Marangu, Machame and Rongai Routes. At 5895 metres (nearly 4 miles) above sea level, the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro is the highest point on earth that a walker can reach. Success is not guaranteed, because each person's response to rapid altitude gain is different, but you can improve your chances by a wise choice of route and itinerary, by thorough preparation and by taking care of yourself on the mountain. In the Explore Mount Kilimanjaro guide, the author provides information and advice about how to choose your route; how to prepare and what to pack; how to prevent and manage altitude sickness; full descriptions of Marangu, Machame and Rongai routes; background on Tanzania, wildlife and Mount Meru; and map flap showing all ascent routes. The book has over 60 colour photographs, opens flat and is printed on waterproof paper.