Learn more about Africa’s tallest mountain
Kilimanjaro is more than just a huge achievement, it’s an incredible natural wonder. Having a few facts about the mountain at hand will make it all the more impressive when you tell friends about your accomplishment!
At 19,341′, Kilimanjaro is not only the tallest mountain in Africa; it’s the tallest freestanding mountain in the world.
ONE OF THE
Kilimanjaro is one of the famed Seven Summits: the highest peaks on each continent which many climbers make it a point to conquer.
MADE UP OF
Kilimanjaro is made up of three dormant volcanoes: Kibo, Mawenzi, and Shira. The summit, Uhuru Peak, is on Kibo.
A LONG HISTORY
In 1889 German explorer Hans Meyer was the first to reach the peak, guided by local Chagga tribesman Yohana Lauwo. Today Lauwo’s grandson, Pendaeli, guides Thomson trekkers.
Kilimanjaro is home to hundreds of plant and animal species, some of which can only be found on its slopes.
Only 25%-50% of climbers manage to reach the summit, but climbers who choose Thomson have a 98% summit success rate!