About 22,000 climbers set out every year to conquer the Mount Kilimanjaro peak. Several well-marked hiking/ trekking routes lead to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro. Although none of these climbing routes really requires mountaineering skills, trekking to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro is physically and mentally demanding and should not be under estimated. As much as 40% of those who set out to climb Mount Kilimanjaro turn back before they reach Uhuru peak. With the adequate preparation any reasonably fit person above the age of 12 years can reach the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro successfully, in fact the oldest person to date to reach the summit was a Frenchman Valtee Daniel at an age of 87!