Each and every item on this list has been chosen to maximize your comfort and safety while hiking on mountain. Please read through the entire list very carefully. If you have any questions about items on this list, or about the suitability of your own equipment, please contact a reputable mountaineering equipment dealer, or us.
FOR THE HEAD AND FACE:
-Pile or Wool hat: Bring one that covers ears … a balaclava type is excellent.
-Shade Hat: Visor hats with good brims are essential for protection the equatorial sun.
Sunglasses: Essential for eye protection in the tropics and at altitude. Bring a good quality pair, preferably with an IREX protecting rating of 100. Attachable side shields are necessary, or bring glacier gasses.
-Sunscreen: Bring plenty of complete sun block with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 15 or more. Unless you have spent time in equatorial sun you will probably underestimate the amount necessary, so bring lots. Sunscreen is difficult to find in Tanzania.
-Lip balm: With (SPF) rating of 15 or higher
-Bandannas: Tie around the neck, they give good sun protection. Can also be used for cleaning glasses, as wash cloths, etc they dry very quickly.
FOR THE UPPER BODY:
-T-shirts: Two T-shirts that you don't mind getting dirty while on the mountain. Synthetic is best… no cotton on summit day.
Upper body Layer: For climbing the mountain we recommend you to have three warm layers for the upper body. Items most are made of wool, synthetic or pile. Make sure all layers fit comfortably over each other and supply good insulation. A good combination is a long underwear top, a sweater and a pile jacket or heavy wool shirt. Cotton items do not provide adequate insulation and are completely useless when damp.
-Rain parka: Afternoon showers are common in East Africa, especially on mountain. Bring a good Parka of Gore-Tex or waterproof nylon that ha been "seam sealed".
Wind Shirt: (optional if you have Gore-Tex rain gear) A nylon wind shell (not waterproof), roomy enough to fit comfortably over all upper body layers. Gore-Tex is good for both this wind shirt and for the raincoat.
-Poncho: (optional) quick and handy protection for body and rucksack. Poor protection in windy rain.
-Gloves or Mittens: Wool or pile. One pair of heavy mittens and a light pair of gloves work well.
-Mitten Shells: One pair to go over your mittens. These are for use against the winds sometimes encountered in the crater on the way to the summit.
FOR THE LEGS:
-Quick Dry Hiking Shorts: One pair. Good for hiking at lower elevations on the mountain.
-Long underwear Bottoms: One pair. Wool or synthetic.
-Wool Bunting or Pile Pants: One pair that fit loosely and is comfortable. These are essential to be worn over the long john bottoms
-Rain Pants: Bring a good pair of rain pants of Gore-Tex or waterproof nylon that has been "seam sealed".
-Wind Pants: (Optional if you have Gore-Tex rain Pants) One pair. These are used often on the mountain for protection against wind. They should be breathable nylon and roomy enough to fit comfortably over wool or pile pants.
-Tights: Lyera type is best. These are comfortable to hike in, help prevent nettle stings, provide good warmth on cool misty days, dry fast and prevent sunburn.
-Undergarments: Enough for the duration of the trek.
FOR THE FEET:
-Thin Socks: Two pair of synthetic socks to wear under heavy wool socks. These help prevent blisters and keep feet dry.
-Thick Socks: Six pair of heavy wool or synthetic socks to wear for warmth with hiking boots.
-Hiking Boots: One pair medium weight hiking boots large enough to be comfortable with one liner sock and one heavy wool or synthetic sock.
-Gaiters: One pair of either high or low gaiters made of breathable
material to keep dirt and snow out of your boots.
-Tennis Shoes: These are to wear in camp after a day of hiking.
-Sleeping Bag and Stuff Sac: On the mountain Temperatures can get down to zero degrees Fahrenheit at night so bring a warm bag.
-Sleeping pad: A closed cell foam camping mattress is ok. An inflatable thermal-rest type is more comfortable
-Water Bottle: Two, one liter wide - mouthed plastic bottles.
-Water Treatment: This is very important. The water in East Africa is not unhealthy although its flora content is different from what you are used to. To keep your system running normally, we recommend you bring two bottles of "Potable Aqua" or "Polar Pure" crystal iodine in a bottle, to treat drinking water. Filtration pumps are also effective, but costly and rather bulky.
-Water flavoring: Wylers Lemonade, Tang, Gatorade, etc. these mixes are hard to come by in Tanzania and make treated water taste much better. Two bag or more.
FOR CARRYING YOUR GEAR:
-Frameless Pack: A medium size comfortable pack is adequate to carry personal gear. The pack should fit properly and have a good waist belt. Side pockets are recommended for soft packs. Personal loads with camera gear, water for the day and warm clothes are often between 18 and 25 pounds.
-Pack cover: Something waterproof to cover your pack when hiking in the rain. Otherwise bring a large plastic bag to line the inside.
-Duffle Bag: Medium size with lock for mountain gear, and the porters will be carrying them.
-Diffle Bag: Large enough to hold you non-mountain gear. This will meet you at the hotel after the climb
-Plastic Bag: Several, to double bag your sleeping bag and clothes on the mountain. It can rain every after noon.
FOR PERSONAL HEALTH AND COMFORT:
-Toiletries: Bring enough for entire trip. Keep simple and light. Few toiletries are available in Tanzania, however, so bring enough for all your needs.
-Flashlight and /or Headlamp: Important on summit day and just plain handy in camp. Plenty of batteries.
-Pocket knife: Simple Swiss army type with scissors
-Personal First Aid and Drugs Kit: please see recommended list below.
-Trail munchies: Bring plenty of snacks /trail food for personal interest, because most trekkers like that taste made from home in their pack. Touted as important accessory by those who have brought them in the past.
-Hot Drinks Mixes: We will try to provide as possible plenty of coffee, cocoa and tea, but noon caffeine drinks are not readily available here. Bring a supply of your favorite herbal teas.
-Towel: For washing up in camp, good for dry out quick a small one is fine, or you can use a bandana.
-Hand-wipes: Such as "washin Dries" for general hygiene.
RECOMMENDATIONS FOR YOUR PERSONAL FIRST AID DRUGS KIT:
-We will have gauze, tape, aspirin, medicated soap, antibiotic ointment, antacid tablets, some antibiotics, pain killers, eye treatments, anaphylaxis kit, immodium, compazine and diamox. Because of liability problems, prescription drugs will only be dispensed in the emergencies. We suggest you bring the following medical items. Please discuss this with your physician prior to come on this expedition.
-Intestinal Disorders: Compazine. 25mg rectal suppositories, for severe nausea, vomiting, Immodium to decrease diarrhea and cramping. Tetracycline, cipro or bactrin antibiotics for initial treatment of severe diarrhea. Activated charcoal has proven to be an effective first stage treatment.
-Cuts and Scrapes: Its wise to bring a supply of "Band Aids" to treat those abrasions, that mighty sometime occur.
-Infections: Antibiotic ointment for cuts and abrasions. Erythromycin or amoxycillin tablets for skin of soft tissue infections.
-Blisters: It is wise to bring your own small supply of blister treatment items to insure that you avoid letting any blister get out of hand.
-Headaches: Tylenol and tylenol with codeine to help relieve possible altitude headaches. Nothing stronger than codeine should be taken for fear of masking potential severe altitude problems while on the mountain.
-Insomnia: Halcion 15mg tablets. In high altitude mountaineering restlessness is not uncommon and sleep is very important. Halcion is a light sleeping pill, we do not recommend using any pills above 15,000 feet.
-High Altitude Sickness: Diamox (acetazolamide) 25mg tablets to be taken twice a day from 13,000 feet to the top. This drug is widely used in high altitude mountaineering and is very highly recommended by our staff.