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Cicerone Guides: Kilimanjaro: A Complete Trekkers Guide

Walking / Outdoor Guide

Series: Cicerone Guides

By: Alexander Stewart

256 pages, col illus, col maps

Cicerone Press

Paperback | Jun 2006 | #185354 | ISBN: 1852844132
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About this book

Nothing in Africa is as majestic or fabled as Mount Kilimanjaro. Though one of the highest volcanoes in the world and the single highest freestanding mountain in the world, it is nonetheless possible to reach the summit without any technical climbing ability. This guide includes detailed information on getting there, local conditions, preparation, acclimatisation and descent routes.

'The Cicerone guide is probably the most comprehensive on the market, featuring detailed historical, geographical and natural history information as well as all of the essential information on each of the ascent routes. Revised and reprinted in 2006 it is also bang-up-to-date' (Adventure Travel Magazine - September/October 2006)


Contents PART 1 - INTRODUCTION AND PRACTICALITIES Choosing a Route Kilimanjaro's Routes Costs and Budgeting When to Go Pre-Departure Preparation Getting There By Air By Land Permits and Visas Tanzanian Visas Kenyan Visas Accommodation Language Maps Equipment Insurance Health Considerations Pre-Trek Health On-Trek Health and Safety Mountain Sickness (AMS Diamox Acclimitisation Trek - Mt Meru Momela Route Selecting an Outfitter Guides and Porters Tipping Environmental and Cultural Considerations Using this Guide PART 2 - THE STORY OF KILIMANJARO People of the Region The Chagga The Maasai Origin of the Mountain's Name Exploration PART 3 - NATURAL HISTORY Geology and Vulcanology Glacial Recession Climate Animal and Plant Life Lower Slopes Forest Zone Heath/Moorland Zone Highland Desert Zone Summit Zone PART 4 - CLIMBING KILIMANJARO Ascent Routes A: Marangu Route B: Umbwe Route C: Machame Route D: Lemosho Route E: Shira Route F: Rongai Route Alternative Five-day Rongai Route Circuit Paths G: South Circuit Path H: North Circuit Path Summit Ascent Routes I: Normal/Marangu Route J: Barafu Route K: Western Breach Route The Summit Descent Routes L: Marangu Route M: Mweka Route N: Alternative Mweka Route APPENDICES Appendix A - Ascent Route Comparison Chart Appendix B - Accommodation Appendix C - Useful Addresses Appendix D - Bibliography and Further Reading Appendix E - Language Glossary

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Alexander Stewart is the senior buyer for Stanfords, the renowned map and travel specialist bookshop. He has a particular interest in Africa and a passion for mountains. Throughout his adult life he has walked in them, written about them and photographed them. However, he doesn't often find himself on top of them, except at home in the UK. Kilimanjaro made a significant impression on him during his first ascent in 1999, and he has subsequently been drawn back repeatedly to the 'roof of Africa'.

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