Mt Kilimanjaro – Volcano Above The Clouds

This Lux Adventure was to the deep into the heart of Africa to Mt Kilimanjaro, know to the local people as “the shining mountain”.

Mt Kilimanjaro is this the highest peak on the African continent and the tallest free-standing mountain in the world at 19,341 ft above sea level, rising in breathtaking isolation from the surrounding coastal scrubland. It’s also one of the tallest volcanoes in the world.

Mt Kilimanjaro supports a surprising variety of environments, from tropical rain forests to polar like ice capped glaciers. In recent years though, the glaciers have been dramatically shrinking making it the base for many scientific studies. The average temperature in the summit area is approximately −7 °C (19 °F). Nighttime surface temperatures on the Northern Ice Field (NIF) fall on average to −9 °C (16 °F) with an average daytime high temperature of −4 °C (25 °F). During nights of extreme radiational cooling, the NIF can cool to as low as −15 to −27 °C (5 to −17 °F). Snowfall can occur any time through out the year at Mt Kilimanjaro but is most common with northern Tanzania’s two rainy seasons (November–December and March–May).

Large animals are rare on Mt Kilimanjaro and are more frequent in the forests and lower parts of the mountain. Elephants and cape buffalos are among the animals that can be potentially dangerous to locals and visiting trekkers. According to the Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Centre in Moshi, 25 people died from January 1996 to October 2003 while climbing the mountain.

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