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Ascent preparations, practicalities and trekking routes to the 'Roof of Africa'

Guidebook describing all the trekking routes on Kilimanjaro (5895m), one of the Seven Summits. With 6 ascent routes, 3 summit ascents, the Circuit Path and 2 descent paths, the guide also provides comprehensive information on preparation and access, a route on Mt Meru, as well as information on accommodation and other facilities.


Two dry seasons - mid-December to March and July to early October


Flights into Nairobi in Kenya, Dar es Salaam or Kilimanjaro International Airport; outfitters normally based in Arusha or Moshi


Kilimanjaro is a big mountain, but the normal trekking routes are not technically difficult. Altitude and acclimatisation are the main problems and AMS can kill if not taken seriously.

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Dawn over Africa from the summit, the natural environment, the Crater
12 Feb 2018
17.20 x 11.60 x 1.50cm

A guidebook to climbing 5895m Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, the highest mountain in Africa and the world’s highest free-standing mountain. Unlike many other peaks of its height, it is possible to reach the summit without any technical climbing, making it an achievable goal for many.

The guidebook covers the six ascent routes (Marangu, Machame, Rongai, Lemosho, Shira and Umbwe), three summit ascents, two descent routes and the circuit path. A full expedition can be completed in 4–7 days, although more generous itineraries are recommended to allow for acclimatisation. Also included in the guidebook is an ascent of neighbouring Mount Meru, which could be used as an acclimatisation trek.

  • Route description illustrated with clear sketch mapping
  • All the information you need to prepare for a trek, including budgeting, transport, permits and visas, and equipment
  • Guidance on choosing a route and an outfitter, plus a list of reputable outfitters
  • Health and safety considerations, including recommended inoculations and altitude sickness
  • Fascinating insights into the area’s geology, history, culture, plants and wildlife

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By Alex Stewart

Alexander Stewart is the Online Marketing Manager for WEXAS, the World Expeditionary Association. He has a particular interest in Africa and a passion for mountains. All his adult life he has walked in them, written about them and photographed them. Kilimanjaro made a significant impression on him during his first ascent in 1999, and he has often been drawn back to the ‘Roof of Africa’.

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