Kilimanjaro

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

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9781852847586
Published
15 Feb 2018
Edition
Second
Pages
272
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17.2 x 11.6 x 1.5cm

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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 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.

Seasons Seasons
Two dry seasons - mid-December to March and July to early October
Centres Centres
Flights into Nairobi in Kenya, Dar es Salaam or Kilimanjaro International Airport; outfitters normally based in Arusha or Moshi
Difficulty Difficulty
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.
Must See Must See
Dawn over Africa from the summit, the natural environment, the Crater
Availability
Not Yet Published
ISBN
9781852847586
Published
15 Feb 2018
Edition
Second
Pages
272
Size
17.2 x 11.6 x 1.5cm
  • Overview

    At 5895m, Kilimanjaro is Africa's highest point and the highest freestanding mountain in the world, yet it is possible to reach its summit, Uhuru Peak, without any technical climbing ability. However, that is not to say that it is an easy undertaking: each year, many people fail in their attempt, often due to poor preparation or insufficient acclimatisation. Those who do make it to 'the Roof of Africa' are richly rewarded, enjoying outstanding views, the unique experience of being 'on top of the world' and, of course, a tremendous sense of achievement.

    Alexander Stewart's guidebook is packed with advice to maximise your chance of reaching Uhuru Peak. The first chapter covers preparation and practicalities, offering guidance on how to choose a route and an outfitter, along with extensive information on travel, equipment, health considerations, guides and porters and ethical trekking. The second chapter tells the story of Kilimanjaro and the people, plants and wildlife of the region, presenting a fascinating insight to enrich your trip. This is followed by a description of the six main ascent routes – the Marangu, Machame, Umbwe, Lemosho, Shira and Rongai Routes, plus three summit routes, two descent routes and the circuit path which circumnavigates the mountain.

    As a result of its height and location six hours from Nairobi, trekkers climbing Kilimanjaro move from the lush tropics, through temperate climes, alpine moorland and barren high-alpine desert to the permanently snow-capped, volcanic summit – and back – in the course of five or six days.  The stunning natural beauty of the scenery, the warm and friendly locals and the unique sense of achievement make for a truly unforgettable experience.

  • Contents

    Introduction
    Preparations and practicalities
    Choosing a route
    Costs and budgeting
    When to go
    Pre-departure preparation
    Getting there
    Permits and visas
    Accommodation
    Money and currencies
    Language
    Maps
    Equipment
    Insurance
    Health considerations
    Selecting an outfitter
    Guides and porters
    Tipping
    Environmental and cultural considerations
    Using this guide
    The story of Kilimanjaro
    People of the region
    Origin of the mountain’s name
    Exploration
    Kilimanjaro National Park
    Natural history
    Geology and volcanology
    Glacial recession
    Climate
    Animal and plant life
    Acclimatisation trek
    Route X Mount Meru Momela Route
    Climbing Kilimanjaro
    Ascent routes
    Route A Marangu Route
    Route B Machame Route
    Route C Umbwe Route
    Route D Lemosho Route
    Route E Shira Route
    Route F Rongai Route
    Circuit paths
    Route G Southern Circuit Path
    Route H Northern Circuit Path
    Summit ascent routes
    Route I Normal/Marangu Route
    Route J Barafu Route
    Route K Western Breach Route
    The summit
    Descent routes
    Route L Marangu Route
    Route M Mweka Route

    Appendix A Accommodation
    Appendix B Useful contacts
    Appendix C Further reading
    Appendix D Language glossary

  • Maps
    Maps

    There are a number of maps of Kilimanjaro itself available, both in Tanzania and abroad. Specialist map shops in the UK, such as Stanfords (branches in London and Bristol,

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    View across the barren Saddle to the Kibo massif (Rongai Route, Mawenzi Tarn Hut to Kibo Huts)

    The map of Kilimanjaro-Kibo by Sandra Greulich and Sacha Wettstein was published by Climbing Map in 2008. It is an excellent 1:80,000 map that combines topographic coverage of the mountain with an enlargement for the Kibo crater, a list of GPS waypoints, profiles of the main routes and street plans of Arusha and Moshi.

    German publisher Harms Verlag produces a map of Kilimanjaro National Park and the surrounding area at 1:100,000 scale, with Kibo shown as an inset at 1:50,000. Ascent and descent routes are clearly marked, with huts and camps indicated along with altitude.

    The Ordnance Survey produced an attractive map of Kilimanjaro at 1:100,000 scale in the early 1990s, although the overlaid route maps are not entirely reliable. Unavailable in the UK since the end of the 1990s, this map can still be found in Moshi and at the park gates.

    One of the most readily available maps is the attractive, hand-drawn New Map of the Kilimanjaro National Park, drawn at a scale of 1:125,000, produced by Giovanni Tombazzi and published by Maco Editions in 1998. Although it provides a good overview of the mountain and the routes, it is not so useful as a topographic map.

    If you are simply in Tanzania to climb Kilimanjaro, then you will have little need of a general road map of the country. Your outfitter will transport you to the trailhead and ensure that you are collected from the end of the track as well.

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Alex Stewart

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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