Mount Kilimanjaro is located in Northern Tanzania. The nearest urban centre is a small but fast growing town of Moshi. Kilimanjaro is approximately 3 degrees south of the equator on the borders of Tanzania and Kenya and takes 40-45 minutes drive from Kilimanjaro International Airport to Moshi town or Arusha town where you will stay before you attempt the trek.
Kilimanjaro is the highest free standing mountain in the world and the tallest mountain in Africa it stands at an altitude of 5,895 m A.S.L. The Mountain and can be seen as far as far away as the Tsavo and Amboseli National Parks in the neighbouring Kenya. The exact co-ordinates of the mountain are 3, 04 degrees south and 37, 21 degrees east. In its entirety, Mt. Kilimanjaro is approximately 49 miles long and 24 miles wide.
Mt Kilimanjaro is a distinct volcanic mountain with its three volcanic cones of Kibo, Mawenzi and Shira (at 3962 meters, Shira is the oldest and smallest peak). The Kibo peak is left dormant rather than documenting it as extinct and it’s where climbers dream to reach at the 5895 meters and 1.5 miles wide.
The highest peak on Mt. Kilimanjaro is Uhuru Peak and an important destination of all climbers who attempt Kilimanjaro climb. Mawenzi which is one of the three volcanic cones of the mountain lays some 6-7 miles East of Kibo and rarely do people request for its climb as it is a technique trekking and needs special gears. Standing at 16893 feet the peak should be only attempted by individuals with extensive rock and ice climbing skills.