Kilimanjaro Facts – Useful, Fun and Entertaining

January 14, 2014

mount-kilimanjaro-facts-1Mount Kilimanjaro is a fascinating geographic structure.

In this article I discuss some of the useful, fun and entertaining Mount Kilimanjaro Facts that you can use to share with fellow climbers or at the dinner table.

Here are some Mount Kilimanjaro facts

1. Mount Kilimanjaro is the highest mountain on the continent of Africa and also the highest free standing mountain on the planet

2. The mountain stands at 5,895 meters high or 19,381 feet if you work in feet

3. The highest point is called Uhuru which sits on top of one of Mount Kilimanjaro’s coned peaks called Kibo. The other two peaks are expired volcano’s called Mawenzi and Shira

4. There are 6 routes on Mount Kilimanjaro. The most popular is Maragu as it has huts for trekkers to sleep in. The other routes are Machame, Lemosho, Umbwe, Rongia and Shire. The Mweka route is used for decent only on the southern side of the mountain

5. Approximately 35,000 people come to Mount Kilimanjaro each year but only 45 percent on average reach the summit. Most turn back on the slopes of Kibo due to altitude sickness

6. The length of treks on Mount Kilimanjaro range from 5 days to 10 days. The 7 and 8 day treks are most popular as they give climbers a chance to acclimatize to altitude and hence increases the chance of a successful summit

7. Summitting Kilimanjaro occurs during the night and takes between 6-8 hours. Most climbers reach the summit around midnight.

8. The cost of climbing Kilimanjaro ranges between $4000 and $6000 (this includes the cost of flights and travel packages, visas, vaccinations for yellow fever, and equipment which after your flight is the biggest expense

9. There are two main towns in the foothills of Mount Kilimanjaro – Arusha and Moshi. If you are climbing Kilimanjaro from the south you will most likely stay at Moshi. Climbers from the west typically stay in Arusha

10. Climate change in Kilimanjaro is a significant problem. The glaciers at the top of Kilimanjaro have shrunk by 90% since the start of the 20th century. Most of this shrinkage has occured over the last 30 years.

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