Could Mount Kilimanjaro be Ice-free by 2060?

One of the most awe-inspiring and impressive sights you can expect to witness during your adventure to Uhuru Peak, the glaciers of Mount Kilimanjaro are like walls of glistening ice against a space-like landscape.

Will Mount Kilimanjaro be Ice-Free by 2060?

Shining proudly against the morning sun for over 10,000 years, these magnificent glaciers have endured droughts, warms spells, and numerous sandstorms, but the latest research expedition to Kilimanjaro by glaciologists based at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Centre, revealed that these fields of ice are disappearing, and faster than we think.

Will Mount Kilimanjaro be Ice-Free by 2060?

Call it global warming, call it climate change, there are numerous terms one can use to explain the rising air temperatures and sea levels, but whatever expression you decide to use, the facts remain the same, Kilimanjaro’s peaks may soon be ice-free, with scientists predicting it will be gone altogether by 2060.

Will Mount Kilimanjaro be Ice-Free by 2060?

Researchers found that it is not just warmer temperatures that are affecting Kilimanjaro’s glaciers, but also the increasingly dry regional atmosphere that is starving Africa’s highest mountain of fresh snow.  This dry air reduces cloud cover and allows the suns powerful rays to penetrate the ice surface, and in the 99 years between 1912 and 2011, the glaciers on the summit decreased by more than 85 percent.

Will Mount Kilimanjaro be Ice-Free by 2060?

Unfortunately, researchers now say it is no longer a question of whether the glaciers of Kilimanjaro will disappear but rather when, and if the scientist’s predictions are correct, we have just 47 years left to enjoy this snow-capped mountain of Africa.

Of course, we will still be able to climb Mount Kilimanjaro when the ice fields have gone, but if you want to experience the true magic of the mountain, it might be wise to push your ‘Climb Kilimanjaro’ wish to the top of that bucket list!

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  1. cecilia says:

    The glaciers in NZ have been melting since the ice age, they feed some of the biggest rivers in the south island.. and the valleys they have carved out are magnificent. Pollution has definitely sped this process up.. I think.. I prefer to say pollution, global warming is a term coined (a deliberate pun) by the politicians and media to disempower us as a people. Pollution I can do something about personally. I can live carefully. I cannot cure the globe but like your climb that helped ten dogs, we are in control of our own pollutants. Little bits do help. I think you are onto something here, enjoy the mountains! c

    1. Thank you for your comment Cecilia. I am with you 100%, we are lucky enough to have visited Fox & Franz Josef Glaciers in New Zealand, and Perito Moreno in Argentina, but they are all melting at an alarming rate. We all need to do ‘our bit’ or there will be nothing left for future generations.

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