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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Trailblazer Publications; 4 edition (17 Feb. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 190586454X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1905864546
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 12.7 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 68,852 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Illustrated with detailed maps. --The Great Outdoors, May 2014

'so much more than just a route guide.' --Backpack, Summer 2014

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For more than 12 years our guide has been considered the Bible for climbing Kilimanjaro, used by rangers, guides and agencies as well as tens of thousands of regular trekkers.

It's not difficult to see why, for our guidebook is the ONLY ONE with:

  • full descriptions and detailed maps of each of the trekking routes - including altitudes and GPS waypoint readings - by somebody who has climbed them all!
  • Is the only book with an extensive and unbiased 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.
  • Is the only book with town and city guides to Arusha, Moshi and Marangu, the three towns and villages that will be your base before and after your climb
  • Has the most comprehensive guide to preparing for your trek, from what to take, what to wear, how to book your trek and flights, and how much it's all going to cost; everything, in fact, to help you get ready for the biggest adventure of your life!
  • Provides the most detailed background information on the mountain, including the history, geography, geology and topography of Kilimanjaro, as well as a study of the Chagga tribe that live at the foot of the mountain.
  • Full run-down of Kilimanjaro's nature including a full-colour flora guide.
  • A full description with maps of the Mount Meru trek.


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.
  • In-depth study of altitude sickness, or AMS - the number one reason why people fail to make it to the summit - including causes and prevention;
  • City guides to Nairobi and Dar es Salaam, the two cities that you are most likely to fly into, as well as an introduction to Kilimanjaro International Airport;
  • A thorough practical information guide to travelling around Tanzania, including a look at visa requirements, currency, budgeting, transport, food etc);
  • Advice on how to look after your porters and crew on the trek;
  • A look at the culture of the local Chagga people who inhabit Kilimanjaro's lower slopes;
  • Plenty of photos and illustrations from both contemporary and historical sources, including some wonderful pen-and-ink sketches by the first Europeans to see the mountain, way back in the nineteenth century.
  • Over thirty maps covering every stage of climbing and descending from the mountain.

    Indeed, you'll find everything you need to help you get from the safety of your favourite armchair to the very summit of Africa's highest mountain. And no other guidebook can provide anything like that kind of comprehensive coverage.

    But don't take our word for it - check out our reviews on Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk (all of which, we can promise you, are genuine!)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Kathryn on 8 Aug. 2010
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Excellent detailed book - covers all the routes on Kili. Highly recommend this book it has so much information about the routes and planning and preparation- but dont read more than a day ahead at a time when you are on the mountain...it will only spoil the enjoyment (and the less known about the pain the better!!!)
We borrowed a copy from a friend for the trip and enjoyed it so much I have just bought it now we are back as a souvenir!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By NickB on 1 Aug. 2014
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Back in 2012 a friend and I decided we wanted to climb Kilimanjaro, but we didn't have a clue where to begin. "There's bound to be a book" I thought, so I had a look and plumped for Henry's; boy am I glad I did! My version was the previous one to this, and we only travelled at the start of July this year (2014), so it would be understandable if some things were a little out of date, or not mentioned at all. For instance in my book there is no mention of Fifi's restaurant in Arusha (on Themi Road which is just off Sokoine Road very near the clock tower) which is absolutely fantastic! The food is wonderful, and, most importantly, the bottles of Kilimanjaro lager are brought with a chilled glass! Delightful.

I digress. The book covers everything you can think of, UK based agencies, local agencies in the cities, as well as the cities/towns themselves, with hotel/lodge/b&b reviews restaurant reviews and maps to help you locate anything you want to find. There is equipment lists, advice on AMS, jabs, malari, and other such things. There is even a small Swahili/English section so you can pick up some basics to help you get by politely (and throw in 'poa kichizi kama ndizi ndana ya friji' in response to a street tout's standard 'jambo' and you might not get pestered quite so often. It's not rude - it means 'cool, crazy, like a banana in a fridge', but it might help convince them you aren't 'just another tourist')

All the routes up the mountain are covered in great detail, with daily route maps, telling you what you are likely to see, what routes are best and what things let other routes down.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 3 Dec. 2012
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I really enjoyed reading this. It's a comprehensive guidebook which covers all the trekking routes in great detail. There is lots about planning and the surrounding area as well. What I personally liked most about it was the chapter on the history of Kilimanjaro, which contained many interesting and entertaining anecdotes. He's a good writer, and is also very funny. A thoroughly enjoyable read!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Hannah Walker on 29 Mar. 2014
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My other half and I have booked to climb Kili in January 2015. This book recommended some great companies who all gave competitive prices and loads of info on their safety regulations and equipment lists etc.

It also proved invaluable when deciding which route we wanted to go with. We opted for Rongai based on the tips and advice for each in this book.

A great place to start if your looking to plan a trip.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By WTordoor on 24 Jan. 2012
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I recently travelled with my girlfriend to Tanzania to do Kilimanjaro with several guidebooks in our suitcase. But on issues such as preparations for Kili, the practicalities of getting and staying in the region and obviously, climbing Kilimanjaro, this one stood head and shoulders above the rest and quickly became the only one we took out. The content is very complete and practical. The book is very clear and intuitive; it is really easy to find exactly what you search for, without having to scroll every chapter. You can immediately tell this is written by someone who has climbed Kili time and time again and knows the area inside out, but doesn't ignore the anxieties and worries of the first time climber. The section on climbing Mount Mehru independently could be a bit more extensive. The author says it is complicated to organise this climb yourself, but doable nevertheless, but then doesn't give advice on how to do it yourself, which would have been helpful. But since this is a book on climbing Kili, not Mehru, that little bit of criticism obviously is not overly important. Little detail: the recommended Indian restaurant in Dar Es Salaam, which was in no other book, was the most delicious (and cheapest!) meal we had during our whole trip!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. James W. Coles on 16 Feb. 2011
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This book was a gift for someone intending to climb Mount Killimanjaro in 2011. Having only quickly looked through it I was impressed with the easy to follow guide for visitors attemting this adventure. I understand all climbs are supervised and controlled and led by experts but this book will give the visitor plenty of information on what to expect down to how many pairs of socks should be taken. In my view this book is a must for anyone intending to climb Africa's highest mountain.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Doussinaux on 30 Aug. 2010
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This book is the best guide for Kili. Very practical, clear, full of details and with GPS waypoints !
The top........
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By johnny on 6 Nov. 2014
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Really good reference! Good pre-reading and kept it my day pack for (frequent) ready reference. So useful, would really recommend it to anyone even thinking about 'doing' Kilimanjaro ;o)
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