Greetings from Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa and the tallest freestanding mountain on earth. It has three volcanic cones, “Kibo”, “Mawenzi”, and “Shira”.  The mountain has been the subject of many scientific studies because of its shrinking glaciers. According to LiveScience, it is not really a mountain but a giant stratovolcano that began forming about a million years ago and is composed of many layers of hardened volcanic ash, lava, pumice and tephra — fragmental material that is the fallout from a volcanic eruption.

Here are some lovely pictures from the tourist attraction, which according to Tanzania National Parks, attracts 50,000 climbers a year.

The highest point Uhuru Peak on the volcano Kibo, 5,895 metres (19,340 ft) on Mt Kilimanjaro Photo: Wiki/ Chris

 

A panorama of Mount Kilimanjaro. Photo: Muhammad Mahdi Karim

 

Mt.Kilimanjaro. Photo: Wiki/ Chris

 

Furtwanler Glacier, Mt Kilimanjaro. Photo: Wiki/ Chris

 

Mt Kilimanjaro. Photo: Wiki/ Mary Meader

 

Southern glacier/Souther ice field on Mt Kilimanjaro. Photo: Wiki/ Chris