MOUNT KILIMANJARO IS THE HIGHEST MOUNTAIN IN TANZANIA AND THROUGHOUT THE WHOLE AFRICAN CONTINENT STANDING AT 5895 M (19341 FT) ABOVE THE SEA LEVEL. IT IS LOCATED IN THE KILIMANJARO NATIONAL PARK.
Mount Kilimanjaro is a dormant volcano in Tanzania. It has three volcanic peaks: Kibo, Mawenzi, and Shira. Nowadays, scientists are worried about the mountain’s melting glaciers due to significant climate change.
The mountain is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Africa. The first documented ascent took place in 1889 when Hans Meyer and Ludwig Purtscheller attempted to reach the peak. There are several trekking paths climbers can choose to take: Lemosho, Machame, Marangu, Mweka, Rongai, Shira, and Umbwe.
A less steep and the most scenic route is Machame that can take climbers up to seven days to reach the destination. The ascent itself is quite challenging physically and requires some primary climbing equipment and proper acclimatization. In addition, high elevation, low temperatures and strong winds make climbing this peak appear difficult even for experienced mountaineers.
THE FIVE HIGHEST PEAKS IN TANZANIA:
- Mount Kilimanjaro, Kibo peak - 5895 m (19341 ft), in the Kilimanjaro National Park, Tanzania.
- Mount Kilimanjaro, Mawenzi peak - 5149 m (16893 ft), in Eastern Rift Mountain Range, Tanzania.
- Mount Meru - 4562 m (14967 ft), in the Arusha National Park, Arusha Region, Tanzania.
- Mount Loolmalassin - 3682 m (12080 ft), in Arusha Region, Ngorongoro District, in the Crater Highland Region, Tanzania.
- Mount Hanang - 3420 m (11220 ft),in Manyara Region, Hanang District, Tanzania.
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