Climbing as One

Solidarity is essential for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion to prevail

Mt. Kilimanjaro

Since 2006, Tim Challen has led over 700 climbers to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro (5895m), the highest freestanding mountain in the world, raising awareness and funds for various social issues.

The impact of The Big Climbs, whilst difficult to qualitatively calculate, can be summarised as follows:

  • Life changing experience for each climber, bringing together diverse individuals from around to planet with a common goal
  • Life changing experience for the selected youth, trained and supported to become community champions through educational, professional and leadership opportunities including scholarships
  • Supporting family members of the guides, porters and cooks involved in the climb. It is estimated that The Big Climb Mt. Kilimanjaro 2023 will provide support for the 75 guides, cooks and porters and their families for 4 months. Estimated number of persons impacted = 375
  • Investment in renewable energy solutions for the local community including solar panels for the Marangu Hospital, Tanzania
And contribution to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)



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

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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.