Kilimanjaro - the trekking guide to Africa's highest mountain, 4th (includes Mt Meru and guides to Nairobi, Dar es Salaam, Arusha, Moshi and Marangu)

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  • Edition: 4th
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2014-03-18
  • Publisher: Trailblazer Publications
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At 19,341ft Kilimanjaro is Africa’s highest mountain. Yet with no mountaineering skills necessary to reach the summit, even non-climbers can experience the thrill of climbing one of the world’s greatest peaks. Includes full practical details – getting to Tanzania and Kenya, town guides and maps to Nairobi, Dar es Salaam, Arusha, Moshi and Marangu. Routes covered on 35 detailed walking maps in the proven Trailblazer style; all walking times are indicated along with points of interest and gradients.


This top selling guide from Trailblazer is now in its fourth edition.

Author Biography

Henry Stedman is a professional tour leader who regularly summits Kilimanjaro and a trekker of considerable experience, having hiked in many parts of Europe, Asia and Africa. He has been writing guidebooks for more than 15 years.

Table of Contents

INTRODUCTION (1) PART 1: PLANNING YOUR TRIP – With a group or on your own? (Independent trekking not an option, With friends, On your own?), Budgeting (Accommodation, Food, Transport), When to go, Booking your trek (Booking with an agency at home, Booking with an agency in Tanzania, Signing the contract, The cost: why is it all so expensive?, Tipping), The crew (Porters, Guides), Getting to Kilimanjaro (By air, Overland), Route options (Getting to the mountain, Getting up the mountain), What to take (Clothes, Other equipment, What to pack it in, Maps, Recommended reading), Internet sites, Health precautions, inoculations and insurance (Fitness, Inoculations, Insurance) (2) PART 2: TANZANIA Facts about the country (Geography, Climate, History, Economy, The people) Practical information for the visitor (Documents and visas, Airport tax, Money, Tourist offices, Getting around, Accommodation, Electricity, Time, Post and telecommunications, Holidays and festivals, Food, Drinks, Things to buy, Security, Health (3) PART 3: KILIMANJARO Geology (The glaciers), Climate, The history of Kilimanjaro (Early history, The outsiders arrive, The 1800s: Pioneers, Preachers , First attempts at the summit, Colonization, Kilimanjaro conquered, After Meyer), Kilimanjaro today, Flora and fauna, The people of Kilimanjaro: the Chagga (Origins, Social structure and village life, Religion and ceremonies), Kilimanjaro economy (4) PART 4: ARRIVING IN EAST AFRICA – NAIROBI, DAR ES SALAAM, KILIMANJARO AIRPORT Dar es Salaam (Arrival, Orientation and getting around, Services, Where to stay, Where to eat, A tour of the city, Moving on to Kilimanjaro), Nairobi (Arrival, Orientation and getting around, Services, Where to stay, Where to eat, A tour of the city, Moving on to Kilimanjaro), Kilimanjaro International Airport (5) PART 5: ARUSHA, MOSHI AND MARANGU Kilimanjaro International Airport, Arusha (Arrival, Orientation and getting around, Services, Where to stay, Where to eat and drink, What to do, Trekking agencies, Getting away), Moshi (Arrival, Orientation and getting around, Services, Where to stay, Where to eat and drink, What to do, Trekking agencies, Getting away), Marangu (Practicalities) (6) PART 6: MINIMUM IMPACT AND SAFE TREKKING Minimum impact trekking, Safe trekking (What is AMS, HACO and HAPO, How to avoid it, How to treat it, Other potential health problems) (7) MOUNT MERU Introduction, Practicalities , Stage 1: Momela Gate to Miriakamba Huts, Stage 2: Miriakamba Huts to Saddle Huts, Map B Stage 3: Saddle Huts to Meru Summit, Stage 4: Miriakamba Huts to Momela Gate   (8) PART 8: TRAIL GUIDE AND MAPS Using this guide, About the maps in this guide, The Marangu Route (Stage 1: Marangu Gate to Mandara Huts, Stage 2: Mandara Huts to Horombo Huts, Stage 3: Horombo Huts to Kibo Huts, Stage 4: Kibo Huts to Gillman’s Point and Uhuru Peak) The Machame Route (Stage 1: Machame Gate to Machame Huts, Stage 2: Machame Huts to the New Shira Camp, Stage 3: New Shira Camp to Barranco Huts, Ascent of Kibo via the Arrow Glacier (Western Breach) , Stage 4: Barranco Huts to Barafu Huts, Stage 5: Barafu Huts to Stella Point and Uhuru Peak), The Rongai Route, Stage 1: Loitokitok village to First Cave Campsite, Stage 2: First Cave Campsite to Third Cave Campsite, The Mawenzi Tarn Hut Route, Stage 3: Third Cave Campsite to School Hut, Stage 4: School Hut to the Kibo trail and Gillman’s Point) The Shira Plateau and Lemosho routes, Umbwe Route (Stage 1: Umbwe Gate to Umbwe Cave Campsite, Stage 2: Umbwe Cave Campsite to Barranco Huts), The descent routes: Marangu Route, The Mawenzi Route to Horombo, Mweka Route, Alternative Mweka  (Kidia) Route  (9) PART 9: THE SUMMIT What’s at the top?, Walking on the summit (10) APPENDICES A: Swahili, B: Flights to Kilimanjaro, C: Tanzanian & Kenyan embassies abroad, D: Recommended reading, listening and watching, E: GPS waypoints, F: Acute mountain sickness  (10) INDEX

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