Mt. Kilimanjaro 5895 meters above sea level is the highest mountain in Africa.
Mt. Kilimanjaro 5895 meters above sea level is the highest mountain in Africa. It is one of the world's largest free standing mountains. M.t Kilimanjaro ecosystem comprises of five major ecological zones as follows, lower slopes, mountainous forests, heath and moorland, alpine desert and the summit. The Park can be reached by flying into KIA and driving through Moshi, although there are various options to climb to the snow peaked dome of Mt. Kilimanjaro, most hikers use Marangu Trail, which is climbable without special equipment.
Other routes include Machame, Umbwe, Mweka, Rongai, Shira Plateau (Londorosi Gate), Great Western Breach, Mawenzi Peak and Summit circuits. Tents are used for accommodation in all these routes. Any physically fit person from a 13 year old to an 80 year elderly can climb this world's heritage mountain site to the top. The minimum days to reach the summit are 5 days spending 4 nights.
Duration of climb: 5 - 6 days
The Marangu route is one of the most popular routes to the summit of Kilimanjaro. This could partly be as a result of the fact that the Marangu is the least expensive route, but more so, perhaps the fact that it is possible to do the Marangu route in 5 days, thereby getting to the summit one day earlier compared to the Machame route. This is not always the best way, due to a shorter acclimatisation period.
"Oldoinyo Lengai "means" The Mountain of God in the Maasai language. The summit of this strato-volcano is 2962 metres above sea level, and affords direct views into the caldera of Tanzania's only officially-certified active volcano, and the world's only carbonatite volcano; records of eruptions have been maintained since 1883, the largest of which deposited ash 100 kilometres away in Loliondo on the Kenyan border to the north west.
Mt. Meru is located in the heart of Arusha National Park and it is 50 miles west of Mt. Kilimanjaro. Mount Meru is a massive volcano reaching 14,980 feet (4,565 meters). This trek serves as an ideal warm up for Mt. Kilimanjaro due to its altitude acclimatization and hiking distances. This trek is also geared towards hikers that prefer less crowds and a challenging ascent.
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