CLIMB MOUNT KILIMANJARO
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Kilimanjaro: The essential facts
HEIGHT: 5895m or 19,341 feet
FAME: Highest Mountain in Africa. Said to be the tallest free-standing mountain in the world.
LOCATION: Northern Tanzania, by the border with Kenya, in East Africa
NUMBER OF CLIMBERS PER YEAR: 44,403
SUCCESS RATE: Varies according to route, duration of climb and trekking company used, but percentage of people getting to the top is approximately 75%.
NUMBER OF DEATHS PER YEAR: Figures never released by authorities but we think approximately 6-7 deaths per year.
ACCESSIBILITY: Anyone over ten years old can legally climb Kili. Under that age, special permission must be sought from the park authorities, KINAPA. Youngest person ever to reach the summit is 7; oldest is currently 88. Wheelchair users, blind climbers and paraplegics have all managed to reach the summit.
Conversely, famous people we know who failed to reach the summit include tennis ace Martina Navratilova, tycoon Roman Abramovic and, so it has long been rumoured, mountaineer and conqueror of Everest, Sir Edmund Hillary!