With adequate preparation any reasonably fit person above the age of 12 years can reach the summit successfully. Youngest and First 4 sisters to climb Kilimanjaro were Jillian, Velma, Lynette and Cheryl Hunter, age 6 years old, climbed with their dad Gene Douglas Hunter in the early 70’s.
The youngest boy to the summit was Keats Boyd, 7-years old. The oldest person to date to reach the summit was a Frenchman Val tee Daniel aged 87 and Karl Haupt 78 years old. Trekking your way up this massive mountain of the Globe requires respect, proper climbing gear, a fair level of physical fitness and incredibly strong will power. If you have never been to high altitudes, training should include two weeks preparatory of brisk walking before you depart to Tanzania.
Walk for at least five times a week over a distance of 5 – 10 kilometres. Try as much as possible to choose areas of steep hills for exercising. This sort of preparation will help you to avoid muscles and stiffness during the first few days on the mountain. The mountain is climbed throughout the year with successful summits possible during even the rainy season. Daytime temperatures can range from a mare bone chilling five degrees to a merciless 30 degrees Celsius, with night temperatures dropping well below freezing level.
Although none of these routes really requires mountaineering skills, hiking to the “roof of Africa” is physically and mentally demanding and should not be under estimated. As much as 40% of those who set out to climb Kilimanjaro turn back before they reach Uhuru peak.