Trekking Kilimanjaro

Ascent Preparations, Practicalities and Trekking Routes to the 'Roof of Africa'

At 5895m, Kilimanjaro is the single highest freestanding mountain in the world and one of the coveted Seven Summits. With its readily accessible, non-technical slopes, abundance of porters and relatively mild weather, it is possible to get to the top of Uhuru Peak without any technical climbing ability and every year more than 20,000 people make the attempt on organised expeditions. Surprisingly, few actually succeed. This guide helps the walker to fully prepare for and then undertake the trek, while enriching the experience of climbing this remarkable mountain. 

The guide is split into four parts and includes extensive advice on preparation, outfitters, guides and porters and acclimatisation, plus information on the story of Kilimanjaro and the people of the region. The mountain's weather and animal and plant life are also covered. The six permitted ascent paths – the Marangu, Machame, Umbwe, Lemosho, Shira and Rongai Routes – are described in detail, as are the connecting circuit paths, the three summit ascent routes and the two descent routes. There is information about the different camps and huts, and notes on other points of interest along the way.

As a result of its height and location six hours from Nairobi, walkers climbing the mountain 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 an extraordinary experience.

Alex Stewart Alex Stewart's keen interest in the outdoors and travelling has led him to many of the world's remote locations. Having lived in Kenya, he is able to offer invaluable advice to walking through this region and around the mountains of East Africa. He currently works in the travel book industry and as a freelance journalist.

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