Mt. Kilimanjaro

Just south of the equator in the North Western tip of Tanzania, close to the Kenyan border, is one of the greatest spectacles of the world. Rising above the plains of Africa, with its snowy summit is the awe-inspiring, majestic Mount Kilimanjaro. Arab and Chinese traders back in the sixth century made reference to this giant mountain, but it took until 1889 when Hans Meyer finally stood on its peak. Today it entices many thousands of walkers and climbers from around the world. The knowledge that it can be climbed without technical problems adds to the lure of this, the greatest and highest African Mountain. Formed by the tremendous tectonic forces, which gave birth to this, one of the worlds largest volcanoes as well as a string of other volcanoes, Mount Kilimanjaro, is the worlds tallest free-standing Massif. Mount Kenya was formed at the same time and was originally much higher than Mount Kilimanjaro. Today as well as being a National Park this is a World Heritage Site. Mount Kilimanjaro has three main peaks. The highest peak is the awe-inspiring snow-capped KIBO.



This is the youngest and largest crater formed, some 100,000 years ago, which was the last major volcanic activity period. The highest point here is on the south west rim called Uhuru Peak at 5891 meters. Some 11 kilometers east of Kibo is the rugged and jagged peak of MAWENZI, at 5149 meters, while SHIRA to the west is the third highest peak. There are several routes to the summit of which the three main Ones are Marangu, Machame and the Shira. For more details and other routes please go to PARTNERS.




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