How high is Mount Kilimanjaro, where is it and how long does it take to climb?

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How high is Mount Kilimanjaro, where is it and how long does it take to climb?



Clouds around the roof of Africa (Massimo Mei/Moment/Getty Images)Nine celebrities will be climbing Mount Kilimanjaro to help raise money for this year’s Comic Relief appeal.
It is the biggest mountain in Africa and has been a popular spot for climbers, particularly for people new to the activity looking for an accessible challenge.
Despite being a mountain without any climbing required to reach the top, it still has various obstacles to overcome.
The team took seven days to climb the mountain, tackling altitude sickness and difficult weather to reach the summit.
It’s not the first time that celebrities have taken on Mount Kilimanjaro to raise funds for the charity, with Fearne Cotton and Gary Barlow among the famous faces who have previously faced the challenge.
Here is everything you need to know about the mountain and how long it can take to climb.
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What is the height of Mount Kilimanjaro?
The summit of Kilimanjaro is around 5,895 metres above sea level, which makes it the largest in Africa but way behind the Mount Everest which has a peak of around 8,848 metres.
It is part of the Eastern Rift mountain range located in Tanzania in Africa and it is the main part of the Kilimanjaro National Park.
Climbers can often take between five and ten days to reach the top of the mountain, and it is considered a ‘walk-up’ mountain, which means that it doesn’t require any climbing to reach the summit.
Despite this it remains a difficult mountain to climb with various risks, which means some climbers are not able to reach the top.
Although five or six days is possible, most climbers are advised to take more time so that they can acclimatise when they reach bigger heights.
Altitude sickness can be one of the biggest obstacles for climbers, but you body can often acclimatise if you give it enough time.
The record for the fastest ascent of Kilimanjaro is currently held by Karl Egloff who reached the summit in 4 hours and 56 minutes in August 2014.

Here are the famous faces climbing Mount Kilamanjio for Comic Relief (Picture: BBC)Who is climbing the mountain for Comic Relief?
Nine different celebrities will be attempting to climb Mount Kilimanjaro
Shirley Ballas
Ed Balls
Anita Rani
Dani Dyer
Dan Walker
Alexander Armstrong
Osi Umenyiora
Jade Thirlwall
Leigh-Anne Pinnock
Kilimanjaro: The Bigger Red Nose Climb will be on BBC One at 9pm on Wednesday 13 March.
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