31st of July to 6th of August 2023

The Big Climb: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

The Big Climb is about hope and collective action. The climb of the highest peak in Africa, Mt Kilimanjaro (5895m), aims to raise awareness on the importance of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI), within science and exploration, and society at-large. To underline its mission, The Big Climb is partnering with The Explorers Club and a number of like-minded partners. By climbing as one, we can together push back on social boundaries and overcome adversity!

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kilmanjaro national park
Kilimanjaro National Park


Who will do the climb?

The Big Climb was initiated by Kilimanjaro Initiative (KI), a Kenyan-based NGO set up by victims and former perpetrators of crime in Nairobi. KI organizes climbs to raise awareness on issues that affect youth, and funds community-based projects.

Find out more about The Big Climb climbers, partners and supporters.

More about climbers, partners and supporters


How will the project be executed

The climbers will take the 7-day Rongai route, reaching the summit of Mt Kilimanjaro on 5 August 2023.

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You can also participate in this campaign. Post about your own challenges and support of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter using #SupportTheBigClimb.

Rongai Route on Kilimanjaro
Rongai Route on Kilimanjaro

The Big Climbs encompass the following SDGs

SDGs in everything we do

The Big Climb encompasses the following SDGs

  • No Poverty
  • Good Health and well being
  • Gender equality
  • Quality Education
  • Clean Water and Sanitation
  • Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • Reduced inequalities
  • Responsible consumption and production
  • Climate actions
  • Life on Land
  • Partnerships for the goals
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Contribute to raising awareness and funds for sustainable mountain development projects. Post your achievement on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter using #SupportTheBigClimb

I'm seeing many potential Mt Kilimanjaro conquerors and future members ofThe Explorers Club...

@fjallraven_na @hanwagofficial @unfcufoundation @unfcu @sustainablemountainalliance @pdaidfoundation @ki_usa #supportthebigclimb

J.R. Harris, Chairman of the #diversity #equity #inclusion committee @the_explorers_club is keeping an eye on team building activities at our youth training camp in the Maasai plains.

#kilimanjaro #mountain #climb #united @fjallravenofficial @hanwagofficial @unfcufoundation @unfcu @pdaidfoundation @sustainablemountainalliance #supportthebigclimb

J.R. Harris, Chairman of the #diversity #equity #inclusion committee the_explorers_club is keeping an eye on team building activities at our youth training camp in the Maasai plains.

#kilimanjaro #mountain #climb #united fjallravenofficial hanwagofficial unfcufoundation unfcu pdaidfoundation sustainablemountainalliance #supportthebigclimb

Our 2023 Kilimanjaro youth are having their climbing equipment provided by Fjällräven and Hanwag. Equipment was collected a couple of days ago, at the Fjällraven store in New York.

A BIG BIG THANK YOU to Martina, Carl, Christian and Ingo!!!

#diversity #equity #Inclusion #kilimanjaro #tanzania #fjallraven #hanwag #theexplorersclub #unfcufoundation #pdaidfoundation #supportthebigclimb

A video coming from Kilimanjaro, highest mountain in Africa.

Thanks for the video mira.rai Mira Rai, international ultra marathon champion for her video from Kilimanjaro which is highest mountain in Africa and the highest single free-standing mountain in the world with the Big Climb team!!

Mira climbed this mountain three days ago climbed to the summit of Africa.

Mount Kilimanjaro is a dormant volcano in Tanzania and it’s height is 5,895 metres above sea level and about 4,900 metres above its plateau base.

#africa #nepal #trailrunning #skyrunning #tanzania #kilimanjaro #climbing #mountains #endurance #nevergiveup #supportthebigclimb undptz
Salomon Running
Mountain Partnership

We are so proud of Fred and how he represented Sauti Kuu on The Big Climb!


#SupportTheBigClimb #partnership #kilimanjaro #aumaobama

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“Since its first climb in 2006, our initiative has led more than 700 climbers from various backgrounds. Different nations, faiths, ethnicities, sexual orientations and economic backgrounds have all been represented. We just don’t discriminate. This climb underlines our commitment to diversity, equality and inclusion. Our climbers climb as ONE community!”

Tim Challen, Founder of The Big Climb and member of The Explorers Club

Want to support this mission?

Be a part of The Big Climbs. In parallel with the Mount Kilimanjaro climb and Mount Everest Basecamp trek, organize your own activity. Raise awareness on the need to support sustainable mountain development. Raise funds for projects that will make a difference in communities, using mountains as vehicle for creating better and more sustainable lively hoods.

Funds will go to recognized community-based projects.