|Climb Mount Kilamonjaro
Mount Kilimanjaro Facts
Mount Kilimanjaro is the highest mountain on the African continent and, at 19,340 feet, is one of the world's "Seven Summits". A climber will pass through five separate climate zones, going from equatorial to arctic, reaching its summit. Mount Kilimanjaro is comprised of three volcanos, is 37 miles long and 25 miles across and each year 15,000 people attempt to reach its summit.
The Best Time to Go
You can climb Mount Kilimanjaro any time of the year, as the season changes are not extreme in sub-Saharan Africa. There are two seasons -- the dry season and the wet season. The wet season is actually two seasons. Running from March to June are the "long" rains. From October to January are the "short" rains, thus making two dry seasons, which run from February through March and from July through September. February through March are the warmest months, while July through September is cold. It is best to plan your trip during the two dry seasons.
Choosing The Best Route For You
Choosing a route will depend on the level of difficulty you are able to manage. Your physical condition and your ability to acclimate to the altitude quickly enough for length in days of your trek will be your determing factors. The eastern routes are easier than the western routes to climb. There are eight routes, but three of them are too danagerous for all but the highly experienced Kilimanjaro climbers. The remaining route has unvaried scenery and is too steep, posing a threat of altitude sickness.
The Rongai approach is an eastern route and Lemosho, Machame and Shira approaches are western routes. The terrain of the western routes is more interesting than the eastern routes.
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