LOCATION: Northern Tanzania, near the town of Moshi
SIZE: 1668 sq km 641 sq miles)
KIBO PEAK- 5,895m (19,340 ft)
MAWENZI PEAK-5,149m (16,896 ft)
SHIRA PEAK -3,962m (13,000 ft)
Marangu Route- 6 days minimum (Oldest-considered easiest path)
Machame Route-6 days minimum (considered difficult path-walks are steeper)
Rongai Route-6 days minimum (low traffic-remote hike-less precipitation)
Lemosho Route- 6 days minimum (newer-low traffic joint Machame route)
Climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro is the highlight of most visitors experiences in Tanzania. Few mountains can claim the grandeur, the breathtaking views of Amboseli National Park in Kenya, the Rift Valley, and the Masaai Steppe, that belongs to Kilimanjaro. Hiking on the rooftop of Africa the highest point on the continent at 5896 metres is the adventure of a lifetime, especially because, if paced well, everyone from seasoned trekkers to first-time enthusiasts can scale the snowy peak.
Kilimanjaro is one of the world 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 Point on the lip of the crater, will have earned their climbing certificates.