So there you are. Half confused of conquering the massive mountain and yet zealous to discover your greater self, amidst the most breath-taking views. And now that you have almost decided that no matter what, you are going to climb the celebrated peak of Africa, the highest of its kind, we have for you, these tried, tested and proven affirmations that will keep you going until you reach the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro.
This is just what you need to transform your exhaustion to “YES, I CAN DO IT.”
Slowly But Surely
There is nothing like speed that matters while hiking. The slower you go, the better chance you have to reach further. Infact, the phrase; ‘Pole Pole Ndio Mwendo’, (slowly slowly, that’s the way), is quite popular in Tanzania and you will often hear it while hiking Mt. Kilimanjaro. There is simply no need to rush and your mountain guide will help to monitor your timing.
Pain is Temporary but Glory is Forever
Agreed that it is not easy to keep marching for 9-10 continuous hours a day. The hike on the last day begins at night and you will find yourself walking endlessly. One of our favourite affirmations is that our physical pain will last for few days but the glory of standing proud on the peak will be etched in our minds and hearts forever. How empowering. Isn’t it? And you can always choose to relax in Zanzibar, a perfect gateway to treat yourself for reaching to the top!
I am stronger than I Think
Absolutely! That courageous decision of climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro is certainly not like a slice of cake. While on the mountain, it is tempting to keep asking, “are we close enough?” the key is to be patient with yourself and let no negative thoughts destruct your victory. When mountain guides say you can do it. They surely mean it!
The Best View Comes After The Hardest Climb
Mt. Kilimanjaro is a stunning place to live for a week-long hike. Every day you will be camping in a unique setting. Sometimes dry, and deserted landscape and on the other days snowy, rugged terrains, all offering magnificent and special views. A good reason to keep pushing is to imagine yourself on the greater beautiful heights of the mountain, every time you look back and feel like going downhill.
There are no shortcuts to places worth going
We couldn’t agree less with this quote by Beverly Sills. It is estimated that only 50,000 people attempt to hike Mt. Kilimanjaro and only 60% can make it to the summit. If you really want to feel like the lucky one, always remember, all your efforts will not go wasted if you keep persevering and move on. Some people also make a second or third attempt to experience what it is like to be on that wonderful peak.
Are you ready? Let us discuss all that you want to know and starting preparing for your monumental journey to climbing, the highest peak of Africa.
Cover Image Credit: Demetrius John