The majestic Mount Kilimanjaro rises 5,896 metres from the north Tanzanian plains, close to the border with Kenya and only 200 miles south of the equator. Climbing to its snow-capped peak is a once-in-a-lifetime experience for the adventurous traveller. Kilimanjoaro rises through farmlands to rainforest, alpine landscape and above the treeline to its rugged upper heights.
Kilimanjaro stands 330 kms south of the equator, on the northern boundary of Tanzania. Its location on an open plain close to the Indian Ocean, and its great size and height strongly influence the climate and thus its vegetation, animal life and climbing conditions.
Kilimanjaro is the highest mountain in Africa. It is composed of three extinct volcanoes: Kibo 5895m (19340ft), Mawenzi 5149m (16896ft), and Shira 3962m (13000ft). It’s the worlds highest free-standing mountain, its bulk looming 4800m above an undulating plain that averages 1000m above sea level. On a clear day, it can be seen from more then 150 kms away. Its peak is permanently snow covered, though only 3 degrees below the equator. Kilimanjaro can be climbed by any physically fit person. No climbing experience is necessary.Kilimanjaro can be climbed at any time of the year, but there are two rainy seasons - Late March to Mid June and October to November. The best mmonths are January to March and July to October, as the days are usually cloudlesss. During the day the temperature at 4000m tends to be 15°C. At night, temperature falls to -10°C. At the summit, temperatures are about 5°C during the day and drop to between -18°C and -22°C at night
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