Mountain climbing 'grows popular'

04 April 2011 16:30

Young people are increasingly attracted to adventure activities such as mountain climbing

Young people are increasingly attracted to adventure activities such as mountain climbing

Adventure activities such as mountain climbing are no longer the domain of "bearded and frostbitten" explorers, they are accessible to all, according to a travel expert.

Writing for The Telegraph, Michelle Jana Chan says scaling a mountain on an adventure holiday is quite an achievable ambition.

Young people have greater access to remote locations, more training facilities and equipment, and the safety of travel insurance to go any place.

The trend towards adventure trips is reflected in the growing number of tourists arrivals in Tanzania, which is home to Africa's highest mountain, Mount Kilimanjaro.

Ms Chan said the 5,895-metre high peak attracts nearly 35,000 people every year, three times more visitors than it did two decades ago.

She noted that Kilimanjaro is not a very difficult climb if people are sufficiently fit to take up the challenge.

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