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Best Kilimanjaro Books That Will Shock, Excite And Inspire You 

A great idea when taking on a new challenge, or indeed visiting a new country, is immersing yourself in relevant literature. You will find that it allows you to experience new environments at a much deeper level.

In this list of best climbing books on Mount Kilimanjaro we have tried to select a wide array of perspectives from experienced climbers to amateurs.

In the list we have included the best Kilimanjaro guidebooks, fantastic personal accounts and memoirs from trekkers, the best Kilimanjaro photography book, as well as a list of our favourite true-story climbing books.

We are confident that you will find a book here that is just right for you.

Best Kilimanjaro Books

Guidebooks

A short and focused guide on trekking Mount Kilimanjaro. Written by the lead editor of this website and available for £5.99 direct from this site (click here) or on Amazon Kindle.

Stories

Definitely our favourite book about Kilimanjaro and the wild Tanzanian landscape. If we had to pick one book for you to read it would be The Shadow of Kilimanjaro. Written by explorer extraordinaire, Rick Ridgeway (first climber to reach the summit of K2 without bottled oxygen), the book will leave you so inspired to get to Africa and conquer Kili.

An intensely personal journey of a father (Tim Ward) and his 20 year old sons expedition up the slopes of Kilimanjaro. During the climb their relationship develops a touching authenticity as topics of fatherhood, divorce and kept secrets are dealt with. We thoroughly enjoyed this book and know you will too. Highly recommended!

Mother, homekeeper and blogger, Eva Melusine, shares her funny and heart-warming story of climbing Kilimanjaro. If the reviews on Amazon are anything to go by, this book gets two thumbs up for it’s honest and entertaining dialog that is scattered with insightful nuggets of what to expect when climbing Africa’s highest mountain.

We haven’t read this book but the reviews on Amazon are great. Here’s one we like: “I felt like I was on the journey with Sue. The book might be short & a quick read, but it holds so much valuable information & delivered with such a keen sense of humor. It encourages you to meet your next challenge with gusto & wit.” Most of the reviews are admittedly from ladies so perhaps the book is best read by the finer sex.

Kilimanjaro and Beyond (A Life-Changing Journey) by Barry Finlay and Chris Finlay

Another epic father and son tale of climbing Kilimanjaro. This time both father and son are on a journey to raise funds for children in Africa whilst conquering the slopes of Kibo. The story that unfolds is one of true determination to make personal dreams and other people’s dreams come true.

Another epic father and son tale of climbing Kilimanjaro. This time both father and son are on a journey to raise funds for children in Africa whilst conquering the slopes of Kibo. The story that unfolds is one of true determination to make personal dreams and other people’s dreams come true.

This book caught our eyes as many of the tour operators punt the Marangu Route as the ‘Tourist Route’. Of course there is no such thing and at the end of the day getting your ass up Kili is no easy feat. Described as toilet humour in Amazon we suspect this book is perfect for those who want a really quick read and some fun laughs.

A Table on Kilimanjaro by Janice Coy

Here is what Amazon has to say:

“A Table on Kilimanjaro is a coming of age story about the nature of success, the realization that every mountain can’t be conquered and every person, even those closest to us, can be a stranger.”

A fun, informative and inspiring story that follows Alex’s journey to the summit of Kilimanjaro on the little known and under appreciated Northern Circuit. Although not a guide, Kilimanjaro Uncovered is full of brilliant little nuggets of information that will help you prepare for the Roof of Africa!

Photography

Kilimanjaro: A Photographic Journey to the Roof of Africa by Michel Moushabeck and Hiltrud Schultz

The perfect coffee table photographic journal which has over 200 amazing pictures set to a wonderful narrative about Mount Kilimanjaro. A perfect gift to yourself as a reminder of your time on Kili.

Mark Whitman

About the Author

Hi, I'm Mark! Welcome to Climb Kilimanjaro Guide - the Web's No.1 Trekking Guide to Mount Kilimanjaro. This site is your one stop shop for everything Kilimanjaro. To date over 2 million people have visited ClimbKilimanjaroGuide.com, many of which have gone on to summit Kili! I hope you find all the answers you are looking for, but if you have any questions don't hesitate to drop a comment below! Happy Trekking!

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  1. The Rock Climbers is about a dangerous expedition as seen through the author’s eyes. That expedition was started in July, 1974 to Pirin Mountains located in southern Bulgaria, to prepare young people for the difficult tasks in their later years, into climbing the highest mountains in the world. As those people might operate later in the stressful climbing conditions they, need to be check their mental usefulness to stay for a long time in the mountain environment during dangerous climbing. The author, in a very interesting way, described the vagaries of natures and difficult crisis situations they had to defeat as well, he described in details about his personal experience during expedition and accompanying him, were his partners. Even the climbing of vertical walls is extremely serious business, and at the moment of climbing, the border between life and death is often very thin, still wins passion, willingness to compete, check themselves and their own possibilities.
    Undoubtedly, the book “The Rock Climbers,” is worthy of the attention not only people who are interested of mountains and the climbing thrill, but everyone else who likes story associate with mystery and adrenalin feeling.

  2. I really enjoyed Eva Melusine Thieme’s ‘Kilimanjaro Diaries: Or, How I Spent a Week Dreaming of Toilets, Drinking Crappy Water, and Making Bad Jokes While Having the Time of My Life’ and so did my daughters – gave to them for christmas in preparation for our climb at the end of March.

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