Practical guide to climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa's highest mountain. At 5895m 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 (with GPS waypoints also downloadable from the Trailblazer website) to the six major routes: Machame, Marangu, Rongai (Loitokitok), Lemosho, Shira and Umbwe by an author who's climbed them all numerous times. City guides - Where to stay, eat and what to see en route to Kili in: Dar es Salaam, Nairobi and gateway towns of Arusha, Moshi and Marangu. Planning your trip and booking a trek - when to go, how to book, full reviews of trekking agencies. Mount Meru - a popular pre-Kilimanjaro trek. Background information - comprehensive history, geology, climate, flora and fauna - including a detailed bird spotter's guide and a flora identification section - plus cultural information on the Chagga people. Porters' rights - how to help. Health and safety. Fully updated 5th edition of this best-selling guidebook to Africa's most popular trek. Kilimanjaro is the world's tallest freestanding peak. It's the most popular trek in Africa, both for independent trekkers and for charity organisations. Routes covered on 35 detailed walking maps in the proven Trailblazer style; all walking times are indicated along with points of interest and gradients. Extra colour sections plus a 16pp colour introduction to Kilimanjaro and the climb.