MOUNTAIN CLIMBING & HIKING
We offer great mountain climbing challenges suitably tailored for both the "energetic young" and the old who are "young at heart". With our team of experienced guides, we have managed to see even the faint hearted conquer through. It is a great achievement that hikers really want to relate with us purely for this reason. We make things happen!With us, you go through real-time experiences that you would hardly forget throughout life. It is a world of opportunities!
Proper equipment is extremely important to the success, enjoyment, comfort and safety of your trip. Please bring the following items for your climb. If you have any questions, call us for advice.These items are available for rent with prior arrangement. Sleeping bag and stuff sack: night-time temperatures on Kilimanjaro can be as low as zero degrees Fahrenheit so bring a warm bag -sleeping pad: full-length thermal-rest or equivalent.
Head and Face
Pile or wool hat: it must cover the ears; a balaclava works well, bandannas are also good for various uses like cleaning glasses, sun protection when tied around the neck, etc. sunglasses with side shields or glacier glasses.
Two t-shirts that will get dirty, polypropylene is best; no cotton. Upper body clothes must be made of wool, polypropylene or pile. Layers must fit over each other and provide good insulation. A long underwear top, a sweater and a pile or heavy wool shirt make a good combination.
Avoid cotton. Rain jacket or a waterproof nylon that has been seam sealed would also be ideal. Afternoon showers are common in East Africa, especially on the mountain. Poncho: quick and handy protection for your body and your daypack; poor protection in windy rain Wool hand gloves or mittens are recommended.
Down or synthetic jacket. Although not required, some individuals may prefer to bring a heavier expedition weight jacket for cold mountain nights.
Enough undergarments adequate for the entire climb. One pair of quick-drying hiking shorts; good for hiking at lower elevations on the mountain A pair of tights is comfortable to hike in, protection from vegetation and sunburn, warm on cool misty days; Lycra are best One pair of long underwear bottoms, either wool or polypropylene
One pair of comfortable wool pants that fit loosely over the long underwear.
A pair of rain pants either Gortex or nylon pants (nylon pants must be made of breathable, water resistant nylon); must be roomy enough to fit comfortably over pile or wool pants.
Two pairs of thin socks to wear under heavy wool socks; help prevent blisters and keep feet dry Heavy woolen thick socks or polypropylene socks. One pair of nice hiking boots, medium weight and large enough to be comfortable with one thin and one heavy sock One pair of high gaiters made of breathable material; keeps dirt and snow out of boots.
Tennis shoes: to wear in camp after a day of hiking.
Personal Health and Comfort
1. Toiletries: toothbrush and paste, comb, shampoo, tampons, foot powder, hand cream, etc. Bring enough for the entire trip.
2. Sunscreen: bring plenty with enough protection for equatorial sun protection.
3. Lip balm
4. Flashlight and/or headlamp: bring extra batteries
5. Personal first aid and drug kit.
6. Towel: for wash up in camp
7. Towelettes: individually wrapped anti-bacterial towels are great for general hygiene
8. Spare contacts or glasses
9. Umbrella (optional)
10. Snacks: (optional): bring a supply of your favorite snacks to eat on the climb. It is a nice treat for the porters to receive a small snack on the climb.
Water bottles: two one-quart, wide-mouthed plastic bottles
Water treatment/Purifying tablets: two bottles of Potable Agua or Polar Pure crystal iodine purifies drinking water while on the climb and is lightweight and easy to use.
Large day pack: with padded shoulder straps and waist belt; used for carrying personal gear such as water bottle, extra clothing, snacks, camera, etc. Individual loads will be between 15 and 20 pounds Large duffel bag: with a lock; mountain gear will be kept in it and the entire duffel will go into the group mountain bag that will be carried by the porters. Limit loads to items on the equipment list. Your large duffel will weigh between 10 kilos or 22lbs.
Sleeping bag and clothes will be double-bagged while on the mountain for protection from afternoon rains. Heavy-duty garbage bags work great and can store dirty or wet clothes as well.