The following is an essential checklist of items to bring on the climb. Please be selective in what you bring and focus on packing light. Porters are limited to carrying 33 lbs (15 kg) of your personal belongings. All of your gear should be protected from water, either by using plastic bags or dry bags, or placed in a waterproof duffel bag. Everything the porters will carry for you between campsites should be placed into the duffel bag. A significant amount of the gear listed below can be rented either from your local tour operator or a local rental shop in either Moshi/Arusha. Items that are available for rental are noted below. There is also a representative list of sample pricing for rental gear.
- Adjustable 3 section Ski/Trekking poles. 1 pair. (Rental available in Moshi/Arusha)
- Headlamp. A good quality climbers headlamp. Bring extra batteries. (Rental available in Moshi/Arusha)
- Running or tennis shoes. 1 pair to wear around camp and also for safari.
- Light Hiking Boots or trekking shoes. 1 pair of sturdy boots in which you can wear a light synthetic sock under a heavy sock comfortably, either wool or synthetic. Shoes should be very waterproof and very warm.
- Wool or Synthetic Socks. 3 pair heavyweight socks (wool is warmer) to be worn over the liner socks. When layering socks, check fit over feet and inside boots. Remember to keep one fresh, dry pair of socks available at all times. It is very important to buy new socks regularly as they lose their cushioning over time.
- Liner Socks. 3 pair of smooth thin wool, nylon or Capilene to be worn next to the skin. This reduces the incidence of blisters and hot-spots and makes the outer sock last longer before needing to be changed. They should fit well with your heavyweight socks.
- Gaiters. 1 pair used to keep rocks out of shoes and boots dry. (Rental available in Moshi/Arusha)
- Lightweight Long Underwear. 2 pair. Tops & bottoms, Capilene, other synthetic or wool. No Cotton. Lightweight is preferable as it is more versatile (worn single in warmer conditions and double layer for colder). Zip-T-neck tops allow more ventilation options. One set of white for intense sunny days and one pair of dark for faster drying gives the most versatility.
- Trekking Pants. 2 pair. Lightweight nylon trekking pants worn during start of climb and safari.
- Soft Shell Pants. (Optional) These non-insulated pants can be worn in place of trekking pants while on the climb. They provide a higher level of warmth and also repel light rain. (Rental available in Moshi/Arusha)
- Hard Shell Pants. Waterproof, breathable. Full length side zippers preferred but not required. Full zip can be helpful when removing pants while wearing boots. 7/8th or 3/4 zips that reach to lower hip will work. Ankle zip pants are not recommended since pants can not be quickly or easily removed while wearing boots. (Rental available in Moshi/Arusha)
- Insulated Synthetic Pants. Be sure pants can be removed while wearing boots.(Rental available in Moshi/Arusha)
- Synthetic/Soft Shell jacket. Mid- to Heavyweight. A full-zip version is easier to put on and has better ventilation than a pullover. (Rental available in Moshi/Arusha)
- Hard Shell jacket w/ hood. We recommend a waterproof breathable shell material with full front zipper, underarm zips, and no insulation. This outer layer protects against wind and rain. Insulated Down Jacket w/ hood or Insulated Synthetic Jacket w/ hood. Medium to heavy weight with hood. (Rental available in Moshi/Arusha)
- Lightweight synthetic gloves. 2 pair, quick drying material. Should fit comfortably inside heavy mitts. (Rental available in Moshi/Arusha)
- Hard Shell Mitts w/ insulated removable. 1 pair each. A good pair of ski mittens/gloves work well. (Rental available in Moshi/Arusha)
- Balaclava. Look for a simple lightweight model.
- Warm Lightweight synthetic/wool hat. Hat should cover ears. (Rental available in Moshi/Arusha)
- Baseball cap/sun hat. One with a good visor to shade the nose and eyes. Synthetic is nice as it dries quickly.
- Bandana. Used to shade your neck.
- Sunglasses. 100% UVA/B, IR, high quality optical lenses designed for mountain use and must have side covers. High quality “wrap around” style glasses work as well. Its extremely important for glasses to have either side shields or wrap around to protect eyes from high wind and dust.
- Trekking Backpack. A day pack big enough to carry water bottles, camera, lunch and extra clothing. 3,000 cu.in. max. (Rental available in Moshi/Arusha)
- Water Bottles: 2 to 3 Wide mouth bottles with minimum 1 Liter capacity per bottle. No water bag or bladder systems, they freeze or are hard to fill. (Rental available in Moshi/Arusha)
- Pee Bottle (1 Liter). Optional. Highly recommended. For cold nights in the tent. Large mouth, clearly marked bottle.
- Pee Funnel (for women). Optional. Highly recommended. For cold nights in the tent. Good idea to practice.
- Sunscreen. SPF 30 or better, 2 small tubes. Make sure that the sun screen is not older than 6 months. Sunscreen older than six months loses half of its SPF rating.
- Lipscreen. SPF 40 or better, at least 2 sticks. Not older than 6 months.
- Sports Drink Mix. Powdered electrolyte drink mix. 1-2 Servings per day for 7 days.
- Water Purification tablets. 2 bottles.
- Sleeping bag. Expedition quality season 4. Down is lighter and less bulky, but more expensive than synthetics.
- Closed Cell foam pad. One full length closed-cell foam.
- Self Inflating pad. One 3/4 or full length w/repair kit. No Ultralights.
- 115 Liter Boundary Bag. This waterproof bag is needed to keep your clothing dry during transport. (Rental available in Moshi/Arusha)
- Duffle Bag. A small duffle can be nice for storing things at the hotel during the expedition and extra clothing while traveling. (Rental available in Moshi/Arusha)
- Plastic bags. To line stuff sacks to keep gear dry and line pack. Trash Compactor bags are best.
- Small pair of binoculars. Optional but highly recommended. For safari.
- Trail snack food items. Special energy supplements. 5-6 Servings GU/Shotblocks etc for summit Day. These are easily metabolized simple sugars/carbs -Not power protein bars. 3-5 (Total) Additional bars/snack favorites to supplement remaining climb days.
- Toiletry bag. Include toilet paper, soap, wet wipes, toothbrush, towel, hand sanitizer, foot powder, dust mask, ear plugs etc.
- Small personal first-aid kit. (Simple and Light) Aspirin (Extra Strength Excedrin is best), Antibiotic ointment, Moleskin, molefoam, waterproof first-aid tape, athletic tape, Band-Aids, personal prescriptions, etc. Please let your guide know about any medical issues before the climb.
- Drugs/Medications/Prescriptions. Climbers should bring Pepto Bismol. Ciprofloxin (Cipro) 500mg tablets for traveler’s diarrhea and for urinary tract infections. Azithromycin (Z-pak) 250mg tablets for non-gastrointestinal infections. Acetazolamide (Diamox) 125 or 250 mg tablets for altitude sickness. Ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) 200mg tablets for altitude headaches, sprains, aches, etc. Excedrin for headaches. Acetaminophen (Tylenol) 325mg tablets for stomach sensitivity.
- Immunizations Documentation.
- Insurance Documents.
- Trip Receipts.
Sample Equipment Rental Price List (USD) for a 6 day climb
- Warm, wind proof jacket with hood - $25
- Waterproof jacket and over-trousers $25
- Walking trousers, shirts, pullover $30
- Good comfortable walking boots $30
- Tennis shoes ( for evenings) $30
- Gaiters $15
- Warm Gloves $10
- Sun hat $10
- Warm hat or balaclava $5
- Scarf $5
- Good warm sleeping bag $35
- Water bottle (1 -to 2 liters) $10
- Headlamp with extra batteries $15
- Sunglasses $10
- Walking pole(s) $15
- Rucksack or duffel bag $20