Mount Kilimanjaro

  • Kilimanjaro epitomizes the beauty of East Africa.
  • It’s legendary snow-capped dome, atop a perfectly formed extinct volcano, stands at the summit of Africa, 5,895m [19336 feet] above sea level.
  • More significantly, as viewed from it’s the base, this is the world’s tallest freestanding mountain.
  • Rising in breathtaking isolation to tower an imperious 5 kilometers (3 miles) above the surrounding savannah.
  • The name Kilimanjaro, like the mountain itself, is an enigma wreathed in clouds.
  • It might mean mountain of light, mountain of greatness or caravan, even the local chagga people don’t even have a name for the whole massif, only kipoo(now known as kibo) for the familiar snowy peak that stands imperious, overseer the continent, the summit of Africa.
  • One of the most accessible and revered high summits, Kilimanjaro is a global beacon of the hikers.
  • Most climbers reach the crater rim with little more than a walking stick, proper clothing and determination.
  • Those who reach Uhuru point, the actual summit, Stella point or Gillman’s point on the lip of the crater, will have earned their climbing certificates and their (MEMORIES)
  • The ascent of Kilimanjaro is a virtual climatic world tour, starring in the tropics and ending in the arctic,
  • As you cross the national park boundary, cultivated footslopes give way to lush Montane forest inhabited by elephants, buffalo, the endangered abbot’s duiker, and other small antelopes and primates.
  • Higher still lies the moorland zone, where a cover of giant heather is studded with otherworldly giant lobbies.
  • Above 4,000m (13,124), a surreal alpine desert supports little life other than a few hardy mosses and lichen.
  • Then, finally, the last vestigial vegetation gives way to a winter wonderland of ice and snow- and the magnificent beauty of the roof of the continent.
  • Size of the park 1500 sq km (580 sq miles)

TO DO

  • Six main trekking routes to the summit and other more- demanding mountaineering routes,
  • Day or overnight hikes on Shira plateau,
  • Nature trails on the lower reaches, the beautiful Chala crater lake on the southern slopes.

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