Kilimanjaro: Also Includes Mount Meru & Guides to Arusha, Moshi, Marangu, Nairobi & Dar Es Salaam

Kilimanjaro: Also Includes Mount Meru & Guides to Arusha, Moshi, Marangu, Nairobi & Dar Es Salaam

Paperback Trailblazer Trekking Guides

By (author) Henry Stedman

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  • Publisher: Trailblazer Publications
  • Format: Paperback | 375 pages
  • Dimensions: 120mm x 180mm x 22mm | 360g
  • Publication date: 18 March 2014
  • Publication City/Country: Hindhead, Surrey
  • ISBN 10: 190586454X
  • ISBN 13: 9781905864546
  • Edition: 4
  • Edition statement: 4th
  • Sales rank: 51,155

Product description

Practical and detailed guidebook to climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa's highest mountain. Covers everything you need to know from planning a successful Mount Kilimanjaro trek to accommodation, where to eat and places to see. Henry Stedman's Kilimanjaro guide is comprehensive, clear and easy-to-use for this challenging climb and popular charity trek. Includes: * Full descriptions and detailed maps of each of the trekking routes - including altitudes and GPS waypoint readings - by somebody who has climbed them all. * Extensive and unbiased review of the trekking agencies, both in Tanzania (Arusha, Moshi and Marangu) and those tour operators in the UK/US/Europe/Australia/ New Zealand/South Africa. * Town and city guides to Arusha, Moshi and Marangu, the three towns and villages that will be your base before and after your climb * Comprehensive guide to preparing for your trek, from what to take, what to wear, how to book your trek and flights, and how much it's all going to cost. * Detailed background information on the mountain, including the history, geography, geology and topography of Kilimanjaro, as well as a study of the Chagga tribe that live at the foot of the mountain. * Full coverage of Kilimanjaro's nature including a full-colour flora guide. * A full description with maps of the Mount Meru trek. Plus: * 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. * In-depth study of altitude sickness, or AMS - the number one reason why people fail to make it to the summit - including causes and prevention; * City guides to Nairobi and Dar es Salaam, the two cities that you are most likely to fly into, as well as an introduction to Kilimanjaro International Airport; * A thorough practical information guide to travelling around Tanzania, including a look at visa requirements, currency, budgeting, transport, food etc); * Advice on how to look after your porters and crew on the trek; * A look at the culture of the local Chagga people who inhabit Kilimanjaro's lower slopes; * Plenty of photos and illustrations from both contemporary and historical sources, including pen-and-ink sketches by the first Europeans to see the mountain, way back in the nineteenth century. * Over 30 maps covering every stage of climbing and descending from the mountain.

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Author information

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. Mount Kilimanjaro is his obsession - an obsession that has seen him climb all the routes, collect books, maps and other paraphernalia about it, and even set up an agency and website dedicated to climbing it as well as occasionally leading groups up the mountain.

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'illustrated with detailed maps.' - The Great Outdoors, May 2014 so much more than just a route guide. - Backpack, Summer 2014 'a comprehensive guide' - Adventure Travel, May 2014 'illustrated with detailed maps'- The Great Outdoors, May 2014 'A comprehensive and informative guide.'- Wanderlust 'You wouldn't want to be without this book if heading for Kilimanjaro.'- Backpack 'Recommended guidebook.'- Trek & Mountain '"Kilimanjaro: The Trekking Guide to Africa's Highest Mountain" is a top pick for any who plan on embarking on a trek to the mountain. It covers everything, from city accommodations and restaurants nearby to what to see en route, then how to plan and book a trek to Kilimanjaro. Any outdoor or travel collection needs this.'- California Bookwatch 'Contains almost everything you could possibly want to know about the mountain, its ascent and its surroundings.'- Strider 'Stedman is something of a Kili obsessive...and that shows on every page of this fully revised and expanded edition of his guide... Recommended.'- Trek & Mountain

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Fully revised and expanded 4th edition includes MOUNT MERU The most authoritative and detailed guide to climbing Africa's highest mountain'Stedman's wonderfully down-to-earth, practical guide to the mountain'. Longitude Books At 5895 metres (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. Taking you from the dusty plains of East Africa through jungle and moorland to the glacier -clad summit, this is one of the most beautiful and challenging treks there is. Comprehensive trail guide and maps to the six major routes: Machame, Marangu, Rongai (Loitokitok), Lemosho, Shira and Umbwe by a writer who's climbed them all City guides Where to stay, eat and what to see en route to Kili in: Dar es Salaam, Nairobi, Arusha, Moshi and Marangu Planning your trip and booking a trek when to go, what to take, how to book your trek: extensive reviews of trekking agenciesMount Meru a popular pre-Kilimanjaro trek Background information Comprehensive history, geology, climate, flora and fauna, plus cultural information on the Chagga people Health and safety on Kilimanjaro Green trekking minimizing your impact Porters' rights how you can help GPS waypoints also downloadable from website"

Table of contents

INTRODUCTION 7 When to go 14 PART 1: PLANNING YOUR TRIP With a group or on your own? 17 Budgeting 19 Booking your trek Booking with an agency at home 20 - Booking in Tanzania 36 Signing the contract 39 - The cost 40 The crew 44 Getting to Kilimanjaro 51 The routes up Kilimanjaro 53 What to take 59 Fitness, inoculations and insurance 68 PART 2: TANZANIA Facts about the country 73 Practical information for the visitor 80 PART 3: KILIMANJARO Geology 91 Climate 97 The history of Kilimanjaro 100 Fauna and flora 124 The people of Kilimanjaro: the Chagga 137 PART 4: DAR ES SALAAM & NAIROBI Dar es Salaam 144 Nairobi 153 PART 5: ARUSHA, MOSHI & MARANGU Kilimanjaro International Airport 162 Arusha 163 Moshi 193 Marangu 217 PART 6: SAFE & MINIMUM IMPACT WALKING Safe trekking 222 Minimum impact trekking 232 PART 7: MOUNT MERU Introduction 235 - Practicalities 236 - Momela Gate to Miriakamba Huts 239 - Miriakamba Huts to Saddle Huts 242 - Saddle Huts to Meru Summit and back to Miriakamba Huts 244 - Miriakamba Huts to Momela Gate 247 PART 8: TRAIL GUIDE AND MAPS Using this guide 248 The Marangu Route Marangu Gate to Mandara Huts 254 - Mandara Huts to Horombo Huts 258 - Horombo Huts to Kibo Huts 261 - Kibo Huts to Gillman's Point and Uhuru Peak 264 The Machame Route Machame Gate to Machame Huts 269 - Machame Huts to Shira Caves 272 - Shira Caves to Barranco Huts 275 - Barranco Huts to Barafu Huts 278 - Barafu Huts to Stella Point and Uhuru Peak 281 The Lemosho & Shira Plateau routes The Lemosho Route (Londorossi Gate to Mti Mkubwa 289, Mti Mkubwa to Shira 1 292, Shira 1 to Shira Huts 294, Shira Huts to Lava Tower Camp/Barranco Huts 298, Western Breach Trail to Uhuru Peak 300) - The Shira Plateau Route 305 The Rongai Route Rongai Gate to Simba Campsite 315 - Simba Campsite to Third Cave Campsite 318 - Third Cave Campsite to School Hut 324 - School Hut to the Kibo Huts Junction and Uhuru Peak 325 Umbwe Route Umbwe Gate to Umbwe Cave Campsite 327 - Umbwe Cave Campsite to Barranco Huts 330 - Barranco Huts to Lava Tower Campsite 333 The descent routes Marangu Route 334 - Via Mawenzi Route 335 - Mweka Route 337 PART 9: THE SUMMIT What's at the top? 344 APPENDICES A: Swahili 348 B: Kilimanjaro & Arusha airport schedules 349 C: Tanzanian and Kenyan diplomatic missions 351 D: Recommended reading, listening and watching 353 E: GPS waypoints 361 F: AMS articles 366 INDEX 369