Mount Kilimanjaro – Africa’s Highest Peak

Mount Kilimanjaro pic
Mount Kilimanjaro
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Over the course of his career as an investment professional, Arthur “Art” Samberg has led several successful firms, including Pequot Capital Management in Westport, Connecticut. He currently oversees his family office, Hawkes Financial, LLC. Beyond his professional accomplishments, Art J. Samberg is proud to have summited Mount Kilimanjaro in 2000.

Reaching over 19,000 feet above sea level, Mount Kilimanjaro owns the distinction of being the highest peak in Africa and the tallest freestanding mountain in the world. Kilimanjaro comprises three volcanic cones named Shira, Mawenzi, and Kibo. While Shira and Mawenzi are both extinct, Kibo is a dormant active volcano. Climbers trekking across Kibo will still encounter a strong sulfur smell emanating from the inner cone.

In 1889, Hans Meyer and Ludwig Purtscheller became the first climbers to summit Mount Kilimanjaro. Nearly 130 years after the men conquered the mountain, Kilimanjaro remains one of the world’s most popular climbing destinations. Each year, over 25,000 climbers visit the mountain, but only a fraction is able to reach the summit.

Even those who do not reach the summit, however, are able to enjoy a unique beauty that only Kilimanjaro can offer. The Tanzanian mountain features everything from desert and savannah ecosystems to glaciers and snowfields. Mount Kilimanjaro is also home to diverse wildlife, including over 140 mammal species.