Mount Kilimanjaro Summit

The great mystery is not the height of Africa's highest dormant volcano but whether its name means Mountain of Light, Mountain of Greatness or Mountain of Caravans. As the highest peak in Africa and the tallest free-standing mountain in the world Mount Kilimanjaro stands an amazing 5,895 meters (19,336 feet) high. When you see this UNESCO World Heritage site for the first time you will be speechless from the magnificent beauty that surrounds you.

You may choose to tackle this great summit many ways. For short trips book a day or overnight hike on the Shira Plateau. Traverse one of the 6 common routes or if you are feeling up for an even larger challenge then choose one of more demanding routes. Climbing this "Mountain of Light" will require adjustment to the altitudes, it is recommended to enjoy the beauty of your climb and allow at least 5 days or more if climbing to the highest peak, Uhuru Peak/Kibo Peak

trekking3 800Mount Kilimanjaro National Park is a one hour drive from the Kilimanjaro Airport in Tanzania and 128km (80 miles) from Arusha . Situated near the town of Moshi and 200 miles south of the equator, the park is located on Mount Kilimanjaro.

Kilimanjaro is one of the world’s most accessible high summits, a beacon for visitors from around the world. Most climbers will reach the crater rim with little more than a walking stick, proper clothing and determination. Climbers who reach Uhuru point, the actual summit, or Gillman’s point on the lip crater will earn their climbing certificates and create amazing memories.

There is so much more to Mount Kilimanjaro than her summit. The ascent of the slopes is a virtual climatic world tour, from the tropics to the Artic. Her foot slopes give way to lush mountane forest which is inhabited by elephant, leopard, buffalo and other small antelope. Rising higher lies the Moorland Zone where a cover of giant heather is studied with other world giant lobelias. Above 4,000 meters a surreal alpine desert supports little life other than a few mosses and lichen. The final vestigial vegetation gives way to a winter wonderland of ice and snow and the magnificent beauty of the roof of the continent of Africa.