Reaching an elevation of 19,334 ft above sea level, Mount Kilimanjaro is the highest freestanding mountain in the world. Kilimanjaro was created by a giant stratovolcano that began forming over a million years ago.
Kilimanjaro is composed of three distinct volcanoes: Shira (13,000 ft), Mawenzi (16,893 ft), and Kibo (19,334 ft). At an elevation of 19,344 feet, Uhuru Peak – the Climb for Sight's destination – is the highest summit on Kibo's crater rim.
Mawenzi and Shira are extinct, while Kibo is dormant (though its last major eruption was over 360,000 years ago). Because it is a free-standing mountain, the views of Kilimanjaro's peaks – and of the area surrounding Kilimanjaro as during the ascent – are absolutely breathtaking.
Climb for Sight changed my life. I knew going into it that it would be a challenge to make it up the mountain and to raise the money and I looked forward to testing myself in both areas. The feeling I got from donating that much money to a charity was amazing and I found that people were surprisingly giving if you just ask. Then the climb came, and between seeing the breathtaking landscapes and wildlife of Africa, meeting the incredibly humble people, and making it to the top of Kilimanjaro I was blown away! I dream of Africa often and hope to do it all again in the future! Thank you Pete and Doug for guiding me and making all of this possible.Jeff Lund