Africa's highest point begs the question to any holidaymaker who has seen it: has anything as beautiful ever been so challenging?
Standing at 5,895m at its peak, World Heritage Site Mount Kilimanjaro is an imposing natural phenomenon, rising in isolation above the surrounding plains overlooking the exquisite savannah.
But its snow-capped peak is there to be climbed and thousands have been happy to brave altitude sickness, headaches and tiredness just to say: "I did it".
The number of holidaymakers attempting the challenge soared after nine celebrities, including DJ Chris Moyles and singer Ronan Keating, successfully reached the summit for 2009's Comic Relief charity campaign.
The magnificent Tanzanian mountain, so loved by visitors on group tours, sits in Kilimanjaro National Park covering an area of some 75,575 hectares.
The park protects the world's largest free standing volcanic mass with three main volcanic peaks, Kibo, Mawenzi, and Shira, along with five main vegetation zones, including the heavenly montane forest belt.
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