Mount Kilimanjaro

Mount Kilimanjaro


Location: Map

Height: 19,334 ft (5,893 metres)


Description of Mount Kilimanjaro

Mount Kilimanjaro is an extinct volcano that is one of the most recognized symbols in the Eastern Africa. Mount Kilimanjaro stands in the North- eastern Tanzania is the tallest mountain in Africa that reaches an elevation of 19,334 ft (5,893 metres). The first documented ascent to the mountain peak was carried out in 1889 by Hans Meyer and Ludwig Purtscheller. Today thousands of tourists make their way to the top of picturesque peak of Mount Kilimanjaro.


The first mention of these snow-capped mountains dates back to the 2nd century AD. e. They are indicated on the geographical map of Ptolemy. But Kilimanjaro’s date of discovery by Europeans is May 11, 1848, and German pastor Johannes Rebman is the discoverer. In 1861, an altitude of 2500 m was reached, in 1862 - 4200 m, in 1883, 1884 and 1887 - a mark of 5270 m; all these ascents were made by the Hungarian count Samuel Teleki. On October 5, 1889, the German traveler Hans Meyer, together with the Austrian mountain climber Ludwig Purtscler, first reached the summit. In 1996, their comrade ascent from the Chaga people, Msee Lauvo (Lavo), who was supposed to be over 120 years old, was still alive in Marangu. Mawenzi was conquered only in 1912 by Ohler and Klut.

In the book Life, Travel and Work in East Africa, one can find a description of how its author, Charles New, tried to conquer Kilimanjaro in 1861 in tropical shorts and a light shirt, while his 13 porters were completely naked. It is not surprising that they could not climb to the top, although they reached the border of snow.

The name of the mountain originates from the Swahili language and presumably means "the mountain that sparkles."

However, the exact origin of the name Kilimanjaro is unknown. There are several theories on this subject. Many of the versions suggest that the word is broken down into Kilima (Swahili “hill, small mountain”) and Njaro, whose versions range from the ancient Swahili word “white” or “sparkling” to the word of the Kichagga language (English) jaro, meaning a caravan . The disadvantage of these theories is that they cannot explain why the diminutive word kilima is used instead of the appropriate word for mount mlima.

Another approach implies that the name comes from the word kichagga kilemanjaare or kilemajyaro, meaning "one who defeats the bird / leopard / caravan." However, this theory does not explain the fact that the name Kilimanjaro itself was not used in the Kichagga language until recently.