How to Climb Kilimanjaro

Kissing Kilimanjaro: Leaving it All on Top of Africa is my personal story of what it took for an ordinary guy to climb to 19,340 feet above sea level.  It’s not meant to be a guide book as much as a travel narrative.  It’s my sincere hope that people interested in climbing the mountain will find the book a useful resource and a source of inspiration as they prepare for their own climbs.  But if you’re looking for more hard-core details on routes, outfitters, gear and other details I encourage you to check out Kilimanjaro Adventures.

Years ago I set up my own adventure travel company to help people fulfill their dream to climb Kilimanjaro.  However, over the years I realized I enjoyed sharing Kilimanjaro adventures more than I enjoyed selling them.  So I wrote a book instead.  Now, the Kilimanjaro Adventures website is an online resource to help anyone climb Kilimanjaro.  You’ll find the typical information about routes, when to climb, gear lists and more.  But you’ll also find a list of potential outfitters and comments from climbers.  You can read and post to the Climber Community where past climbers share their own experiences on specific routes, what it’s like to have altitude sickness, and a number of other topics.

Kissing Kilimanjaro: Leaving it All on Top of Africa is the story of my adventure.  If you’ve climbed Kilimanjaro yourself, I encourage you to visit Kilimanjaro Adventures and share your adventure as well.

  • Reviews:

    "Kissing Kilimanjaro is a terrific account of the physical and emotional journey to the top of Kilimanjaro and it is told with humor, an eye for detail, and a sense of humbleness. I started the book the afternoon I received it and I could not put it down until I finished it. Anyone who has ever climbed a mountain, trekked across some storied route, or just dreamed of adventure will relate to this story."

    “Daniel Dorr’s Kissing Kilimanjaro is a marvelous story, the kind of narrative that will appeal to readers of hardcore mountaineering literature and casual travel mis-adventure stories alike. His observations about East Africa, the cultures and wildlife, and the adventure he ultimately circles in on—that is, climbing ‘Kili’—are a delightful escape.”
    —Cameron M. Burns, author, Kilimanjaro & East Africa: A Climbing and Trekking Guide