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Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro

Head to Africa to kick off your mountaineering life 🏔️

July 30, 2022

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Tanzania is home to Africa’s highest peak, and at 19,341 feet, Kilimanjaro is quite a challenge. But this dormant volcano is not as tough as some similar peaks in the Himalayas, because it’s near the Equator in a warmer climate. As a result, it’s often referred to as a starter peak for aspiring mountaineers.

Winter is one of the best times to make your ascent, and Seattle-based Mountain Madness offers a Seven Summit Kilimanjaro itinerary that gives trekkers time to acclimatize to the altitude while conquering the world’s highest freestanding mountain, with the option of adding a safari. Start planning now for your winter trip to Africa for some climbing plus maybe a few days of safari!

Prices start from $6,800 for a 12-day trip; that’s with a minimum of four people.

Erik Conover climbing Mt Kilimanjaro

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Getting there 🛫

Qatar Airways flies between SeaTac and Kilimanjaro Airport via Doha.

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Jennifer Flowers is a writer and editor based in Seattle and New York City. Her work can be found in AFAR, Bloomberg Businessweek, Condé Nast Traveler, Travel + Leisure, The Wall Street Journal among other publications.

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