This story is sure to inspire you to book your own Kilimanjaro hike – an 86-year-old retired teacher has just become the oldest person ever to climb the mountain.
According to the Siberian Times, Angela Vorbyova from Siberia hit the summit on October 29th, alongside her daughter Vera, fulfilling a vow she promised her sister who died in 1935.
Speaking about her achievement, Ms Vorbyova said she never once thought of turning back and going home, instead dancing the tango when she reached 4,000 metres. She also braved monsoon weather on her way to the top, so it’s no surprise that she was particularly exhausted after the hike had finished.
It took her 13 hours to storm the summit, saying afterwards: “At the top of Kilimanjaro, we stayed for about an hour. The beauty is breathtaking, it seems incredible. You know, I did not want to go back.”
Ms Vorbyova has hiked all over the world and now intends to make her way to Peru and Machu Picchu. She also plans to go on a cruise from Anadyr into the Arctic and the North Pole. What a lady!
If you’re reasonably fit, you too can be like Ms Vorbyova and scale the top of Kilimanjaro. You don’t need any specialist equipment or technical climbing skills and it can be done within two weeks, so if you’re looking for a challenge in the year ahead, why not make it this?
Get in touch with us here at Kilimanjaro Tours to see how we can help you put together the trip of a lifetime.