Category: Mountain Facts

Kilimanjaro's Lava Tower

Can’t Miss on the Mountain: Lava Tower

December 11, 2013

One particular formation on Kilimanjaro has been fascinating and awing climbers for decades, now: Lava Tower. The tower is around 300 feet tall, and previously, climbers were able to hike up it (a scramble that could be treacherous on icy days).

Trekkers with a Giant Groundsel on the trail

Only on Kilimanjaro: Giant Groundsels

November 6, 2013

Kilimanjaro is especially remarkable as an incubator for isolated, mutated, or rare species found almost nowhere else. One of the most striking of those species is the giant groundsel varietal Dendrosenecio kilimanjari.

Porters carrying gear up the mountain

What Goes Into a Kilimanjaro Trek?

October 16, 2013

Porters carry not only trekkers’ luggage, they carry the sleeping, dining, and toilet tents; the chairs trekkers rest on in camp; the gear needed to cook up meals, and the food that goes into them. So how much does all that extra stuff come out to?

Kilimanjaro, made up of three dormant volcanoes

Kilimanjaro’s Explosive Past

September 4, 2013

Situated near the fault-line of two tectonic plates, Kilimanjaro began to build itself up around 750,000 years ago, via thousands of years of lava explosions from the volcanic cones of Shira, Mawenzi, and Kibo.

Arial view of Kilimanjaro

Kilimanjaro’s Melting Glaciers

July 31, 2013

The snows of Kilimanjaro are almost as famous as the mountain itself. Global warming is almost certainly speeding up the glaciers’ demise, but it doesn’t appear to be the only cause of the melting.

The scenic Grand Traverse route

The Heights of Kilimanjaro: Altitude Facts

July 24, 2013

You can, and should, train for your climb, but you can’t “train” for altitude. We’ve found that people do exceptionally well with 9-10 days on Kilimanjaro, resulting in Thomson Safaris 98% summit success rate.

The new summit sign at Uhuru Peak

New Summit Sign on Mount Kilimanjaro

February 14, 2012

Congratulations! You are now at Uhuru Peak, Africa’s highest point and the world’s tallest free standing mountain. A few weeks ago, a new sign was erected at Uhuru Peak. Thomson Safaris’ trekker recalls her first glimpse of the sign at Kilimanjaro’s summit…