Climbing one of the world’s tallest mountains is not a decision to be taken lightly – it will take endurance, a decent amount of fitness and also a good sense of humour.
But unlike other mountains, Kilimanjaro, which at 5,895 metres tall is the highest mountain in Africa, is an achievable bucket list option for most fit people, and it has genuinely managed to change the lives of many of those who reached the summit.
Kilimanjaro is an icon – it’s of the most famous mountains in the world and for many of the 20,000 people every year who climb it, it’s their Everest. So it’s a special experience to stand on the roof of Africa.
These people are often hill walkers looking to do a big mountain in a foreign country, but Kilimanjaro has the added benefit of its varying environments at different levels.
There are five totally different environments that you walk through on the way up. There is the tropical rainforest layer at the bottom in the foothills, this is where the locals live and where they grow things like bananas and coffee.
Then there is a cloud forest, where there is still a lot of wildlife like birds and monkeys and deer, but they are very shy so you are unlikely to see them.