What are the walking conditions like on Kilimanjaro?

The trail conditions on Mount Kilimanjaro are challenging, but relatively easy compared to the other mountains in the seven summits. The rain-forest zone can be wet and slippery underfoot especially if there has been heavy rain. The higher slopes are a mixture of heath covered land, alpine desert and finally the ice covered summit. The terrain changes through the climate zones but are generally comfortable to negotiate with a pair of 3 season walking boots. Some people prefer to use walking poles but do not feel that you have to have them; it is a matter of personal preference. They are however very useful on summit night, particularly on the descent from the summit when you will be tired and will have to negotiate the loose scree on the way back to camp.

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