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About Kilimanjaro

Overview

Mount Kilimanjaro is located in Tanzania, Africa. The highest free-standing mountain in the world and one of the seven summits prized by climbers. It stands 19,341 feet tall (5,895 meters), and has 3 volcanic cones as peaks: Kibo, Mawenzi, and Shira.

Kibo is the highest peak followed by Mawenzi at 16,983 feet (5,149 meters) and then Shira at 13,000 feet (3,962 meters). Both Mawenzi and Shira are extinct volcanoes. Kibo is dormant (meaning it could erupt again), but the last major eruption took place between 150,000 and 200,000 years ago.

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The best time and months to climb Mount Kilimanjaro are December to February and September, which offer the clearest and warmest conditions. June to August is also good climbing months, with cooler weather. There is a short rainy season in October and November, with afternoon rains, but clear skies during the morning and evenings. March to May is the long rainy season.

Your climb up Mt. Kilimanjaro will take you through 5 distinct climatic zones, offering unique vegetation, wildlife, and scenery.

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