Monday, 3 August 2009

FAQ - Kilimanjaro

I've had lots of people asking me about various details of the trek or about Kili facts and figures. I've read quite a bit about it but can very rarely recall the information when asked for ti so thought I'd put together a bit of an FAQ.

Where is it?
On the Northern border of Tanzania in Africa.

How big is it?
It's 5896m or 19340 feet high and is about 60 by 40 kms in size at the base.

Where do you start?
In the Machame village.

What route are you doing?
The Machame route. It's longer and steeper than the most popular route (Marngu, which 70% of people take). About 25% of people attempt it. Where as some of the other routes have cabins for sleeping in, this is strictly tents only.

How cold will it get?
The temperate will drop by approximately one degree for every 200m ascended. There are 5 "zones" to Kili. Cultivation, Forest, Moorland, High Desert and Summit. The temperature will range from 21 to 27 degrees C in the lowest zone and drop to between -18 and -26 at night.

How long is the route?
About 100kms.

What distance will you cover each day?
It'll range from 9kms to 30kms but on average it'll be about 15kms per day.

Will you definitely reach the top?
There's a 65% success rate of reaching the top but I'm feeling pretty confident :)

For a really good overview of the route you can look here and for more general info about the mountain you can look here.

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