Mount Kilimanjaro is one of the most famous mountains in the world. It is the highest peak in Africa, as well as one of the Seven Summits, the highest mountains of all continents. Kilimanjaro has an elevation of 5895 metres, or 19341 feet, and is a dormant volcano with three volcanic cones, Dhira, Mawenzi and Kibo. It is located in the beautiful country of Tanzania and is a part of Kilimanjaro National Park. Since the first people were able to reach the summit, all the way back in 1889, the mountain attracts thousands of tourists and climbers every year. Let’s talk about the mountain itself and all you need to know to complete a successful Kilimanjaro hike.
Every mountain feels like an adventure in itself. The climb, reaching the summit, seeing the most beautiful views on the planet, it seems like an experience like no other. There is something magical and purifying in climbing, just like with a long pilgrimage.
Kilimanjaro first and foremost seems to be the easiest one to climb out of all Seven Summits. It is sometimes called “Everyman’s Everest”, as it is not as deadly as other famous peaks and doesn’t require years of training to climb. It is estimated that around 40000 people try to climb it every year. To climb it, you don’t need ropes or any sophisticated equipment. The oldest person to reach the summit as of 2011 was 83 years old, and the youngest just six. However, that doesn’t mean that Kilimanjaro is perfectly safe. A mountain is an inspiring place, and people climbing it, mark it as a personal achievement.
Mount Kilimanjaro is one of the most beautiful natural sites in the world. It is considered a natural wonder because it’s a snowy peak on the equator with most green forest on the sides, surrounded by African savannah. Climbing it feels like a walk from the equator to the north pole, but it takes only seven days. And on your way to the top, you will see changes and different faces of nature and animal life that can’t be recreated anywhere else. The mountain is a sky island as well. There are only a few peaks where you can find life forms created by high altitudes. Look out for the “Kilimanjaro tree” or the elephant flower.
Study climate change
There is no better place for a study on climate change than the highest mountain in Africa. Climate change is a real threat to the planet and is extremely visible on Kilimanjaro. You can follow the footsteps of Al Dore, who used the image of melting and dramatically shrinking glaciers as an example in one of his environmental publications. The glaciers on the mountain are estimated to be 11,700 years old, but the research shows they will be gone in the next twenty to thirty years. If you visit Tanzania, you will for sure find a lot of scientists trying to find the reason for this phenomenon. You can even go on a trek with a group of scientists, to make your trip not only exciting but also educational.
A clean mountain
The mountain is perhaps the only one out of all Seven Summits to still be in pristine condition. You must have heard how big of problem trash is on Mount Everest but will not find much pollution on Kilimanjaro. This is a success of National Park rangers, who keep an eye on the tourists and even weigh their bags before and after a trek. If you are suspected of leaving trash or disrespecting the mountain with any kind of pollution, you can expect hefty fines. This kind of discipline helps Kilimajaro stay the cleanest mountain out of all significant picks out there. There are only seven paths to reach the mountain, and no roads, so keeping the mountain clean is not much complicated of a process. It requires a little bit of discipline and propriety. And as a tourist, a mountain full of trash is the last thing you want to see.
Kilimanjaro effect in Tanzania
Kilimanjaro belongs to the first country in Africa, that won independence from colonial powers in 1961, Tanzania. The summit is a symbol of independence and freedom for the country, and they call it Uhuru Peak, which in Swahili means “freedom”.
The mountain also brings a lot of money to Tanzania’s budget. It is estimated that Kilimanjaro brings 20 million dollars worth of profit a year. So the mountain creates a lot of jobs, from guides to cooks and travel agents. This is extremely important for the country, as Tanzania is one of the poorest in the world. Without the mountain, the state would have massive financial problems. As long as tourists are coming, the economy of Tanzania is stable.
Kilimanjaro is a crown jewel of Africa. It is a must-see and must-be place for anyone who is a memory collector and enjoys a proper adventure. It is beautiful, clean, and a great place to study climate change. It is a perfect idea for an educational expedition, and you can make it climbing it your personal goal and turn it into achievement. Mountains for years attracted many people, and there is some magic in getting out of your comfort zone, confronting your fears and changing your limits. Tanzania and Kilimanjaro National Park is the ultimate African adventure, so what are you waiting for?