There are many unsatisfactory explanations of how the mountain came to be known by this name. "Mountain of Greatness", "Mountain of Whiteness", "Mountain of Caravans", "Small Mountain of Caravans" are all names derived from the Swahili, Chagga and Machame dialects.
One of the chief guides of our climb team operator, African Walking, says that the word "kilemakyaro" of the Chagga language, meaning "impossible journey", is its origin and perhaps it is, but there is nothing concrete on any of the opinions out there. He does, however, say it's not an "impossible journey", but more a "difficult journey". We like it so we’ll stick with that.Enquire Now