THE TOURIST VIEWS OF KILIMANJARO:
Kilimanjaro is the highest freestanding mountain in the world and is also the highest mountain on the African continent at 5895m or 19,340ft. Its snow-capped summit rises high above the dusty African plains. Huge permanent glaciers flow down from the summit with beautiful ice formations and spectacular views from the top.
This is a very challenging trek at altitude, climbing one of the most impressive and well-known mountains in the world.
The route takes the more remote Rongai route, passing through cultivated farmlands, lush overgrown and fauna-filled jungle paths, moorland, alpine meadows and finally across a barren lunar landscape past massive glaciers to the peak.
Lower down it can be wet, muddy and hot; higher up barren and arid. The temperatures vary from 30C (86F) at the base, to lows of down to -20C (-4F) at altitude. In worst conditions, with the wind-chill factor the temperatures could feel as low as -40C (-40F).
This trek is challenging in itself, but the main challenge lies in the altitude. Symptoms of being at altitude include tiredness, shortness of breath, headaches and nausea.
Good preparation and proper equipment will be essential to the successful completion of the trek.
THE GOAL: UHURU PEAK