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Kilimanjaro Climb and Safari

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    Price
    $7100
    Deposit
    $1500
    Duration
    15 days
    Difficulty
    Level 2
    Type
    Trekking
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Kilimanjaro Climb and Safari

Kilimanjaro Climb and Safari

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  • Price
    $7100
    Deposit
    $1500
    Duration
    15 days
    Difficulty
    Level 2
    Type
    Trekking
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What You’ll Need

A list of required personal equipment accompanies every RMI program, and the thought process behind each item is much greater than simply “preparing for the worst and hoping for the best.” The list for your program takes into account factors such as: seasonality, route conditions, weather, elevation and more. As such, this list is framed within the broadest of contexts and is dynamic by its very nature. Therefore, certain variables (additions and/or subtractions) are inherent within such an all-encompassing list. We make every effort to recommend only top of the line clothing and technical gear and it is never our intention for you to buy or rent unnecessary gear.

The Guide Pick is an example of the listed item, giving you an idea of the material and specifications of the item. This exact item does not need to be purchased or used; however, any item you choose must have similar characteristics and performance abilities to the Guide Pick.

RMI Guides concur on the potential necessity of every item, thus every item on the list is required at gear check. However, guides may also have suggestions derived from their experience, some of which will vary from a given list. The guides’ recommendation whether to bring along or leave behind certain item(s) comes during the gear check, when the team first meets. Occasionally this recommendation comes at the expense of having previously purchased an item. If a guide presents the option of leaving behind certain item(s) on the list of required equipment, it is for a reason. Their recommendation may be related to the weather, route conditions, freezing level, perceived strength of the party, or desired pack weight.

Ultimately, there will never be a consensus for a “perfect” equipment list for an ascent. It does not exist because of the multitude of variables faced by climbers throughout the climb. Please follow this equipment list closely so that you will arrive for the gear check with all the required items. Keep in mind the list is not black and white, fine tuning will occur once you meet with your guide. Have a great climb!


  • Most of the required equipment is available for rent or purchase from our affiliate Whittaker Mountaineering. RMI climbers receive a 10% discount on new clothing and equipment items ordered from Whittaker Mountaineering when they use code RMI2019 at checkout. This offer excludes sale items, rentals, meal packages, and Feathered Friends.

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Equipment List

    • BACKPACK

      A 35-45 liter pack is the recommended size for this trek.
      To protect your backpack and straps we recommend you place it in your checked baggage for your international flight.  On the trek/climb this will be used to carry all of your personal gear needed while on the trail (warm jacket, rain layer, water, camera, etc) not including any of the gear that will be carried by our mountain staff (sleeping bag, extra clothes, etc).

    • DAY PACK (OPTIONAL)

      A 20 -25 liter day pack can be used as your carry-on while traveling or can be used while sightseeing. This will not be used on the trek. If you have some other preferred way to carry a few miscellaneous items, then there is no need to bring this day pack. 

    • GLACIER GLASSES

      You will need protective sunglasses, either dark-lensed with side shields or full wrap-around frames. Almost all sunglasses block UV-A, UV-B and infrared rays adequately. Pay attention to the visible light transmission. The darkest lenses (glacier glasses) only allow approx. 6% visible light to get through, while lighter lenses (driving glasses) let in as much as 20+ %. A good rule of thumb is that if you can see the wearer’s pupils through the lenses, they are too light for sun protection at altitude.

    • 2 BATTERIES

      With an early evening sunset many hours in camp are spent after dark. A fresh set should be used for summit push.

    • Each glove layer is worn separately as conditions change during the climb.

    • We recommend a minimum of five upper body layers, all of which can be used in conjunction with each other. Two of these should be insulating layers, one light and one medium, that fit well together. Today there are many different layering systems to choose from, including fleece, soft-shell, down and synthetic options.

    • We recommend a system of four layers, all of which can be used in conjunction with each other. Products which combine several layers into one garment, such as traditional ski pants, don’t work well as they don’t offer the versatility of a layering system.

    • SUNSCREEN

      We recommend small tubes of SPF 15 or higher, which can be carried in pockets for easy access and to prevent freezing.

    • MEALS

      See the Food tab for suggestions and quantities.

    • 1 - 2 PAIR CHEMICAL TOE WARMERS
    • 2 WATER BOTTLES

      Hard-sided, screw-top, one-liter water bottles with wide mouths are required. Plastics made with high post-consumer recycled content and BPA-Free are recommended.

    • SMALL HAND TOWEL

      Daily wash water provided.  Towel is used to dry face and hands.

    • LUGGAGE LOCKS

      For your duffel bags. Must be TSA approved.

    • CAMERA
    • BINOCULARS
    • 2 PAIR SHORTS
    • 2 PAIR CASUAL PANTS
    • 3 SHIRTS

      For hotel dinners and while traveling.

    • SWEATER / SWEATSHIRT
    • COMFORTABLE SHOES
    • SWIMSUIT
    • TOOTHBRUSH
    • TOOTHPASTE
    • 2 - 3 HAND SANITIZER(S)

      Personal size (2 oz.) bottle.

    • 1 ROLL TOILET PAPER

      We recommend packable, biodegradable, personal size rolls.

    • PEE BOTTLE & PEE FUNNEL (FOR WOMEN)

      Pee bottle should be 1 to 1 1/2 quart size.

    • BAND-AIDS
    • ASPRIN / IBUPROFEN / TYLENOL
    • ANTACIDS
    • IMODIUM (ANTI-DIARRHEA)
    • PEPTO-BISMOL (STOMACH RELIEF)
    • SMALL ROLL OF ADHESIVE TAPE
    • We recommend you speak with your physician about which medications make sense to have for remote international travel and/or high altitude climbing. We suggest the following:

    • ANTIBIOTICS

      Broad spectrum antibiotics for Traveler's Diarrhea, urinary tract infection, pneumonia, etc.
      Ciprofloxacin (500mg tablets), Metronidazole, Azithromycin (250mg tablets).

    • ACETAZOLAMIDE

      For prevention or treatment of Acute Mountain Sickness.
      Acetazolamide (125mg tablets).

    • ANTI-MALARIA MEDICATIONS
    • DEXAMETHAZONE

      For treatment of altitude illness.
      Dexamethasone (4mg tablets).

    • 12 OZ. INSULATED MUG

      Stainless steel or plastics made with high post-consumer recycled content are recommended.

    • CLEANSING FACE WIPES
    • BABY POWDER
    • READING MATERIAL / JOURNAL
    • iPOD
    • PERSONAL UMBRELLA
    • PASSPORT

      Valid for six months beyond your return date.

    • COPY OF PASSPORT

      The first two pages of your passport.

    • COPY OF FLIGHT ITINERARY
    • 2 EXTRA PASSPORT PHOTOS
    • IMMUNIZATION RECORD
    • Purchase travel insurance.

    • Purchase airplane tickets.

    • Reserve rental equipment.

    • Be in the Best Shape of Your Life!


Provided Equipment

RMI provides the following equipment for your program: sleeping tents, dining tent, stoves, group cooking equipment, fuel, tables, chairs, and private biological toilet at each camp.

Every guide on your climb will carry rescue equipment and a first aid kit. Each climb has two-way radios and a satellite phone for emergency contact.

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