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.
The trip was an amazing experience. We all summited so we are definitely excited about that, but that was only one of the many highlights. We met so many wonderful people from MEM, the safari was a great adventure filled with fascinating sights, the weather was perfect, and knowing that we are supporting a worthwhile cause made it even better!!!Brian Minetta