Mount Kilimanjaro

(19,340ft/5,895m) Tanzania

Alpine Ascents Kilimanjaro Maps & Facts

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Unique Characteristics
Kilimanjaro is composed of three extinct volcanoes. Kibo (5895m), Mawenzi (5149m) and Shira (3962m). It is one of the world's highest free standing mountains: its mass rises 4800m above a rolling plain that averages 1000m above sea level. After reaching a height thought to be 5900m during its last major eruption 360,000 years ago, Kibo has been eroded by glaciers, rivers and landslides to its present height. It is believed that Kilimanjaro, like its neighbor Mt. Kenya, is losing glaciers due to global warming.

The Name Kilimanjaro
Given the stature and greatness of Kilimanjaro, there is relatively little recorded history of the peak. Even the origins of the name present somewhat of a dilemma. May people believe the name derived from the Kishwahili tribal name, Kilima meaning mountain. The local Wachagga people claim to have no name for Kilimanjaro, but did name the dual peaks Kipoo and Kimawenzi.

First mention of Kili by Westerners
John Rebmann, published account in 1849.

First climbed
Hans Meyer, 1889

Kilimanjaro Machame Route

Kilimanjaro Lemosho Route


Formal Name: United Republic of Tanzania

Local Name: Tanzania

Local Formal Name: United Republic of Tanzania

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