Only 30% of the 25,000 people who climb Kilimanjaro every year reach the summit at Uhuru Peak.
Kilimanjaro, or Kilima-Njaro in Swahilli, means “shining mountain”, named for the cap of ice and snow atop its peak.
The record for the fastest ascent and decent of Kilimanjaro is just 8 hours and 27 minutes, held by Simon Mtuy, a local Chagga tribesman.
At least 82% of Kilimanjaro’s ice cap has melted since 1912.
Kilimanjaro passes through five distinct ecological and climatic zones from its base to its summit.
Kilimanjaro is the highest free-standing mountain in the world, rising a dramatic 5,882 metres from its base.