- About Mount Kilimanjaro
Also called the Roof of Africa or the Crown of Tanzania. Mount Kilimanjaro is both Africa’s highest mountain and the world’s tallest free standing peak. Standing at 5,875 meters above sea level, Kilimanjaro is also unique just 330km from the equator.
Mount Kilimanjaro consists of three volcanic summits. Shira (3,962 m) the oldest of the three summits is already extinct. Mawenzi (5,149 m) and the youngest Kibo (5,895 m) are dormant and could erupt again.
When to climb Kilimanjaro.
The best month for climbing are January, February, and September – when the weather is warmer, the skies clearer, and the threat of rain less. June, July, and August are also fine weather-wise, although they tend to be colder as this is ‘winter’ in Tanzania. The rainy seasons (March through early June and November/December) are tougher times to attempt the climb, although it is still possible with appropriate preparation.
Timing the hike to summit during the full moon is a popular choice, as the brighter nights improve visibility and the moon hanging overhead makes for a beautiful moment when you’re standing atop The Roof of Africa.
While climbers say to ‘trek’ Kilimanjaro. This is a deceptively laid-back term for a challenge that sees as few as two-thirds of climbers.Also, they are successful in their attempt to summit Uhuru Peak, the highest point.
The greatest danger. Altitude sickness causes a full third of climbers to turn back. So while Kilimanjaro is the only non-technical climb of the world’s seven highest peaks. The extreme altitude, low temperatures and occasional fierce winds. This climb mean all hikers must be physically fit.