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Mount Kilimanjaro hike on course

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Hikers Alliance and Adventures with Colby has announced that 18 people have confirmed to participate in the hiking of Mount Kilimanjaro.

Chairperson of the group Kondwani Chimwala said the outdoor outreach adventure and Kilimanjaro hike is aimed at introducing tourism and nature conservation clubs in secondary schools across the country.

“Mountains matter for tourism and Malawi as a developing country is using tourism as a tool to provide jobs, generate income, diversify the economy, protect the environment and promote cross-cultural awareness,” Chamwala said.

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He said they have hiked in almost all notable mountains in the country from the highest Sapitwa on Mulanje Mountain numerous times to smaller ones.

“Kilimanjaro hike is a learning moment, we would want to learn how tourism business is conducted in other areas especially the Africa rooftop. It is also part of a fundraising drive, we wanted to bring in a real Africa hiking challenge that can make one support,” he said.

Chamwala said the country has endorsed the trip from September 8 to 17 2022 through departments of tourism and lands.

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Chamwala said other partners in the hike include Thofu Investment, Caf Mobile Physiotherapy Clinic, Malawian Airlines and The Body Project Gym Get Fit Gym.

Mount Kilimanjaro is the tallest mountain in Africa with a height of 5895.

The hike is part of a fundraising drive as well as commemoration of International Year of Mountains.

Chamwala said the rapid and growing awareness of the importance of mountain areas in recent years prompted United Nations General Assembly on December 8 2021 to declare 2022 as the International Year of Mountains.

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