Mount Kilimanjaro

Mount Kilimanjaro

Mount Kilimanjaro is the tallest mountain on the Africa. It is also the highest free-standing mountain in the world. Kilimanjaro forms part of the Kilimanjaro National Park and is located in Tanzania near the Kenyan Border in East Africa.

The origin of the name Kilimanjaro is not exactly known. However, a number of beliefs exist. Explorers adopted the name Kilimanjaro by 1860. The mountains name is from the Swahili language. The word Kilima, meaning “mountain,” and the KiChagga word Njaro, loosely translated as bright or shining. Thus, Kilimanajro could be called the 'Shining Mountain'.

Mount Kilimanjaro or just Kilimanjaro has three volcanic cones, Kibo, Mawenzi, and Shira. It is a dormant volcano in Tanzania. Kibo, the highest; Mawenzi at 5,149 metres (16,893 ft); and Shira, the shortest at 4,005 metres. You can take several routes to Mount Kilimanjaro. Mawenzi and Shira are extinct but Kibo, the highest peak, is also dormant and could erupt again. The mountain has been the subject of many scientific studies because of its shrinking glaciers and disappearing ice fields.

The mountain is a popular tourist destination for many adventurers and mountain climbers from around the world. Each year 30,000 people give or take visit Mount Kilimanjaro.

The best time to climb Mount Kilimanjaro Tis either through January-March or June through October. January to March is usually colder than June to October and therefore a higher chance of snow on the summit.

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