How Do I Prepare to Climb Mountain Kilimanjaro?
Before starting a physical training program, it's always wise to get the approval of a doctor (especially if you are over 45 years). Have your doctor know your plan to climb the highest free standing mountain in the World at an altitude of 5,895 m and will advice your health status.
Kilimanjaro is a stroll, so the best preparation you can have is to walk, preferably under simulated conditions. Although to some extent it will help you to jogging your muscles. We advise you to have a regularly walk long distances.
Everybody is able to reach the summit of the Kilimanjaro but what you supposed to have a positive mind that you are going to make it. Avoid panic, fear, loose, hope and take it as a swimming tour and keep focus to conquer the summit.
Gear list preparation.
You supposed to bring personal gear and equipments while communal equipments such as (tents, food, cooking items, etc.) are provided.
Below is a gear list of required, recommended and optional items to bring on your Kilimanjaro climb.
- 1 - Waterproof Jacket, breathable with hood
- 1 - Insulated Jacket, synthetic or down
- 1 - Soft Jacket, fleece or soft-shell
- 2 - Long Sleeve Shirt, light-weight, moisture-wicking fabric
- 1 - Short Sleeve Shirt, light-weight, moisture-wicking fabric
- 1 - Waterproof Pants, breathable (side-zipper recommended)
- 2 - Hiking Pants (convertible to shorts recommended)
- 1 - Fleece Pants
- 1 - Shorts (optional)
- 1 - Long Underwear (moisture-wicking fabric recommended)
- 3 - Underwear, briefs (moisture-wicking fabric recommended)
- 2 - Sport Bra (women)
- 1 - Hiking Boots, warm, waterproof, broken-in, with spare laces
- 1 - Gym Shoes, to wear at camp (optional)
- 3 - Socks, thick, wool or synthetic
- 3 - Sock Liners, tight, thin, synthetic, worn under socks to prevent blisters (optional)
- 1 - Gaiters, waterproof (optional)
- 1 - Sleeping Bag, warm, four seasons
- 1 - Sleeping Bag Liner, for added warmth (optional)
- 1 - Sleeping Pad, self-inflating or closed-cell foam
- 1 - Trekking Poles (highly recommended)
- 1 - Head lamp, with extra batteries
- 1 - Duffel bag, for porters to carry your equipment
- 1 - Daypack, for you to carry your personal gear.
- Trip Receipt
- Visa (available at JRO)
- Immunization Papers
- Insurance Documents
- 1 - Brimmed Hat, for sun protection
- 1 - Knit Hat, for warmth
- 1 - Balaclava, for face coverage (optional)
- 1 - Bandana (optional)
- 1 - Gloves, warm (waterproof recommended)
- 1 - Glove Liners, thin, synthetic, worn under gloves for added warmth (optional)
- 1 - Sunglasses or Goggles
- 1 - Backpack Cover, waterproof (optional)
- 1 - Poncho, during rainy season (optional)
- 1 - Water Bottle (Nalgene, 32 oz. recommended)
- 1 - Water Bladder, Camelbak type (optional)
- 1 - Towel, lightweight, quick-dry (optional)
- 1 - Pee Bottle, to avoid leaving tent at night (highly recommended)
- Stuff Sacks or Plastic Bags, various sizes, to keep gear dry and separate
- Lip Balm
- Insect Repellent, containing DEET
- First Aid Kit
- Hand Sanitizer
- Toilet Paper
- Wet Wipes (recommended)
- Snacks, light-weight, high calorie, high energy (optional)
- Pencil and Notebook, miniature, for trip log (optional)
- Camera, with extra batteries (optional)