The Number One Kilimanjaro guide for over 12 years!

Welcome to the most authoritative and popular guide to climbing Africa’s highest mountain, Kilimanjaro!

So you want to climb Kilimanjaro??

Since 2002 our bestselling guidebook, ‘Kilimanjaro: The Trekking Guide to Africa’s Highest Mountain’, together with this website has been the authoritative guide to Kili, used by tens of thousands of trekkers just like you!

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:

Colobus tiny Background information The history, geography and culture etc of Africa’s highest mountain. Not essential for Kili trekkers - but interesting nevertheless!

Sunglasses tiny 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 the mountain tinyOn 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.

Baby baboon, TanzaniaTravelling In Tanzania Basic information on travelling to and around Africa’s country, including visa regulations, security & safety, health, public transport, money etc.

Summit banner best tinyClimb the mountain with us! Special discounted rates, free guidebooks, alternative routes – and the personal support, help & advice of the #1 Kili expert from the very start!

Don’t have time to read through everything in depth? Then here’s 21 essential facts that all would-be Kili trekkers should know:

Twenty-one essential Kilimanjaro facts

Apart from the first two, the following questions are the ones we get asked the most in our capacity as the writers of the guidebook and trek organisers.

1. Where is Kilimanjaro?
2. How high is it?
3. Can anyone climb Kilimanjaro?
4. Can I climb Kilimanjaro without guides and porters
5. How fit do I need to be?
6. How old do I need to be?
7. How dangerous is it?
8. How long does it take to climb Kilimanjaro?
9. How much does it cost?
10. What’s the best time to climb Kilimanjaro?
11. On what day of the trek do I reach the summit?
12. What do I need to wear on Kilimanjaro?
13. What else do I need to take?
14. What route up Kilimanjaro is the best?
15. What animals can I see?
16. What are the toilet facilities like on Kilimanjaro?
17. What language do they speak on Kilimanjaro?
18. What happens if there’s an accident or somebody needs to descend?
19. What’s the food like on the mountain?
20. Can I use my mobile phone on Kilimanjaro?
21. Is it true that smokers perform better on Kilimanjaro than non-smokers?

What to do next

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 booking and preparing for the adventure of a lifetime!

Do check out our own trek booking service too: Not only do we offer free guidebooks to all our climbers, alternative routes that both take you away from the crowds and increase your chances of summitting, but we are also the only agency that offers treks that are cheaper than if you went directly to the tour operator!  Your friends and family can now follow your progress, too, using our track-a-trekker facility.

Why book anywhere else?

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The 4th edition of our bestselling guide to climbing Kilimanjaro is now out…

Kilimanjaro guidebook cover

Stedman’s wonderfully down-to-earth, practical guide..’.
Longitude Books (New York)
A top pick. It covers everything… Any travel collection needs this’.
California Bookwatch
Comprehensive and     informative….
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, ””
A model of what a guidebook should be’.

David Dean

The ‘Kili Bible’

For over 12 years our guide has been considered the Bible for climbing Kilimanjaro, used by everyone from porters to park rangers, trekking agencies to tour operators and tourist offices – plus 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 – including altitudes and GPS waypoint readings. 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, both in Tanzania as well as agencies in the UK/US/Europe/Australia/New Zealand/South Africa.

Is the only book with guides to Arusha, Moshi and Marangu, the three places that will be your base before and after your climb

Has the most in-depth guide to preparing for your trek - everything to help you get ready for the biggest adventure of your life!

Provides the most detailed background information on Kili - the history, geography and geology – as 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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