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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'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(other books are still using inaccurate and out-of-date maps and altitudes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
* 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
* 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
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
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Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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.
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!
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.
Happy hiking campers!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Well written, excellent, up to date, reliable information. All adds to the weight to carry, but if you're taking a Kindle anyway the e-version is perfect.Published 4 months ago by Paul
Informative, practical and up to date. Plus when I emailed the author for further advice he was back to me in hours.Published 4 months ago by Andrew, UK
This guide Will without a doubt be your closest friend on the mountain!Published 6 months ago by Ronny Trøjborg
Great guide to all you need to know about trekking to and on Kilimanjero. A must read if you're going.Published 14 months ago by Gaynor Wood
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