Mount Kilimanjaro is the highest mountain in Africa and the tallest freestanding mountain on earth, it’s slopes and glaciers shimmering above the rising clouds. Kilimanjaro is located near the town of Moshi, Kilimanjaro. The mountain’s ecosystems are as strikingly beautiful as they are varied and diverse. Kilimanjaro, the name itself is a mystery wreathed in clouds. It might mean Mountain of Light, Mountain of Greatness or Mountain of Caravans. The local people, the Wachagga, don’t even have a name for the whole massif, only Kipoo (Kibo) for the familiar snowy peak that stands imperious, overseer of the continent, the summit of Africa. Other 2 volcanic cones namely are Mawenzi, and Shira.
Climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro is the highlight of most visitors’ experiences in Tanzania. Few mountains can claim the grandeur, the breathtaking views of Amboseli National Park in Kenya, the Rift Valley, and the Masaai Steppe, that belongs to Kilimanjaro. Climbing on the ‘rooftop of Africa’, the highest point on the continent at 5896 metres is the adventure of a lifetime, especially because, if paced well, everyone from seasoned climbers to first-time enthusiasts can scale the snowy peak.
But there is so much more to Kili than her summit. The ascent of the slopes is a virtual climatic world tour, from the tropics to the Arctic. Even before you cross the national park boundary (at the 2,700m contour), the cultivated footslopes give way to lush montane forest, inhabited by elusive elephant, leopard, buffalo, the endangered Abbot’s duiker, and other small antelope and primates. Higher still lies the moorland zone, where a cover of giant heather is studded with otherworldly giant lobelias.
The mountain can be climbed all year round. The main climbing seasons on Kilimanjaro correspond with the mountain’s two ‘dry’ seasons. These are January to mid-March and June to October. Note that it will still probably rain on your trek during these months too – it’s rare to climb without getting rained on at least once. Know that you can even take a climb in the rainy season but there is a much higher chance you’ll encounter rain, and the summits of Kibo and Mawenzi are likely to be wreathed in the thick cloud too...
ACTIVITIES FOR CLIMBERS.
▪ Climb to the Summit (Kibo Peak). ▪ Mountain Biking via Kilema route. ▪ Paraglidin. ▪ Crater Camping. ▪ Mawezi Climbing (Hans Meyer’s Summit).
ACTIVITIES FOR NON CLIMBERS
▪ Watching wildlife. ▪ Visit waterfalls (Lauwo waterfall). ▪ Visiting the Shira Plateau. ▪ Walking through the Mountain Forest. ▪ Day walk to Maundi crater in the park.
STAFFS TO CLIMB WITH
Guides and porters are compulsory for all routes when you climb. The importance of having competent, high quality guides cannot be overstated when it comes to the climbing mount Kilimanjaro.