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Kilimanjaro. The name itself is a mystery wreathed in clouds. It might mean Mountain of Light, Mountain of Greatness or Mountain of Caravans. Or it might not. The local people, the Wachagga, don’t even have a name for the whole massif, only Kipoo (now known as Kibo) for the familiar snowy peak that stands imperious, overseer of the continent, the summit of Africa. Kilimanjaro, by any name, is a metaphor for the compelling beauty of East Africa. When you see it, you understand why. Not only is this the highest peak on the African continent; it is also the tallest free-standing mountain in the world, rising in breathtaking isolation from the surrounding coastal scrubland – elevation around 900 metres – to an imperious 5,895 metres (19,336 feet). kilimanjaro is one of the world’s most accessible high summits, a beacon for visitors from around the world.
Most climbers reach the crater rim with little more than a walking stick, proper clothing and determination. And those who reach Uhuru Point, the actual summit, or Gillman’s Point on the lip of the crater, will have earned their climbing certificates. And their memories. But there is so much more to Kili than her summit. The ascent of the slopes is a virtual climatic world tour, from the tropics to the Arctic. Even before you cross the national park boundary (at the 2,700m contour), the cultivated footslopes give way to lush montane forest, inhabited by elusive elephant, leopard, buffalo, the endangered Abbot’s duiker, and other small antelope and primates.
Higher still lies the moorland zone, where a cover of giant heather is studded with otherworldly giant lobelias. Above 4,000m, a surreal alpine desert supports little life other than a few hardy mosses and lichen. Then, finally, the last vestigial vegetation gives way to a winter wonderland of ice and snow – and the magnificent beauty of the roof of the continent.
Conquering heights has been always been a human forte. So challenge yourself to climb the most hikeable summits on the planet by planning an African safari and undertaking Kilimanjaro climbing expeditions. With our tailor-made Kilimanjaro climbing packages, you have an opportunity to conquer Africa’s highest summit and make lifetime memories.
There is much more to Kilimanjaro than hiking. Take part in Kilimanjaro climbing expeditions while taking the most scenic route and find yourself lost in the panoramic beauty of the surroundings while scaling the majestic peak.
Take a virtual climatic tour of the world while scaling the peak from the tropical bottom to the Arctic top and create your dream holiday through our custom Mt. Kilimanjaro climb packages.
Explore enlivening views of ice fields on the crater rim while you cross the lunar desert. Give yourself a lifetime opportunity to witness a magical sunrise and spot Colobus monkeys on the lower slopes. Let our Kilimanjaro climbing guides be your escorts at every twist and turn while you scale the snowcapped peaks and explore the delights of ‘Kili.’ Enjoy the breathtaking camping trek during your enthralling Mt. Kilimanjaro climbing holidays and come back for more!