5 Fun Facts About Mount Kilimanjaro

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Before you head off on your Kilimanjaro hike, you need to know what you’re letting yourself in for so there are no nasty surprises. We hope you’ve done adequate preparation so you can make it to the summit. Here are five facts about the mountain to help you on your way.

19,341 feet

That’s how high Mount Kilimanjaro is, with the summit – Uhuru Peak – stretching up to 19,341 feet. This makes it the tallest mountain in Africa, as well as the world’s tallest freestanding mountain. If you’re still mulling over whether or not to climb, this may or may not help you make up your mind!

Kibo, Mawenzi and Shira

You may not know this but Mount Kilimanjaro is actually made up of three dormant volcanos – Shira, Mawenzi and Kibo. The peak, Uhuru, can be found on Kibo.

1889

The first climb to the summit was recorded in 1889 by German explorer Hans Meyer, who was led to the top by guide Yohana Lauwo.

Climate change

No, not global warming but something you should definitely know about before you climb Kilimanjaro. There are actually five separate climate zones you’ll face as you climb, so be prepared for hot and humid conditions, as well as colder ones.

Routes

There are six different routes you can take to reach the top. Three approach from the south, two from the west and one from the north-east. Which one will you take, do you think?

To find out more about climbing this impressive mountain, get in touch with us here at Kilimanjaro Tours today.