At 19,341 feet (5,895 meters) Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania is Africa’s tallest mountain and one of the world’s largest volcanoes (actually it’s made up from 3 volcanoes I’ve recently learned). At its summit there is approximate half the oxygen found at sea level. Ambient temperature ranges from +35 Deg C at the base down to around -25 Deg C at the summit.
Despite the relatively large number of people who each year attempt to climb the mountain a significant amount do not make the summit often due to fatigue or Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) from the effects of being at altitude. It’s no “walk in the park”, there are risks, even fatalities each year and I’m going to climb it using the Rongai Route with 3 of my friends on the 17th – 24th June 2013.
We’ve booked through the very helpful Henry Stedman’s www.climbmountkilimanjaro.com who act as a disclosed agent for Team Kilimanjaro. Henry also wrote the definitive guide to Kilimanjaro – “Kilimanjaro: The Trekking Guide to Africa’s Highest Mountain“