Kilimanjaro Overview

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Location, History, and Highlights

Mount Kilimanjaro, located in northern Tanzania, is 3 degrees south of the equator. Mt Kilimanjaro was formed 3-4 million years ago as a result of tectonic plates colliding that allowed molten rock and lava to reach the earth’s surface during the creation of the Great Rift Valley. Kilimanjaro has 3 dormant volcanic cones: Kibo, Mawenzi, and Shira. The last time Mt Kilimanjaro’s erupted was occurred about 150,000 years ago. Its snow-capped mountain rises 19,340 ft above the savannah plains below. While being Africa’s tallest mountain peak and the highest free-standing mountain in the world, it is also the world’s most walk able High Mountain. Visiting Kilimanjaro the trekker is guaranteed exotic wildlife, wilderness, scenic views, and the opportunity to experience time and space away from crowds.

Many people list a Kilimanjaro safari as a lifelong dream adventure. Mountain climbing in Africa doesn’t get any better than Kilimanjaro. When climbing, there are several routes to its summit. Listed below are several 7-9 day routes to its summit. These itineraries allow climbers time to acclimated themselves to Mt. Kilimanjaro’s elevation. A 7 day ascent allows a greater chance of successfully reaching its summit. It also allows the climber time to see all of Kilimanjaro’s main areas while climbing. Kilimanjaro’ s highlights include glacial valleys, rain forests, Shira plateau, alpine deserts, and views of Kibo and Kibo Peak along with its caldera ash and pit glaciers. If you looking for a great mountain climb that does not compromise safety then climb with Zohar African Safaris!


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