Here’s what you need
- Soft duffel bag for all gear and clothing being brought on trail (No hard frame or wheeled suitcases or bags can be brought on the mountain, as these will be carried by the porters. A hard suitcase can be brought and stored with additional clothing at the hotel during the climb).
- 25-45L daypack which you will use daily
- Sleeping bag rated to zero degrees or lower
- Trekking poles
- Headlamp with extra batteries and extra light bulb
- Three one liter water bottles or hydration bladder. (If you opt for a bladder, please also bring at least 2 one liter bottles as bladders may freeze on summit day).
- Sunscreen. Highest possible SPF rating.
- Blister bandages or moleskin
- Small band aids
- Wet wipes and small camp towel
- Toiletries and personal medication
- External batteries for phone / camera
- Camera, journal, cards, etc for entertainment at camp
- Sleeping bag liner
Please consult your trusted health and/or medical professional regarding treatments or medications that treat muscle soreness, headache, vomiting, altitude sickness, dizziness, allergies and/or sleeplessness
Your duffel bag on Kilimanjaro (including sleeping bag and pad) cannot exceed 20 kilograms or 44 pounds in weight.
- Hiking boots, waterproof with sturdy soles
- Wool hiking socks, mid weight
- Wool hiking socks, heavy expedition weight
- Long sleeve base layers (synthetic and moisture wicking)
- Long pant base layer (long underwear, running tights, etc)
- Light synthetic shirts or tank tops for warmer days
- Hiking pants
- Hiking shorts (optional, one pair recommended)
- Insulating mid layers, mid weight (fleece or down jacket or vest)
- Insulating mid layers, heavy weight (heavy down jacket)
- Mountaineering or ski pants (insulating and weatherproof)
- Waterproof, windproof shell
- Light gloves
- Heavy weight gloves or mittens (mountaineering grade)
- Warm hat
- Sun hat or baseball cap
- Balaclava or buff
- Casual clothes for camp
- Sunglasses with UV protection
- Hotels before and after summit climb
- Transport between airport and hotel
- All park, camp and rescue fees
- Tents and sleeping mattresses
- Private toilet tent on the mountain
- Transport between Moshi and gates at start and finish of climb
- Licensed, experienced, English-speaking mountain guides
- Licensed assistant guides, porters, and cooks
- Three quality meals a day during trek
- International airfare
- Comprehensive travel insurance and any incidental rescue fees
- Personal gear or clothing for the climb is not provided
- Tips for your guides and porters
All flights should arrive at and depart from Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO). Transfer is included in the trip price for anyone arriving between 9AM and 4PM on day one of the itinerary. Transfers outside of that window will be arranged for a small extra fee.
If you can take an extra day off, we recommend building a day into your travel plans and arriving a day prior to day one on the itinerary. This will give you a cushion should there be flight delays. Discover Outdoors will make arrangements for the extra hotel night. There is a fee for the hotel and special transfer.
If you are only hiking Mount Kilimanjaro and not participating in the safari, then you should book a return flight on the final day of the itinerary. For the safari goers, please reference the Safari trip page for details.
Adventure travel trips are confirmed by DO three months in advance. If you prefer to book your flight before that time, we recommend purchasing flight insurance. DO is not responsible for any change fees or additional costs associated should a trip be cancelled prior to three months.
Once booked, please forward your flight itinerary to [email protected].
Traveling to Tanzania
For more specific information on health precautions for travel in Tanzania, consult your doctor and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, www.cdc.gov.
It is best to check with your doctor regarding vaccinations for Typhoid, Hepatitis A and B and treatments for malaria. Also be sure that your diphtheria-tetanus vaccination is up to date.
One of the most common health risks for visitors to Tanzania is “traveler’s diarrhea,” which can be caused by bacteria, parasites or viruses transmitted through food or water. Despite precautions taken at our hotels and in all the food preparation, you can expect to experience one or more days of “discomfort” while in Tanzania due to your body’s unfamiliarity with local bacteria. There are many over-the-counter remedies and antibiotics available in Moshi to relieve upset stomachs, but it’s also a good idea to bring some with you.
It is risky to purchase food from street vendors unless the food has been cooked and is still hot. However, if you purchase fruit or vegetables from street vendors, we recommend buying products that you can peel or wash in purified water, and always wash your hands before eating.
Tanzania is generally a safe and pleasant place but as with any destination, it’s important to be aware of possible hazards. Violent crime is almost unheard of in the regions we visit. In the rare instances crime does occur, it’s usually petty theft. To limit your susceptibility, we suggest you always travel with at least one other person when going out, and that you avoid flaunting jewelry, cameras, expensive watches and other items that may be tempting to a thief.
The standard unit of currency in Tanzania is the shilling. As of October, 2017, 1 US Dollar is the equivalent to 2,245 shillings. The shilling can fluctuate, however, so we suggest you check the online Universal Currency Converter at www.xe.com or with your bank for the most up-to-date information close to the time of your departure.
Credit cards are accepted in Moshi and ATMs are available though can have limits on cash you can withdraw. Please consult your bank for their policies regarding international travel, credit card and ATM use.
Tanzania is seven hours ahead of New York.
Electricity in Tanzania is 230 Volts, alternating at 50 cycles per second. If you travel to Tanzania with a device that does not accept 230 Volts at 50 Hertz, you will need a voltage converter.
There are three main types of voltage converter. Resistor-network converters will usually be advertised as supporting something like 50-1600 Watts. They are light-weight and support high-wattage electrical appliances like hair dryers and irons. However, they can only be used for short periods of time and are not ideal for digital devices.
Transformers will have a much lower maximum Watt rating, usually 50 or 100. Transformers can often be used continuously and provide better electricity for low wattage appliances like battery chargers, radios, laptop computers, cameras, mp3 players and camcorders. However, they are heavy because they contain large iron rods and lots of copper wire.
Outlets in Tanzania generally accept 2 types of plug: Three round pins arranged in a triangle, and two parallel flat pins with ground pin
A valid passport, along with evidence of return or onward flight, is required for U.S. citizens traveling to Tanzania. A visa can be purchased at the airport for $100 US.
Moshi in February has an average high temperature of 88 degrees Fahrenheit and an average low of 63. With the many layers you will have for the rest of your journey, you will be well prepared for your time in Moshi.
The weather on Kilimanjaro is quite diverse. The climb starts through a wide belt of wet tropical forest then goes through zones with generally decreasing temperatures and rainfall to the summit where there is permanent ice and sub-freezing temperatures.
Most hiking days will range from 45-60 degrees during the daylight hours. Evenings at the start of the climb are typically between 35-50 degrees. As you ascend higher, temperatures will drop dramatically, especially when the sun is not out. Evenings at elevation can get as cold as 10-20 degrees. On summit day, you may encounter temperatures as cold as zero or below during the start of your ascent.
For that reason, it is essential to have appropriately rated gear and clothing that can adapt to a wide range of conditions.
Your stay in Machame will be at the Aishi Machame, located about 15 minutes from Moshi. These accommodations were carefully selected and chosen based on its ideal location, cleanliness and excellent staff. You will be able to leave any belongings stored safely behind during your climb.
On the mountain, you'll be sleeping in large backpacking tents and will be assigned a roommate based on your gender preference. Tents and gear will be carried and set up by porters throughout the trek.
Upon registration, a member of our team will be in touch to discuss training and preparation. Three months is the recommended amount of time to engage in a training plan. Your workouts should be a mix of cardio endurance (hiking, stair climbing, running, HIIT workouts) and weight training. When possible, back to back hiking days are highly recommended as a way to simulate your mountain experience.
The thin air as you get into the higher elevation on Kilimanjaro may take some adjustment. The lower supply of oxygen at high elevations makes exercising more difficult, and you may experience shortness of breath during hikes. Keep in mind that predisposition to altitude sickness does not correlate to an individual’s level of fitness. The altitude in this area can prove challenging no matter what shape you’re in. If you’re not yet feeling acclimated when the trip begins, we suggest taking it easy, eating light meals, drinking lots of water and avoiding alcohol. Usually, it takes no more than a day or two to feel comfortable at higher elevations.
The combination of high altitude and strenuous exercise greatly increases your body’s need for fluids. It is extremely important to drink lots of liquids to prevent heatstroke and dehydration. It’s a good idea to consume at least three liters of water per day and to drink as often as possible – don’t wait until you are thirsty.
Your guide will be constantly monitoring your status, asking questions and making sure you are consuming enough water and food. Please communicate openly and honestly about your status.
It is recommended that you consult with your physician before attempting this trek.
This trip is recommended for anyone looking to take on a unique challenge and immerse themselves in a new culture. Kilimanjaro is a non-technical ascent, meaning that there are no additional skills needed other than basic comfort outdoors and a strong level of fitness. Upon registration, you'll be connected to your Discover Outdoors guide, who will make recommendations on preparation. Early sign up is encouraged to allow for maximum time to train.