Achieving the summit of the majestic Kilimanjaro is tangible, immutable, concrete, and full of thrill. From the foot-hill to the never-ending peak that sits on the altitude of 5,895m above the sea-level that takes days to trek is undoubtedly a life-time journey to experience once. Thus there are more than 30,000 trekkers visit this magnificent mountain every year.
Located in the heart of striking Tanzania, the snowy summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro is not only a dream climb for the trekkers who are looking for hiking this prime peak of the 7 summits of the world but also it’s a dream for many nature enthusiast. As few of the Kilimanjaro Routes from the best 7 routes offer non-technical hikes to the highest altitude of the rustic mountain. So, if you are a mountaineer or a nature lover and dreaming about climbing Kilimanjaro, here are few iconic things that you can explore on the Kilimanjaro Routes.
The symbol of Tanzania, the great mountain Kilimanjaro is not only beautiful on the peak that or after ascending a level of height, rather the scenic view starts right after you start your journey. The foothills where you will start your climbing have some small towns and shops, historical sites of the Chagga tribe, and waterfalls. The waterfalls around the foot-hill offer a very scenic view. Kuringe Waterfall located about nine miles from Moshi is one of the waterfalls to spend some time around. You can have a trip around 49-foot-high double waterfall Kinukamori or Kilasia Waterfall, which features a 98-foot-drop.
What can be more perfect than witnessing snow on the mountain? If you are wondering when you can catch the glimpse of snow while climbing the top of the mountain, then Karanga Valley is the perfect place to see glaciers. Pass through the truly remarkable Heim glacier on your way down to the valley and also don’t forget to stop and capture the stunning white sheet covered mountain in your camera lenses.
Excitements meet anxiety when you leave the Shira camp and start your climbing to the Lava tower resting in an altitude of 15,200 ft. When you reach this point, you will get amazed to see the black tower formed from volcanic rock long, long ago. The tower that is standing strong has witnessed millions of trekkers for years. The tower is a common crossing point for many trekkers ascending via different trail ways. If you are looking for more adventure you can try a hike on the tower itself.
Shira Plateau; perfectly placed on the hike way of Kilimanjaro adds more thrill in Your Kilimanjaro Trekking. This plateau stretches over 13 kilometers to the west of Kibo, at an elevation of 3 962 meters. Shira still has remained of an ancient caldera, a volcanic crater that expired around half a million years ago. The Shira Plateau is one of the World Heritage Site that you will witness while Climbing Kilimanjaro.
Pinned at the highest point on the mountain at 19,341 feet, Uhuru peak is the ultimate point to reach and the peak is so stunning that once you reach there you will feel the all the hard work was justified. The snow-capped peak will let you feel the real meaning of freedom as well as it offers a stunning view that is unbelievable.
Over 18,000 feet of elevation, Stella point is probably the toughest point of Kilimanjaro. However, you can feel a mini achievement once you reach the Stella point, as it almost feels like reaching the summit. The point offers a great view of the complete journey of Climbing Kilimanjaro.
Great Barranco Wall
Great Barranco Wall is one of the striking points of climbing Kilimanjaro. All the trekkers who trek via any route except Marangu Route, Northern Circuit and Rongai Route will meet Barranco Wall. The wall elevated at 257 meters. The climb between the walls takes 1 to 2 hours (however, it depends upon your fitness level).
Kilimanjaro National Park
Kilimanjaro National Park is resting on the foothills of the great mountain Kilimanjaro of Tanzania is one of the gorgeous national parks that acquire 1,668 sq km area. The national park also holds the title of world heritage site by UNESCO. The national park hosts 2,500 species of plants as well as 140 mammal species.
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