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Exploring Mount Kilimanjaro Tanzania

It is rare that a mountain gains enough popularity to be referenced by just its first name. Mount Kilimanjaro Tanzania is a dormant volcano in Tanzania and the highest peak in all of Africa. 

 

Mount Kilimanjaro Tanzania is climbed by 75000 enthusiasts annually. Climbing the mountain is a challenge and a test of endurance. Although it is very hard to succeed, it is still recommended for anyone with an interest in mountaineering. 

 

Interesting Facts about Mount Kilimanjaro

 

  • Being the tallest mountain in Africa, Kilimanjaro is one of the seven summits in the world.
  • Composed of three distinct volcanic cones Kibo, Mawenzi and Shira, Mount Kilimanjaro is nothing less than a geographical wonder. 
  • Kilimanjaro stands on its own. It is the world’s tallest freestanding mountain. Unlikely, most high mountains are part of ranges. 
  • The origin of the mountain's name is a mystery in itself. Multiple theories were created to explain the origin behind that majestic name. Some suggest that it's a play on words with the word Klima meaning mountain and Jaro means Caverns. 
  • The oldest person reported to have successfully climbed the mountain is Anne Lorimor, a 89 year old woman. She took the record from Dr. Fred Distelhorst, who was 88 year old when he reached the summit.
  • The youngest person to climb Kilimanjaro is Coaltan Tanner, who summited at the age of six back in 2018.
  • Mount Kilimanjaro was first climbed in 1889 by Hans Meyer, a German geologist. After many failed attempts, he finally succeeded in 1889.

Where is Kilimanjaro Located?

 

Kilimanjaro is situated on the Tanzania/Kenya border to the east of Arusha, so you will be lucky if you spot it on a plane from Nairobi.

 

The mount is difficult to see unless it was climbed. However for the best view, you can do it from Kenya's Amboseli National Park, for an iconic kili backdrop view. 

What is the Best Time to Visit Kilimanjaro?

 

It is not recommended to visit Mount Kilimanjaro during the wet season, from March to the end of May. It is not an excellent time for trekking. 

 

The rest of the year is good to head to the mountains. The peak time starts from July through the end of May. You will want to experience the chance of catching the summit on a clear day, so you can have an amazing view from the highest point in all Africa. 

How high is Kilimanjaro?

 

The mountain is so high to the extent that the peak is not observable from standing at the bottom. On the summit, the height is 5,895m or 19,340 feet high, making Kilimanjaro the highest free-standing mountain around the world. 

 

Being the highest peak in Africa, it is commonly known as the roof of Africa. It towers over East Africa, and the whole continent. 

What is the cost of climbing Kilimanjaro?

 

There are two options to consider about climbing Kilimanjaro, to go on a fixed departure climb with a group of people, or to have a private climb. 

 

The fixed departure price starts at around $2500 per person. Private climbs vary depending on the number of climbers and also the route taken. A private climb for a group of more than 2 will have better value.  

How long does it take to climb Kilimanjaro?

 

The time taken to climb the mountain depends on the route. The fastest climber can take 4 nights. However, most people take 6-8 nights depending on the route and also depending on the flexibility. 

What are the Routes of Climbing Kilimanjaro?

 

Lemosho Route

 

This is a more relaxed route. It is suitable for 8 days for acclimation and it has a good balance in the height of the camp sites. The view is really charming while passing through forests. 

 

Machame Route

 

It is the most popular route and the busiest among all. In terms of popularity, it has taken over the Marangu Route. 

 

Northern Circuit

 

This route is for mountain lovers and those who are solitude seekers. It is a 9 day climb. Although visitors can take the route in only 8 days, 9 days is more relaxed. It is already a hard thing to come by on Mount Kilimanjaro Tanzania, but this is a welcome bonus to the Northern Circuit route. 

 

Rongai Route

 

This is the best route for climbing the mountain in 6 days. It begins the ascent up the northern side of the mountain. In terms of scenery and summit success, it is unparalleled. 

 

There is flexibility in this route as well. One can add an extra day for acclimatization and increasing the success chance of climbing.

 

Shira Route

 

This route will take you through the beautiful scenery and wilderness of Shira Plateau and around the hilly and beautiful Moir Hut and the Lent Hills. It is a 8 day itinerary road, through which the summit is approachable from the western side. It is excellent for those who want uninterrupted time and away from the crowds.   

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