Are there toilets on the route?
At camp in the morning & the evening you will have access to a sanitised hand pump toilet within a toilet tent, long drops can be found along the route.
How far will we be walking every day?
You will be walking between 5 and 6 hours most days, this will be at a very steady pace so that your body has the optimum time to acclimatize, you will usually rest around every half an hour. The only day where we will be doing considerably more than this is summit day where we begin our walk at midnight and will be walking until sunrise (around 5-6 hours) to reach then summit & then returning down again 2.5 - 3 hours, before continuing on to the final camp, around 4 hours.
What will we be eating during our climb?
Typical food on the mountain includes;
- Hot chocolate
- Fruit juice
- Scrambled eggs / omelet
- Honey and jam
- Hot tea & coffee
- Chocolate bars
-Cooked meat or vegetarian meal (these include chicken/beef with rice
sliced fresh carrots and green beans, mashed potatoes, and salads)
-Fruits, and fruit juice, and variety of hot drinks
What access will we have to water?
Porters collect water for you from the streams and it is boiled before use. This water will be used to fill your water canisters. You don’t need to use purification tablets, but it is recommended. You will be carrying a minimum of 2 litres of water a day which will be provided each morning.
What is the weather like on Kilimanjaro?
You can expect equatorial to arctic conditions on Mt Kilimanjaro. You will begin your trek in a tropical forest with average temperatures between 25⁰C and 30⁰C. You will then ascend through various terrains and weather zones to arrive at the permanently snow-capped summit. Expect rainfalls and sub-zero temperatures on your trek.
How much shall we tip our porters?
I would suggest tips of around $300 / $350 per climber. It is potentially worth bringing a little more just in case. Please speak to your Tour Director regarding tips, it is not advisable to give any form of tip before we are at the final gate.
What medication shall I take? What about altitude sickness tablets?
We are unable to make any medical advice. It is essential that you visit your GP before you travel to ensure you are prescribed with the correct medication. It may be necessary to take altitude sickness tablets, it is worth discussing this with your GP.
What to pack
o Lightweight hiking boots
- Its recommended your boots are well worn in to try to avoid blisters
o Flip Flops
- At camp its great to get your boots off & air your feet
o Thermal layering, leggings & top
- Essential for summit night & useful to sleep in
o Hiking socks
o Lightweight long sleeve trekking shirt
- Light, breathable layer to protect you from the sun
o Lightweight short sleeve trekking shirt
- T-shirts are also suitable made from breathable layers
o Long leg trekking pants
- A warm fleece can be worn when setting off in the morning as it is chilly before the sun rises fully
o Down jacket
- In the evenings at camp it becomes very cool, you will also need this for summit night
o Rain jacket
- It doesn't often rain at this time of year but the weather can be changeable
o Wool hat & sun hat with neck protection or cap & buff
o Gloves x 2
- Thin and thick, mittens are useful for summit night
o Quick dry towel
o Water purification tablets
- Enough for consuming a minimum of 3 litres of water a day
o Washing items: soap, toothbrush, toothpaste, personal toiletries
o Water bottles
- Each day you will need to carry a minimum of 2-3 litres, a hydration bladder is also recommended
o Dry bags
- These are really useful for organising your duffle bag & keeping clean clothes separate
- A chapstick with SPF in it is recommended
o First Aid Kit containing paracetamol, bites/burn cream, plasters, small bandage, antiseptic cream
- Your tour leader will carry a full first aid kit but it is adviseable to carry these items
o Sunscreen factor 50+
- As there is often no shade from the sun at all a high factor sun cream is advisable
o Head torch + spare batteries
- Useful in the evenings at camp & required for summit night
o Re-sealable / zip lock bags
- The trek is over very dry terrain so its great to have your personal items in sealable bags
o Baby wipes
- Each morning you will be given water to wash with but face wipes are really handy
o Hand sanitiser
- You will have access to hand washing facilities at camp but this is very useful on the route
o Toilet paper - 1 roll
o Day pack - 30L
- Between 25 & 30 litres is adviseable, it is useful for the bag to have a section for a bladder
o Duffle bag - 95L or more
- A soft bag is required for your belongings which the porters carry, max weight = 20kg
o Sleeping bag
- Make sure it has a comfort rating of atleast -10c / 14F
o Sleeping bag liner
- This will add to the warmth of your bag & makes it easier to clean
o Camera / Video Camera, batteries, charger and memory cards
o Trekking energy bars / candy / gum
o Trekking poles
- If you use these for walking already it is advisable that you bring them with you
o Books / Kindle
- Some days you will arrive at camp for 2 / 3pm giving you plenty of time to rest
o Power pack
- Pre charged or solar powered power bars are useful for your electronic devices
Travelling with CPAP or other Medical Machines
Inform The Big Journey Company that you are travelling with such a device as early as possible and well before you travel. We will be staying in accommodation on this tour where there will be issues with power supply for such devices.
Please note, if you require distilled or ionised water, you must request this from The Big Journey Company at least two weeks ahead of travel so we are able to make preparations. There will be an additional charge for this.