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Kilimanjaro the Trekking Guide to Africa's Highest Mountain: Includes Mount Meru & Guides to Arusha, Moshi, Marangu, Nairobi & Dar-Es-Salaam Paperback – 15 Jan 2010

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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Trailblazer Publications; 3 edition (15 Jan. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1905864248
  • ISBN-13: 978-1905864249
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 11.9 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 338,727 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

A comprehensive and informative guide. --Wanderlust, February 2011

You wouldn't want to be without this book if heading for Kilimanjaro. --Backpack, Autumn 2010

From the Author

This the third 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.

For this third 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 widely accepted by tour operators and park officials alike to be
inaccurate).

* 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
contract;
* 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
mountain.

. . . 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.

It also now includes GPS waypoints of each route.

It is also now used by the park authorities to train their guides.

And if that's not enough, this book is still the cheapest and, published in
2010, the most up-to-date available, with all the new park fees and
regulations included.

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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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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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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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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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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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I love my travelling and travel books and this is a little gem. Lots of help, hints, tips etc., on what to expect trekking Kilimanjaro. I will certainly read it back to front, front to back and then again before we go. Thanks.
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I cannot recommend this book enough. Very well written and gives detailed descriptions of just about everything you could possibly wish to know about the mountain and the surrounding areas.

Information includes details on all routes and travel companies from across the globe. There is also a lengthy lesson on Tanzania's history, climate and geology.

All routes described in great detail including information on camps and included photographs and maps.

An absolute essential read if you are planning on climbing Kilimanjaro.
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It was an invaluable addition to my pack going up Kili. Wonderfully packed full of charming anecdotes, advice, lists, and contacts. So, so glad I came across this. Pro Tip: Definitely take the book with you to Arusha, you'll want to pour over it before and after your climb, but don't take the whole book up Kilimanjaro, weight is everything! So just tear out the pages regarding the route you'll be taking and those regarding the flira and fauna you'll see up there :D
Happy hiking campers!
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