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on 11 March 2010
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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VINE VOICEon 4 December 2007
Stedman's trekking guide to Kilimanjaro really is a gem of a guide. It provides just about all the information you might need to help you conquer Africa's great white peak. A mine of practical information that will help take you from planning your trip to the summit and which you will probably find you take with you on your way up the mountain.Certainly when I turned Kilimanjaro into Kili half the party I was with had a copy of this book with them!

Henry Stedman covers his subject very methodically taking you from the early planning of which tour companies to use or if you arrange your trek on arrival which trekking agencies to use. The equipment you will need and the health precautions you should take. He progresses through the practicalities of how to get to Tanzania even giving a brief guide to the ins and outs of travelling via Nairobi's somewhat haphazard airport and city. A brief description of Kilimanjaro airport and practicalities precedes more extensive descriptions of the major towns around the base of the Mountain and finally he moves on to the meat of the book - climbing the mountain itself.

Climbing the mountain is where this book really earns it's keep. Stedman starts with a quick summary of the major issues you might encounter, which is principally altitude sickness and what to do to avoid it and treat it before getting into an extensive description of each of the major routes. On each of these he does an excellent job describing the route, the practicalities, waymarks, features of the trek distances covered and altitude gained. Even if you weren't using a guide and porters this book could be enough to steer you up the mountain (although trying to climb Kili without a guide and porters is just silly as if you can afford to get to Tanzania you can afford to give a little bit more back to the local economy). Its second edition is worth getting, not just because the mountain changes as glaciers retreating and routes are altered, but because the second edition is much more comprehensive.

Flaws in the book. Well Stedman describes the flora, fauna and people of the region but attempts to do so in little more than ten pages. Far too short but then again this is a practical travel guide not a travelogue. The maps used for each section of the routes are just sketch maps and really these should be supplemented with proper maps, or was Stedman trying to prevent people using this guide to avoid paying for local porters and guides? If those are flaws then they are flaws that can be excused.

Compact and practical to take with you and comprehensive enough to help plan your trip from fireside to summit. Buy this book follow it's advice and it will make your ascent much easier or at least as easy as climbing 20 thousand feet is ever going to be. Buy it!
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on 31 August 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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on 22 November 2006
What a great guidebook! We had to wait ages for this book to arrive (it finally arrived last month), as apparently there was some delay in publication. But we were determined to wait after reading all the rave reviews to the first edition. And after spending the best part of a month reading through it, we're glad we did. Though we have yet to climb the mountain, this book has already come in useful with its extensive reviews of trekking companies in the UK and Tanzania , whilst its descriptions of the routes are by some distance the most detailed we've come across. It's also a surprisingly funny and well-written book. A couple of our friends who climbed Kilimanjaro last year said that their guide said it was by far and away the best book on the mountain and carried a copy with him `just in case' and used it to identify the mountain flowers!

Well done Trailblazers on a cracking book. Now we've just got to get to the top!
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on 7 February 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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on 24 March 2014
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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on 7 February 2016
Item as described but unfortunately took a long time to arrive
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on 25 November 2007
I was looking for a book with frank, honest and impartial advice about trekking on Kilimanjaro. This is it, with far more information besides. It is not JUST a reference book - I have read it with continued interest from cover to cover. The one minor criticism I have is the prolific use of sub-text boxes which are distracting and break up the flow of reading.
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