine their trip up the tallest peak in Africa with a bit of safari-based fun. With the Serengeti in close proximity, it is hard to think of another destination that can appeal to wildlife and nature lovers as much as this.

Yes, it is far from easy and of course you need to have a certain level of fitness to even consider tackling the great Kilimanjaro, but I can assure you the rewards for laying off the chocolate, pizza and chips are immense. The feeling once you reach the top of the snow-capped mountain is hard to describe, but those who have claimed in the past that the experience changed their lives for the better tend not to be exaggerating.

5
(average rating, based on 2 reviews)
Trip type: 
Walking & Trekking
Trekking level: 
5. Strenuous
Max group size: 
12

Kilimanjaro - Lemosho Route

Africa, Tanzania | 12 days
Trip code: 
YKXL
View of Kilimanjaro - Tanzania
The Lemosho Route is the most scenic and unspoilt of all the Kilimanjaro options traversing beautiful forests and moorlands.

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Unpublished
5
(average rating, based on 3 reviews)
Trip type: 
Walking & Trekking
Trekking level: 
5. Strenuous
Max group size: 
17

Kilimanjaro - Marangu Route

Africa, Tanzania | 10 days
Trip code: 
Old-KL
Summit morning - Kilimanjaro, Tanzania
Challenging climb to the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro on the only hutted route.

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Unpublished
5
(average rating, based on 9 reviews)
Trip type: 
Walking & Trekking
Trekking level: 
5. Strenuous
Max group size: 
17

Kilimanjaro – Machame Route

Africa, Tanzania | 10 days
Trip code: 
KM
Kilimanjaro - Tanzania
Challenging camping trek to Africa's highest peak, Kilimanjaro.

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Unpublished
4.42857
(average rating, based on 13 reviews)
Trip type: 
Walking & Trekking
Trekking level: 
5. Strenuous
Max group size: 
17

Kilimanjaro - Rongai Route

Africa, Tanzania | 10 days
Trip code: 
KR
On the trek - Tanzania
A quieter route to Kilimanjaro’s summit with views across the Serengeti.

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Unpublished
4
(average rating, based on 1 review)
Trip type: 
Walking & Trekking
Trekking level: 
5. Strenuous
Max group size: 
17

Peaks of Tanzania

Africa, Tanzania | 14 days
Trip code: 
KU
Mount Meru - Tanzania
Exciting and challenging treks to climb Tanzania’s two highest peaks.

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