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Climbing Gear for Kilimanjaro Trekking

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The $ amounts shown are the rental charges for ENTIRE climb (not per day).

Day pack, for you to carry: $10
Large duffel bag or backpack, for porters to carry: $25
Plastic bags for storage:
Small plastic (zip lock) bag to help prevent the lens from becoming foggy
[You can leave extra luggage in hotel in Arusha for that items that you do not want to climb with on the mountain. Free storage will be given to you. However, we recommend you carry all valuables / irreplaceable items with you]

You want your inner layer to be wicking (no cotton)
Your next layer should be insulating and warm, and your top layer should be water proof but breathable.
You will need clothes for hiking during the day, lounging in the evening, and for sleeping.
Layers are important as temperatures vary greatly.
Shorts, for first and last day as temps is fairly warm around those days
Pants, for hiking and for lounging in the evenings
T-shirts or Short-sleeved shirts
Long-sleeved shirts, for hiking and for lounging in the evenings
Long underwear
Fleece pants: $20
Fleece jacket / wool sweater: $20
Down jacket or ski parka (for temperatures well below freezing plus wind): $25
Rain jacket (or poncho): $10
Rain pants: $20
Sport bras, for women

Cold Weather Accessories
Mittens and/or gloves (waterproof, one thin pair, one thick pair that can be layered): $15
Wool or pile hat: $10
Balaclava / neck gaitor: $8
Hand and foot warmers (chemical activated)

Be sure to break in your shoes before the hike!
Trekking shoes for hiking during the day, preferably warm, waterproof, and light: $25
Tennis shoes or sandals for lounging in the evening
Gaiters: $10/pair
Hiking socks for warmer conditions
Wool socks for colder conditions
Sock liners to wick away moisture

Sleeping bag rated 0 degrees F (about – 17 degrees Celsius) or colder is recommended: $20
Sleeping tents (included on the tour cost)
Foam sleeping pads (included on the tour cost)
Thermarest Sleeping pads (may bring yours in case you prefer those? to foam pads)

Other Items
Water bottles and Camelback (2-3): $8/camel back bottle
Get 3 liters of bottled water before the trip for that first day (driver will stop at supermarket in Arusha).
Your guides will boil water for you along the route
To prevent water from freezing on summit day, keep your water source inside your jacket.
For Camelbacks, blow air back into the bladder after each sip and drink often.
Gatorade or other drink mix helps with taste and minerals.
Water filter or iodine purification tablets
Sun hat with brim
Sunglasses: $5/pair
Money (for tipping, personal items, souvenirs, etc. USD cash is preferred, but travelers check would also work fine)
Ski or trekking poles: $8/one walking stick
Headlamp or flashlight: $10
Camera, film, tripod
Video camera, tapes
Bring extra sets for headlamp/flashlight and camera as cold weather shortens their life
Notebook, journal, pencil, and pen
Pocket knife
Electricity adapter
Energy bars, hard candy, snacks, and comfort foods
Playing cards, games, books, frisbee, football, kite
Chocolate or pens for village children, momentos for guides, porters, and other climbers
Umbrella, particularly useful in the rainy season, can be purchased in the market for around $3
Plastic bags and zip-lock bags for waterproofing
Sewing kit
Salt, pepper, and spices for bland food
Business cards
Alarm clock
Calculator (for currency conversion)
Swim suit for hotel swimming pool

Toilet paper (and baggie to carry used paper while on trail)
Small towel
Toothbrush and toothpaste
Handi-wipes (moist towelettes for cleaning)
Hand sanitizer
Glasses, contacts, solution (take contacts out each night to prevent blurred vision)
Comb, mirror

Yellow fever certificate
Medical insurance
Address book
Vaccination records
Airline tickets
Cash, travellers cheques, credit cards
Maps, guidebooks
Make copies of passport, TZ visa, airline tickets/schedule, and travellers cheques numbers.
Leave a copy with someone at home and put a copy in a separate place in your luggage.

First Aid
Ibuprofin, Aceteminophen, or Aspirin
Throat losenges
Sunscreen (SPF 15+)
Lip balm with sunscreen
Insect repellent
Disinfectant, Antiseptic cream
Bandages and tape
Diahrea medicine
Ace bandage
Melatonin (1-3mg) or other sleep aid
Malaria pills (talk to your doctor)
Antibiotics (talk to your doctor)
Prescription drugs (talk to your doctor)
Diamox (talk to your doctor)

Gifts for Guides, Porters, Locals
Any warm clothing
Nerf football, frisbees

Packing for your flight to Africa
Jacket / Sweater (especially if traveling during winter season)
U-shaped neck pillow (blow-up)
Walkman and music
Eye shades, ear plugs
Melatonin / other sleep aid
Critical climbing gears in your checked in luggage (in case baggage is delayed)

Points to note
-The pack that the porters carry is limited to 35 pounds (i.e. 15kgs)
-Overweight or extra luggage will require an extra porter at $8/day
-Store electronics in sealed water-proof bags (double sealed if possible)
-Wrap clothing in plastic bags
-In the day pack, take along water, sunglasses, camera, binoculars, rain pants, and jacket at a minimum.
-Add any other items you might need during the day, since you may not see your porters until the end of the day.
-If you prefer to sale your climbing gear(s) after the climb, Good Earth will be interested in that as we may use them to give to our guides or use them for rental to our climbers
-You can leave extra luggage in hotel in Arusha for items that you do not want to climb with on the mountain. Free storage will be given to you. However, we recommend you carry all valuables / irreplaceable items with you.
-Preferable currency for tipping is US Dollars, and can be in Cash or Travelers Checks.
-Credit Cards (Visa /MC) may be acceptable at some hotels and gifts shops but with a surcharge raning from 2% to 6%. Also use of ATMs would carry surcharges.
-Make sure you leave your emergency contact and also copies of travel insurance (if you have one) in the Tanzania office.

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