About Mount Kilimanjaro
Mt. Kilimanjaro (also known as Kili) it located in northern Tanzania. It is the tallest mountain in Africa with a height of 5895m above the sea level. Mt. Kilimanjaro is the highest and largest free standing mountain in the world.
Around the mountain, and on the lower slopes of Kilimanjaro lives the Chagga people, famous for farming coffee as well as bananas. It is believed that 'kilimanjaro' comes from "Kile-lema-irho" in chagga language which means "we failed to climb it".
There are six official trekking routes in which to climb Mt Kilimanjaro, they are: Marangu, Rongai, Lemosho, Shira, Umbwe and Machame. Out of all the routes, Machame is by far the most scenic albeit steeper route up the mountain, which can be done in six or seven days. The Rongai is the easiest and least scenic of all camping routes with the most difficult summit night and the Marangu is also relatively easy, but accommodation is in shared huts with all other climbers. As a result, this route tends to be very busy, and ascent and descent routes are the same