Climbing gear/ requirements
• Walking pole(s)/
• Sleeping Bag,
• Gaiters: To keep mud, rocks, and snow out of your boots.
• Water purification: This is essential as water for drinking is
taken directly from mountain streams.
• Hiking Boots: This is the most important item on the list.
You'll need a comfortable/waterproof pair of hiking boots, which offer
plenty of support. Make sure they are broken in before you get to Kilimanjaro!
Checklist (limit yourself)
1 set of thermal underwear (top & bottom)
1 sleeping bag (rating 0 C or four seasons)
1 warm jersey/sweater (wool)
1 sleeping pad/mat
1 pair of tracksuit top & bottom
1 light towel
1 polar fleece/down vest
1 pair of light loose fitting cotton trousers
1 waterproof jacket (with a hood) & pants
1 to 2 long sleeves shirts (cotton/wool)
4 pairs of thermal hiking socks
2 to 3 T-shirts/shirts
2 pairs of thermal socks liner
2 to 3 pairs of shorts (with pockets)
1 pair of hiking boots
1 wide brimmed hat / baseball cap
1 pair of sneakers/trainers/takkies
1 pair of warm heavy weight gloves/mittens
1 pair of gaiters
1 pair of lightweight gloves (inner gloves)
1 pair of sunglasses/mountaineering glasses
1 wool hat
1 warm scarf
NB: Make sure that
your boots are waterproof
2 x 2 litres water
bottles (camel bags preferably)
1 head lamp (plus spare batteries & bulb)
1 pair of walking/ski poles
1 pocket Swiss army knife
2 - 3 packets of moist towelettes.
1 travel pillow (optional)
Items & Toiletries:
US $ Travelers cheques, toothpaste & toothbrush, body lotion, toilet
paper and other personal hygiene items. (Ladies, please carry some sanitary
toiletries as being at high altitude may alter your cycle).
1 camera (plus spare batteries),film & tripod stand, different lenses,
1 pair of binoculars, video camera, videotapes, battery packs.
Notebook, pencil, sketchbook, masking tape, zip loc plastic bags, ear
plugs, address list for post cards, map of Kilimanjaro (the trip leader
will have one).
This is compulsory and a certificate might be requested on arrival at
the airport. Please make sure that you have the shot in time.
There are various types of medicine on the market today used for prevention
and treatment of malaria. We recommend that you consult your doctor on
which prophylactics to take.
Water purification tablets:
On the mountain, we use water from the streams. Although drinking water
will be boiled first, it is advisable to add a tablet or two - to be on
the safe side.
Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS): This is a condition commonly experienced
at high altitude. In most cases, this can be avoided by following guidelines
on hiking pace, eating, resting and fluid intake. We recommend that you
familiarise yourself with the various affects that altitude can cause.
(Please consult your doctor on use of Damon - tablets used by some mountaineers
to help them cope with the effects of altitude).
Personal medical supplies (optional):
As your tour leaders, we will carry a group medical kit.
Some items that you might want to carry would include; aspirin, imodium,
laxatives, antibiotics, bandages, malaria tablets, gauze, adhesives, beta
dine, throat lozenges, eye drops, sun block, lip balm, moleskin antihistamine
tablets and cream.