Mount Kilimanjaro, situated in Tanzania, looms above the African plains and is the highest freestanding mountain on earth (Not part of another mountain range). its altitude of 5,895 meters puts its ascent in a class of its own, providing a challenge to those who wish to climb her. Kilimanjaro is situated 330kms south of the equator, close to the Indian Ocean. Its great size and height strongly influence the climate and thus its vegetation, animal life and the climbing conditions. Her volcanic history has left igneous features like none other and her cone is a unique environment of great interest.
Kilimanjaro is more than just climbing the highest mountain in Africa. It’s about an adventure with a group of people putting aside their differences to achieve a common goal and dream. It’s about pushing your mind and body to new limits in a strange and exciting place. It’s about the thrill and satisfaction of finally living your dreams. But remember that although Kilimanjaro is an easily accessible mountain it is still at altitude and is “no walk in the park”. The way to make Kilimanjaro a truly special trip is to be physically and mentally prepared. It can be one of the most rewarding or most difficult things that you ever do so please don’t underestimate this beautiful mountain.
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Seven interesting facts about Kilimanjaro:
- Kilimanjaro’s peak is actually named freedom – the mountain’s highest point is Uhuru Peak, Swahili for freedom.
- There have been no volcanic eruptions on Kilimanjaro for over 360,000 years
- Africa’s tallest indigenous tree lives on Kilimanjaro – at 81 meters it is the sixth tallest tree on Earth and is 500-600 years old.
- Coffee on Kilimanjaro – coffee flourishes on the lower slopes of the mountain and Tanzanian is considered by many to be the worlds best.
- Youngest Ascent? Age 7. Oldest Ascent? Age 88.
- Someone ran up and down Kilimanjaro in less than 7 hours – Karl Egloff in 6 hours and 42 minutes.
- It’s glaciers are 10 000 years old, but they could be gone by 2030. One of the most fascinating aspects of scaling to the top of Kilimanjaro is finding glaciers clinging to the edge of the peak. Unfortunately, a combination of warming climates and diminished snowfall may cause these critical frozen reservoirs to vanish in the coming decades.