Mount Kilimanjaro” means “Mountain of Whiteness” or “Shining Mountain,” according to most linguists and etymologists who study the origins of local words., the name is a combination of two languages “Kilima” means mountain in Swahili, and “Njaro” means shining/whiteness in Chagga).
Tanzania’s centerpiece of adventures is Mount Kilimanjaro. Its spectacular snow-capped top makes it the tallest free-standing mountain in the world and the highest peak on the African continent. It climbs to a commanding 5,895 meters above Tanzania’s wide-open African lowlands (19,336 feet). For many tourists, hiking on the “rooftop of Africa” is the thrill of a lifetime.
For most visitors to Tanzania, climbing Mount Kilimanjaro is the highlight of their trip. From the tropics to the Arctic, the ascent of the hills is a virtual climatic globe trip.
There are other options, including Marangu, which is the simplest and most well-liked climb, as well as Machame, Lemosho, Rongai, and Umbwe. The fastest routes take five to six days. The longest is between 7 and 9 days.
Everyone, from experienced mountaineers to casual amateurs, may ascend the snow-covered summit if they pace themselves properly. Views of Kenya’s Amboseli National Park, the Rift Valley, and the Maasai Steppe are stunning.
The thrill of a lifetime is hiking on the “rooftop of Africa.” Standing on top of Kilimanjaro and taking in the breathtaking sunrise over the continent of Africa is the best sensation in the world.
A massive dormant volcano, Kilimanjaro started to build a million years ago when lava poured from the Rift Valley region.
Kibo 19,340 feet (5,895 meters), Mawenzi 16,896 feet (5,149 meters), and Shira 13,000 feet are its three separate volcanic cones (3,962 meters).
The highest summit on Kibo’s crater rim is Uhuru Peak.
Even though they are only three degrees south of the equator, Kibo and Mawenzi’s peaks are permanently covered in snow and ice.