IMPORTANT INFORMATION to ENSURE CLIMBING SUCCESS
- During a climb of Mt. Kilimanjaro, Mt. Kenya or Mt. Meru travelers should plan to travel with only what is required for the climb. Excess luggage can be left behind at your hotel in Arusha or Moshi or Nyeri and collected after the climb.
- Porters will carry only duffel-type bags during the climb (no framed backpacks or suitcases) and should not exceed 12 kgs in weight per person. Additional mountain luggage may attract a supplementary charge. Luggage carried by porters is available to travelers only while in camp and is NOT accessible during the day.
- You need only carry a daypack with the personal items you will require during the day (your personal supply of water, your camera, and any clothes you may want to put on or discard). Your passport, money, and permit papers should be kept with you at all times during the climb and also carried in your daypack.
- We strongly advise trekkers to drink as much fluid as possible on our climbs, as much as 3-5 liters per person per day. Dehydration plays a very important part in the acclimatization process and keeps the body in peak condition by flushing out toxins and germs.
- Diuretics such as alcohol are not recommended as they lead to dehydration.
- Clothing guidelines include the suggestion of packing of various weights, because you will want to dress in layers (removing layers as you heat up from walking, adding layers as you cool down from resting). During the first two days, climbers may find it comfortable to wear light weight trousers or even shorts and t-shirts. However, temperatures will change at higher altitudes. By the third day of your climb, it can be very windy and the temperature can fall to freezing at night; you will need insulated, wind-proof layers.
- The most important item to consider includes your mountain footwear. Insulated, waterproof hiking boots with rigid uppers and thick soles. Boots must be well broken in. Your climbing boots are the most important equipment. It is a good idea to wear your climbing boots on the international flight over to Tanzania in case your luggage is lost by the airline.
- The most important factor in a successful summit of Kilimanjaro is the effort made by the guest in acclimatizing to high altitude.
Please note, once you book with D2TC, we will provide you with a complete packing list and route information