The mountain is part of the Kilimanjaro National Park and is a major climbing destination in East Africa, another place I am looking forward to visiting! Kilimanjaro is one of the more remote, yet accessible mountains and considered more of a hike than a climb. My biggest appeal to Kilimanjaro (aside from being on the 7 summits list) is the culture and the five different climate zones experienced throughout the climb. The five climate zones experienced in order are the rainforest, the heath zone, the Mooreland climate zone, the alpine desert, and finally at the summit, an arctic climate zone. Kilimanjaro is on the equator capped in ice, I will need to get there soon to see the rapidly shrinking glaciers that are estimated to be 11,700 years old, before they are gone! Research on the recessing glaciers of Kilimanjaro show that in the next 20-30 years they will most likely be gone.
Due to its placement on the globe, in comparison with some of the other mountains listed in the 7 summits, it does not have the same threats (crevasses, heavy snow fall, avalanches, severe cold etc..) and can be climbed by most people between 4-7 days. Because of its global placement it can be climbed at any time of the year. Despite this relatively easy sounding hike, one should remember that 19,341’ (5895m) is significantly high and altitude will affect all climbers significantly without proper acclimatization. The first recorded summit was completed by Hans Meyer (German) and Ludwig Purtscheller (Austrian) in 1889. Since 1991 the National park authorities have made it mandatory for all climbers to register with an agency that provides guides and porters. The guides and porters carry most of the climber’s equipment to lighten their load. This is in place to stimulate the local economy and generates about $20million a year.
Height: 5895m (19,341)
Mountain Range: Volcano