Reasons for climbing Mount Kilimanjaro
Reasons for climbing Mount Kilimanjaro: Mount Kilimanjaro is for many reasons a destination in Tanzania which is visited by many tourists. This mountain is found in the northern part of Tanzania.
There are different routes which are used for hiking Mount Kilimanjaro and they include Machame route, Marangu route, Lemosho route, Shira route, Umbwe route, Rongai route and also the northern route. The reasons why you should climb Mount Kilimanjaro include the following;
- Highest mountain in Africa
Mount Kilimanjaro is the highest mountain in Africa at an altitude of 5895 meters. When you hike to the summit of this mountain which is Uhuru peak, you are at the highest point in Africa which makes it an exciting experience.
Getting to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro can take about 6 or more days depending on the route which is used for the hike. The summit attempt starts as early as midnight and by sunrise, the hikers can enjoy views from the top of the mountain.
- One of the 7 summits of the world
Another reason to climb Mount Kilimanjaro is because it is one of the seven summits of the world.
Mount Kilimanjaro is also said to be the easiest of the seven summits to climb. The other mountains which make up the 7 summits include Mount Everest, Mount Aconcagua, Mount Denali, Mount Elbrus, Mount Vinson, Carstensz pyramid.
- Easy accessibility
Mount Kilimanjaro can be accessed easily during a safari to Tanzania. The mountain is part of Kilimanjaro national park in the northern part of Tanzania.
During Tanzania safaris, tourists can get to Mount Kilimanjaro by flying to Kilimanjaro international airport. From the airport the drive to the park gates is about 45 minutes to 1 hour and the closest town to the mountain is Moshi town which is a point where tours to the destination start.
Mount Kilimanjaro is also south of the equator and around the mountain there are various accommodations (luxury, budget and midrange lodges) where hikers can stay before or after their adventure on the mountain.
- A natural wonder
Mount Kilimanjaro is also a natural wonder and the mountain is also snowcapped with 5 climatic zone which hikers go through to get to the summit and back and these include the bushland or cultivated zone, the rainforest zone, the moorland zone, alpine desert zone and also the arctic zone.
Another fact about Mount Kilimanjaro is that it is a strato volcano. Mount Kilimanjaro also has 3 volcanic cones including Shira and Mawenzi which are extinct and also Kibo which is dormant and could erupt again.
Apart from hiking on Mount Kilimanjaro, the hikers can also interact with the locals in the neighboring villages at the slopes of the mountain.
- Contributes to the economy of Tanzania
The tourists who climb Mount Kilimanjaro at different months of the year have contributed in so many ways to the development of the economy of Tanzania.
Mount Kilimanjaro is visited by many tourists and the different fees which are charged to tourists visiting the destination and also tips given to the guides, porters and rangers helps to improve their livelihood.
Millions of dollars are generated from tourism on Mount Kilimanjaro and this helps to improve the livelihoods of those living in the neighboring communities.
- A big accomplishment
Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro during a tour to Tanzania is also a big accomplishment for many tourists.
Adding a trip to Mount Kilimanjaro as you visit is a big highlight of a safari to Tanzania which adds to the reasons why you should visit this destination. Despite the 50% success rate of getting to the summit, some tourists do make it to the summit of this mountain and it is one of the great achievements for many hikers.
Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro is also very significant and is documented by many media centers and certificates are awarded for hikers after completing their hikes on the mountain thus Reasons for climbing Mount Kilimanjaro.
- Amazing photography
Mount Kilimanjaro also has amazing views and breathtaking scenery which can be seen during a hike on the mountain.
Many tourists also visit Mount Kilimanjaro just to get pictures of the mountain or to view the mountain without actually doing hikes on the mountain and this factor alone adds to the many reasons to visit Mount Kilimanjaro during a tour to Tanzania.
- Kilimanjaro can be visited by both experienced and non experienced hikers
Another reason to visit Mount Kilimanjaro is that both non experienced and experienced hikers can engage in hikes on the mountain.
People of all ages can also hike on Mount Kilimanjaro and the beauty of this mountain is that the risks are few when climbing and they include altitude sickness. It is also recommended that hikers train before they do the actual hike on Mount Kilimanjaro.
Physical endurance is among the things that sustain the hikers as they struggle to get to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro. Wearing comfortable shoes during a hike on the mountain is another factor that ensures success when climbing Kilimanjaro mountain when visiting Tanzania.
- Combined safaris in northern Tanzania
Another reason to visit Mount Kilimanjaro is that a hike on Mount Kilimanjaro can be combined with a wildlife safari to other national parks in the northern part of Tanzania such as Serengeti national park, Lake Manyara national park, Tarangire national park, the Ngorongoro crater and also Arusha national park.
Wildlife viewing is also among the reasons that tourists visit Tanzania which offers amazing wildlife viewing all through the year. The best time for these Tanzania safaris is during the dry season around June to October when wildlife species can easily be spotted among the savannah plains.
- Chance to see wildlife
When visiting Mount Kilimanjaro, wildlife species can also be encountered around the rainforest zone. Different bird species can also be seen during a hike around this zone. These wildlife species include colobus monkeys, blue monkeys, bush bucks, dik dik, and warthogs among others.
Visit Mount Kilimanjaro for an amazing hiking experience as you engage in a safari to Tanzania.