Mount Kilimanjaro

Kilimanjaro is Africa’s highest mountain, the world’s tallest free-standing massif and one of the world’s largest dormant volcanoes, reaching an elevation of just over 5,890m. Other names for this giant stratovolcano are: Kilima Dscharo Oldoinyo Oibor (white mountain in Maasai), and Kilima Njaro meaning shining mountain in Swahili. The volcano’s highest and youngest cone is named Kibo, it’s highest point is Uhuru peak, on the southwestern rim, it’s official height is 5891.6m; Shira (3962m) to the west and Mawenzi (5149m) in the east are older cones that make up Kilimanjaro. Kibo has not been active in recent times, but steam and sulfur are still emitted. At the top of Kibo’s summit is a 1 1/2 mile (2 1/4 Km) wide crater.   Kilimanjaro is the world’s highest non-technical climb, although this should not be taken to mean it is an easy ascent. Cold and altitude are the main problems facing anyone wishing to reach the summit. A healthy person, who is attentive to their bodies needs and takes their time, should be able to make it to the top. Chances of reaching the summit are greatly enhanced by taking extra time to acclimatize to the altitude.
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