Kilimanjaro: The Trekking Guide to Africa's Highest Mountain (Trailblazer Guide) (Trailblazer Trekking Guides) Paperback – 17 Feb 2014
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Illustrated with detailed maps. --The Great Outdoors, May 2014
'so much more than just a route guide.' --Backpack, Summer 2014
From the Author
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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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 5 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 5 months ago by Andrew, UK
This guide Will without a doubt be your closest friend on the mountain!Published 7 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