Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest freestanding mountain on Earth that also happens to be a volcano, hardly needs an introduction. During high school you probably read Ernest Hemingway’s “The Snows of Kilimanjaro,” his classic short story set in a campsite at the base of the mountain. Towering over Amboseli National Park in Tanzania, Africa, Mount Kilimanjaro features three separate volcanic cones, nicknamed “Mawenzi,” “Shira,” and “Kibo.” The volcano is dormant, so adventurers don’t have to fret about the possibility of an eruption during their ascent.
If you summit Uhuru Peak on the rim of Kibo you can record a small message in a welcome book of sorts that is stored in a wooden crate atop the peak. While scaling Mount Kilimanjaro you’ll find nearly every type of ecosystem on the planet, including alpine desert, rainforest, moorland, rolling health, and arctic conditions at the top.