Kilimanjaro, Tanzania

Prominence: 5885 m, 19308 ft

Elevation: 5895 meters, 19,341 feet

True Isolation: 5509.65 km, 3423.54 mi
Alternate Name(s)Mount Kilimanjaro
Highest SummitKibo-Uhuru Peak
Peak TypeVolcano
Latitude/Longitude (WGS84)3° 4' 35'' S, 37° 21' 15'' E
-3.076448, 37.354034 (Dec Deg)
317082 E 9659816 N, Zone 37 (UTM)
CountryTanzania (Highest Point)
State/ProvinceKilimanjaro (Highest Point)

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Selected Trip Reports from this site:
     1991-08-22 by John Anholm
     1995-06-21 by Brian Friedrich
     2003-06-19 by Julie Ann Gregg
     2006-01-25 by Ben Lostracco
     2009-01-14 by Imdad Yusufaly
     2010-01-12 by Tom Kiffmeyer
     2010-02-06 by Peter Stone
     2010-10-15 by Alexandra Marcu
     2011-12-20 by Brandon Boulier (GPS Track)
     2012-01-17 by Wolfgang Schrittwieser (GPS Track)
     2013-01-07 by Paul Barish
     2013-01-28 by Joe Kuehn
     2013-06-23 by Dave Ward
     2014-01-07 by Simon Stahl (GPS Track)
     2014-04-12 by Christopher D'Aiuto (GPS Track)
     2014-10-20 by Johann Schelesnak
     2015-01-01 by Ken Curtis
     2015-03-08 by Jonathan Newman
     2016-01-02 by Greg Slayden (GPS Track)
     2016-01-02 by Rob Woodall (GPS Track)
     2017-02-11 by Sue Personett
     2017-02-13 by Dave Dilling
     2017-07-14 by Amy Huang

View ascents of peak by registered members (455 total)

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Kilimanjaro is, of course, the highest and most famous mountain in Africa. A massive dormant volcano, it rises isolated from east African savannas teeming with wildlife. No other mountain in the world rises so high so alone, with no range of other peaks for support.

Kilimanjaro has two principal summits: Kibo, the highest, is a high, rounded crater rim, with Uhuru Point on the rim the highest point in Africa. Mawenzi (16,893'/5149m) is a subsidiary cone to the east and the third highest peak in Africa, after Kibo and Mount Kenya. The mountain's famous equatorial snows are found mostly on the highest slopes of Kibo, and there is very little glaciation due to the dryness of the climate.

In recent years the few glaciers on the summit have been in a massive retreat, and at current rates there will not be any permanent ice or snow on Kilimanjaro within our lifetimes. Global warming caused by human activity is the most frequently mentioned culprit for this sad loss.

Climbing Notes:

Kilimanjaro, like many other high and famous mountains, would be an easy hike if the atmosphere wasn't so thin up high. Altitude sickness is the main issue on the interesting five-to-ten day hike to the Kibo summit, an extremely popular adventure for visiting tourists. It's an expensive hike, though--the Tanzanian governemnt uses the countiry's top tourist attraction as a revenue generator and a jobs program. Once all the fees are paid and mandatory guides and porters are hired, the cost of a Kilimanjaro hike is usually well above 1000 U.S. dollars.

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Kilimanjaro from the Mweka Trail (2010-02-07). Photo by Peter Stone.
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ProminenceKey Col Page  (Detailed prominence information)
  Clean Prominence: 5885 m/19,308 ft
  Optimistic Prominence: 5885 m/19,308 ft
  Line Parent: K2
  Key Col: Suez Canal    10 m/33 ft
IsolationIsolation Page  (Detailed isolation information)
   Distance: 5509.65 km/3423.54 mi
   Isolation Limit Point: 35.748117, 70.478887
Nearest Higher Neighbor in the PBC database:
    Kuh-e Shashgal  (NE)
RangesContinent: Africa (Highest Point)
Range2: East Africa Mountains (Highest Point)
Range3: Northeast Tanzania (Highest Point)
Drainage BasinsMajor Triple Divide Point
Pangani (HP)
Indian Ocean

Galana (HP)
Indian Ocean
Lake Amboseli (HP)
East Africa Minor Lake Basins (HP)
Internal Drainage-Africa
Worldwide Internal Drainage
OwnershipLand: Kilimanjaro National Park (Highest Point)
First AscentOctober 06, 1889
Yohani Kinyala Lauwo
Hans Meyer
Ludwig Purtscheller
Data SourceGPS Reading or LIDAR
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Other Photos

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View of Kilimanjaro (Kibo and Mawenzi peaks) from the summit of Mt. Meru at sunrise (2014-04-07). Photo by Christopher D'Aiuto.
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5:40 AM - Summit of Kilimanjaro (2015-01-01). Photo by Ken Curtis.
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Kilimanjaro 2012 (2012-05-27). Photo by Piotr Kaczynski.
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Date should have been 2016 instead of 2015 (2016-01-15). Photo by Shriram Mani.
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At Lava Tower (2016-01-12). Photo by Shriram Mani.
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Watched the sunrise at the Summit (2003-06-19). Photo by Julie Ann Gregg.
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