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Kili Climb campaign to attract 300 hikers

Kili Climb campaign to attract 300 hikers

AT least 300 people are set to climb Africa’s rooftop next month as part of marking Tanzania’s 60th anniversary.

Already, 121 have already participated in the mission, Natural Resources and Tourism Minister Damas Ndumbaro told reporters on Sunday while launching the Kili Climb campaign.

According to Dr Ndumbaro, this year’s mission to Mt Kilimanjaro will have a lot of significance as the country celebrates its birthday on December 9, 2021 when successful climbers will be descending from the summit.

“Unlike the previous missions, this will be a special one as Tanzania celebrates its independence,” he explained.

It is for this reason, that the government and Zara Tours which is the largest Kilimanjaro outfitter have set an 800,000/- package on every climber.

This, according to the Minister will give every Tanzanian a rare opportunity of putting their physical attributes to the test as they conquer the Africa’s highest mountain.

Dr Ndumbaro equally urged Tanzanians from all walks of life to make the most of the opportunity, describing it as a patriotic gesture.

All the established routes will be used in climbing Mt Kilimanjaro, according to the minister.

They include Marangu, Machame, Lemosho, Shira, Rongai, Northern Circuit and Umbwe.

He however pointed out that the government could still open up new routes, should there be an increase in number of potential climbers.

The Kilimanjaro National Park (KINAPA) had in September this year announced plans of establishing a new route that will see Mountain enthusiasts scale Africa’s rooftop.

In an interview with ‘Daily News’, KINAPA Assistant Conservation Commissioner Angela Nyaki revealed that her office was designing plans of opening the new Kidia route.

The conservation agencies decision follows a recommendation from a Nepalese climber, Dawa Steven Sherpa who pioneered a new route to the summit of 5,895meters, from Kidia village.

The route starts at Kidia village, and then follows a different line all the way to Stella Point which stands at 5,756meters.

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