Kilimanjaro Uncovered

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10 Incredible Photos of Mount Kilimanjaro That Will Inspire You To Climb

These 10 photos of Mount Kilimanjaro will surely inspire you to make the adventure of climbing the world’s tallest freestanding mountain.

1. Climbing Kilimanjaro with your best friend

This photo by inspired us because of the joy of summiting with a friend. These three friends trained in special altitude settings to be able to complete the climb and reach the top of Mount Kilimanjaro together.

2. No shower, no problem!

Just because you have been hiking for over a week, haven’t had a shower, slept in tents, and peed in a bottle, doesn’t mean that you can’t look good when you summit!

3. Keep your eyes on the prize

Climbing a mountain can be daunting when you see it right in front of you but with the help of a good team and support, anything is possible.

4. The view from the top of Mount Kilimanjaro

If that view doesn’t inspire you to strike a pose, then we don’t know what will.

5. Your Kilimanjaro guide can become an unexpected friend

The right Kilimanjaro guides are not only incredibly knowledgeable about climbing, your safety, and the mountain itself, but they can also help you to complete the climb more quickly if you so choose. For experienced climbers like Ed here, his guide helped him to get to the top of Kilimanjaro in just four days!

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Congrats to David for making it up and down Kilimanjaro in only 4 days! We always recommend that Kilimanjaro climbers should take a longer route with a better acclimatization profile. You should ideally do this during dry season, so please don't try to copy David's heroic speed climb. But when climbers explicitly request otherwise, we and our local partners will do everything we can to facilitate their request. David's reward for the steep climb & rainy weather: breathtaking views, sunshine & unspoilt wilderness on top of Kilimanjaro. Simply magical! đŸ—» đŸ—» đŸ—» đŸ—» đŸ—» #Kilimanjaro #mountains #adventure #travel #wanderlust #tourism #letsgoeverywhere #destination #vacation #tanzania #sustainability #inspiration #lifeofadventure #safaris #responsibletravel #travelpics #tasteintravel #liveauthentic #alifealive

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6. A Kilimanjaro couple’s climb

Relationships can sometimes feel like climbing a huge mountain, so why not beat it to the punch and climb a huge mountain as a couple? You will learn a lot about each other and accomplishing this together may bring you together in ways you hadn’t imagined before.

7. The views on the way to climb Kilimanjaro

On the way to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro, don’t forget to enjoy the view. You don’t have to wait until you reach the top to see some incredible views. The entire journey can be breathtaking if you just take a moment to look.

8. The unpolluted night sky on Kilimanjaro

Fans of stargazing will get a treat while camping on the way up Mount Kilimanjaro. This lucky climber got to enjoy the night sky during a Full Moon.

9. The Kilimanjaro porters

The Kilimanjaro porters and humble workers who make your climb comfortable. Watching the hardworking locals supporting you all the way to the top is one of the most inspiring things that previous climbers say helped them up to the top.

10. The sense of accomplishment from getting to the top

The nighttime climb up to the summit of Kilimanjaro that nearly breaks many climbers’ spirits because of the harsh conditions, lack of sleep, and altitude. But when you get to the top, you will know exactly why it was worth it. Many call it a spiritual experience, and many call it the biggest accomplishment of their lifetimes. What will you call your experience of summiting Mount Kilimanjaro?

10 Possible Causes Of Death And Danger On Mount Kilimanjaro, And How to Avoid Them

Originally published: November 2016. Last updated: November 2018

Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro can be a dangerous experience and there have been a few recorded deaths on Kilimanjaro. It can be even more dangerous if you are oblivious to the dangers that lead to death or coming close to it on Kilimanjaro.  Much as the hostile conditions on the tallest mountain in Africa play a significant role, the human element contributes significantly, even when you travel with an ethical and fair treatment certified tour operator. A lack of prior planning and adequate preparation may be a recipe for disaster. As Benjamin Franklin once said, “Failure to plan is planning to fail.” Conversely, as Confucius is said to have concluded much earlier, “Luck is where opportunity meets preparation.”

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Mount Kilimanjaro Location—Where in Africa on the Map?

If you are wondering where the location of Mount Kilimanjaro is, you’re not the only one. Many people confuse it thinking that Kilimanjaro is located in Kenya, but actually, Mount Kilimanjaro is a volcanic mountain located in Tanzania, East Africa. Also popularly known as the Roof of Africa, the gigantic sight measures 5,895 meters or 19,340 feet above sea level. This makes it the tallest freestanding mountain in the world and attracts many professionals as well as amateurs who want to climb Kilimanjaro.

Freestanding means that Kilimanjaro is not located as a part of any mountain range (non-massif) but rises independently amidst an otherwise rather plane expanse of land. As such, on clear days, it can be seen from many miles away. In fact, situated in the north-eastern part of the country close to the long Kenya-Tanzania border, Mt Kilimanjaro forms the backdrop of many a Kenyan safari picture. Many travellers often combine their Kilimanjaro climb with a safari in Kenya or Tanzania to make the best of both experiences. It’s not only Mt Kilimanjaro’s symmetrical shape as a volcano, but also its ice-capped summit amidst and otherwise warm climate only 200 miles south of the equator, that makes the Kilimanjaro location such a picturesque sight.

Snow-capped Mt Kilimanjaro (© global-make-money.com)

Snow-capped Mt Kilimanjaro (© global-make-money.com)

Do not expect to encounter wildlife like elephants or giraffes while climbing the mountain. Most of those famous safari pictures were either taken from Kenya’s Amboseli National Park in the north, or Kenya’s Tsavo National Park towards the east of where Mt Kilimanjaro is located. Consequently, the mountain is sometimes erroneously attributed to Kenya. At quick look at the map, however, confirms its location in Tanzania.

 

Like much of Tanzania’s most remarkable natural heritage, the Mount Kilimanjaro location is unique and the area is a protected nature reserve with its own designated area and management, the so-called Kilimanjaro National Park. lt bestrides a surface area of 100 kilometers long and 65 kilometers wide. Also the tallest mountain in Africa, its summit features three major volcanic cones—Shira, Mawenzi, and Kibo. It is the latter, Kibo cone, that rises the highest into the air, that is capped by ice and—at times—snow, and which attracts so many tourists—both climbers and photographers alike. “Uhuru”, a Swahili word that means “freedom”, is the highest peak of this natural marvel.

Besides attracting visitors from all over Africa, in particular South Africa, Kilimanjaro is also one of the most toured places worldwide. The mountain’s inconstant weather patterns are primarily influenced by an interaction of different trade winds, with the wettest season occurring between March and May. As a result, the pinnacle is mostly snow-capped despite its proximity to the equator.

Finally, Mount Kilimanjaro’s location is not very far from Serengeti—the largest terrestrial mammal migration site in the world—which increases the areas global attraction as an important tourist destination.

Why not explore for yourself? Get inspiration for your Kilimanjaro adventure or book an authentic wildlife safari with a responsible tour operator via Fair Voyage—the #1 booking platform for ethical climbs and sustainable tourism in the Kilimanjaro area.

Kilimanjaro climbers’ shared secret – package tours

Let us guess – you are intrigued by Mount Kilimanjaro, but you are not sure whether you could actually climb it? Perhaps you are worried that you might be too old, too unfit, too overweight, or whether the organizational effort is too difficult? Then keep reading, because we have good news for you!

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10 Mount Kilimanjaro Facts

Most tourists can tell you that an African Safari is never complete without some time at Mount Kilimanjaro. Although the magnificent mountain is this famous, many people don’t know much about Mt. Kilimanjaro apart from the fact that it is located in Northern Tanzania, has a glacier at the top and that climbing it is a thrilling experience.

If you have climbed this mountain or if you are planning to do so, here are some interesting facts about it.

#1. Mt. Kilimanjaro is the tallest mountain in Africa and is also the tallest free-standing mountain in the entire world. The mountain rises in isolation from the immediate coastal scrubland at an elevated height of about 900 meters up to 5,895 meters.

#2. The Mountain contains about five unique ecosystems. Not many mountains provide you with the ability to experience different ecological systems in one package, but Mt. Kilimanjaro has this unique feature. At the lower levels are the farms, dry fields and villages, which leads you to the mountain jungle. At higher levels, one experiences the alpine desert and the heath and moorland zones where temperatures fluctuate to high temperatures during the night and low temperatures during the day. As you climb further, vegetation and animal life disappears and the glaciated summit appears with its beautiful and captivating radiance.

#3. Mt. Kilimanjaro is a volcano with three cones: Kibo, Mawezi, and Shira. The last two are extinct, but experts say that Kibo can erupt again. However, the mountain has not experienced any eruptions except an activity that is about 200 years old and a major eruption that dates back 360, 000 years ago.

#4. The mountain is slowly losing its ice cap because of changes in climate. Recent studies have shown that the snow at the ice cap might not be in existence in the next 20 years. As we speak, 85% of this snow has disappeared since 1912 and from 2006, 26% of this snow is gone.

#5. About 60, 000 people attempt to climb this mountain ever year. Yes, numbers have sky-rocketed in recent years! Estimates of 25,000 tourists per year are long out-dated. The mountain has several trails to the summit, and its accessibility to hikers makes it a popular destination among hikers.

#6. Kilimanjaro’s weather stems from the interaction of the trade winds with the mountain’s structure. The exact winds that affect the mountain’s weather are the Southeast trade winds, which travel over the Indian Ocean with lots of moisture causing precipitation around March. The anti-trade winds, which comes from the North-east are responsible for the dry months of April to October as they carry no Moisture. The other winds that affect the Mountain and cause some light rains on the northern slopes of the mountain are the North-east monsoons, which arrive in November. As a result, the driest months to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro are January to March and June to October.

#7. The first recorded persons to successfully climb the mountain were Ludwig Purtscheller (an Austrian mountaineer) and Hans Meyer (a German geology professor), together with Mwini Amania (a local guide, cook and porter). They all climbed the mountain on 6th October 1889.

#8. The mountain attracts lots of seniors and the first oldest person to reach the summit is Richard Byerley who climbed the Mt. in 2010 at the age of 84 years and 71 days. Since then, several more seniors have successfully reached the summit, including a Canadian couple aged 85 and 84 in 2012. At the moment, the oldest person to climb the mountain is Angela Vorobyova, a Russian citizen, who climbed the mountain at the age of 86 years and 267 days.

#9. The fastest ascent to the mountain was done in 2014 by Karl Egloff, a Swiss runner and mountaineer who made it up the summit in only 6hrs 42 minutes. However, other fast ascents on the same mountain have been recorded in the past years.

#10. Kilimanjaro is among the most beautiful places on earth. Many people concentrate on the hiking experience and forget to tell you that the place is beautiful in its own way. The white glacier at the top of the summits sharply contrasts with the green vegetation and the rocky mountain giving it a breathtaking view.

Why not explore for yourself? Get inspiration for your Kilimanjaro adventure and book an authentic climb with a responsible tour operator via Fair Voyage—your #1 booking platform for ethical climbs and sustainable tourism in the Kilimanjaro area.