Climbing Kilimanjaro

The tallest freestanding mountain in the world

Mount Kilimanjaro is the tallest free standing mountain in the world. People from all over the globe come to Tanzania to climb Kilimanjaro, hoping to stand proudly at Uhuru Point - 19,341 feet high. Crowned in ice, Mount Kilimanjaro is a spectacular sight to behold. But this view will not last long. The glaciers are melting at an alarming rate due to global warming and will be completely gone in 50 years.

In 2013, an estimated 50,000 tourists climbed Mount Kilimanjaro. The number has been steadily growing every year. What makes Kilimanjaro such a magnetic draw for adventurous folks is that climbing Kilimanjaro does not require technical skills or mountaineering equipment such as ice axes, crampons, harnesses and ropes. Kilimanjaro is entirely a walk up mountain. As long as you can put one foot in front of the other, and are in decent fitness, you can climb Mount Kilimanjaro.

Mount Kilimanjaro is regulated by the Tanzania National Park Authority. The authority maintains the six major routes on Mount Kilimanjaro to ensure safety, cleanliness and flow. Also, park rangers monitor the activity on the moutain to check that every climber is accompanied by a licensed guide. Tourists are not allowed to climb Kilimanjaro on their own.

Anyone who climbs Kilimanjaro should be outfitted properly. This is important because Kilimanjaro creates its own weather. It is possible to encounter a blizzard, torrential rains, or brutal winds during any season. You don't conquer a mountain. She allows your passage, if she is feeling nice. People who are not adequately prepared pay the price very quickly.

Tanzania does not have four seasons like most people are accustomed to. Instead, Tanzania experiences wet and dry seasons. During the wet season, rain can fall steadily everyday, making your time on the mountain pretty difficult. Therefore, the best time to climb Kilimanjaro is during the dry season. Those months include: January, February, July, August, September, October. The rainy season months are: March, April, May, June, November and December.