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Mount Kilimanjaro located in Africa, a world popular trekking destination and it is the highest mountain in Africa. This mountain stands as the tallest in the protected zone of Kilimanjaro National Park, in the north of Tanzania, Eastern Africa. Though this is a poor country, still it is famous for Kilimanjaro and Mount Meru, another peak trekking mountain. African safaris, Ngorongoro crater, and the Serengeti National Park are famous in Tanzania where the trekkers can see the massive animals such as Lions, Rhinos, Elephants, Leopards, and Buffalos.
Europeans discovered Kilimanjaro first in the colonial area; it attracted the explorers’ attention and became a contested race to reach the summit first. The first summit attempt was made in 1861. Though many explorers failed in their attempts finally the Austrian mountaineer Ludwig Pertscheller along with Meyer, Marangu scout Yoanas Kinyala Lauwo conquered in 1889. Since then, the place has been a popular expedition destination and world-famous trekking place.
Kilimanjaro’s weather condition:
This mountain has a unique climate due to its altitude and isolation. Though the weather on Kilimanjaro varies throughout the year, dry seasons stretches from January to March & June to October. These months are peak trekking seasons. There will be a rapid change in the weather on the mountain, especially at heights. Snowfall happens mostly at the peak and high winds during December to May. Night temperature will be freezing and hot daytime temperature may go up to forty degrees centigrade. The wettest season starts from March to May. The main fact is that the northern slopes receive less rain than the southern slopes.
Interesting facts about Kilimanjaro:
- Mount Kilimanjaro is the highest free-standing mountain across the globe with a spectacular height of 5,895 meters above the sea level.
- The last major volcanic eruption, a disaster from Kibo (volcano) took place before 3,60,000 years
- 200 years ago the last volcanic activity of Kilimanjaro occurred. It resulted in the ash pit that the climbers even today could see from Uhuru Peak.
- Every year on an approximate 35,000 people are attempting to climb Kilimanjaro out of which two-thirds are successful. The altitude related issues force the climbers to turn back by withdrawing their ambition.
- Robert Wheeler is the oldest man from the USA reached the summit in the year of 2015 at his age of 85 years. He took five days to reach the top of the mountain.
- Angela Vorobeva is the oldest woman from Russia reached the summit in 2015 at her age of 86 to compete Robert Wheeler. However, she took 7 days to reach the top.
- Gerard Bavaro from France, who ran to the summit within 5 hours, 26 minutes holds the record of fastest Kilimanjaro climb in 2007.
- Keats Boyd from Los Angeles is the youngest person who reached the summit at the age of 7 years in January 2008.
- Kilian Jornet, a Spanish mountain runner made the fastest climb on the mountain in September 2010 at his age of 22 years. He reached the mountaintop within 5 hours, 23 minutes and 50 seconds.
- A porter from the successful peak lived to see the 100th celebration of the climb at his age of 118 years.
- Pizza hut delivered a pizza to their African General Manager and his staff over a distance of 700 km. Kilimanjaro boasts the world’s highest pizza delivery record.
- The snow caps are diminishing fast. About 80% of its mass lost due to climate changes. There is an estimation that they will entirely vanish in 2020.
- The Kilimanjaro climbing prices vary. The costs range from $1000 to $4000 and above. Some tour operators advertise the cost below $1200 to climb the mountain. The tourists should not believe them and they should not go below $1700.
Do see the sights when you climb Kilimanjaro:
Zebra Rock is a famous landmark on the Marangu route. Once upon a time, mineral rich rainwater flowed over the black lava that had formed white streaks on the rock resembles a zebra.
These hard workers carry all your luggage and they are the key persons who help you to reach the highest peak point. The porters rely on the labor-intensive employment so as to feed their families.
Over the last 100 years, the Mt. Kilimanjaro’s 10,000-year-old glaciers have drastically vanished by 85%. This rate of decline made the experts determine that the glaciers will completely disappear in the next 50-70 years.
Shira, Kibo, and Mawenzi are the three volcanic cones on the Mount Kilimanjaro. Kibo crater is the core and largest located near the Kilimanjaro peak.
Uhuru peak is the highest point on Kilimanjaro which is at 19,340 feet. Tourists can able to view the vast landscape of white snow and towering peaks from the top of the Uhuru peak. Hikers always enjoy standing on the top of the highest peak in Africa.
Rainforest, Dendrosenecio Kilimanjari Plants, Colobus Monkeys, Plane Crash Site, Lava Tower, Mawenzi, Kilimanjaro Sunrise, Full moon are the amazing points to see during climbing Kilimanjaro.
Be sure to see the places in Tanzania:
When you plan to visit Kilimanjaro for trekking, do not forget to visit Zanzibar Beaches, Lake Manyara National Park, Tarangire National Park, Stone Town, Arusha National Park, Katavi National Park, Lake Victoria, and Ngorongoro Conservation Area in Tanzania.
Where to stay?
There are plenty of hotels, star accommodations, and lodges in and around the Mountain & Tanzania. Prior booking makes your accommodation comfortable to avoid hassles at the last minute.