You would think there is an equation for success on Mt. Kilimanjaro, a rule that if you follow, will help you arrive at the summit. Over of the years, however, I have seen everything: a short, fat, overweight woman with no trekking skill climb straight up Western Breach to the summit. A week before that, a huge, Scottish triathlete only makes it three days and has to be brought down because he was having trouble breathing and throwing up.
Climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro isn’t hard – it’s like a long, long hike. The thing that gets you is the altitude and how your body adjusts to it. Sure, you can train, eat well, be at high altitudes, spend an extra day on the mountain, and you might have gained some better chance of making it up the mountain, but you really never know. You might get lucky, you might not.