Majestic Mount Kilimanjaro. Photo by Erik Cleves Kristensen/Flickr.com
By Emma Levine
Many get misty-eyed when they dream of climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest mountain. In fact, at 19,341 feet, it’s actually the world’s highest freestanding mountain. The surprising thing is that you don’t need intense climbing experience or equipment to scale ‘Kili’, which means that around 25,000 people each year attempt to reach its snowy peak; around two thirds are successful. There are six different ascent routes to the top of its highest summit, and just one to descend. Everyone must travel with official guides and porters, with accommodation (ranging from simple huts to campsites) organized for you. Here are five interesting facts to further whet your appetite about the summit of Africa.