At a height of 5895 meters, Mount Kilimanjaro is indeed one of the world's most accessible high peaks and a popular attraction for tourists from around the world. The crater rim can easily be reached by many with a walking stick, suitable clothing and sheer determination. The actual summit is Uhuru Point or Gillman's Point on the lip of the crater and those who reach this will deservedly have earned a Kilimanjaro Climbing Certificate.
Kilimanjaro's snowy peak reaches well above the northern plateau and hills of Tanzania with its slopes and glaciers sparkling above the surrounding clouds. Mount Kilimanjaro is located near the town of Moshi and is a protected area that is carefully regulated for tourists to enjoy their climb without leaving any traces of their presence. The environment and ecosystem throughout the mountain are diverse and remarkably beautiful. On the lower slopes the mountain consists of farmland with coffee beans, bananas, cassava and maize that are grown for a livelihood by the local community.
Inside the lowland boundaries of the Kilimanjaro National Park are thick luscious forests that break into alpine grasslands once the air begins to thin. Towards the peak, the landscape is rocky, harsh and barren together with snow or ice that forms the predominant features above a breathtaking African view.
There are several routes that have been officially identified for climbing Mount Kilimanjaro including Machame, Marangu, Rongai, Londorossi Lemosho, Umbwe, Shira and Mweka (descent only).
This splendid mountain is commonly referred to as the "Rooftop of Africa" and is recommended for tourists who can endure the climb and is definitely an attraction for seasoned trekkers as well as new climbers. The awe-inspiring views that tourists can avail from their ascent and descent consist of the Amboseli National Park, Rift Valley and the Masai Steppe.