Mount Kilimanjaro climbing, The name itself is a mystery wreathed in clouds. It might mean Mountain of Light, Mountain of Greatness or Mountain of Caravans. Or it might not. The local people, the Wachagga, don’t even have a name for the whole massif, only Kipoo (now known as Kibo) for the familiar snowy peak that stands imperious, overseer of the continent, the summit of Africa.

Of course Kilimanjaro, by any name, is a metaphor for the compelling beauty of East Africa. When you see it, you understand why. Not only is this the highest peak on the African continent. As well as the tallest free-standing mountain in the world, rising in breathtaking isolation from the surrounding coastal scrub land – elevation around 900 metres – to an imperious 5,895 meters (19,336 feet).

Additionally Kilimanjaro is one of the world’s most accessible high summits, a beacon for visitors from around the world. Most climbers reach the crater rim with little more than a walking stick, proper clothing and determination. And those who reach Uhuru Point, the actual summit, or Gillman’s Point on the lip of the crater, will have earned their climbing certificates.

But there is so much more to Kili than her summit. The ascent of the slopes is a virtual climatic world tour, from the tropics to the Arctic.
Even before you cross the national park boundary (at the 2,700m contour), the cultivated footslopes give way to lush montane forest, inhabited by elusive elephant, leopard, buffalo, the endangered Abbot’s duiker, and other small antelope and primates. Higher still lies the moorland zone, where a cover of giant heather is studded with otherworldly giant lobelias.


Furthermore above 4,000m, a surreal alpine desert supports little life other than a few hardy mosses and lichen. Then, finally, the last vestigial vegetation gives way to a winter wonderland of ice and snow – and the magnificent beauty of the roof of the continent. Contact us for more information

kilimanjaro climbing
kilimanjaro climbing

Climber’s Packing List

When Climbing Kilimanjaro there are gears that should be considered, these are gears that help you getting onto the pick.

Baggage Day pack

for you to carry…You will need clothes for hiking during the day, lounging in the evening, and for sleeping. Correspondingly layers are important as temperatures vary greatly.

Cold weather Accessories

Mittens and/or gloves (waterproof, one thin pair, one thick pair that can be layered), Wool or pile hat, Balaclava or neck gator

Footwear Accessories

Be sure to break in your shoes before the hike!, Trekking shoes for hiking during the day, preferably warm, waterproof, and with ankle-support – not too light and not too heavy

Sleeping Accessories

Sleeping bag (25 degrees C/-10 degrees F or colder is recommended), Sleeping pad and repair kit, Tents are supplied by Excellent Guides at no charge

Gifts for Guides, Porters, Locals

(Option) Shoes, Any warm clothing, T-shirts, Hats, Nerf football, Frisbees, Candy, Pens


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

Packing for your flight to Africa

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


U-shaped neck pillow (blow-up), Books/magazines, Toiletries, Snacks, Water, Walkman and music, Eye shades, ear plugs, Melanin or other sleep aid, Critical climbing gear (in case baggage is delayed)

First Aid

Ibuprofen, Acetaminophen, or Aspirin, Throat lozenges, Band aids, Moleskin, Sunscreen (SPF 15+), Lip balm with sunscreen, Insect repellent, Disinfectant, Antiseptic cream, Bandages and tape, Diahrea medicine, Antihistamines, 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)

Gear Accessories

Water bottles and Camel back (2-3lts), 3 liters of bottled water before the trip, Gatorade or other drink mix helps with taste and minerals. Water filter or iodine purification tablets, Sun hat with brim, Sunglasses, Bandana, Money ($400 or more in cash and/ including some small U.S., Euro, or Tanzanian bills), Ski or trekking poles, Headlamp or flashlight, Camera, film, tripod, Video camera, tapes, Batteries, Bring extra sets for headlamp/flashlight and camera as cold weather shortens their life, Binoculars, Notebook, journal, pencil, and pen, Pocket knife