Kilimanjaro National Park

Overview

Duration

7 Days

Total Number of People = 1 to 50 people

At an altitude of 5,895m above sea level, Mount Kilimanjaro is the highest mountain in Africa, and the highest free-standing mountain in the world, one of the largest volcanoes ever to burst through the Earth’s crust. Mt. Kilimanjaro is a dormant volcano and has three volcanic cones, “Kibo”, “Mawenzi”, and “Shira”. The area around the mountain has been declared a national park with an area of 756km2, and preserves the mountain’s outstanding scenic features, and its flora and fauna. The area can be climbed by anyone who is fit enough for a good long trek with the assistance of a guide and porters. There are several climbing trails; they pass through lush rainforest before reaching heather and open moorland where giant lobelia and huge cactus–like plants grow. The park has six hiking access routes through the Kilimanjaro forest reserve: Marangu, Mwika, Umbwe, Machame, Shira and Rongai.

The highest point on Kibo, and indeed the whole of Africa, is Uhuru peak, and also on Kibo is the slightly lower peak of Gillman’s point. These are the goals for most climbers. The pinnacle–shaped peaks of Mawenzi are for mountaineers only. It normally takes five or six days and involves four overnight stays on the mountain.

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