2,1) What do I need for the climb?
Well, if you are asking about clothing and equipment, use our checklist to guide you. Try to be ruthless when packing as bringing too much will – quite literally – be a burden, either to you or your porters. For your daypack, our Trip notes will guide you as to its recommended weight (maximum 6kg) and its suggested contents.
2.2) Do I need to bring a sleeping-bag and a mattress?
You can bring your own sleeping-bag, but as an alternative, you can hire a warm one from us. Easy Travel will provide you with a mattress to use on your climb, included in the trip cost.
2.3) Is it true that we are banned from bringing plastic bags to Tanzania?
In May 2019, the Tanzanian Government imposed a ban on single-use plastic bags in the country. This measure is to help protect our environment. The ‘ziploc’ style of bag typically used to carry toiletries is not banned, though visitors should not dispose of these in Tanzania: take them home with you. Please do not bring any other type of plastic bags with you!
2.4) Can I use a drone on Kilimanjaro?
Quite simply, no. Without obtaining permission from the Tanzanian authorities, the use of drones is illegal. Obtaining such permission is a lengthy and costly process (for a start, you need to have a licence to pilot an aircraft!) and Easy Travel cannot assist in this process. Bringing a drone to Tanzania without permission can lead to a jail sentence. Instead, bring a good camera or camera phone and you will get some brilliant photos to treasure
2.5) What kind of bags should I bring on my climb?
You will bring two bags on your climb, one will be your daypack – which you will carry each day of the hike – and the other will be a larger bag for your porter to carry.
Your daypack should be a maximum of 6kg (13lb) when full, and be used for your daily essentials such as your water, any snacks/energy bars, camera, waterproofs and an extra layer of clothing. Make sure you have hiked with this bag before you arrive, so that you know it will be comfortable on Kilimanjaro.
The second bag will carry the rest of the stuff on the packing list and will therefore be larger and weigh a maximum of 14kg (30lbs) to comply with the regulations on treating porter welfare. This bag can either be a backpack style or a holdall style, but in either case it should be waterproof or have a good rain cover. In this bag will be your spare clothing and other gear. You will not be able to access this bag during the daily hike, only at each campsite.
2.6) What weight limit is there on the luggage I bring on the climb?
You should pack as light as possible, using our packing list. Your daypack should be no heavier than 6kg (13lbs), not forgetting that you will also have to carry around 3 liters of water with you on each day’s hike. Most of your gear will be carried by a porter, but we would ask you to limit the amount you ask your porter to carry to 15kgs (33lbs). If you are going on safari or visiting Zanzibar before or after your climb, then you can leave any excess luggage with us at Easy Travel while you undertake your climb, at no extra charge. Any valuables can be left in the hotel safe in Arusha.
2.7) What sort of tents are used by Easy Travel?
At Easy Travel, we pay a great deal of attention to the equipment we use on the mountain, and tents are no exception. We choose either Vaude or Kailas tents, tough, hardwearing and ideally suited to the varied conditions you’ll find on Kilimanjaro. Our tents are designed to sleep three or more people, however we only ever put two people maximum in each tent.
2.8) Do I have to share my tent with anyone?
Our trips are all based on two people sharing accommodation, so you will share your tent and hotel room. On a group climb, you will be ‘paired up’ with a room-mate, unless you already have one. (Any allocated room-mate will, of course, be of the same gender.) If you want a tent and hotel room to yourself, then please let us know when making your reservation. A supplement will be payable.
2.9) Who carries our luggage up the mountain?
While you will carry your own daypack with your daily essentials, the rest of your luggage will be taken by a porter. We ask you to limit the weight that your porter carries to 15kg (33lbs); they also carry 5kg (11lbs) of their own gear, in accordance with KPAP (Kilimanjaro Porters’ Assistance Project) guidance. We at Easy Travel take the welfare of our porters very seriously, so please keep to this limit. If you have any excess above this weight, then this can be safely stored by us until your climb is complete.
2.10) How much should my daypack weigh?
We recommend a maximum weight of 5 to 6kg (11 to 13lbs) for your daypack. Believe us, you will appreciate a light daypack as you progress up the mountain.
2.11) What clothing and equipment do I need to climb Kilimanjaro?
It is crucial to have the proper technical clothing and equipment on a climb as challenging as this. You can see the full list of recommended items here, but if you have any additional questions, please ask your Easy Travel representative.
2.12) What clothing and equipment is available for rental?
If you don’t want to carry everything to Tanzania, Easy Travel has a variety of gear available for hire. This ranges from daypacks to sleeping bags, as well a variety of clothing and equipment. You can see the full list of what’s available and how much it costs in here.
2.13) Anything else?
Inform yourself about the climb, prepare yourself for the climb, and tackle it with a positive attitude! None of these either weigh anything or cost anything, but they are very important.