What to bring
Do you have a suggested packing list for Kilimanjaro hikers?
As you prepare for your Kilimanjaro climb, the following list will guide you to know what to bring. There will be tents available for the days that you are on the mountain.
You may bring your own sleeping bag for low temperature climate, or rent sleeping bags in Arusha. Sleeping bag rental is 10.00 USD per person per day. The cost of sleeping bag rental is not included, unless it has been priorly requested for your itinerary.
A large capacity mountain climbing backpack is recommended for those who are climbing for multiple days. A smaller day-pack backpack is recommended for carrying your most important belongings with you.
Porters, as part of your itinerary, will assist in carrying all equipment.
- waterproof hiking boots – 1 (ßquantity) (most important)
- tennis shoes or light hikers – 1 (like running shoes)
- wool or polypro socks – medium/heavyweight – 5 (carry 1 pair per day you are on the mountain. get the ones that go higher below knees. but bring some regular socks too when it is first couple days hiking at lower altitude)
- polypro shirt, sock liners – 2 of each
- polypro long underwear (top & bottom) 2
- hiking shorts – 2 (some people really like the zip pants, where you can zip off the pant leg at the knee)
- hiking pants/fleece pants – 1 of each
- wool or fleece sweater/pull-over – 3
- water/wind-proof (Goretex) shell jacket – 1 (must have waterproof, because may rain)
- insulated rain/wind (Goretex) climbing pants – 1
- wool or fleece gloves – medium weight – 1 (allow for finger movement)
- wind/waterproof gloves — heavy weight – 1 (needs to be warm. people always complain about not being able to feel hands and feet at the top)
- wool or synthetic stocking cap — windproof – 1 (beanie. make sure the waterproof jacket has waterproof hoodie)
- sun hat – 1 (any kind, even visor or baseball cap. the sun is close at the equator, and at high altitudes)
- balaclava – 1 (I’d recommend ski mask (that only shows eyes) if you are particularly afraid of the cold. Can double as a good neck scarf.)
- gaiters – 1 (important)
- sunglasses – 1
- walking stick – 1 pair (must have, bring or rent)
- expedition pack or duffel bag – 1 (mountain climbing backpack)
- day pack – 1 (regular, large size backpack)
- sleeping bag (rated to 0 F) – 1
- headlamp & spare bulb – 1 (important)
- camp towel – 1 (quick dry is best)
- pocket knife – 1 (eh..not really)
- 1 liter water bottle – 4 (Need to purchase 1 L per day. People need to buy themselves at Shoprite, is cheap, and porters will carry.)
- sun cream and lip balm – 30+SPF – 1 (yes, you can get burned easily at high altitude sun)
- large plastic garbage bags and ziploc storage bags of various sizes – 1 (yes, never know when it will be useful)
- lightweight toilet articles – toothbrush & paste, floss, hand and face cleansers – 1 (Bring minimal liquids, becomes heavy.)
- extra batteries – 6 (For the headlamp. Or some people like to bring portable music player or small loudspeakers)
- travel wallet – 1 (the kind where you wear your money inside your pants around your waist, or around your arm)
Should I bring insect or mosquito repellent?
It is strongly recommended that you bring your preference of insect or mosquito repellent. Especially in the early morning and evenings, mosquitoes can be present. Some flies and ticks can also be a nuisance depending on the geographical location.
Should I bring sunscreen or sunblock?
It is highly recommended that you bring your preferred form of sun protection while on safari. This can include SPF30 or higher sunblock, hats, sunglasses, and thin long-sleeve shirts and pants. Because Tanzania is close to the equator, UV rays are strong.
Are there places to charge electronics while on Kili?
Money and tipping questions
How much should I be tipping my Kilimanjaro guide?
Tips to your guides, drivers, and porters are a way to show you appreciate their hard work to make your journey enjoyable. Misele Safaris is proud to have some of the best people in the business doing what they love.
Misele Safaris is a fair employer and all Misele staff are fully salaried, however tipping is part of the safari culture and is recommended and appreciated. The current mid-range rate for safari guides are as follows:
|Group of 1 – 3 persons||Group of 4-6 persons||Group of 7-10 persons|
|All figures are in USD per day per staff|
Phone and wifi
Will I be able to make and receive phone calls from my mobile phone while on Kilimanjaro?
Although cellular reception is available at some of the camp areas, the network can be unreliable depending on weather conditions. Therefore it is better to assume that you will not be able to make and receive phone calls from a mobile phone.
Will I have access to wifi while on Kilimanjaro?
Outside of major hotels in urban areas, wifi service will not be available. Access to internet services are through the local cellular network, however the network can be unreliable on Kilimanjaro.
Where can I store my valuables while on Kilimanjaro?
You will want to keep valuables on you or in your personal pack while climbing Kilimanjaro. It is strongly advised that you do not bring any valuables that you will not need, as this will simply be extra packing weight.
Alternatively, you can store small valuables at the Misele Safaris office.
Are the campsites safe at night?
Campsites within national parks are regulated by the Tanzania National Parks Authority. You do not need to be concerned about safety issues, however, continue to practice regular precautions.
Your Kilimanjaro guide will also be close by and provide advice for safety.
How concerned do I have to be about altitude sickness?
Every person is different and therefore altitude can affect the body in different ways. We strongly recommend that you have a discussion with your physician who will be able to best advise you.
In general, the majority of climbers will feel mild to strong effects of altitude sickness, especially during the last 1 or 2 days prior to summit. Mild altitude sickness can be handled though medication. Our Misele Kilimanjaro guides are experienced with climbers dealing with altitude sickness, and based on your condition can suggest a suitable pace for climbing. Our guides are cognizant to maintain Misele’s 100% safety record.
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