The Images of Kilimanjaro

Meteor over Kilimanjaro

Mt. Kilimanjaro's famous flat top has been reproduced in a number of beautiful and iconic photos including one we mentioned in a prior blog post.  But there have been a number of new and unusual photos of the mountain that bear mentioning. The first, and most striking, is a recent photo taken from earth covered by National Geographic of the Perseid meteor shower over Kilimanjaro. The second set of recent photos were actually taken in space for Google Sightseeing.   In them you can not only get a good image of what the mountain looks like from above, but specific trails and camps.  They have pretty clear images of the Kibo and Barafu camps that lead up to the summit.  You can actually follow the trials up to Gillman and Stella points and then around the crater to the summit.  From the Kibo image follow the trail that leads left out of the photo.  For Barafu follow it straight up along the visible ridge line.

Kibo Camp at Google Sightseeing

Barafu Camp at Google Sightseeing

What these images make clear is that it's really just a very long walk up a dusty trail.  Anyone can do it.  You just have to train hard to build up your mental and physical strength to meet the challenge from the high altitude.
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  1. sanna
    April 12, 2013 | Permalink

    why does mount kilimanjaro have a flat top?

    • ddorr
      April 12, 2013 | Permalink

      Kilimanjaro is actually an extinct volcano. When you climb to the summit you can look down into the crater. So it’s not REALLY a mountain, but close enough.

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