The #1 Kilimanjaro Climbing Guide – everything you need to know to prepare for your trek 2018-01-03T18:38:00+00:00


Unbiased, comprehensive – and the #1 guide to Kilimanjaro since 2001

NAME: Kilimanjaro
HEIGHT: 5895m
FAME: Highest Mountain in Africa. Said to be the tallest free-standing mountain in the world
LOCATION: Northern Tanzania, by the border with Kenya, in East Africa
NUMBER OF CLIMBERS PER YEAR: 44,403 (2016 figures)
SUCCESS RATE: Varies according to route, duration of climb and trekking company used, but percentage of people getting to the top is approximately 75%.
NUMBER OF DEATHS PER YEAR: Figures never released by authorities but we think approximately 6-7 deaths per year.
ACCESSIBILITY: Anyone over ten years old can legally climb Kili. Under that age, special permission must be sought from the park authorities, KINAPA. Youngest person ever to reach the summit is 6; oldest is currently 88. Wheelchair users, blind climbers and paraplegics have all managed to reach the summit. Conversely, famous people we know who failed to reach the summit include tennis ace Martina Navratilova, tycoon Roman Abramovic and, so it has long been rumoured, mountaineer and conqueror of Everest, Sir Edmund Hillary!

THE BIG QUESTIONS: Want to climb Kilimanjaro? This is what you need to know….

What company should I choose?

They can help you reach the summit – or they can kill you! Check out our advice on choosing a climbing company.

Booking your Kili trek >

How to make your trek cheaper – and how not to >

What should be included in your trek >

The routes up Kilimanjaro - a wooden sign at the start of the Machame Trail

 What’s the best route to the top?

Six official routes lead to the summit of Kilimanjaro – but what’s the best one? 

What’s the best time to climb Kili?

Kilimanjaro has two main trekking seasons and you can climb it any day of the year – but what’s the best time to climb?

How much does it cost to climb Kili?

Take a look at why Kilimanjaro is such an expensive mountain to climb – and how you can take measures to make it cheaper.

What should I take for my Kili climb?

From underpants to iphones, sleeping bags to champagne – what to bring with you for your Kilimanjaro climb.

How fit do I need to be?

The more exercise you do down here, the more you’ll enjoy it up there! Check out our fitness for Kilimanjaro page to find out how you can get ‘Kili ready’. 

Can anyone climb Kilimanjaro?
Can I climb Kilimanjaro without guides and porters?
How dangerous is it?
How long does it take to climb Kilimanjaro?
On what day of my trek do I reach the summit?
What happens if there’s an accident or somebody needs to descend?
Are the toilets as bad as people say?
Do smokers perform better on Kili than non-smokers?
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What trekking company is best for my budget? Is there wifi on Kili? I'm a lactose-intolerant vegan - can I climb? Where should I go on safari after my climb? No matter the question, we're here to help. And unlike other sites, we aren't trying to sell you a trek...
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This website is divided into four main sections, which together provide you with pretty much all the basics you need to know to plan and prepare properly for your trek. Hover over the images below to see what you can find in each section:

What people are reading

What’s been happening on Kili…

Which nationality climbs Kilimanjaro the most?

December 10th, 2017|

Once again I am very grateful to the Kilimanjaro National Park Authorities, KINAPA, for supplying the most up-to-date statistics available [...]

How to maximise your chances of getting to the summit of Kilimanjaro

November 29th, 2017|

There's no doubt about it: getting to the top of Kilimanjaro is largely a matter of luck. After all, the [...]

Woman agreed to climb Kilimanjaro thinking it was in Wales

September 21st, 2017|

Just in case you missed this one, earlier this month several UK newspapers reported the story of a woman who had agreed [...]

Altitude sickness…

It’s the main reason why people fail to reach the summit – and it’s Kili’s number one killer too!

Read on to find out how to avoid it, how to spot it – and what to do if you get it! 


‘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 & Mountain magazine

‘A model of what a guidebook should be’ David Dean

The ‘Kili Bible’

5th edition Kilimanjaro guide cover

For over 16 years our guide has been considered the Bible for anyone wanting to climb Kilimanjaro. It is used by everyone from porters to park rangers, trekking agencies and tourist offices.

Plus, of course, tens of thousands of trekkers just like you.

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