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Mount Kilimanjaro – Kenya’s Most Popular Mountain Park
Mount Kilimanjaro (pronounced “kil-man-jarr”) is located in the Kilimanjaro National Park in eastern Tanzania. Description of the mountain ranges on the upper plateau, including the three large volcanoes, and the surrounding terrain is from the South Indian plain. Kilimanjaro was formed in the last super long ago, about 65 million years ago. The word Kilimanjaro means ‘the steep mountain’. At its height, the mountain covered nearly half of the area of Western Tanzania.
Mount Kilimanjaro’s elevation
Mount Kilimanjaro’s elevation is between eight and eleven thousand metres; it is considered to be one of the tallest mountains in Africa. Mount Kilimanjaro’s crater rim is also extremely steep, rising more than six hundred meters into the air. At the top of the mountain, you can see a vast field of forest which has been cleared of all its trees. The crater rim has a valley of at least forty by forty meters, where the mountain forms an ‘island’. About one hundred and fifty hikers can be seen walking towards the summit. There are no other permanent settlements in this area, and at the base of the mountain, there is no road or path leading in any direction.
From the top of the mountain, the view is spectacular: on the horizon, you can see two small white dots moving up and down the slopes of the mountain. They are the only visible people on the surface of the snow-covered mountain. If you had planned to climb Kilimanjaro, what would your aim be? How many days are you planning to spend trying to reach the summit of Kilimanjaro? Given the kind of terrain that lie behind the summit, and the kind of climate that exist there, it is highly doubtful that anyone could make it to the top in a single day.
If you are climbing Kilimanjaro, you are probably used to the idea that reaching the top of the tallest mountain in Africa is not easy. It involves lots of technical climbing. If you are trying to free-stand the mountain, you will probably need equipment that weighs at least seven hundred kilograms, and if you are going to use ropes, then they must each weigh about twelve hundred kilograms. These climbers know that reaching the summit is not simple. On the other hand, many climbers of Kilimanjaro do reach the top, and so this proves that it is possible to climb the tallest mountain in Africa without needing the most technologically advanced equipment.
In fact, it may be argued that reaching the summit of Kilimanjaro, which is also the tallest mountain in Africa, was easier fifty years ago than it is today. During the 1950s, the government of Tanzania had a plan to build a road from Mombasa to Kilimanjaro. The road would take you through a high mountain pass, called the ‘Great Migration Period’. The route would pass through the three volcanic peaks of Kilimanjaro, including the colossal Mount Kilimanjaro – the biggest mountain on earth. The route would also take you through the Zanzibar archipelago, and would provide you with a wide expanse of sea.
There were therefore much planning and preparation that went into constructing this road, which made the journey much easier for travellers. The road was built using a new technology, called tented camping. These tents were built on the slopes between the three volcanoes of Kilimanjaro. The tent was built on the ground so that the climbers would not have to deal with the difficulty of scaling the mountain. Since the trekking route went through the Great Migration Period, many of the tribes who lived in Swahili, would be on the mountain, which meant that the tribes would be able to understand what was taking place.
At the start of August, 1957, the first trainees began arriving at the new MOUNT KILIMANJARO camp. It was a huge site, with a huge amount of accommodation and facilities. On the surface, it appeared to be just like any other camp, but within the camp there were several different areas of expertise, such as climbing, swimming, hiking, surfing and diving. It also housed the instructors who taught the various disciplines to the new trainees. This was done in conjunction with the construction of a large white schoolhouse, which became the focal point of the region.
In the early months of MOUNT KILIMANJARO’s existence, there were a few accidents, mostly at night, due to the inexperience of the inexperienced teachers and the weather conditions on the volcano. There were also some incidents of wild animals living on the Mount Kilimanjaro surface. The authorities soon had to employ security measures to ensure that the visitors’ safety was maintained, and as a result, the area was closed for almost a month. However, the authorities lifted the restriction once the school had been fully opened.
There is a magic about standing on the “Roof of Africa“.
Mount Kilimanjaro or just Kilimanjaro with its three volcanic cones, Kibo, Mawenzi, and Shira. Kilimanjaro means “Kilima” – mountain and “Jaro” – caravans.
Standing at 5,895 metres high – Kilimanjaro remains one of the world’s great adventures. It’s a real challenge – and one that many choose to link with fundraising for a special cause that’s close to their heart, and make their Kilimanjaro climb count – often by helping others who face even greater challenges in life. Because summiting Kilimanjaro is tough, and requires training and commitment to succeed – the fundraising potential from taking on a Kilimanjaro climb is huge – and many of our adventurers raise thousands of pounds for their chosen charity. The Kilimanjaro volcano is also really famous and worth visiting.
About The Climb With Godson Charity:
Climb for charity gives you an opportunity as a climber/traveler to add value to your experience by donating part of your climbing fee to a child living in vulnerable/poor environment. Godson Charity is not an orphanage center. Instead we spot children living in poor/vulnerable environment, analyze their needs from where they are and directly seek help. When you climb the Kilimanjaro with us part of the fee paid is donated to the children, either shall you need to see the children before or after the climb we can organize for you to do that. Either, our team is as well open to other kinds of support you can give us. We have gathered together the profiles for the children we are helping with the specific needs per child. These children dwell on the foot of the Kilimanjaro and come from marginalized families. We as the Godson Charity team continuously work to update their profiles. By climbing the Kilimanjaro with us you are actually directly helping to put a child to school, food in their stomachs and their dreams to reality. We hope that you will find it valuable to Climb the Kilimanjaro with us.
What is Included in Parckage’s price?
- Donation for Kids living in poor situation
- Park fees
- camping fees
- rescue fees
- 18% VAT on tour fees & services
- Transportation to & from the mountain gate
- Professional mountain guides, cooks and porters
- 3 meals daily while on the mountain
- Filtered water throughout the trek
- Fair wages for the mountain crew as approved by the Kilimanjaro National Park Authority (KINAPA), Kilimanjaro Association of Tour Operators (KIATO)
- Pick up and drop off to Kilimanjaro Airport/Arusha Airport
- Accommodation before and after tour Kilimanjaro (two nights )
What is Not Included (Excluded) in Parckage’s Price?
- Travel insurance
- Visa and passport fees
- Tips to mountain crew
- Items of a personal nature
- Laundry Services
- A doctor for the group
- Alcoholic beverages
- Portable flush toilet with a toilet tent is extra ($100 per toilet + toilet tent)
UNDERSTANDING MOUNT KILIMANJARO WEATHER
Since Mount Kilimanjaro is located near the Equator, it experiences a wet and dry season instead of summer and winter. Since wet means rain and cloud at lower levels and snow and ice higher on the mountain, it’s best to climb Mount Kilimanjaro during the driest months. The dry season in Tanzania runs primarily from July through October. Also, there’s a shorter dry season from January to February, but it’s much less predictable than the longer season.
The early rainy season can begin in March and extend through April and into May. The later rainy season extends through October, sometimes beginning in September. Climate change has changed the predictability of these rainy periods though and arguably has meant stronger conditions.
1.We do arrange also safaris such as Serengeti and Ngorongoro with the same role of supporting kids.
2.The package for all tours to Kilimanjaro and Safaris including donation.
3.After a tour you will have a chance to visit kids we support them.
NomadLawyer has collaborated with Godson Charity for this Cause. If you wish to trek Kilimanjaro, you can write to us and all help and support the children.