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Introduction


Clothing is Very Important on Mount Kilimanjaro!
Do not underestimate Mount Kilimanjaro - it is a test of endurance, with unpredictable weather conditions.  Despite its proximity to the Equator the night temperatures on the upper slopes regularly fall to -15°C or colder.  A cold wind can chill the air to the equivalent of -40°C.  You need to be prepared, and this means you need to have functional gear with you on the mountain.  Functional gear determines how warm, dry, and safe you will be.  Clothing impacts not only your comfort but also your safety.

When deciding what to pack, remember to bring enough clothes and accessories to ensure your safety and comfort, while not over-burdening yourself with items you probably won’t use.  Remember the weight restriction is 15 kg for your gear bag.

 
  • Hiking Boots: Vibrim soles with deep lugs. Good ankle support is essential. Sewn-in, gusseted tongues. Breathable and watertight that will allow moisture to leave the inner parts of your boots (moister cause blisters), but must be waterproof.
  • Walking shoes: Shoes you can wear in the evenings at camp to allow your feet to breath.
  • Gaiters: Designed to keep out water, mud and stones while you hike and with the wind on summit night.
  • Warm Socks for the summit: Thermal insulation socks which are cushioning for spending hours in cold conditions, ensuring your feet are kept dry and warm in sub-zero conditions.
  • Hiking Socks: These socks are designed to keep your feet comfortable and dry during the trek. Recommended moisture wicking properties and smooth fibres (like Mohair) to prevent chaffing that causes blisters.
  • Clean pair of socks for each day.
  • Liner Socks: Worn for everyday comfort or with your hiking socks. Liner socks are designed to fit like a second skin keeping your feet cool and dry all day long.
OUTER WEAR (THIRD LAYER)
  • Outer Jacket: 100% waterproof, seam-sealed, breathable, store away hood and underarm ventilation zips.
  • Outer Trousers: Pants must be made from a waterproof/breathable fabric and be completely windproof.
NEXT TO SKIN (First layer)
  • Thermal underwear – long johns: The key to staying warm is to stay dry - you will perspire a lot and need your first layer to move this moisture away from your skin (NO cotton)
  • Thermal underwear – top: The key to staying warm is to stay dry - you will perspire a lot and need your first layer to move this moisture away from your skin (NO cotton)
INSULATION (Second layer)
  • Fleece Jacket: To be worn over base layers to provide warmth and insulation during all stages of your climb. There are various options, from lightweight to heavyweight fleece tops. On mid- and heavyweight fleece a zip is important for ventilation. Recommended a 300 series or a 100 & 200 series that’s equal to the 300 series (as its more user friendly in SA conditions after the climb).
  • Fleece Pants or Tights with fleece inner: It is essential to remain warm and comfortable during the summit night. This layer should provide superb insulation.
CLOTHING TO HIKE WITH (at lower altitude)
  • Trousers & Shorts: A trouser with a wicking finish, which moves moisture away from your skin, keeping you dry, and includes UV protection. Zip-off legs conveniently change the trousers into shorts for warmer days. Perfect for any situation. Quick-wic fabric shorts can be used or any standard short
  • Casual Shirts & T-Shirts: For use before and after your climb. Long sleeve trekking shirt recommended for extra protection from the sun’s harmful UV rays. Quick-wic fabric can be used or any standard T-shirt for lower altitude.
  • Underwear: Enough for the duration of your climb.
Gearbag: ± 80 liters waterproof bag for transporting gear (Bag with a frame NOT recommended). Your gear bag that the porters carry on Kilimanjaro is limited to 15 kg. Overweight or extra luggage will require an extra porter at $15/day.
  • Sac liner: The plastic sac liner is a waterproof sac created with the intention of protecting the contents of your gear bag against the wet.
  • Daypack: 35 Liter recommended. Large enough to carry your water for the day, camera, rain gear, snacks & warm clothing.
  • Sleeping Bag: Rated -8°C and lower (Down sleeping bag recommended that is versatile to use in warmer condition as well after your climb). The body generates less heat when there is relatively little oxygen available, a good sleeping bag is a must!!
  • Sleeping Bag Inner: Wicks moisture, gives warmth and comfort. Adds 3 to 5°C to a bag’s rating.
  • Sleeping mat: Insulate yourself from the ground, as this is where most of the cold you feel when lying down will come from. Self-inflating mats are certainly superior to closed-cell foam mats.
  • Poncho: Highly durable poncho to ensure no water can penetrate
  • Beanie & Muff or with scarf: For those extra cold and windy days, and when going for summit. Beanie Muff is versatile as can be used as a muff or beanie.
  • Liner Gloves: Fitted liner glove for extra insulation, warmth, and protection.
  • Outer Gloves: Waterproof gloves with Thinsulate insulation. Lined with a waterproof yet breathable insert sandwiched between the outer & inner fabrics.
  • Headlamp: Petzl Tikka or similar. It provides hands free illumination when needed. On summit night you will be hiking in the dark for a number of hours and need a headlamp. Can be used with lithium batteries to decrease weight or increase performance in cold weather.
  • Bandana (Buff): Multifunctional bandanna that converts into beanie, sweatband, pirate cap, scarf, muffler, mask and more...
  • Walking poles: With anti-shock system to help absorb impact to ease strain on shoulders and arms. Use of poles causes reduce up to 20% pressure on your knees. (2 highly recommended)
  • Hat: With a brim to protect your ears and neck effectively
  • Insulated water Bottle: The double-wall construction of our insulated water bottles creates a thermal barrier of air to keep cold out and warmth in.
  • Water Bottle or a hydration bladder system: Any leak proof water bottle in a pouch (enough bottles to carry 3 litre) or a hydration bladder (2 liter), which fit into your daypack with a "bite valve" that opens when you bite down on it. Hydration bladders tend to freeze easier at higher altitudes than an insulated water bottle.
  • Extra bag with small lock: Bag you can leave at the hotel with clean clothing
  • Hand Warmers: Anyone who has been skiing will tell you just how unpleasant it is having cold hands and feet. Problem solved with the Grabber hand warmers - designed for the hands and fingers, yet equally effective when stuffed in one's socks.
  • Hikers Towel: Highly absorbent towel. Quick drying and compact
  • Sun Glasses: Snow blindness and other altitude related problems are painful and can ruin your trip. Protect your eyes from the sun's harmful rays. Any glasses with UV protection factor will do, but it is preferable to wear polarized glasses.
  • Water Purification Tablets: Chlorine or Iodine based
  • Batteries: For headlamp, camera, etc.
  • Toilet kit: Soap, toothbrush, toilet articles, nailbrush, etc. It is best to bring small trail size containers.
  • Wet wipes: Enough for the duration of your climb
  • Toilet Roll
  • Sun Screen Lotion & Lip Balm: The UV radiation at altitude can be extremely harmful and suitable protection should be used. Use lotions with a higher SPF rating. The UV radiation increases by 5% with every 600m gained so don't be fooled by cooler air. Always apply sun protection!!
  • Ziploc bags: To protect camera, binoculars, etc. from dust
  • Plastic bags: For dirty clothing, etc.
(Do not use anything on the mountain you hadn’t tried before!!!)
  • Personal medicine: Ensure that you take a good supply of your personal medication with on the trip. More important though is to mention to your guide what you are taking and why.
  • Emergency kit: If injuries are sustained on the climb, it is important to have a well-equipped first aid kit to hand.
  • Probiotics: Probiotics will help to revive your body’s store of natural flora, thereby alleviating the symptoms of diarrhea, travellers’ diarrhea and antibiotic-associated diarrhea as well as the associated bloating, latulence and constipation.
  • Personal medicine
  • Emergency kit: If injuries are sustained on the climb, it is important to have a well-equipped first aid kit to hand.
  • Probiotics: Probiotics will help to revive your body’s store of natural flora, thereby alleviating the symptoms of diarrhea, travellers’ diarrhea and antibiotic-associated diarrhea as well as the associated bloating, latulence and constipation.
  • Rehydration powder Or Similar: Reduce diarrhea, Replace electrolytes after exercising, Restore fluid balance after overindulgence & boost energy levels.
  • Diamox / Azomid (generic): Diamox is widely used to help the body cope with the stresses of high altitude and can be obtained from your doctor on prescription. If you decide to make use of Diamox please follow your doctor's instructions carefully.
  • Headache / Pain pills
  • Imodium: Treats diarrhea
  • Valoid: Prevent and treat nausea and vomiting associated with middle ear disorders and motion (travel sickness)
  • Throat lozenges
  • Eye drops
  • Antiseptic Ointment: For treatment of wounds, cuts & abrasions
  • Insect repellent: Tanzania is a malaria area
  • Blister kit: Prevent blisters from forming or eliminate the discomfort of blisters and friction burns that have formed.
  • Knee pads: Remember when you go up, you must come down and it’s a lot of stress on your knees
  • Multitool (e.g. Leaderman): For repairs and general jobs (optional)
  • Camera with necessary accessories
  • Roll Duct tape: For all emergency repairs
  • Note Book and Pencil
  • Video camera, tapes & battery packs
  • Binoculars
  • Powdered sport drinks: Game or Isotonic drinks
  • High-energy snacks (Cereal bars, dried fruit and nuts)
  • Sweets, e.g. Jelly babies, peppermints
  • Biltong sticks (small vacuum sealed packs)
Enough for the duration of your climb. You can take anything you like, but remember to not only take sweets, but also something salty.
  • Cotton clothing must be avoided because it dries very slowly and is a poor insulator when wet.
  • Take enough Wet Wipes
  • Hiking with walking sticks is very important as it reduce up to 20% stress on your knees
  • Make sure your hiking boots are comfortable and walked-in before you start your climb
  • Always have your rain gear in your day pack
  • Make sure your gear bag is waterproof or pack your gear in a plastic bag
  • Always have your headlamp with you
This is only a few of our recommended tips. More is available from us as we have climbed Kilimanjaro ourselves and can advise you on all the import tips to make a success of your climb.

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