The Kilimanjaro Guide2018-10-29T17:48:53+00:00

Kilimanjaro: The Trekking Guide to Africa’s Highest Mountain

The cover of the fifth edition of the Kilimanjaro guide

The fifth edition of the ‘Kili Bible’ is now out. First published in 2002, the Kilimanjaro Guide quickly became the established guide to those wishing to reach the summit of Africa’s highest mountain.

About the guide

For this fifth edition we have improved and updated the Kilimanjaro Guide in a number of ways. As a result, this book:

  • Is the only Kilimanjaro Guide with full descriptions of each of the trekking routes by somebody who has climbed all of them
  • The only one to include town and city guides to Arusha, Moshi and Marangu, the three towns and villages that will be your base before and after your climb.
  • The only Kilimanjaro Guide with a review of the trekking agencies, both in Tanzania (Arusha, Moshi and Marangu) and those tour operators in the UK/US/Canada/Europe/Australia/New Zealand/South Africa. As it is the tour companies and the guides they hire that, more than anything else, will make or break your trip, this is a vital part of the book and should be required reading for anybody before booking a climb. We do not accept sponsorship and our reviews are completely unbiased and based on our dealings with the companies and from readers’ letters and recommendations
  • The only book with up-to-date and accurate maps and altitude readings.
  • The only Kilimanjaro Guide with GPS waypoints for all of the major routes.
  • Full run-down of Kilimanjaro’s nature including full-colour flora guide.

We also provide:

  • A thorough health and fitness section to help you stay healthy in East Africa, increase your chances of making it to the top and ensure you make it back down again;
  • Advice on how to book your trek and what to look out for in the agency’s contract;
  • Comprehensive pre-departure information including advice on what to take – and what to leave behind!
  • Details on flights to East Africa
  • City guides to Nairobi and Dar es Salaam, the two biggest cities in East africa that you may well fly into, as well as an introduction to Kilimanjaro International Airport;
  • A thorough practical information section (including visas, currency, budgeting, transport, food etc) on travelling around Tanzania and Kenya;
  • We work closely with the Kilimanjaro Porters Assistance Project (KPAP) to highlight the plight of porters and how trekkers can help to alleviate their suffering.
  • The most comprehensive sections on the history of Kilimanjaro and Tanzania;
  • A look at the culture of the local Chagga people who inhabit Kilimanjaro’s lower slopes;
  • Photos and illustrations (from both contemporary and historical sources, including some wonderful pen-and-ink sketches by the first Europeans to see the mountain, way back in the nineteenth century).
  • thirty mapscovering every stage of climbing and descending from the mountain.
  • A full description of the Mount Meru trek, following recommendations by a number of our readers that this should be included.
  • And if that’s not enough, this book is still the most up-to-date available, with all the new park fees and regulations included.

. . . everything, indeed, to help you get from the safety of your favourite armchair at home all the way to the very summit of Africa’s highest mountain. And no other guidebook can provide anything like that kind of comprehensive coverage.

But don’t just take our word for it – check out our reviews on or (all of which, we promise you, are genuine!) and in the press. We work hard to make this book the best there is, and we’re proud that other people seem to appreciate what we’ve done!


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