The main volcano is called ‘Kibo’, often also called ‘Uhuru,’ both of which are synonymous with the summit of Kilimanjaro. Kibo is in fact the name of the highest volcano on Kilimanjaro, and Uhuru, is the name of the actual peak on Kibo.
Kilimanjaro is a free standing mountain, meaning it is not connected to any range. It rises directly from its base to an altitude of 5895m. Most trekking routes start at around 1800m. So if you measure out 4.095km on a road and imagine that to stand vertically, THAT is how much you are going to ascend.
Let us remind ourselves when we climb this sleeping beauty that Kilimanjaro is not stratovolcano for nothing, for beneath her seemingly calm demeanour lies a hotbed of activity.
You have longed to get out and climb a mountain or do an extended trek to high altitude and you read about acclimitisation. It may all sound very complicated but what is it.
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When I first climbed Kilimanjaro with my Dad in 2002, we were told that by 2020, all of the glaciers will be gone. It struck me this morning on my morning run, that we are now IN 2020 and the question is, have all of the glaciers gone.
With 40,000 to 50,000 pairs of feet hiking their way up the slopes of Kilimanjaro every year en route to summit, it is not surprising that the mountain is taking the brunt of our human footprint. If the old saying, “leave only your footprints behind” held true, we would not need to worry about the … Continue reading Keeping Kilimanjaro Clean
How hard is it to hike to Everest Base Camp compared to Kilimanjaro? Most people think Everest Base Camp is higher than Kilimanjaro but surprise surprise, it is not. Base camp of Everest (or rather Kala Pathar – the little hill you climb up above base camp) is actually 5545m, whereas Kilimanjaro summit is 5895m.
Let's face it - it can get pretty icy on the mountains when wind chill combines with high altitude temperatures hit. So here are a few basics to remember.
Altitude is much like elevation only it refers to the distance measured above a specific planetary point, and in most places, this is the distance above sea level. So if we live at the sea, how do we train for high altitude? Getting technical about O2 and altitude At sea-level, the concentration of oxygen in … Continue reading How can I train for High Altitude Climbing?