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The Great Penck Glaciers of Kilimanjaro Mountain in Tanzania

The Great Penck Glaciers was one of the glaciers on the Kilimanjaro in the Kilimanjaro National Park in Tanzania. The glacier was located in the western slopes of the Kilimanjaro Mountain.

The glacier used to extend from the northern ice field before it was separated and later melted till it vanished and disappeared for good.

The Drygalski Glacier once also existed to the north of Great Penck, while the same is true of the Little Penck Glacier, which was to the south.

What is the largest Glacier in Africa?

The Credner Glacier is not only the largest glacier on the Kilimanjaro but also in Africa. It is only second or compared to the Furtwangler Glacier.

Global warming and the Kilimanjaro glaciers

There have been a lot of glaciers that have disappeared in recent history especially those on the northern ice field sector. In the last decade, the size of most glaciers have reduced by almost 80%.

The amount of snow which is the reason the glaciers form has also reduced from the 1912 when studies on this mountain became formal.

It is believed that if the glaciers melt at the same rate, we shall have none of them at the summit of the Kilimanjaro by 2030

African Glaciers Melting

There has been a general decrease in the number and size of glacier in Africa and this has been attributed to the effects of global warming and the melting of these glaciers has also cause a lot of flooding especially in Eastern Africa.

How Many Glaciers are in Africa?

There are only three countries in Africa that have glacier and it is a unique occurrence since they are not expected to be in the equatorial region.

Glaciers can be found on mountains Kenya, Kilimanjaro, and the Ruwenzori which are found in Kenya, Tanzania and Kenya Respectively.

Best Time to Hike the Kilimanjaro

If you are thinking about trekking the highest mountain ranges in Africa or have you have already booked your Tanzania safari to Kilimanjaro? The most common thing will be what’s the best time to visit and the other terms and conditions for the hike.

It’s possible that you can trek the Kilimanjaro any time throughout the year but some months are covered in cold weather and rains and snow especially the top and yet some are dry and a lot more favorable.

Its best advised to hike the Kilimanjaro is between the months of December to February and Mid June to September. Ideally these are the dry months but even then, sometimes it can and gets a bit messy.

It is however believed that a day of rain may not be as bad as rain that comes in a season and rains on a daily. But even the months that are considered to be cold or wet may not necessarily be so ad they can even go weeks without any rain.

The wet months are March to Mid June and October to November.

The dry months are also the most crowded; the mountain can be filed with tourist and for people that have intent to explore extensively, you may need to reconsider.


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