6 Cool Mt. Kilimanjaro Facts
If you are planning to hike around the majestic Kilimanjaro and, hopefully, reach the summit that is the Uhuru, you should get to know more about it. Here is a listing of all the Kilimanjaro facts which will help you in the wonderful adventure that you are about to experience.
It’s Hard… Extremely Hard
Let’s get this one straight: don’t underestimate this mountain known to many as the Roof of Africa. Even for experienced climbers, going up the Kilimanjaro is a challenge. At over five thousand meters above sea level, physical training must be had if you don’t want to experience high altitude sickness and fatigue.
We are not, in any way, trying to scare you but at least 10 deaths occur every year in the Kilimanjaro. Some fall, others experience hypothermia or altitude sickness. This is a very important piece of information to reiterate so that you’d know how important physical training is before you undertake this feat.
It’s Actually a Volcano (or More Specifically, a Stratovolcano)
The Kilimanjaro is a mountain with not one, but three volcano cones: Kibo, Mawenzi and Shira. The last two are extinct already but Kibo is dormant which means that there is a possibility of it erupting again. The last major eruption known happened 360,000 years ago. The most recent activity was only 200 years ago.
It Has Six Ecological Systems
Another one of the very fascinating Kilimanjaro facts is that it has six ecological systems: rain forest, alpine desert, cultivated land, moorland, heath, and an arctic summit. Rarely are these found in just one mountain so visiting this part of the world really is an experience which must be had.
There are Seven Routes to Choose From
This is one of those Kilimanjaro facts which you should know. The seven routes are Lemosho, Machame, Marangu, Mweka, Rongai, Shira, and Umbwe. The most scenic, therefore the most favored, is Machame. If you’re a beginner, choose Marangu, the easiest route. If you really want an increased level of difficulty, go for Umbwe.
If They Did, You Can Too!
This, perhaps, is the most interesting of all Kilimanjaro facts you’ll come across. Despite the difficulties of climbing up the highest peak of Africa, 87-year old Valtee Daniel reached the summit.
Then there’s Bernard Goosen who climbed up the mountain in a wheel chair. Born with Cerebral Palsy, he climbed up the mountain a couple of times. His first took nine days. The second trek lasted for just six days. With enough determination, you can too.
The Mountain Has The Memory of Your Climb, Too.
People who reach the Uhuru have their photos taken beside the wooden signage found on the summit. But almost all the climbers leave a note of their amazing accomplishment in a box which is also found on top of the mountain. Book your guided trip today at www.PeakPlanet.com.