Facts about Mount Kilimanjaro

by | Feb 25, 2014 | Travel

Many people climb Mount Kilimanjaro each year. Nearly everyone knows what an experience it is, and how great the view is from the top. However, there are many interesting facts about this magnificent mountain that people don’t know. People climb this mountain for many reasons. From achieving personal goals to fulfilling life dreams, everyone wants to experience what the mountain has to offer.
Nothing comes close to the experience that you will feel at the top, and on your way up you will experience a large range of ecological systems.  From the alpine desert to rainforests and steep artic glaciers, you will get an adventurous experience that is unlike any other mountain climb in the world.
The first person to conquer the mountain was Hans Meyer, on the 6th of October 1889. Since that time, more than 25,000 people have attempted the climb, with only around 75% of them being successful in their quest to reach the top.

The Trio of Volcanic Cones

Mount Kilimanjaro is actually made up from three large volcanic cones. These have been named by the locals as Mawenzi, Shira and Kibo. People state that Kibo could erupt again one day, but this doesn’t put people off making the climb. The last known eruption was over 360,000 years ago, so they feel relatively safe.

Anyone Can Do It!

Anyone can climb Mount Kilimanjaro. Bernard Goosen from South Africa has scaled the wonders of this mountain twice, and he did it in a wheelchair. It is a very famous tourist destination. Much of the mountain has diminished as a result of global warming, but it is still a sight to be seen. By hiring local guides, you are supporting the very community that makes this mountain stand apart from the rest. Your Mount Kilimanjaro guide will show you the way around the mountain, as well as points of interest. This can include the base camp on the descent route, which sells Kilimanjaro beer!  Before you climb the mountain, it is important that you do plenty of research to make sure you are properly prepared. It is illegal to climb the mountain without a guide, but it is best to have one anyone. They will ensure that you are safe during the climb.

Climb Kili is a professional Mount Kilimanjaro guide company. They provide guided tours around the three volcanic cones at different times throughout the year.


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