Equipments & Tools Recommended For Kilimanjaro
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WHICH ROUTE SHOULD I CHOOSE?
This is a troublesome question and a private one. We tend totypicallyadvocate the Rongai or Lemosho routes thatonesthat supply less crowds and a lot ofstunning scenery.
It is terribly manageable even for those with very littleexpertise, provided associate degree honest effort is
put forth in coaching. Another extraordinarilyprofitablepossibility, with a number ofthe most effectivescenery
(though generallya touch crowded) is that the Machame route. As for the Marangu route, it is
the fastest route and therefore the one wherever you sleep in huts rather than campsites. It is very
commonly referred to as the coca-cola route, as a result ofit’sthe simplest one howeveradaptation
needs to be done rigorously and, if doableyou must climb it in six days (instead of 5) and sleep one night or 2 in Arusha/Moshi before the trek. Finally, Umbwe route may be a spectacular and fantastic route likewise, howeversolelycounseled for saw climbers.
WHERE DO THE TREKS START AND FINISH?
They start and finish in Arusha or Moshi, depending on your preferences.
IS ACCOMMODATION INCLUDED BEFORE/AFTER TREK? WHAT
ABOUT TRANSFERS TO/FROM AIRPORT?
Yes, transfers to/from airport are included and we do offer accommodation in Arusha before/after the trek in a hotel or Lodge. Shall you prefer a higher level of accommodation, when you contact us we will recommend some options.
WHAT TIME DO THE TREK FINISH? CAN I TAKE A FLIGHT ON
THE SAME DAY?
Our treks usually finish around 3pm in Arusha / Moshi. If the flight is in the evening, it is perfectly ok.
WHAT IS YOUR SUCCESS RATE?
We do not keep close statistics of these records and it is extremely rare to have a group not reaching the summit. The rate would vary between 97% and 99% depending on the routes, with the highest success level being Lemosho and Rongai routes, and the lowest being Marangu and Umbwe.
WHAT IS A TYPICAL MEAL DURING THE TREK?
Food will be according to your requests. A typical breakfast would have eggs (boiled
or fried), porridge, fruit, bread, jam, honey, pasta, tea, occasional and chocolate
powder. As for lunch, it’s sometimes ready at breakfast and carried with the traveller. The
lunch would unremarkably have a coddled egg, sandwiches, fruits and tea.
We conjointly offer a day tea with biscuits, peanuts and popcorn once the trek. And,
finally, dinner: usually a dinner would come with a soup starter, lightweight alimentary paste dish and fruit
or fruit pudding. alternative example of meals would be fish or stew, or chicken with
vegetable sauce, cabbage and rice or pasta.
WHAT SAFETY EQUIPMENTS AND MECHANISMS YOU HAVE?
Safety is that the most significant thought in a very trek like this and that we do everything to
make sure that safety is that the priority and also the trekkers ar invariably sorted by the
guides to search out any sign of danger. we tend to invariably take chemical element Cylinders throughout your
hike. As Associate in Nursing chamber (gamow bag) that we invariably use as our last
decision in terms of emergency cases.
The emergency coaching that guides take is WFR (Wildness 1st Responder) and every one of our
main Guides ar extremely trained to modify altitude connected complications or symptoms.
The price of the Mount Kilimanjaro will embrace the insurance for emergency evacuation in
case of any serious complication.
WHAT IS INCLUDED IN THE TREK?
* Kilimanjaro park fees
* Climbing permits and fees, gate, camp/hut fees.
* Guide, assistant guides, cook and porters salaries.
* Certified, experienced, English-speaking guides for all routes
* Porters to carry luggage from one camp to the next camp.
* 3 meals per day and Bottled water/drinks (1.5 liter per person per day)
* Emergency Insurance in case of altitude sickness
* Rescue fees (required by the national park)
* Transport to/from hotel to Gate
* All camping equipment, foam sleeping pads, pillows and sleeping bags with cotton liners for kilimanjaro temperatures, as well as cooking equipment, tables, chairs and eating utensils.
WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED?
* Tips for guides and porters
* Meals outside the regular tour itinerary
* International visa for Tanzania
* International Airfares and Airport taxes
WHAT VACCINES AND MEDICATION SHOULD I TAKE?
We cannot legally provide medical advise as we are not a health institution, but most
travellers take vaccine for COVID -19 &Yellow Fever and take prophylaxis pills for
Malaria. Some travellers do not take the prophylaxis pills and instead protect
themselves by covering their body at night, using mosquito repellant and/or mosquito
nets. If you plan to go to Zanzibar, or if you come from an Endemic yellow fever country (or do a stop-over there) we recommend taking the yellow fever vaccine as it may be
requested upon arrival at the airport.
WHAT ARE THE METHOD PAYMENTS AVAILABLE?
Once we have designed your itinerary (only Kilimanjaro trek or also including transfers,
flights, hotels in town, etc.) we will send you a contract with everything. We require a
down payment which can be paid via bank transfer (which also accepts credit cards).
The remaining payment can be paid using the same method or, if you prefer, can be
made once you arrive in Tanzania, in cash.
DO I NEED TO TAKE THE VISA FOR TANZANIA IN ADVANCE OR CAN I GET IT UPON ARRIVAL AT THE AIRPORT OR LAND BORDER?
We recommend getting the visa upon arrival as it is a very straightforward process and just takes a few minutes. We recommend bringing a pen and the money for the visas in cash to make the process faster. The price is $50 USD for all nationalities except
citizens from the USA who have to pay $100 USD per person.
All nationalities can get a visa upon arrival except citizens of the following countries:
Abkhazia (Republic inside Georgia), Eriterea Republic, Mauritania Republic, Sri Lanka
Republic, Turkmanistan, Afghanistan Republic, Ethiopia, Morocco, Somalia,
Uzbekistan, Bangladesh Republic, Kazakhstan Republic, Niger Republic, Somali Land,
Wakimbizi (REFUGEES), Chad Repubic, Kyrgyzsten Republic, Palestine State,
Stateless People, Djibout Republic, Lebanon Republic, Senegal Republic, Equatorial
Guinea, Mali Republic, Sierra Leone Republic and Tajikstan.
ARE YOU ABLE TO ACCOMMODATE FOOD RESTRICTIONS, PREFERENCES OR SPECIFIC DIETS?
Yes, it does not matter if you do a budget camping safari or upgrade to a higher level of
accommodation, we are able to accommodate any specific request (vegetarian, vegan,
halal, kosher, paleo, gluten-fee, specific allergies, etc.). These are very common
requests and not an issue at all.
Bringing the correct gear will maximize your chances of success when climbing
the tallest free standing mountain in the World.
To help you in shopping and packing, it is a good idea to print this recommended
equipment list. Feel free to contact us through our contact page for a pdf document with
the equipment list
Solid Hiking Boots– Boots should have high ankle support with a solid Vibram, or equivalent, sole. Gore Tex, or other waterproofing, is recommended to have for wet days as well as added insulation. Be sure to break your boots in at least 4 WEEKS prior to departure. Additionally, bring a spare set of laces.
Sun Glasses– Your sun glasses should have 100% UV protection and should reduce glare as well as visible light. The frames should be light weight with a wrap-around design for enhanced grip and staying power. Additionally, side shields are recommended to block peripheral light.
Day Pack– The most important things to look for if you need to purchase one are size (30L is good), hydration pack compatibility, hip and chest straps, internal frame, good padding on shoulder straps, and water bottle holders.
Water/Wind proof Jacket– Your water/windproof jacket is your outer water repellent layer. Gore Tex, seam-sealed is recommended as well as a hood for added warmth.
Water/Wind proof Pants– Your water/wind proof pants will be worn on summit day as well as on rainy afternoons. These pants are essential for warmth and should be Gore Tex lined and have lower leg zips.
Water/Wind proof Mittens or Gloves– These are used for extreme temperatures and primarily worn on summit day. Be sure your gloves or mittens have a wrist cords as well as a reinforced palms to maintain grip during wet conditions. A removable liner is essential for drying, washing, and replacing.
2 large duffel bags– One we will leave at the hotel in Arusha to store non-essential gear when on the mountain (such as clean clothes for changing when off the mountain and for onward travel) and the other for carriage by the porters when on the mountain.
2 pairs synthetic warm weather trekking socks– These socks are for trekking in the warmest part of the day since they are made of a Coolmax fabric. What is Coolmax? – CoolMax wicks moisture, dries quickly and breathes well, keeping your feet dry and preventing blisters.
4 pairs heavier synthetic or wool blend socks– Your wool socks are ideal for around camp when the temperature drops as well as on cold mornings. Merino wool is very comfortable and dries quickly with fewer odors than synthetic blends.
2 pairs long underwear top– This will be your base layer for colder mornings, evenings, and days where the temperature drops considerably. The material is lightweight, tight fitting, moisture wicking, and comfortable.
2 pairs long underwear bottom– This will be your bottom base layer for colder mornings, evenings, and days when the temperature drops considerably. The material is lightweight, tight fitting, moisture wicking, and comfortable.
Warm pants – These pants are ideal for evenings around the camp and cold days on the trail. Typically made of lightweight fleece and Wind Pro material, these pants should offer the added warmth in case of cold nights or high winds on the summit.
Fleece Top – This Polartec 200 weight top will provide added warmth during the evenings as well as on cold morning starts. Please look for fleece material and stay away from cotton sweatshirts. Ideally, this item is worn over the thermal base layer and underneath your water/wind proof jacket.
2 pairs Shorts/Pants for Hiking– These convertible shorts/pants will be what we hike in everyday. They should be of a lightweight, quick drying nylon material. Some come with UPF protection and mosquito protection.
2 pairs long or short sleeve shirts for the trail– Your trekking shirt is what we should wear early in the climb in warmer climates. The shirt is moisture wicking, light weight, and designed for multi-day hikes.
Mid-Layer Top – This shirt is a long sleeve version of the one provided above. The long sleeve trail shirt offers added warmth, more protection from the sun, and an additional layer for evenings and early morning starts.
Warm Hat – This fleece or wool hat is ideal for evenings and will be valuable in the event of cold weather and temperatures on the summit. The hat should be tight fitting with minimal loose ends.
Lightweight Gloves – Fleece gloves are essential. Look for gloves that are Polartec 200 weight with a leather reinforced palm. For more protection wind proofing is available and will add an extra layer of warmth.
Balaclava – The balaclava provides added warmth on summit day and colder evening. The balaclava should be of synthetic or wool material, light weight, and close fitting.
Sun hat – Your sun hat should be worn at the lower camps and should provide ample coverage for the face. A full brimmed hat is good for added shade and increased sun protection. Additionally, a neck scarf should also be considered to protect the back of the neck.
Waterproof breathable Gaiters – Your gaiters should be lightweight and durable. Look for Gore Tex lined with the ability to fit over your boots. Velcro or adjustable sides for easy access is recommended.
Down Jacket – 800 fill down jacket will add much need warmth for cold evenings as well as the added layers for summit day. Down is recommended for its compressibility and is comfortable around camp in the early nights on the climb. Patagonia, Mountain Hardware, Marmot, and North Face are brands the guides wear.
Things to Keep in Mind about the Essentials:
Look for items that will add less volume to your overall pack. We will be using porters to
carry our equipment however they are limited in the amount each can carry. Heavy
synthetic materials will be very limiting and could cause issues when packing up for the
Things to Keep In Mind for Clothing:
Less is more!!! It is important to bring the essential gear discussed above, but it is more
important to refrain from bringing items that are not recommended. Items to stay away
from are cotton socks, jeans, multiple pairs of shoes, and heavy sweatshirts. Look for
items that are moisture wicking and quick drying fabrics as opposed to cotton fabrics.
Head Lamp– Petzl and Black Diamond make several models of small and efficient head lamps. Look for ones that have multiple lighting levels, LED bulbs and uses AAA batteries.
Camp shoes (Teva, Crocs, Sandals)– These are great for around camp after a long day on the trail. These can also be used for creek crossings that may be higher than the boot. Flip flops work well in warmer climates but are not as effective during cold nights.
Hydrator – Hydrators are ideal when hiking for several hours because they enable you to drink slowly and frequently. 2-3 liters is a good size and should fit easily into your pack. All Camelbaks come with a bite valve, or on/off switch, as well as a large access port for filling. You must bring a NEOPRENE SLEEVE for the hose to prevent freezing.
Bug Spray– DEET based products work well and we find that the spray on versions last longer and are less messy. 4-6 ounce repellents that are perspiration and splash resistant are great.
Sun Screen – 30 SPF or higher is recommended as well as water proof and sweat proof. 8 ounces will be plenty and we typically carry one with 45+ SPF for our faces and a 30 SPF for other exposed areas. Banana Boat, REI, Kinesis and All Terrain are good options.
2 wide mount water bottle – A 1 liter water bottle is essential for hydrating at lunch, around the camp, and refilling throughout the day. Stay away from glass and heavy metals and look for lexan for durability.
Pillow– A Thermarest pillow that compresses down or folds into itself is ideal. A good benchmark for size and weight are 18 X 14 inches and 9 ounces total.
Dry Bag – A 20 liter + dry bag is great for ensuring your personal items are safe in case of rain. Cameras, wallets, money, and any other valuables can be kept dry at all times.
Pack Cover – The pack cover is an additional item we recommend everyone carry in case we encounter heavy rains. The pack cover should have a drawstring cord and elastic edges to fit firmly over your bag. A 40 liter cover will work well on any day pack.
Trekking Poles – Collapsible poles are great for steep downhill terrain and assistance up hill. If you have knee problems they reduce the impact on your joints by 20-30%. A nice soft foam grip will help prevent blisters and the poles with an aluminum shaft are durable and light weight.
Camp Towel – the camp towel should be of a polyester nylon blend that dries quickly and compacts tightly in your pack. The large (50 X 27 inches) is a good size and can be used to wash up at the end of the day. Stay away from house or beach towels.
* Paperback book
* Journal with pen or pencil
* Person First Aid Kit (band aids, mole skin or second skin, Ibuprofen, Aspirin)
* Hand sanitizer
* Hand & feet warmers (2X) – Gel/ air activated are best
* Cell phone (with solar charger e.g. solar monkey charger) since you tri and quad band phones
work on Kilimanjaro
* Flavored chocolate/energy bars for snacks
* A supply or rehydrate sachets
* 2 extra garbage bags for waterproofing and separating dirty laundry
* Ear plugs
* Ipod or MP3 player
* Pocket knife
* Water-flavoring to mask the iodine taste in the purified water
IN GENERAL, THERE ARE FOUR TYPES OF LAYERS
Base Layer: : The task of the base layer is to maintain a dry and comfortable
microclimate next to your skin. The base layer will therefore absorb all the moisture
from your skin and then spread it out over the surface of the base layer where it will
be evaporated via the other clothing layers. Typical base layer fabrics are: CoolMax,
PolartecPowerDry, Wool, Patagonia Capilene.
Base Layer: :This layer provides more warmth if the base layer and the shell layer do
not provide enough insulation on their own. It traps small pockets of air in the fabric
the insulation layer is made of which slows down the loss of heat. Typical insulation
fabrics are: Polartec Classics, Berber pile, and Windstopper.
Base Layer: : The shell layer provides protection from wind, rain, sleet, and snow,
without allowing the build-up of condensation inside the clothing system. It protects
while allowing moisture vapor to pass through. Shell fabrics are Gore-Tex, Hyvent,
Aqua-Dry, and Dri-Lite.
Base Layer: : It is enough for most people to have the first three layers. However, in
extremely cold conditions, you will need to add a large amount of insulation as a
fourth layer. Down and Polarguard can both be used for this layer. This layer is either
worn as a shell layer or underneath the shell layer for added warmth on sum