Although climbing Kilimanjaro doesn’t require any technical equipment, this vast range of temperature’s and changing weather conditions will require careful planning to ensure you are prepared for all conditions. How do you decide what to take? What should you carry in your rucksack? And how do you keep your kit bag under 15Kg? Hopefully we can answer these and many other questions that you may have.
Equipment provided; The main equipment required for living on the mountain will be provided for you and is included in the price of your Kilimanjaro trek: Tent – we use 4 season, 3 man tents – per 2 people. This will give you ample room to sleep and have all of your kit in the tents. Mess tent – a large canvas tent is provided to eat your morning and evening meals in. Table and chairs – well we wouldn’t want you eating on the floor! Eating utensils – cups, plates, knife, fork spoon etc…. Cooking equipment – the cook will bring all his pots and pans to prepare your fresh food. Toilet tent – no need to worry about the long drop toilets on the mountain, we will provide 1 toilet per group.
Higher still lies the moorland zone, where a cover of giant heather is studded with otherworldly giant lobelias. Above 4,000m, a surreal alpine desert supports little life other than a few hardy mosses and lichen. Then, finally, the last vestigial vegetation gives way to a winter wonderland of ice and snw – and the magnificent beauty of the roof of the continent.
The list below is a realistic equipment list of what you could expect to need during your trek.
1 – Sunglasses 1 – Rucksack Cover, waterproof (optional), 1 – Poncho, during rainy season (optional), 1 – Water Bottle (Nalgene, 32 oz. approx. 1L recommended), 1 – Water Bladder, 1L platypus type (optional, in addition to water bottle), 1 – Towel, lightweight, quick-dry (optional), 1 – She-Wee; for the ladies (highly recommended), 1 – Pee Bottle, to avoid leaving tent at night ( recommended), Various Stuff Sacks or Plastic Bags to keep gear dry and separate, 1 – Sleeping Bag, three – four seasons, 1 – Sleeping Bag Liner, for added warmth (optional), 1 – Sleeping Pad, self-inflating or closed-cell foam, 1 – Trekking Poles (highly recommended), 1 – Head lamp, with extra batteries, 1 – Kit Bag (waterproof), for porters to carry your clothing & equipment, 1 – Rucksack, for you to carry your personal gear.
Toiletries, Prescriptions, Lip Balm with sun factor, Toilet Paper, Snacks, light-weight, high calorie, high energy (optional), Powder energy drink (optional), Water purification (optional), Pencil and Notebook, for trip log (optional), Camera, with spare batteries and memory card’s (optional).