Tanzanians to Climb Mt. Kilimanjaro to Mark 60th Anniversary

More than 300 Tanzanians are set to climb Africa’s highest mountain, Mount Kilimanjaro as part of celebrations to mark the east African nation’s 60th Independence Anniversary on Dec. 9.

Mount Kilimanjaro, one of Tanzania’s leading tourist destinations, is about 5,895 meters above sea level, with roughly 50,000 trekkers from across the world attempting to reach the summit of the mountain annually.

Damas Ndumbaro, the Minister for Natural Resources and Tourism, said so far 121 climbers have already registered for the historical expedition themed: The Kilimanjaro Climb Campaign. Tanzania gained independence on Dec. 9, 1961.

Ndumbaro told a press conference in Tanzania’s safari capital Arusha that the climb has been jointly organized by the government and a private tour operator called Zara Tours based in Moshi, at the foot of the mountain.

Mount Kilimanjaro, a dormant volcano, is the fourth most topographically prominent peak on Earth. It is part of Kilimanjaro National Park and is a major climbing destination.

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