This was the year when I wanted to do something exceptional (turning 40 makes you evaluate things somewhat!). Having listened to a colleague who had completed the Kilimanjaro challenge previously, the idea took seed and I eventually took the plunge and booked with Exodus. Alongside preparing myself for the physical challenge, Exodus were great at preparing me with tips on practical planning and ensuring everything was well organised.We were given ample opportunity to get to know the rest of the group of walkers and by the time the trekking commenced, we had forged friendships which will continue well beyond the holiday. The guides and porters who supported us throughout our trek were outstanding, both in help and friendliness. I am in awe of their positive attitude and physical stamina!The climb was tough, both physically and mentally but through the support of guides, portering staff and our new-found friendships, I was thrilled to reach the summit and be rewarded with a huge sense of achievement. The phrase 'on top of the world' has taken on a whole new meaning to me.I will never forget this trip; challenging, rewarding and motivational. I would urge anyone to do it!