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Kilimanjaro: The Trekking Guide to Africa's Highest Mountain - 2nd Edition (Trailblazer Guides) [Paperback]

Henry Stedman
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10 Oct 2006
Fully updated third edition of this practical guidebook and detailed maps to Africa's most popular trek and highest mountain, Kilimanjaro; also includes Mount Meru. Includes 40 maps and 50 colour photos.
Route guides and maps - the 6 major routes: Machame, Marangu, Rongai (Loitokitok), Lemosho, Shira and Umbwe
City guides - Nairobi, Dar-es-Salaam, Arusha, Moshi & Marangu
Now with downloadable GPS waypoints
--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

Product details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Trailblazer Publications; 2nd Revised edition edition (10 Oct 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1873756917
  • ISBN-13: 978-1873756911
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 12 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 507,728 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Contains almost everything you could possibly want to know about the mountain, its ascent and its surroundings. ' --Strider, April 2010

'KILIMANJARO: THE TREKKING GUIDE TO AFRICA'S HIGHEST MOUNTAIN is a top pick for any who plan on embarking on a trek to the mountain. It covers everything, from city accommodations and restaurants nearby to what to see en route, then how to plan and book a trek to Kilimanjaro. Any outdoor or travel collection needs this.' --California Bookwatch

'Stedman is something of a Kili obsessive...and that shows on every page of this fully revised and expanded edition of his guide... Recommended. ' --Trek & Mountain, March 2010 --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

From the Author

This the second edition of the bestselling guide to
Kilimanjaro. First published in 2003, this book quickly became the
established guide to those wishing to reach the summit of Africa's highest
mountain. You can read reviews of the first edition on Amazon (the first
edition had a blue cover) and please note: all of these reviews are

For this second edition we have improved and updated the book in a number
of ways. As a result, this book:

* Is the only one with full descriptions of each of the trekking routes up
Kilimanjaro by somebody who has climbed all of them.

* The only one to include town and city guides to Arusha, Moshi and
Marangu, the three towns and villages that will be your base before and
after your climb.

* The only book with a review of the trekking agencies, both in Tanzania
(Arusha, Moshi and Marangu) and those tour operators in the
UK/US/Europe/Australia/New Zealand/South Africa. As it is the tour
companies and the guides they hire that, more than anything else, will make
or break your trip, this is a vital part of the book and should be required
reading for anybody before booking a climb. We do not accept sponsorship
and our reviews are completely unbiased and based on our dealings with the
companies and from readers' letters and recommendations.

* The only book with up-to-date and accurate maps and altitude readings
(other books are still using inaccurate and out-of-date maps and altitudes
that are widey accepted by tour operators and park officials alike to be

* Full run-down of Kilimanjaro's nature including full-colour flora guide.

We also provide:
* A thorough health and fitness section to help you stay healthy in East
Africa, increase your chances of making it to the top and ensure you make
it back down again;
* Advice on how to book your trek and what to look out for in the agency's
* Comprehensive pre-departure information including advice on what to take
- and what to leave behind!
* Details on flights to East Africa;
* City guides to Nairobi and Dar es Salaam, the two cities that you are
most likely to fly into, as well as the newly-opened Kilimanjaro
International Airport;
* A thorough practical information section (including visas, currency,
budgeting, transport, food etc) on travelling around Tanzania and Kenya;
* Advice on how to look after your porters and crew on the trek;
* The most comprehensive sections on the history of Kilimanjaro and
Tanzania, and on the flora and fauna of Kilimanjaro(including a
photographic guide to the plants and flowers);
* A look at the culture of the local Chagga people who inhabit
Kilimanjaro's lower slopes;
* Photos and illustrations (from both contemporary and historical sources,
including some wonderful pen-and-ink sketches by the first Europeans to see
Kilimanjaro, way back in the nineteenth century).
* Over thirty maps covering every stage of climbing and descending from the

. . . everything, indeed, to help you get from the safety of your favourite
armchair at home all the way to the very summit of Africa's highest
mountain. And no other guidebook can provide anything like that kind of
comprehensive coverage.

In addition, the book now has:

a full description of the Mount Meru trek, following recommendations by a
number of our readers that this should be included.

We also have worked closely with the Kilmanjaro Porters Assistance Project
(KPAP) to highlight the plight of porters and how trekkers can help to
alleviate their suffering.

And if that's not enough, this book is still the cheapest and, published in
2006, the most up-to-date available, with all the new park fees and
regulations included.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect for anyone planning a trek 11 Mar 2010
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I've just done Kilimanjaro (Lemosho route) and thoroughly recommend this book, full of loads of useful advice for before the climb (kit, weather, vaccinations etc) and is also a useful companion on your trek.

Note to anyone getting this version (version 2), there is now a version 3 out, which is also available on Amazon.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Background Reading 31 Aug 2009
Bought this to further read up about what's involved in climbing Kilimanjaro as am booked to climb it in February 2010 in aid of the NSPCC. Has been really useful to read through from someone who obviously knows his way around the area..
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5.0 out of 5 stars Killimanjaro 7 Feb 2009
Kilimanjaro: The Trekking Guide to Africa's Highest Mountain - 2nd Edition (Trailblazer Guides)
To reach the top of Africa's highest mountain was always a dream. This book gave me so much usefull information! I am working through the book now for the second time - in my preparation for killimanjaro. I found the route descriptions particular usefull to decide on which route to take.
Thank you very much for this briljiant guide!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book with good information 24 Mar 2014
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I managed to climb Kilimanjaro in 2010 all the way to the summit and in preparing for this adventure I found the book extremely helpful. My physical fitness was just right and I luckily did not suffer that badly from altitude with the exception of the difficult breathing. A great experience, but one I would never do again!
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