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:
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 visa regulations, security & safety, health, public transport, money etc.
Climb 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.
So, for example, for a seven-day trek you would reach the Uhuru Peak at dawn on the sixth day. The rest of that day – and the morning (at least) of the last day – will be spent descending back down the mountain to the exit gate (Marangu or Mweka, depending on which route you used to ascend the mountain).
So, to give you an example, if your birthday is on the 10 March and you want to do a seven-day trek on the standard Machame Route, then 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 that day walking down to Millennium or Mweka Campsite, and the final day is spent walking to Mweka Gate.
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?
The 4th edition of the bestselling guide to climbing Kilimanjaro is now out…
‘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….’
‘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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