Mount Kilimanjaro – Africa’s Highest Peak
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Mount Kilimanjaro Background information
This perfectly shaped volcano still active raises sheer from the plains. At 5895m, Mt Kilimanjaro is the highest in Africa and is snow capped. Mount Kilimanjaro can be climbed any time of the year but there is usually a lot more rain during April, May and November. At the lower levels of Mount Kilimanjaro, you will pass through cultivated farmlands rising through tropical rain forest onto alpine meadows and finally the barren landscape leading to the snow and ice capped summit. The lower levels also offer the chance to view a wide variety of animals, birds and fauna in their natural habitat.
There are five major routes to climb Mount Kilimanjaro through the forest and moor land areas before joining the south circuit path between 3500m and 4500m they are: Kilimanjaro Machame route, Kilimanjaro Marangu route, Kilimanjaro Lemosho Route, Kilimanjaro Rongai Route and Kilimanjaro Umbwe route.
From the south circuit path various walking (trekking), scrambling, and technical climbing trails take you the last1200m or so to the summit. Most people however take the final leg of the Marangu route unless you are a technical climber in which case the summit may be reached via Rebman glacier, decken glacier or heim glacier amongst others. The final ascent to the summit starts normally at about 2.00 am from Kibo hut so that it is reached before dawn to watch the sunrise and gaze out over the vast expanses of African bush.
Kilimanjaro has intrigued modern man for the past century. There’s no denying that the human spirit thrives on exploring and conquering the unknown. Although it was spoken of in the second century, Mount Kilimanjaro was only “discovered” by the western world in 1848, when the German missionary Johannes Rebmann came within sight of the mountain, explored the area and traversed the lower slopes. He submitted his findings to the Royal Geographical Society, but his description of a snowcapped mountain in eastern equatorial Africa was doubted by these “experts”. During the following years there where a number of unsuccessful attempts by various explorers to conquer the summit, and it was only on the 6th of October, 1889, that Dr. Hans Meyer, with Ludwig Purtscheller, an experienced alpine mountaineer, managed to reach the summit successfully. The expedition consisted of many porters, guides and advisors. It took the intrepid Meyer almost 6 weeks to reach the summit, 6 times as long as it takes the average climber today. At the centenary of this climb in 1989 one of their Tanzanian guides was still enjoying life at the age of 118 years!!
Mount Kilimanjaro Climbing Routes
We can help you choose a route according to your climbing abilities or ambition, how long you have on your stay with us and what type of climbing you would like to do. Start with our route descriptions with give you an overview of the available routes you can take for your climb up Mt. Kilimanjaro.