13 Interesting Facts About Mt. Kilimanjaro

Kilimanjaro! Just the name conjures up all sorts of emotions.  Are you ready to become one of the privileged individuals to have reached the “roof of Africa”?. If so, you have come to the right spot, just settle down and enjoy one of the greatest adventures in the world that is attainable by almost Everyone. Rich in flora and fauna, surrounded area covers up all the Miracle of this highest mountain in the Africa. If you want to imagine its beauty then read this content thoroughly and witness this roof of Africa, Mt. Kilimanjaro:

Mt. Kilimanjaro, Tanzania, Africa
Mt. Kilimanjaro, Tanzania, Africa

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1. Touching The Skies Of Africa

Mount Kilimanjaro
Mount Kilimanjaro

Mount Kilimanjaro is the highest mountain in Africa and rises approximately 4,900 m (16,000 ft) from its base to 5,895 meters (19,341 ft) above sea level.
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2. Plenty Much Of Wildlife!

Zebras at the foot of Mt. Kilimanjaro
Zebras at the foot of Mt. Kilimanjaro, Africa
Elephants near Mt. Kilimanjaro
Elephants near Mt. Kilimanjaro

There is plenty of wildlife on Mt. Kilimanjaro. But the animals prefer to avoid those parts of the mountain where more than 40,000 people tour every year. Therefore, you need to be lucky enough to see the animals on the mountain.
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3. Who Are Hans Meyer And Ludwig Purtscheller?

Ludwig Purtscheller
Ludwig Purtscheller
Hans Meyer
Hans Meyer

The first recorded ascent to the summit of the mountain was made by Hans Meyer and Ludwig Purtscheller in 1889.
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4. A Hardened Volcano!

Mount Kilimanjaro Volcano, Tanzania
Mount Kilimanjaro Volcano, Tanzania

It began forming about a million years ago and is composed of many layers of hardened volcanic ash, lava, pumice and tephra fragmental material that is the fallout from a volcanic eruption.
source: livescience.com, image: solarey.net

5. A Composition Of 3 Volcanic Cones

Three Volcanic Cones of Mt. Kilimanjaro
Three Volcanic Cones of Mt. Kilimanjaro

Mt. Kilimanjaro has three volcanic cones named Mawenzi, Kibo, and Shira. Mawenzi and Shira are extinct but Kibo, the highest peak is dormant and could erupt again. The last eruption was about 200 years ago.
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6. Your Sweat Is Going To Freeze There!

The temperatures reach over 80 degrees Fahrenheit during the day and sink to below zero at night. Climbers often don’t take a bath for the days they stay on the mountain.
source: foxnews.com

7. A Relatively Safe Climb

People climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro
People climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro

About 30,000 people climb Kilimanjaro each year and about three-quarters of those reach the summit. It is a relatively safe climb and most climbers who fail to have a summit experience.
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8. “Every Man’s Everest”

Mount Kilimanjaro is known as “every man’s Everest,” because everyone is capable of reaching the summit. You need not require any special equipment or climbing skills to summit Mt. Kilimanjaro.
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9. Who Said I Am Old?

Frenchman Val tee Daniel
Frenchman Val tee Daniel oldest man to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro

The oldest person ever to summit Mt. Kilimanjaro was 87-year-old Frenchman Val tee Daniel.
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10. Mount Kilimanjaro National Park

Entry Gate of Mount Kilimanjaro
Entry Gate of Mount Kilimanjaro
Girafe in Kilimanjaro National Park
Giraffe in Kilimanjaro National Park

At the heart of the park is the 5896m Mt Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest mountain. People visit this park to gaze at the mountain on the equator capped with snow.
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11. The Death Causing Altitude Sickness!

About 10 people die attempting to climb Kilimanjaro and several thousand have to be carried down the mountain before making it to the top. The majority of deaths are caused by altitude sickness.
source: greatist.com

12. A Book Stored In A Wooden Box

Almost every climber who has climbed Uhuru Peak, the highest summit on Kibo’s crater rim, has recorded his or her thoughts and experiences in a book stored in a wooden box at the top of the peak.
source: worldwildlife.org

13. The Fastest Accent

Bruno Brunod (Mountaineer)
Bruno Brunod (Mountaineer)

The fasted verified ascent of Mt. Kilimanjaro occurred in the year 2001. It was when an Italian Bruno Brunod summitted Uhuru Peak in 5 hours 38 minutes 40 seconds.
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