A photocopy of your travel insurance and passport
Walking boots, If you are buying new boots for this trip please ensure they are well broken in before departure. Few things will make you more miserable during the trek tan blisters.
Runners or sandals (To wear in transit & around camp
Mid - weight hiking socks x3. At least three pairs, some people choose to bring a pair of socks for each day of trekking
Lightweight liner socks (for summit night)
Underwear , we recommend you bring enough so you are comfortable at all times. Synthetic rather than cotton underwear is advisable.
Shorts x1 (knee length or below)
Lightweight trousers x1
Synthetic/wool/silk long johns (for night time use and summit night).
Waterproof trousers (N.B .Make sure the trousers have zips to the knee at least)
Long sleeve base layers x 2 (silk, wool or synthetic)
A down jacket. It must be heavy weight with a hood (at least 600 grams in weight)
A fleece hat to wear in the mornings and evenings, A balaclava / a buff and Sunglasses (category 3).
Rucksack: This is a small rucksack (30 to 35 litres) to carry your equipment you will need while trekking such as your camera, spare jacket, waterproof jacket, water bottle and packed lunch.
Duffel bag (90 litres) of large rucksack to carry your equipment while trekking. We recommend you use something strong and sturdy as this bag will be carried by the support team.
Dry bags (if either your day bag orduffel bad do not have sufficient waterproofing and to separate your equipment in your bags)
Water bottle (2 x 1 litre nelgenes) & water bladder (2 litre). You must have the capacity to carry at least three litres of water while walking *Please note that disposable plastic water bottles are illegal on the mountain.
Toiletries N.B as little as possible, if you are travelling with friends try to share toiletries. *Wet wipes and a nailbrush are very useful.
Personal snacks; although sufficient food is supplied throughout the trek you need to bring your own supply of high energy snacks for the expedition. Bring snacks you enjoey eating such as sweets, energy bars &chocolate
Personal first aid kit. You need to have enough supplies for the duration of your expedition. We recommend you carry the following Rehydration salts Palsters Compeed Paracetamol Imodium Motilium Throat lozenges Nasal spray Decongestant such as Sudafed Antibiotics suitable to treat travelers diarrhea Ciprofloxacin or something with similar coverage would be the most suitable antibiotic, please consult your doctor for up to date advice. The expedition medic will have a full medical kit to deal with issues of a more serious nature
Your vaccination booklet
A sleeping bag liner (This is not essential but it helps to keep your sleeping bag clean and adds an extra season)
We ensure that all drinking water provided to you is treated correctly but you may still with to bring your own personal supply of tablets/drops for water purification such as iodine or chlorine. Powdered fruit juice can be used to disguised taste of the purification.
A camera, Ear plugs, and A book and/or writing paper
Hand warmer sachets and Small towel for washing
Diamox (tablet from not capsules;) if yu have decided to take it . for more information about Daimox its uses and side effects please refer to the information o AMS and Daimox in this document.
Your vaccination booklet
Walking poles, A pair of down mitts.
A warm sleeping bag (comfort rating of -15o C or lower).
Sun cream at least factor 30 and SPF Lip balm.
Hand sanities. You need to have enough supplies for the duration of your expedition
A spare set of clothes to wear after you finish the expedition.
Insect repellent, diet based products are best
Personal medication Malarial Prophylaxis (consult with your own GP or the Travel Health Clinic) Please carry any medication you are currently taking on a regular basis such as: Asthma inhalers Nutritional supplements Blood pressure tablets If you suffer or have suffered from any skin condition, bring appropriate creams such as Canesten Zovirax Anusol Hydrogortisome 1%
Swimming togs for the pool at the lodge after the trek
For glasses/contact wearers we advise bringing both glasses & contact lenses. Daily disposable lenses rather than monthlies are highly recommended
Kiswahili and English are the official languages spoken by most people living in Tanzania, you may also try to learn some basic Kiswahili before you go, to help you enjoy your trip more!
Tanzania is a tropical country and vaccines are sensible (typhoid, polio, tetanus and yellow fever). Malaria is common and occurs all year round; you must take anti-malarial measures, especially in areas below 1800m! Always check the latest recommendations with your clinic or doctor.
The official unit of currency is the Tanzanian shilling (TZS), divided into 100 cents. The tourism industry prices everything in US Dollars and they are the preferred unit of currency. Major currencies can be exchanged in the larger towns.
Foreign exchange bureau in the main towns usually offer a better rate on traveler’s cheques than do the banks. ATMs are available in major cities only. Major lodges, some hotels and travel agents in urban areas accept credit cards, but these should not be relied on and can incur a 10% surcharge.