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    Challenges facing Kilimanjaro

    The very first thing to know about achieving the summit of the world’s highest free-standing mountain is the fact that no mountaineering skills are required. Any reasonably fit adult should be able to walk up without experiencing anything more than the minor altitude sickness symptoms of fatigue, dizziness or shortness of breath. The hike is most beneficial attempted over seven or eight days and there are numerous routes; some drier and busier, others wetter but spectacularly scenic. The landscape changes as the trails thread upwards through a variety of climatic zones, from dense rainforest to heath and moorland, alpine desert and, finally, arctic ice cap. In case all goes to…