Mt. Kilimanjaro is the highest mountain in Africa, and the highest free-standing mountain in the world standing majestically at 5,895 metres (19,341 ft), above sea level. Located at the center of Mt. Kilimanjaro Park in the North Western region of Tanzania, this beautiful volcanic mountain has three volcanic cones: Shira (4,005 metres (13,140 ft), Mawenzi (5,149 metres (16,893 ft), Kibo and with Uhuru peak being its highest summit at 5,895 metres (19,341 ft). For more information on Mt. Kilimanjaro, click here.
There are many theories surrounding the name ‘Kilimanjaro’. However the most appealing is ‘the mountain of greatness’ thought to be a direct translation of the words ‘Kilima’ meaning mountain and ‘Njaro’ meaning greatness.
Climbing Routes: Marangu Route
There are seven official trekking routes to scale Mt. Kilimanjaro: Marangu, Machame, Lemosho, Mweka, Rongai, Shira and Umbwe. For reviews on all routes, click here
K-Project for Peace, will use the Marangu Route. This route is considered relatively manageable compared to other routes. It has huts used for accommodation at different resting points usually shared by all the climbers. Even though the climb up Marangu Route might be gentler than the Himalayas or Everest, acclimatization is important.
‘Kilimanjaro summit is well above the altitude at which high altitude pulmonary edema or high altitude cerebral edema can occur. All trekkers will suffer considerable discomfort, typically shortage of breath, hypothermia, and headaches’ (Wikipedia, 2014). For more information on acclimatization.
We prepared a short PowerPoint to give you a preview of the Marangu route.
Preparing for the Climb
For a detailed itinerary of the Marangu Route provided by the tour company, and more information, send an email to [email protected] (All the information will be uploaded in the FAQ section coming up soon).