Just south of the equator is the highest point of Africa and the highest free standing Mountain in the World. Rising an impressive 19,341 feet above the surrounding African plains, it dwarfs any Mountain in America or Europe. The majestic Kilimanjaro has beckoned to climbers and travelers alike since it was first ‘discovered’ in 1848 by German missionary Johannes Rebmann. The summit of Africa and overseer of the continent, this great White Mountain has created legends and inspired books and yet relatively little of it is known by most of us.
Being just the south of the Equator with its glaciated peak the Mountain defies logic.
Mount Kilimanjaro comprises of three distinct volcanic cones.
Uhuru Peak is the highest summit on Kibo`s Crater rim at 5,895m.
Mawenzi at 5,149m.
Shira at 4005m.
There are six official Kilimanjaro routes. Three routes – Machame, Umbwe, and Marangu – approach from the South, two routes – Shira and Lemosho – from the west and Rongai approaches from the North-East. The Northern Circuit is a seventh route option that approaches from the West using the Lemosho start point, but then circles around the north of Kilimanjaro and follows a summit assault passage via Gilman’s Point. In total there are three summit assault passages. The first approaches the summit from the south via Stella Point, the second approaches from the East via Gilman’s Point and the 3rd approach uses the Western Breach, which is more technically challenging.