Kilimanjaro: The Number One Guide for over 15 years!
Welcome to the most authoritative and popular guide to climbing Africa’s highest mountain, Kilimanjaro!
So you want to climb Kilimanjaro??
Since 2001 our bestselling guidebook, ‘Kilimanjaro: The Trekking Guide to Africa’s Highest Mountain’, and this website, has been the authoritative guide to Kili. In that time it has been used by tens of thousands of trekkers – just like you!
Climbing Kilimanjaro – The Essential facts
The following questions are the ones we get asked the most in our capacity as the writers of the guidebook:
Here’s an example. Your birthday is on the 10 March and you want to do a seven-day trek on the standard Machame Route. So you need to book a trek running 5-11 March. That way, you’ll spend five days (5, 6, 7, 8, 9 March) walking to Barafu. You will then walk through the night (beginning at about midnight), reaching the summit at dawn on the 10 March. You then spend the rest of the 10th March walking down to Millennium or Mweka Campsite. The final day is then spent walking to Mweka Gate.
Make sure you ask for a kit list from your agency so you are sure of what you need to bring. Essential items that you will need to bring include
- a sleeping bag and mat
- head torch
- water bottles
- towel and small wash kit,
- rucksack and daypack.See our what to take section for a comprehensive list of equipment to bring.
If your agency provides an ‘alternative’ route these are often the best as they give you the chance to get away from the crowds. They may improve your chances of acclimatising and thus reaching the top safely, too. You can find out much more about the routes up Kilimanjaro by following this link: Routes on Kilimanjaro.
Want to know more?
You can find out much more about Kilimanjaro and what it takes to climb it by reading the Practical Information and On Kilimanjaro sections. And don’t miss our Kilimanjaro Countdown – a checklist for Kili climbers to guide you through preparing for the adventure of a lifetime!
How to use this online guide
This website is divided into five main sections, which together provide you with pretty much all the basics you need to know to plan and prepare properly for your trek. These five sections are:
Background information The history, geography and culture etc of Africa’s highest mountain. Not essential for Kili trekkers – but interesting nevertheless!
Practical information A must-read for anyone thinking of climbing Kilimanjaro, from how to book, getting fit for your trek, what to wear and pack and much, much more.
On Kilimanjaro What it’s like on the mountain, what to take in your daypack, how to avoid altitude sickness and lots of other useful advice.
Travelling In Tanzania Basic information on travelling to and around Africa’s country, including security & safety, health, public transport etc.
Book a Kilimanjaro climb! Special discounted rates, free guidebooks, alternative routes!
Book your Kilimanjaro climb with the best!
As the number one authority on Kilimanjaro, and the producers of the bestselling guidebook to the mountain for the past fifteen years, we are in the best position to know which agency offers the best and best value treks on Kilimanjaro. And after successful negotiations we are delighted to announce that we can offer treks that are cheaper than if you went directly to the agent!
You get all of the following:Alternative routes that both take you away from the crowds and increase your chances of summiting, Free guidebooks to all climbers who book their trek through us. Friends and family can follow your progress using their track-a-trekker facility. Discounts for groups of three or more Private treks for no extra charge! Budget, minimum service alternatives for those who want to do Kili on the cheap!
Why look anywhere else?
The 4th edition of our bestselling guide to climbing Kilimanjaro is now out:
Kilimanjaro: The Trekking Guide to Africa’s Highest Mountain
Wanderlust magazine ‘You wouldn’t want to be without this book if heading for Kili’ Backpack magazine ‘Contains almost everything you could possibly want to know’ Strider magazine ‘Stedman is a Kili obsessive…and that shows on every page’ Trek & Mountain magazine ‘A model of what a guidebook should be’ David Dean
The ‘Kili Bible’
For over 14 years our guide has been considered the Bible for climbing Kilimanjaro. It is used by everyone from porters to park rangers, trekking agencies and tourist offices. Plus, of course, thousands of trekkers just like you.
It’s not difficult to see why, for our guide is the ONLY ONE with:full descriptions and over 30 detailed maps of each of the trekking routes. Because we have climbed them all. Many times. Is the only book with an extensive and unbiased review of the agencies and operators that arrange and advertise Kilimanjaro treks. We look at agencies in Tanzania as well as those in the UK, US, Europe, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. Is the only book with guides to Arusha, Moshi and Marangu. These are the three places that will be your base before and after your climb Has the most in-depth guide to preparing for your trek. Covering everything to help you get ready for the biggest adventure of your life! Provides the most detailed background information on Kili. This includes the history, geography and geology of the mountainas well as a study of the local Chagga tribe. A full description with maps of the Mount Meru trek. The most comprehensive study of altitude sickness, or AMS – including causes, prevention and treatment. Has a comprehensive in-depth full-colour flora guide.
- We also provide:
- A thorough health and fitness section for staying healthy in East Africa and on the mountain.
- City guides to Nairobi and Dar es Salaam, the two cities that you are most likely to fly into, as well as an intro to Kilimanjaro Airport;
- A 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 – and the mountain itself
- Loads of contemporary and historical photos and illustrations.
- 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 coverage.
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