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Kilimanjaro Trek


Overview

Trekking Kilimanjaro is the most courageous and rewarding task you can ever do in in your life. For the professional trekkers and non-trekkers, Climbing Kilimanjaro require no technical skills like most highest mountains in the world, all is needed at Kilimanjaro is your desire to succeed and a bit of endurance to defy the odds of the attitude sickness.

Face of Africa Adventures does not say climbing the Kilimanjaro is easy, but we are telling you with the right crew of guides, potters and cooks, climbing Kilimanjaro can be insightful and funnier. Since a successful climb for our clients is our priority, our guides are the appropriately trained and experienced enough for all necessary skills on the mountain such as; first aid services.

However there are preparations to be done before you embark on the Mt. Kilimanjaro expedition as follows

Be properly equipped

An essential part of your preparation will be to ensure that you are well equipped for your summit attempt. Print our final Packing List and mark it off, to ensure that you are ready to get to this very important step in your preparation.

Physically & Mental preparation

Physical preparations are crucial before you take your Kilimanjaro Expedition; it is recommended that you should be able to run for at least 30 minutes without stopping these challenges your breathing capacity which prepares you for the high attitude.

Despite physical preparation you need mental preparation, because the positive mind is what will make your successful climb, your gut determination to succeed is very important. We have witnessed majority of trekkers with zero trekking experience succeed over the experienced ones. You should always remain positive and humble avoid arrogance and follow your guide’s instructions.

Hakuna Matata – “polepole”

This problem free philosophy is our motto on Kilimanjaro, after you have started your climb worry not, understand everything is taken care of and your crew of guides, potters and the cook are there special for you . The slower you go the more you give your body the chance to adapt to the mountain attitude.

Drink enough water

Drink as much as you can even when you do not feel like drinking just drink, due to the decrease of oxygen amount as you are heading to the higher attitude, only oxygen from water can cover that. Drinking might be hard especially when it is cold and the thought of frequenting the toilet for urinating at night with cold weather. You can always bring a pee bottle with you to reduce the trip to the toilet during nights.

Our cook will always prepare your drinking water before and after you reach your camp, so you can always carry enough water with you when the trek begin.

When to climb?

Climbing Kilimanjaro can be done all year round, however there some factor to consider before the climb like whether it is the wet season or the dry season so that you can prepare accordingly.

During the wet season it is the time when it is raining heavy and the grounds can get slippery for the climb as well as extreme temperature decreased this period is usually from mid-March-late May and November. The beauty of this wet season is there are fewer crowds in the mountain, allowing you the room for more privacy since huts are never fool, and camping spots are almost empty.

The Dry season, though can be the colds, but the grounds are dry and many tourist trek during this time (June-October and December).prepare to meet the crowd of people from all walks of life and nationalities and long queues at the entrance gates.

Being close to equator the whether condition in Tanzania and Kilimanjaro is always moderate unlike places like far north and south as well as in the middle of the equator.

Something to remember, the mountain has the weather of its own, do not be surprised when it rains cats and dog in the middle of the dry season or when it is sunny in the middle of the wet season.

Travel Documents
  • Airline tickets (confirmation and itinerary)
  • International health card (immunizations listed)
  • Passport photos (2)
  • Valid passport
  • Travel Equipment

Equipment for Trekking
  • Day pack (25–35 liters)
  • Pack cover
  • Sleeping bag comfortable to 15°F (dependent upon season, weather forecast and personal preference)
  • Waterproof hiking boots
  • LED headlamp with extra batteries
  • Trekking poles
  • Heavy-duty duffel bag (95 liters; no wheels or rigid handles)

Trek Kilimanjaro Clothing
  • Wicking, quick-dry boxers or briefs (3)
  • Wicking, quick-dry sports bra (for women)
  • Heavyweight long underwear bottoms
  • Heavyweight long underwear top
  • Midweight long underwear bottoms
  • Midweight long underwear top
  • Synthetic T-shirt
  • Midweight fleece or soft-shell jacket (2)
  • Midweight down or synthetic parka with hood
  • Convertible hiking pants
  • Fleece pants
  • Lightweight waterproof/breathable rain jacket
  • Lightweight waterproof/breathable rain pants
  • Midweight fleece gloves or wool gloves
  • Midweight waterproof gloves or mittens
  • Liner gloves
  • Midweight fleece/wool winter hat
  • Sun-shielding hat or cap
  • Midweight wool or synthetic socks (3 pairs)
  • Liner socks (optional)
  • Glacier sunglasses
  • Neck gaiter, balaclava, Buff or bandana
  • Gaiters

Personal Items

Many of the following items are optional; tailor the list to suit your personal needs.

  • Water bottles (four 1-liter or two 1-liter + hydration reservoir)
  • Hydration reservoir (2-liter; optional)
  • Water bottle insulating sleeves
  • Watch with alarm
  • Helmet camera (or regular camera)
  • Spare camera battery
  • Spare camera memory card
  • Camping pillow
  • Camp towel
  • Insect repellent
  • Pocket knife or multi-tool
  • Personal first-aid kit
  • Eye shade
  • Ear plugs
  • Hand and toe warmers
  • Journal
  • Pen
  • Book
  • Small binoculars
  • Cash / credit card
  • Cell phone in waterproof case
  • Large garbage bags to keep items dry (5; optional; white recommended)

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