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Dont Let the Altitude Go to Your Head

Posted January 31, 2014 | Comments Off on Dont Let the Altitude Go to Your Head

Climbing Kilimanjaro can be an extremely challenging trek for you whatever your fitness level and generally it’s not your lack of fitness that stops you from reaching the summit but how well your body is able to cope with the altitude.

Complex physiological changes happen within the body once you climb above 2500m. The air you breath becomes thinner, meaning you take in less oxygen. Climb too quickly and your body has a hard time adjusting to this change.

We say don’t let the altitude go to your head because everyone experiences it differently and if you take the trek at the right pace and listen to your guides and porters, you should escape any real altitude problems without any worries at all.

When you reach the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro the amount of oxygen that is generally available for you is halved and your body has to work a lot harder for the oxygen that’s available to reach your vital organs.

Dont Let the Altitude Go to Your Head

Everyone that decides to take on the challenge of climbing Mount Kilimanjaro should be aware of the symptoms of altitude sickness, although it really isn’t possible to acclimatise to the high altitude completely as there really isn’t enough oxygen to maintain the body for a long period of time, you can acclimatise for a short period so you can reach the summit.

It’s so important that you pace yourself and something you will hear constantly throughout your trek will be “Pole pole” which is Swahili for slow and steady. You need to always keep this in mind because they say it for your well-being.

Keeping well hydrated is very important because it’s extremely easy to dehydrate at such a high altitude without even realising it. The air is extremely dry and your body adjusts to the high altitude by eliminating more water. Generally 4-5 liters of water a day is recommended but all of this is taken care of for you with the right trekking company.

The trained and experienced guides will be continually checking on your welfare and your safety at every stage of the ascent and descent, because your safety in reaching the summit and back is their priority.

Altitude sickness or acute mountain sickness (AMS) occurs when the body fails to adapt quickly enough to the reduced amount of oxygen at higher altitudes. This can result in nausea, bad headaches, dizziness and feelings of complete exhaustion.

One of the main causes of altitude sickness is climbing too high too quickly. That’s why slow and steady is definitely the best way to climb Mount Kilimanjaro.

Before you decide to climb Mount Kili, it is a good idea to visit your doctor to get the once over and be given the all clear for your climb. Your doctor will also be able to recommend some medication to help prevent altitude sickness.

It’s also important that your guides carry the appropriate medical equipment for your trek and are trained as Wilderness First Responders.The equipment should include radios, oxygen and recompression bags to deal will altitude sickness should you experience it as a bare minimum.

Take the time to fully prepare yourself for your climb on Mount Kilimanjaro because the more you prepare the better your experience will be.

Happy Chinese New Year or Gong Xi Fa Cai to all of our Chinese client’s, from everyone here at Trekili we hope the year of the Horse is an auspicious one for you.

The Birds and Animals of Kilimanjaro

Posted January 28, 2014 | Comments Off on The Birds and Animals of Kilimanjaro

There is an immense wildlife population on Mount Kilimanjaro and also in the forest that covers the lower slopes, and despite the tough climate they all thrive up there.

You’ll find 140 different species of mammals that live on Mount Kilimanjaro including 25 antelopes, 24 different species of bats, 7 primates and 25 carnivores. You will also find 7 larger mammals including buffalos, bushbacks, red duiker, grey duiker and tree hyrax. Three primate species can also be found in the montane forest, bushbabies, black and white colobus monkeys and the blue monkey.

The birds and animals of Kilimanjaro are the heartbeat of this land.

If you’re looking to spot any larger wildlife such as giraffes and elephants, they tend to live in the areas surrounding Kilimanjaro and Meru. Right from the moment you arrive in Arusha (depending on your itinerary and trekking route selected) you are sure to at least catch a glimpse of these truly magnificent creatures.

Arusha National Park covers 552 square kilometres which is dominated by Mount Meru and the snow capped peak of Kilimanjaro in the distance. You will find animals such as leopards, spotted hyenas, giraffes, warthogs, bushbuck and blue monkeys, and water buffalos.

the birds and animals of kilimanjaro

If your aim is to go birding (which is a definite must do for keen bird watches) then you can expect to see the laughing dove, silvery-cheeked hornbill, brown breasted barbet, white-browed robin chat and the olive thrush.

The weather conditions of Mount Kilimanjaro can be severe when you climb above 4000 metres. During the day you can expect temperatures of over 35 degrees and then as darkness falls the temperatures can plummet to well below freezing.

The creatures that can stand these extreme changes in temperature are insects and spiders because no other creature dare venture up this far! Although you may see one or two birds of prey looking for their next meal this will only be for a very short period of time as they cannot survive in these extreme temperatures and high altitude for very long!

The Serengeti hosts the largest terrestrial mammal migration in the world.

An interesting story about Kilimanjaro is of the frozen leopard which was found on the summit in 1926, which was made famous by Ernest Hemingway’s book ‘The Snows of Kilimanjaro’. It’s a mystery what the leopard was doing at such a high altitude but to this day will always remain one of Kilimanjaro’s great tales.

You’ll find the vegetation on the slopes of Mt Meru spectacular and it’s also extremely rich in wildlife. Expect to see water buffaloes, warthog and giraffes as you trek along. You may be lucky enough to walk in between the giraffes as they are feeding on the vegetation above them.

If you decide to take the Marangu route then expect to run into the fascinating blue monkeys. They are extremely friendly creatures and certainly not worried about coming into contact with humans. They tend to congregate around the Mandara Huts, which is why that part of the forest above the Mandara Huts is called the monkey forest.

Look out for the silvery-cheeked hornbill which you may likely see on your climb up Kilimanjaro. You can catch then hanging out in the trees or if you’re lucky, you may see one in flight which is a wonderful sight.

We’ve only touched on a few of the birds and animals that you will find on Mount Kilimanjaro, Mount Meru and the surrounding parklands, so when you finally experience it for yourself, you too will be amazed at the magnificent creatures that can be seen here.

There really is no place on earth quite like Tanzania.

Kilimanjaro Inspired Songs

Posted January 25, 2014 | Comments Off on Kilimanjaro Inspired Songs

Singing can be a great motivator and comfort on your trek up the mountain. Music, song and dance are embedded deep within the soul of the Tanzanians, and Kilimanjaro has a dramatic affect on all those who study, encounter and climb it.

So it’s not surprising that many songs (and books) have been inspired by the snow capped roof of Africa.

kilimanjaro porters song

Kilimanjaro Inspired Songs

Les Neiges du Kilimandjaro (The Snows of Kilimanjaro) by Pascal Danel was a song written and released in 1966. The song has inspired many cover versions in different languages.

The song has even inspired a French film with the same title, directed by Robert Guédiguian, so it’s clearly had a big impact on modern day culture.

The 80’s was a major time for Kilimanjaro songs and inspired the following;

“Africa” by Toto was inspired by an exhibition one of the drummers saw as a child in New York. The images of Kilimanjaro were enough for him to write this smash hit of the 80’s.

“Sitting on the Top of Kilimanjaro” by Juluka was also a big hit in the 1980’s with the words “I can see a new tomorrow” reflective of the way people feel when they reach the summit.

“Kilimanjaro” by The Teardrop Explodes was a single on the same titled album, also a huge hit for the band.

Kilimanjaro has inspired songs of worship, chill out music and has been featured in the lyrics of many songs over the past few decades.

The guides and porters can often be heard singing on the treks up Mount Meru and Kilimanjaro. There are songs which mean a great deal to the Kilimanjaro porters which they will often sing during your trek.

It is an amazing and heartwarming experience to hear and witness the joy of the porters singing and dancing, and one which you will always remember and hold dear.

You cannot make it to the top of mount Kili without the guides and porters, and they cannot make a living on the mountain they love without you, and for that they show their gratitude by getting you to the summit and back safely and by singing you their song.

If you’re planning an eco trekking expedition in the mountains of Tanzania then why not learn the lyrics and impress the porters by singing along with them on your trek.

Here are the lyrics:

JAMBO BWANA SONG

Jambo, Jambo Bwana (Hello, Hello Sir)
Habari gani (How are you?)
Mzuri sana (Very fine)
Wageni, mwakaribishwa (Foreigners, you’re welcome)
Kilimanjaro yetu (to Kilimanjaro)
Hakuna Matata (There is no problem)

KILIMANJARO SONG

Kilimanjaro, Kilimanjaro,
Kilimanjaro, mlima mrefu sana.
Na Mawenzi, na Mawenzi,
Na Mawenzi, mlima mrefu sana.
Ewe nyoka, ewe nyoka,
Ewe nyoka, mbona waninzungukaa.

It means:

Kilimanjaro, Kilimanjaro,
Kilimanjaro, long mountain journey.
And Mawenzi, and Mawenzi,
And Mawenzi, long mountain journey.
As a snake, as a snake,
As a snake, it winds all around.”

What’s your favourite song, book or film that’s been inspired by Kilimanjaro and why?

What Does It Feel Like to Climb Kilimanjaro?

Posted January 21, 2014 | Comments Off on What Does It Feel Like to Climb Kilimanjaro?

We’re often asked the question what does it feel like to climb Kilimanjaro by people who have summited many other mountains and those who dream about summitting a mountain one day.

It is of course easy for us to recall how we felt every time we’ve climbed Kili but climbing Kili is a personal experience and evokes different feelings and emotions for each and every person.

You feel a whole host of emotions from start to finish which have a major impact on your experience and the memories you take with you.

modern day marco conquering kilimanjaro

Climbing a mountain can be such a cathartic experience, and many come down a different person than the person that climbed up. But it’s hard to give an answer exactly as to why.

Perhaps it’s the trek itself that gives one time to reflect? Perhaps it’s the humbling experience of visiting one of the poorest countries in the world? Or is it the inspirational landscape that simply puts everything into perspective?

It has been said that in order to reach the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro, you first have to reach the summit of the mountain in your mind. This is because in order to reach the top, you have to overcome the mental obstacles in your head that will inevitably creep in even if you’re an experienced mountain trekker.

Doubt is an unwanted emotion but inevitably it is always there when embarking on an expedition of this magnitude.

Climbing Kili is like visiting all four corners of the globe in just a few days, so it’s not surprising that this has a rather huge emotional impact on those with a desire to reach the summit.

modern day marco conquering kilimanjaro 2

If you set out on your trekking expedition with a group of total strangers, you can be certain you’ll come back down with a group of friends for life. People have made incredible friendships and relationships through this phenomenal experience which bonds you together forever.

There’s almost an invisible thread that runs through you once you’ve sumitted the mountain and that thread connects you to everyone else who made that climb. It is this connection and passion for trekking Kilimanjaro that Trekili was established.

When you reach each part to the summit there’s a different view which stirs up different emotions. Reaching the summit is a big deal, not every person who climbs Kilimanjaro reaches the top for varying reasons, so when you do, when you’ve gone through the physical and mental challenges, it feels quite simply incredible.

A travel blogger called Samantha Phelan who has dubbed herself the Modern Day Marco, took the challenge to climb Mount Kili and describes how she felt at each stage of the climb. You can read here review here:

http://www.moderndaymarco.com/2013/01/27/conquering-kilimanjaro-the-aftermath/

Her most noticeable expressions were “high on endorphins”, “adrenaline”, “excited”, “breathtaking” and “feeling groovy”.

We would be inclined to agree with Samantha. There is no feeling quite like summiting the highest freestanding mountain in the world, and seeing this incredible part of the world from the roof of Africa.

You can sit there and wonder what it feels like to climb Kilimanjaro or you can get out there and discover those feelings for yourself.

Get in touch with Trekili today and we’ll help you put together your trekking expedition so you too can experience the awesomeness of climbing the great Mount Kilimanjaro.

What Boots to Climb Kilimanjaro?

Posted January 17, 2014 | Comments Off on What Boots to Climb Kilimanjaro?

When you’re planning a mountain trek there are many things you have to take into account and all of equal importance but right at the top of your list has to be your footwear.

Your boots should ideally be the first thing you purchase so that you can wear them throughout your mountain training in preparation for your trek. The quicker you become one with your trekking boots, the less likely you will be to suffer from blisters on your travels.

So what boots to climb Kilimanjaro?

We have climbed Mt Kili (and countless other mountains across the world) more times than we’ve had hot showers, so we know a thing or two about suggesting what boots work best.

The most important thing we can recommend is buying a mid-length boot so that it has plenty of ankle support. Because the terrain on Kili is so diverse throughout the ascent and descent, you need a good amount of stabilisation in your boot to help you deal with those continual challenges.

It would be a great shame to miss out on summiting Mount Kilimanjaro because of a sprained ankle. The investment in a good pair of hiking boots is worth the achievement of summiting Kili, and any other mountain trekking you do, because a good pair of boots will take you a long way.

We recommend waterproof boots and ideally ones which incorporate Gor-Tex technology because this is tried and tested. Got-Tex produces the best waterproof results in all weather conditions because the material is also windproof and lightweight. The boots also tend to be better quality as standard.

Some people recommend wearing gaters. This is a personal choice but they can come in handy through the rainforest part of the trek. You can purchase ones which are midlength or right up to the knee. All good gaters would also have the Got-Tex technology.

Vibram soled shoes are by far the best in terms of grip and impact absorption. Vibram was invented in Italy specifically for mountaineers and trekkers and helped the Italian expedition team reach the summit of K2 in 1954 for the first time.

When you go to purchase your trek boots, take your time, ask as many questions as you need, and make sure they are completely right for you. Your feet are individual and on a trek to the summit of Mount Kili, you need to make sure the boots you choose will be an aid in that expedition and not the reason you didn’t make it to the top!

Here’s our favourite make of boots

We personally use Scarpa boots. Their boots have taken us all over the world, and while we have no affiliation with them whatsoever, we can personally recommend them to you because we love them.

REBEL LITE GTX

scarpa REBEL LITE GTX

REBEL LITE GTX WMS

scarpa REBEL LITE GTX WMS

Choosing the right socks is also important. We recommend socks which contain Merino wool because it helps to regulate your body temperature. Smartwool socks have the ability to wick sweat away and keep your feet dry and warm. The wool also helps to prevent hypothermia and contains antibacterial properties.

Which ever boots you choose, wear them as often as possible before your trek and we’re sure you’ll become firm friends on your mount Kilimanjaro summit and beyond.

Locally Owned and Operated Trekking Company

Posted January 14, 2014 | Comments Off on Locally Owned and Operated Trekking Company

As Trekili is a locally owned and operated trekking company, we are ideally placed to offer a superior service for your trekking expedition.

A number of international mountain trekking tour operators have never even set foot in Tanzania which means they have to outsource to local services without ever having met the people they have working for them. While this is not necessarily a cause for alarm, it is worth keeping in mind when you choose a trekking company because this level of disconnection can and has lead to shortcuts and compromise in safety.

So what are the benefits of choosing a locally owned trekking company to climb Mount Kilimanjaro?

Locally Owned and Operated Trekking Company

The beauty of choosing a locally owned trekking operator is that they have handpicked the very best porters and guides, have a better understanding of the area and know the mountain intimately. If the porters are working for a professional company, they are paid well, enjoy their work, which results in them providing a first class service for those seeking to summit Mt Kili.

The harsh reality is that the regulations in place are not always adhered to by tour operators because they don’t all use the money you pay them to pay all of the fee’s required or pay the porters and guides a fair wage.

Budget tour operators have been known to use bribes so they can cut prices and pocket the difference.

If corners are cut then so are safety measures and equipment. Money is obviously an important factor but when it comes to your health and safety, nothing is more important.

Because of the obstacles put in your way with lack of permits, poor equipment and unhappy porters, choosing a low budget tour operator can mean that you never make it to the summit.

Safety and enjoyment are honestly worth your investment in a responsible Mount Kilimanjaro tour operator.

It is said that a trekkers success to reach the summit of Kili is purely down to the tour operator they choose to summit with.

We recommend you choose an expedition company that has hand picked their guides, regularly provide them with the latest safety training, regular refresher training and pays them a good salary. This will ensure you are well taken care of from the moment you arrive to when you fly home.

If you like to travel with a conscience, it is important that you choose a trekking company that clearly explain their values. If a tour operator is upfront with their values and provide you with the information for you to make an informed decision, then they are definitely worth getting in touch with to find out more.

When you invest in a luxury trekking holiday you are ensuring you book with the best. You can expect the highest level of respect for environment and safety because a substantial investment has been made in both time and money to ensure the highest level of service is provided.

If we can suggest anything about your choice of trekking tour operator, it is to choose one with passion. Passion for Tanzania, passion for perfection, passion for the Kilimanjaro people, passion for the environment, passion for safety and passion for providing you with a luxury trekking service.

Because Trekili is a locally run business, it allows us to keep the costs low whilst still providing a high level luxury trekking service. We work closely with the local communities and authorities to ensure Mount Kilimanjaro brings in a fair wage for its people and leaves a positive lasting impression on those who climb to the roof of Africa.

Get in touch and put us through our paces to make sure we’re the right company for your eco trekking holiday in Tanzania.

Which Mountain Should I Climb?

Posted January 11, 2014 | Comments Off on Which Mountain Should I Climb?

When you’re considering a “trekking expedition” up a mountain, you’ll no doubt be asking yourself (and others) ‘which mountain should I climb?’

There are of course many options open to you. You could start a little closer to home (which we would recommend in your training) or you may really want a challenge which not only takes you out of the country but out of your comfort zone. You could even be in pursuit of climbing the Seven Summits.

We are of course somewhat bias when it comes to mountain trekking, because we think there’s no better mountain to climb than Mount Kilimanjaro!

which mountain should I climb trekking kilimanjaro

Once you’ve had a taste of trekking from the foothills of Mt Kili right up to the roof of Africa, there is very little else that compares.

There are few mountains in the world which take you through 5 different climate zones and this one is pretty special.

You could of course choose to climb Mount Meru because it is somewhat less of a major challenge for the novice or developing mountain trekker. Meru certainly has its challenges and is in just as beautiful a setting as its dominating big sister.

But why should you climb the great Mt Kilimanjaro?

We love this mountain with a great passion.

You want to know which mountain you should climb, here’s 12 reasons why we think Kilimanjaro should be your mountain of choice.

1. The highest freestanding mountain in the world

2. Set in the beautiful Kilimanjaro National Park, there is no where else on earth quite like this mesmerizing place

3. Surrounded by some of the rarest wildlife and flora in the world, you can expect to see leopards, baboons, elephants, giraffes, bush pigs, honey badgers, buffaloes, colobus monkeys…

4. Reaching the roof of Africa is a life changing experience for every individual but if on a charity trek then this change in life extends out to even more people

5. The most accessible mountain of the 7 Summits because you don’t need any specialist climbing equipment or experience to reach the summit, just a top quality trekking company

6. Everyone can climb – The youngest (so far) is 6 and the oldest 85! The first female paraplegic summited in 2010, and the first quadruple amputee summited in 2012

7. Over 30,000 people a year embark on climbing to the top of Mt Kilimanjaro’s summit, will you be one of them this year?

8. It is one of the cleaner mountains to climb, especially with responsible trekking companies taking an eco approach to their expeditions

9. When you trek Kili you cross an arid savannah, lush rainforest and a snow capped peak, this variation in environment and climate rarely exists anywhere else in the world

10. There is no other view anywhere in the world like the one from the summit of Mt Kilimanjaro

11. By climbing Kilimanjaro you are helping to support the local community and economy which is one of the poorest in the world

12. Reaching the summit of Mt Kili can be a cathartic experience, helping you to put the past behind you and see your life from a fresh perspective

We could go on and on about why you should climb Mt Kilimanjaro but we think it’s probably best that you just come to Tanzania and find out for yourself.

Q: Have you already summited Mount Kili? What made you choose this particular mountain and what was your greatest experience?

Check out this amazing video of what a trek up mount Kili is really like.

http://mattraimondo.com

The Kilimanjaro Climate

Posted January 09, 2014 | Comments Off on The Kilimanjaro Climate

A snow capped mountain in Africa? How can it be? This was indeed the disbelief of many sceptics in 1849 when the intrepid German missionary first discovered the snow peak of Mount Kilimanjaro.

The Geographical Society of London thought it was absurd that snow could exist at such latitudes! The German was proven right though, when Baron Carl Laus von der Decken and Johann Ludwig Krapf confirmed the existence of snow on Mt Kilimanjaro when they carried out research in Tanzania.

So why is Mount Kilimanjaro snow capped? You have to understand the Kilimanjaro climate to get your answer.

the kilimanjaro climate snow summit

Because the trek covers different ecological zones, you start off with a desert like temperature and gradually move closer to an Antarctic temperature, which is why it’s so important to have the right gear and equipment and of course in excellent condition.

Mt Kili has 5 ecological areas, so at each stage of the climb you are faced with different weather conditions which you quickly need to adapt to. With experienced guides and porters, you are well taken care of during your journey to the snow capped summit.

The amazing Kilimanjaro is so unique that it creates its own weather system!

It is very wise to plan your trek around the Kilimanjaro climate because it will play a big part in your expedition. If you’re new to mountain trekking then one of the more favourable weather months would be ideal, and if you’re a hardened and experienced mountaineer then you may prefer more of a challenge.

When you prepare for your Kili climb, be sure to train in all weather conditions because this will hold you in good stead for your expedition challenge up Mount Kilimanjaro.

We think any time is a good time to climb Mount Kili but here’s the lowdown on what you can expect:

January / February – warmest months

March / May – wettest months

June / August – coldest months

September / October – mild

November / December – light rainy season

Farmland – With temperatures reaching around 80F, this is the warmest part of your expedition. Here you will see the villages where a lot of the Kilimanjaro porters and mountain guides were raised and now raise their families. This is a vibrant area which is now used to grow coffee bean shrubs.

Rainforest – This is a lush and dense area with exotic plant life and an abundance of wildlife. As the name suggests, you can expect to experience rainfall and a certain humidity whilst travelling through the rain forest. A truly magical way to start your ascent up Mt Kili.

Mooreland – Temperatures fall away in this heather and moss covered zone. You can expect the temperature to drop to around 40F so this is the area where you will start to adjust your climbing gear. The amazing view really opens up in this zone and you may come across some leopards and elephants if you’re lucky.

Highland Desert – Now the vegetation falls away along with the temperatures and oxygen levels. This is where the climb gets really serious and as it drops to around 20F in the daytime and freezing at night, this is where your warmer gear really comes into play. Aside from a few grasses and hardy plants, this area is barren and the environment becomes more challenging.

Snowy Summit – This area is just like being in the North or South Pole. You will have been totally prepared for the freezing temperatures which can be around 10F or a lot lower / higher depending on how Kili’s climate is feeling that day. Oxygen is cut in half from where you started your climb but because the trek to the summit is taken at a steady pace, you will be well acclimatized to handle the change.

So there you have it. There is now up there, but if you don’t believe us, come and climb the great Mt Kilimanjaro yourself and find out.

Marvelous Mount Meru

Posted January 04, 2014 | Comments Off on Marvelous Mount Meru

mount meru ash cone Marvelous mount Meru is located in the enchanting Arusha National Park. Meru is the second highest peak in Tanzania and is also a volcano which last erupted in 1910.

Mount meru is the little sister of Kilimanjaro closer to the township of Arusha. From the ridge of the ash cone you can see Mt Kili in the distance which is an incredible sight to behold.

Mount Meru in Tanzania is not to be confused with the one which can be found in Buddhist, Jain and Hindu cosmology. Whilst both mountains hold a spiritual connection for many people across the world, only one can be climbed in the physical sense.

The base of the mountain is surrounded by a diverse range of wildlife including water buffalo, blue monkeys, black colobus monkeys, warthogs, over 300 species of birds and even the occasional leopard and elephant.

You will also find a plethora of wild flowers and plants in the parkland and montane forest.

Mount Meru is an ideal mountain trek to do as a stand alone expedition or one to help you acclimatise for your trek up Mt Kilimanjaro.

If you were to start off with a climb up mount Meru and onwards up to the summit of Mount Kili and then to complete your expedition with a safari, this would truly be a holiday of a lifetime.

Meru is the ideal climb for anyone who hasn’t summited before because it is a 4 day trek, and although still a great challenge both physically and mentally, it is easier to acclimatise on Kili’s little sister and especially when you’re with supportive porters and guides.

You are unable to climb Mt Meru alone so it is essential that you book your trek with a reputable expedition company who can safely escort you to the summt and back.

When you book with an experienced trekking company the fees are all taken care of for the entrance, huts, rescue, rangers, climbing guides, trip leader and mountain crew, this is especially important because your safety whilst on a mountain trek is of paramount importance!

To find out more about treks up Mount Meru, Mount Kilimanjaro or an African Safari then please get in touch with us and we will help you to discover the wonders of Southeast Africa.

Personal and Team Expedition Challenges

Posted January 01, 2014 | Comments Off on Personal and Team Expedition Challenges

dont-limit-your-challenges-challenge-your-limitsEvery human needs a challenge! It’s in our nature to want to push ourselves beyond what we believe possible both physically and mentally. Personal and team expedition challenges have become more attainable to the wider public over the past couple of decades. More trekking fun for all.

People take on expedition challenges for a whole host of reasons, whether that be to push beyond the limits, to prove something to themselves, to raise money for charity, to build and develop personal relationships or for a team challenge to develop a more cohesive working relationship.

It is possible to literally have life changing experience when taking on a new challenge. To push beyond anything you’ve done before accomplish a goal like climbing mount Kili changes you regardless if it’s the first time you’ve summited or the 10th, because no two treks are the same.

Time and terrain are two of the most cathartic aspects of embarking on a trekking expedition. To have the time to think about your life from outside your usual habitat and environment can have a dramatic impact on how you live your life once you return.

The different terrains that you experience during your trek up a mountain can also provide you with a fresh perspective on the different terrains you face in life.

At times the path is smoother, flatter and less oppressive but then there’s the times when it seems all uphill, full of boulders and you find it hard to breathe. Pushing through the challenges you face physically, mentally and emotionally when on a trek help you to attain a sense of achievement you don’t often get with any other type of experience or challenge, after all, there are not too many challenges out there (except extreme sports) that can affect your life and safety if not pursued in the correct way.

Completing a trekking expedition challenge can give you the belief that anything is possible, because if you can reach the top of the highest freestanding mountain in the world, then you can do anything!

Trekking to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro is personal development on steroids. You will learn more about yourself or your team mates on a trekking expedition than you would ever from a self help book or from walking on hot coals.

Your challenge climbing Mt Kilimanjaro will result in the most awesome of experiences; with breathtaking views, meeting endearing people, seeing amazing wildlife, and feeling of exhilaration, camaraderie, empathy, confidence and an overwhelming sense of achievement.

In order for humans to thrive, we must grow. In order to grow, we must feed our soul, and we do this by challenging our heart, body and mind.

By taking on an expedition, you challenge every aspect of your very being. Just as the dictionary describes the word ‘challenge’, one has to learn new skills, put in a special effort, battle against terrain, climate and elements, and against the internal struggle to enjoy the stimulation of being engaged in such an undertaking.

personal and team expedition challenges

If you are ready to step out of your comfort zone and take on a new expedition challenge as a team or as a personal project then get in touch with Trekili and we will help you to exceed your expectations.

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