How Difficult is it to Climb Mount Kilimanjaro?
A Kilimanjaro climb is no easy feat. While no mountain climbing skills or specialist equipment is required, a climb on Kilimanjaro should not be underestimated; it is important to note that anyone wishing to climb the mountain should be reasonably fit and in good health. Altitude sickness is probably the biggest reason for climbers not reaching the summit.
Another (and perhaps underappreciated) attraction of climbing Kilimanjaro is the astounding ecological diversity found on the slopes of the mountain. Because of the dramatic altitude changes on the slopes, there are five distinct vegetation zones ranging from the cultivated land at the base of the mountain to the alpine vegetation on the higher slopes that have cleverly adapted to the unforgiving conditions and altitude.