Bucket List – Kilimanjaro Trek
Tanzania is the largest country in Africa, well known for its vast wilderness. It has wildlife, beaches, friendly people, fascinating cultures, Serengeti, Ngorongoro, Mt Kilimanjaro, Zanzibar Archipelago. Too many reasons to visit right?
For so many people Tanzania is on their bucket list. Because they have the Kilimajaro Trek – an adventure to remember a lifetime.
Trekking Kilimajaro – LEMOSHO Route
Mount Kilimanjaro with its three volcanic cones, “Kibo”, “Mawenzi”, and “Shira”, is a dormant volcano in Tanzania.
It is the highest mountain in Africa. According to Tanzania National Parks, Kilimanjaro attracts 50,000 climbers a year, up 25% from 2008 and about 50 times the number attempting either Everest or Denali in Alaska. Kilimanjaro, by any name, is a metaphor for the compelling beauty of East Africa. When you see it, you understand why. Not only is this the highest peak on the African continent, it is also the tallest free-standing mountain in the world.
The Lemosho route is considered the most scenic trail on Kilimanjaro, granting panoramic vistas on various sides of the mountain. Every day offers a unique beauty. It starts on the western flank of the mountain in the jungle, and then trekking around the mountain. The Lemosho route is approximately 70 km from gate to gate. It is designed for physically fit people with some hiking experience, but not only. The most important is the desire and the energy you come with.
Trekking Kilimajaro will suprise you step by step.
You will find diverse vegetation, farms which cultivate banana trees and other food crops in the fertile volcanic soils. Orchids and violets can be found, but more common are the different varieties of native impatiens. The Impatiens kilimanjaro, with its scarlet and yellow flowers, grow nowhere else in the world. There are extreme temperature fluctuations, nights below freezing and days as high as 72 degrees Fahrenheit, only the hardiest of plants can exist. You start trekking due east from the Shira Plateau, passing through the Garden of the Senecios. The landscape rapidly becomes desert-like as you approach Lava Tower and the Shark’s Tooth.
Uhuru Peak is the highest point on the rim and at an altitude of 5,895m, the highest point in all Africa. From the top of Uhuru Peak, travellers look out onto a vast landscape of pristine white snow and towering peaks. It is this point trekkers all around the globe aspire to.