Kilimanjaro height : Mount Kilimanjaro is a mountain which is located in the northern part of Tanzania and it is the highest peak in Africa at 5895 meters.
Kilimanjaro is also a snow caped mountain which has three volcanic cones such as Kibo (the highest), Mawenzi and Shira. Mount Kilimanjaro is also a volcano and is considered the highest free standing mountain in the world.
Another interesting fact about Mount Kilimanjaro is that it is among the seven summits of the world. Many tourists visit Tanzania to hike to the summit of Kilimanjaro and back using the various hiking routes on the mountain.
All types of climbers can hike Mount Kilimanjaro during safaris in Tanzania and these hikes are done along the routes such as Marangu route, Machame route, Lemosho route, Umbwe route, Shira route and also the Rongai route.
When climbing Kilimanjaro mountain in Tanzania, time is needed for acclimatization which helps to increase on the adaptation of the hikers to the changes in altitude during hikes on Mount Kilimanjaro and also on the success rate of hiking to the peak of the mountain and back thus Kilimanjaro height.
Hiking to the Uhuru peak which is the highest point on Mount Kilimanjaro takes about 6 days depending on the route which has been used for the hike. There are different campsites where climbers spend their nights before continuing the hike to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro.
Marangu route is the only one which had hut accommodation at Horombo hut, Mandara hut and Kibo hut while other routes used for hiking on Mount Kilimanjaro offer camping as the form of accommodation and the equipment for camping can be provided by the tour operators of the hike on Kilimanjaro and another option is hiring of the camping and hiking equipment for the duration of the hike on Kilimanjaro.
Mount Kilimanjaro has unpredictable weather and at some months of the year the weather is more favorable for a hike on the mountain compared to other months. The higher you hike Mount Kilimanjaro, the colder it gets and it also gets cold at night.
Prior preparation for the hike on Mount Kilimanjaro is very important during tours in Tanzania and it is also good to take into consideration the health of a climber in relation to the duration of their hike on Mount Kilimanjaro.
Climbing to the highest point of Mount Kilimanjaro takes collective effort and during hikes on the mountain, guides, rangers, porters and chefs accompany the climbers as they take on the adventure of hiking to the Uhuru peak.
To get to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro, the attempt of getting to the summit starts as early as midnight and by sunrise, the climbers get to enjoy the beautiful views from the top of the highest mountain in Africa. Many people climb Mount Kilimanjaro for different reasons and it is a satisfactory experience when visiting Tanzania.
During hikes on Mount Kilimanjaro, there are five climatic zones that climbers go through and they include the bush land or cultivated zone (800m to 1800 meters), Rainforest zone (1800 m and 2800 m), moorland zone (2800m and 4000m), alpine desert zone (4000 m to 5000 m) and also the arctic zone (5000m to 5895 m).
Park entrance fee of Kilimanjaro national park
Mount Kilimanjaro is part of Kilimanjaro national park and when hiking Mount Kilimanjaro some of the requirements for the tour include paying of park entrance fees. Non east Africa citizens or nonresidents visiting Kilimanjaro national park are charged park entrance fee of 70 USD for tourists above the age of 16 years and 20 USD for children aged between 5 and 15 years (excluding 18% tax) thus Kilimanjaro height.
Residents visiting Kilimanjaro national park are charged park entrance fee of 35 USD for adults above the age of 16 years while children aged between 5 and 15 years are charged park entrance fee of 10 USD (excluding 18% tax).
East Africans and Tanzanians visiting Kilimanjaro national park are charged park entrance fee of 10,000 Tanzania shillings for visitors above the age of 16 years while children aged between 5 and 15 years are charged park entrance fee of 2000 Tanzania shillings excluding 18% tax. East Africans are nationals from Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, Burundi, Rwanda and South Sudan.
Children aged below 5 years are not charged park entrance fee during safaris to Kilimanjaro national park.
Best time for visiting Mount Kilimanjaro
Mount Kilimanjaro is a destination which attracts many visitors to come to Tanzania at different times of the year.
The dry season from June to October is considered a good time for hiking on Mount Kilimanjaro when the hiking conditions are comfortable and the weather is also favorable. Another time of the year when hikes can be done when the weather is favorable on Mount Kilimanjaro is from January to early March.
These months attract many tourists and there are many visitors at the destination attempting to get to the highest point of Mount Kilimanjaro during their safaris. In the dry season he views around the mountain are also amazing and the skies are generally clear.
The months of April and November are a time of the year when the rains are received on Mount Kilimanjaro and most climbers tend to avoid these months however the more experiences climbers and visitors who prefer few crowds hike during this time of the year. Rains are also received on the mountain around March to May.
A hike on Mount Kilimanjaro can also be combined with a wildlife safari experience in the parks around the northern part of Tanzania such as Serengeti national park, the Ngorongoro conservation area, Tarangire national park, Lake Manyara national park and also Arusha national park.
How to get to Mount Kilimanjaro
Mount Kilimanjaro can be accessed by flights to Kilimanjaro international airport and from here a short drive to Moshi town which is found at the foothills of the mountain.
Visit Tanzania and enjoy a hike on the highest mountain in Africa as you explore Mount Kilimanjaro.