When climbing Kilimanjaro, one can book a private trip or join a scheduled group climb.
Group climbs are open to the public – anyone can join. The itineraries operate on specific routes on set dates. At Ultimate Kilimanjaro®, we group climbs on our favorite routes including the 9 day Northern Circuit, 8 day Lemosho, 7 day Machame and 7 day Rongai route. These trips run throughout Kilimanjaro’s two dry seasons, when most visitors come to Tanzania to play.
The vast majority of our clients participate in one of our group climbs.
Below are 5 reasons to join a Kilimanjaro group climb:
1. Prevent Loneliness
Traveling by yourself can be lonely.
Aristotle, the famous Greek Philosopher, once said “Man is by nature a social animal.” It’s true. Humans are wired to connect with one another. We have the most complex social behavior of all animals.
And while you are always accompanied by our guides and crew during your expedition, and there are other tourists around, you might crave deeper interactions. Hiking, eating, and camping with others can stave off feelings of loneliness, and increase your overall sense of happiness and well-being.
2. Boost Motivation and Performance
When a group of people feel invested in reaching a goal together and are there to support each other, team spirit emerges. The same team spirit that propels sports teams to succeed can also be applied to climbing Kilimanjaro.
Across five experiments, scientists found that being part of a team significantly increased people’s motivation in relation to difficult tasks. In other words, teams are more motivated to take on challenges! The theory is that working together can turn a hard task from work into play, which leads to greater perseverance and even higher levels of performance.
Believe us when we say that when the going gets tough, the unwavering support from your fellow climbers will help you get to the top.
3. Build Lifelong Friendships
Group travel can give you the chance to meet people and make new friends.
Our group climbs typically draw English-speaking participants from all over the world including the USA, United Kingdom, Canada, New Zealand, Australia, and more.
And while you may not know anyone at the start, you will have an instant group of friends to share your Kilimanjaro experience with. These are people you’d normally never meet, but they have the same passion for adventure and travel as you. So it’s easy to form meaningful bonds and create a whole new network.
Who knows? You might have fresh travel buddies that are itching to go on that next trip with you. Believe it or not, we’ve even had people meet their husbands and wives on our trips!
4. Capture More Moments
Mount Kilimanjaro gives plenty of opportunities for snapping gorgeous photos.
We know you’re going to take lots of scenic pictures to document your experience. As part of a group climb, you’ll have plenty of people who are happy to take your photo. No need to take selfies and shots by yourself! Your teammates become an easy source of photographers.
And because everyone in the group is taking photos throughout the trip, the number of shots taken increases accordingly. That means more candid shots, more captured moments, and more smiling faces.
We highly recommend that one person in the group create an online folder so that all of the group member’s photos from the trip can be shared.
5. Save a Lot of Money
Joining a small group climb means you can decrease the cost of the trip.
Because everything from accommodations to staffing needs can be reduced with larger group numbers, there is a substantial discount when booking a group climb. For instance, the savings for joining a group climb versus organizing a private climb for two people amounts to approximately $600 per person.
Are you ready to join a Kilimanjaro group climb?
Not convinced? We can arrange a private climb for any route and any date.