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The Big Climb – 2022: International Year of Sustainable Mountain Development

The Big Climb is about hope and collective action. This year, to celebrate the United Nations’ International Year of Sustainable Development, The Big Climb is organizing a climb to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro and a trek to Mount Everest Basecamp. The main objective is to raise awareness on sustainable mountain developments, highlighting local environments, cultures, and durable economies. By climbing as one, we can overcome common adversity!

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kilmanjaro national park
Kilimanjaro National Park

WHO

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 about issues that affect youth, and funds community-based projects.

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HOW?

How will the project be executed

On Mount Kilimanjaro, climbers will take the 7-day Rongai day route, reaching the summit of Africa on 6 August.

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To Everest Basecamp, trekkers will take a 12 route through the Khumbu Valley in Nepal.

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You can also participate on these campaigns, as an individual or as part of a group. During The Big Climbs, walk, trek, or climb any distance or altitude. Contribute to raising awareness on mountain sustainable developments, and help raise funds from mountain community-based projects. Post your achievements 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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#SupportTheBigClimb

Contribute to raising awareness and funds for sustainable mountain development projects. Post your achievement on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter using #SupportTheBigClimb

On 19 October, 34 climbers including Tanzanian and Kenyan youth, elite mountain runners, arctic explorers, politicians, industry leaders, and COVID-19 experts will climb to the summit of Africa to highlight the need for equitable access to vaccines. Climbers will reach Uhuru Peak on United Nations Day, 24 October. Funds raised through the.big.climb will go towards the Go Give One campaign, managed by the WHO Foundation, and the African Union COVID-19 Response Fund.
 
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Equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines is essential in defeating the pandemic. The virus is winning due to human moral failure. We cannot let this happen.

Find out more about The Big Climb here: https://thebigclimb.org/

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

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“Mountains are the water towers of our civilizations. We must treat their environments with great respect, and support their fragile ways of life in the face of rapidly growing urbanization, tourism and consumerism”.

Tim Challen, Founder of The Big Climb

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.