In 1848 when British explorer John Rebman announced that he had sighted a vast mountain capped with snow lying on the Equator, the Royal Geographical Society in London greeted the news with ridicule. Nonetheless, majestic and mysterious snow-capped Kilimanjaro does stand a mere 3 degrees south of the Equator. Today it remains a prime attraction for trekkers and climbers from all over the globe. It's the highest mountain in Africa and one of the largest free standing mountains in the world.
Equatorial to arctic conditions are present on Kilimanjaro. The range begins with the warm, dry plains with average temperatures of 85°, ascends through a wide belt of wet, tropical forest, through zones with generally decreasing temperatures and rainfall, to the summit where there
is permanent ice and below freezing temperatures.
- Mount Kilimanjaro (19,400 ft), the highest peak in Africa
- Mists of Kilimanjaro sweep in and out at 12,000 ft.
- Treeline at 14,000 ft
- Looking towards Kibo at sunset
- High altitude plants with insulating dead foliage
- Camp at 14,000 ft
- Mount Meru in the distance at sunset
- Mount Mawenzi, Uhuru's sister peak
- High camp in a snow flurry
- Mount Mawenzi, looking back at sunrise
- Looking down from Kilmanjaro at the great Tanzanian plain
- Wind and rain sculpt the snow on the crater's rim
- Walking along the crater rim towards Stella Point
- Victory at Stella Point after an all-night trudge
- Guide Stephan Kimey with Fiester, all grins, at Uhuru Peak
- Burt descending Kilimanjaro after a hard day's work
- Descent, retreating in victory