Kilimanjaro, located in northern Tanzania, is the highest mountain in Africa at 5891m and the loftiest freestanding peak on the planet. Many underestimate its difficulty, possibly because it requires no technical mountaineering skills or experience.
A comfortable, stiff trekking boot is ideal. While there are trails, they can be quite rough. Scree slopes also need to be crossed on the last day, and a stiff boot provides a lot more stability on unstable ground.
Make sure that the boots fit well – visit us in-store, try a few pairs on and see what style suits you best! It’s also worth thinking about sandals or flip flops for in-camp.
The best option is a softshell jacket which provides an element of weather resistance while still being comfortable to walk in. A lightweight fleece is a more economical option, however they lack the wind resistance of a softshell jacket.
Lightweight softshell trousers provide more wind and water protection than walking trousers and are more comfortable to walk in than waterproofs.
East Africa has wet and dry seasons, but these don’t apply to Kilimanjaro due to its height and proximity to the Congo Basin. Kilimanjaro’s weather patterns are very unpredictable, which means you should expect it to rain!
When choosing a waterproof jacket, you must decide what is the most important for you: fit, durability or breathability. With waterproof jackets, you get what you pay for! You’ll also need some lightweight waterproof trousers with a zip that comes up to the mid-thigh on both legs. Make sure that you carry waterproofs in your day pack! Also pack some repairs tape – it can fix just about anything, from your waterproofs to your pack and boots.
An electrolyte mix lowers the freezing point of water, replenishes vital salts lost while sweating, helps prevent cramp and speeds up the body’s absorption of fluids. Use chlorine dioxide tablets, even if the water has been boiled (water boils at a lower temperature higher up).