Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest mountain, is the tallest free standing mountain in the world. At 5,895 metres, the snow-capped peaks attract climbers from around the globe, and with a variety of routes to choose from, a slow ascent with a reputable operator at the helm, experienced guides with quality equipment, many achieve their goal and finish their expedition as planned at the summit of Uhuru Peak. With much to see on the journey, the slopes are a virtual climatic tour of extremes, from lush tropical rainforests to heather moorlands, alpine desert, and culminating in the snow and ice on the peak. The prime routes we suggest are the Rongai and Shira treks with both scheduled group and private departures operating, and the recommended time of year to take on the challenge is between January and February for dry, clear and warmer days, or July to mid October when conditions are dry but much colder.