Mount Kilimanjaro Standing On Top of the World
Have you ever fantasized about standing on top of the world?
Every year some 15,000 people take that fantasy and turn it into an adventure with a Mount Kilimanjaro Expedition. They attempt to climb Mount Kilimanjaro in Africa. Of those 15,000 climbers, 40% actually realize the dream of standing on top of the world!
Mt Kilimanjaro is located 200 miles from the equator and is affectionately nicknamed the Roof of Africa, as it is the tallest in all the land. There are two peaks that span 7 miles; the highest peak is called Kibo which stands 19,340 feet above sea level. The second peak, Mawensi is 16,892 feet above sea level.
There are three volcanoes (all inactive) called Kibo (19,340 feet), Mawenzi (16,896 feet), and Shira (13,000 feet)
Before being opened as a national park in 1977, Mount Kilimanjaro was a game reserve. In fact, even today the abundance of elephants, rhinos, baboons, gazelles and hippos remain in residence. Although a popular climbing destination, Kilimanjaro is also an amazing destination for those with a passion for wildlife.
Any physically fit person can attempt the Mount Kilimanjaro climb and will certainly experience the awe and wonder of the ever changing weather conditions as they progress up the mountain. The lower levels start with cultivated farmland and quickly change to lush rain forest. As you progress up the mountain you find yourself looking at a barren lunar landscape and then to the top of the twin summits where you are surrounded by the harsh cold snow and ice caps.
Kilimanjaro supports 5 major eco-zones: rainforest, heath, moorland, alpine desert, and glaciers and you will experience each one as you attempt to reach the top.
Kilimanjaro has five common routes to its highest summit: Marangu Route, Machame Route, Rongai Route, Lemosho Route, and Mweka Route. You do not need to have extensive trekking experience and can make it to the top without ropes and the typical climbing gear. You do need to be able to handle the altitude and be physically fit. Discover all 7 of the Mount Kilimanjaro Routes
The best times to attempt the climb are January, February and September as these are the least rainy months and offer plenty of sunshine and clear skies.
Many say they experienced a spiritual awakening throughout the process of the climb. The visual experience has been described as awe inspiring. They say the journey is as extraordinary as the surreal experience of reaching the peak and standing on top of the world. This is an experience not to be missed! Make your dream a reality, visit Kilimanjaro!
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