In the summer of 2012, Tobias and Victor will travels together with theirs girlfriends to Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest natural point, and one of the Seven Summits. Kilimanjaro is located in northern Tanzania and is an extinct volcano at 5892 meters above sea level. It is also the world’s highest freestanding mountain, which is a mountain that is not part of any mountain range.
We will this time go on an organized package tour were there besides mountaineering will be safari and relax on Zanzibar. This is the first time for all of us in Africa and for the girls first time at high altitude, very exciting. It will come more information when we are approaching departure.
On top of Kilimanjaro is a glacier that is melting. It is not necessarily due to the global warming as its often claimed. Several scientific studies show that the glacier has decreased since the 1880s because of drier weather. This has led to less rainfall on the mountain top. The mountain can be climbed with no experience of mountaineering, but it is not completely safe. The low air pressure as the high altitude means can cause serious altitude sickness. Large boulders also killed tourists on several occasions when the blocks tumbled down due to glacier melting.
Massif bears dense vegetation up to 4500 meters above sea level. In the lower reaches, where rainfall is low, the vegetation consists mostly of thorn-bearing plants or clean steppe vegetation. Between 1300 m and 3000 m the vegetation is purely tropical. Above 3000 meters altitude is grassland which, in turn, at 4500 meters, will be succeeded by bare rock beds and lava fields with stretches of loose sand.