While not technically difficult, this popular climb is hard work. Preparation is important and the dangers should not be underestimated. Climbers in this region have died. Don't try to climb the mountain on your own no matter how fit you are - a guide is essential. The final ascent starts in the black of early morning so that climbers get to see the dawn and both coasts before the clouds roll in.
If the weather is fine, the climb takes three or four days, but frequently the weather causes delays; take a book to read in the huts. There is a charge levied by the local landowner to climb the mountain.