Mount Kilimanjaro is the tallest freestanding mountain on the planet, drawing at least 50,000 climbers a year. Located in Tanzania near the Kenyan border, Mount Kilimanjaro stands at 19,341 feet. Needless to say, if you’re considering trekking Kilimanjaro, it isn’t the trip you want to use to break in your new, too-stiff hiking boots or get back into hiking after a 10-year hiatus. Mount Kilimanjaro is an undertaking you want to prepare for. While you don’t need to train like you would for a trek up Everest, climbing the “Roof of Africa” still requires a certain amount of physical fortitude. Training prior to hiking Mount Kilimanjaro, whether by hiking, running, or keeping up a specific fitness regimen is very much encouraged. Mount Kilimanjaro is the easiest climb of the Seven Summits; the “seven summits” include the tallest mountain from each of the seven continental regions. Accordingly, Mount Kilimanjaro is the most frequently climbed mountain as well. There are seven different official routes up the mountain. The Marangu route, which includes shared sleeping huts, is considered the easiest and the most common. Failure to acclimate to the altitude is the most common reason that people do not reach the summit. The youngest person to climb the mountain was 7 years old and the oldest was 89 years old.