Mount Kilimanjaro is a stratovolcano in the East African country of Tanzania that has three dormant volcanic cones: “Kibo,” “Mawenzi,” and “Shira.”
It is one of the Volcanic Seven Summits, which are the tallest volcanic mountains on each continent. The others are Mount Damavand (Asia), Pico de Orizaba (North America), and Mount Sidley (Antarctica), Mount Giluwe (Australia), Mount Elbrus (Europe), and Ojos del Salado (South America).
Kilimanjaro is also one of the Seven Summits, which are the highest peaks of each continent. These are the Seven Summits starting from the tallest and descending: Mount Everest (Asia), Aconcagua (South America), Denali (North America), Mount Kilimanjaro (Africa), Mount Elbrus (Europe), Mount Vinson (Antarctica), (Puncak Jaya makes an eighth peak here if you’re counting Australasia), and Mount Kosciuszko (Australia).
The mountain is a popular climbing destination in Africa’s Kilimanjaro National Park.
Mountain Range: Eastern Rift
Elevation: 19,341 feet / 5,895 meters
First Ascent: October 6, 1889, by Hans Meyer and Ludwig Purtscheller
Fun Fact: Kilimanjaro is the highest mountain peak in Africa.
Philippe Gatta – Great post on a Mount Kilimanjaro expedition with photos
Mount Kilimanjaro: Africa’s Highest Summit – Pop and Thistle article
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