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Upon inquiry, you’ll receive a detailed equipment checklist and guidance to help you prepare. Many of our guests find they already have some of the items we recommend, for example, hiking boots, base layers, warm hat, fleece sweaters, and gloves.

We will send you a comprehensive equipment checklist, including items available for hire, upon inquiry. Prices are for the duration of the climb, not per day, and costs can be paid in USD$ cash at your briefing. All equipment is of good quality, however, we advise bringing your own walking boots, socks, and base layer clothing, as these will inevitably be a better fit than items you hire. 

Mattresses are closed-cell foam, approximately 7cm thick with a heavy-duty cover, insulating you well from the ground. If you plan to bring your own inflatable mattress, it’s worth investing in a good quality one as cheaper versions are prone to leaks and punctures. Premium climbs include mattresses as part of the package price.

Additional luggage you do not need to take up the mountain can be left safely in storage at your accommodation or our offices. We recommend you ensure any valuables are signed in to the hotel safe, and where possible left at home!

The maximum weight is 15kg. Porter loads are strictly adhered to, to protect the porters as well as following Kilimanjaro National Park regulations.

  • Toiletries, wipes & quick wick towel for washing at camp
  • Extra medication (replenish daysack at night and leave spares with your porter)
  • Sleeping Bag
  • Sleeping Mattress
  • Down/Ski jacket
  • All warm summit clothing e.g. thick gloves, thick summit trousers, balaclava, etc.
  • Other spare clothing you’re not wearing that day
  • Running shoes for the evenings at camp (optional)
  • Snacks (replenish daysack at night and leave spares with your porter)
  • Other small items not needed during the day (e.g. book, earplugs, spare batteries, power pack, etc.)

You will carry a daysack which contains items needed during the hiking day. You will not see your main porter bag until you arrive at camp. Your guide will tell you exactly what you need to carry in this bag. Be careful to keep the weight down where possible, whilst carrying everything necessary. Every small item adds up and water adds considerable weight. Your bag will likely weigh around 7-10kg once full.

  • Water (guide will indicate volume needed each day and refill locations)
  • Snacks (replenish at night from porter bag)
  • Waterproof Trousers & Jacket
  • Spare warm clothes, gloves, hat (guide will advise you what you need at evening briefings as this varies according to weather and elevation)
  • Sun cream & SPF lip protection
  • Sunhat & Sunglasses
  • Buff/bandana
  • Valuables e.g. tip money, passport, credit card
  • Small first aid kit including personal medication, blister treatment; oral rehydration; painkillers & anti-inflammatories; diarrhea tablets; throat lozenges, etc. (replenish at night as required)
  • Hygiene kit – tissue, wet-wipes, antibacterial gel, biodegradable diaper bags to put tissue in whilst on the trail (to be disposed of later at camp) (replenish at night)
  • Mosquito repellent (first and last day only)
  • Walking poles (optional)
  • Camera (optional)
  • Mobile phone (optional)
  • Solar charger (optional)

Ensure daypack contents are waterproof, using a rain cover, dry bags/rubble sacks.

Our equipment list includes everything you need for summit night and will give you the flexibility to adjust layers according to the temperature. When you start climbing on summit night you may not be that cold, but the temperature drops considerably through the night, even more so if you are exposed to the wind. Once the sun rises you need to take layers off again.

Our guides recommend the following:

  • Lower Body: warm socks; thermal leggings; thick walking trousers/fleece trousers; waterproof trousers (for wind rather than rain).
  • Upper Body: a short-sleeved base layer; long-sleeved thin base layer; long-sleeved mid layer; microfleece; warmer fleece; down jacket; hat & gloves.

You don’t need to wear your waterproof jacket if it’s not raining, but it needs to fit over your layers if it is!

A down jacket or ski jacket is critical, but it doesn’t really matter which it is. You will also wear it in the mess tents at night as the temperature rapidly drops when the sun goes down and can use it as a pillow! Ski jackets can be bulky and heavier, so down is preferable, but there’s no need to buy a new down jacket if you already have an alternative that will keep you warm.

Gaiters stop water entering your walking boots if it rains; protect your trousers from damage, especially in scree; stop dust and scree entering your boots, especially on the descent from the summit; and protect your legs from nettles in the rainforest.

Trekking poles have a number of benefits, especially if you have trouble with your knees or hips. There is scientific evidence they reduce the forces on your body, especially when walking down steep hills. Poles improve power and endurance when walking uphill, as energy output is distributed over more muscle groups. They help with balance on uneven trails and improve posture, which in turn can help with breathing.

From experience, we strongly recommend walking boots with ankle support. Trail running shoes are fine for shorter walks on less rocky terrain, but due to the prolonged nature of a Kilimanjaro climb and the rough terrain, in particular the screen on summit night, there is quite a high chance of twisting an ankle if you don’t have ankle support. While some people choose to climb without boots, clients who have done this later commented that their feet felt bruised and sore underfoot after a few days, detracting from their enjoyment. Walking boots generally have stiffer soles with more support overall. It would be such a shame if you were unable to reach the summit due to an ankle sprain.

There is a lot of information, which can be confusing. Please remember that whilst people are well-meaning, many have only climbed Kilimanjaro once and may not be regular trekkers! Our equipment list has been designed through years of personal experience on the mountain in collaboration with our guides and past guests, so follow our checklist and you will be fine.

No! We use either a Katydyn filter or water purification tablets to treat the water, making it safe for you to drink. You do not need to bring these yourself. Since the tablets are usually chlorine-based, there can be a slight lingering taste in the water.  You can bring neutralizing tablets, electrolytes or flavored cordial/squash to cover the taste.

Our cooks prepare three hot, nutritious meals daily, as well as snacks and afternoon tea.
Delicious vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free and other special meals can be provided. Please let us know in advance. If you would like more details or a sample menu, please ask.

 

The government has given specific guidance regarding plastic bags. The ban is largely aimed at single-use carrier bags. Large refuse sacks or black bags are accepted, as are Ziplock bags, as long as you plan to take them home after your climb and not to dispose of them in Tanzania. We encourage you to use reusable or biodegradable bags wherever possible.

You are unlikely to come into contact with many animals on the mountain. As the number of trekkers has increased over the years, the animals have retreated. You may see Colobus and Blue monkeys in the rainforest along with a variety of birds. Large white-necked ravens and four striped mice scavenge in camps. Malachite Sunbirds are often seen and heard in the heath and moorland zone and the national park is working hard to encourage native rodents around the Shira Plateau.

At the base of the mountain, average temperatures are 70 to 90°F (21 to 32°C) throughout the year. On the summit, temperatures range from -10 to 23°F (-23 to -5°C) with windchill. Weather is changeable, and you should be prepared for these extremes. Your guide will help you decide on appropriate clothing in a detailed daily briefing.

There are many videos online that make the Barranco Wall look incredibly exposed. However, while the wall is a scramble and will require you to use your hands, it is not a technical climb and no ropes are needed. Our guides are very skilled at helping people when they are nervous and most people who think they’ll be scared find they are absolutely fine. There is a footpath all the way up.

Only the Marangu Route goes up and down the same way, which we don’t recommend. Lemosho, Machame, and the Northern Circuit descend via the Mweka Route, which is used only for descent and food re-supply to the camps. Rongai descends via the Marangu Route. Descent routes are more direct, whereas ascent routes pass over ridges and valleys to allow your body to better acclimatize.

 

Our climbs have an arrival and departure day built-in. We recommend arriving at least one day early to give your body time to adjust to any time difference and recuperate from the journey. It also gives you a buffer in case a flight is canceled or delayed, or bags are lost or delayed.

If you arrive late the night before the climb you will miss our pre-climb briefing. We can arrange another briefing the morning of your climb; however, we suggest you plan to arrive earlier in the day or travel the day before. This way you have time to relax and recuperate for your climb.

Once you collect your bags at Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO), you’ll exit the building and one of our drivers will be standing outside the doors with a sign for African Scenic Safaris.

Once you are settled in Moshi your head guide will come to meet you for a full mountain briefing. They will check your equipment and help hire anything additional you might need. Whilst we realize some people have a lot of hiking experience, for many of our climbers this is not the case. It’s also a chance to meet other climbers in your group. During the briefing, your guide will discuss plans and logistics for the first day of your climb, amongst other important information to help you prepare.

On the majority of routes, you’ll trek 4-7 hours most days, aside from summit day which will likely be 10-15 hours. There are a few days where treks are longer, extending to as much as 10-11 hours for those trekkers who need to take their time! This is generally only one or two days in addition to the summit and not on the day immediately before your summit attempt.

Distances vary according to the route. Total distances covered range from around 30 to 60 miles (48-97 kilometers) in total, but often feel different at altitude!

It depends on how strong you’re feeling after the summit, but most climbers are back in Moshi around lunchtime.

Our crew all receive fair salaries; however, they also rely on the income they receive from tips. Our tipping guidelines are in line with KPAP and are recommended guidelines only. Below are standard tipping recommendations to be split between everyone in your group. We prefer you to distribute tips to crew members individually and directly at a ceremony held at the end of your climb. It is a good idea to bring some notes in lower denominations to assist with splitting funds. We will provide a tipping guide with specific crew numbers at your briefing, with envelopes to help you separate money into individual amounts.

Head Guide:

USD$20 per day

Assistant Guide(s):

USD$12 per day

Cook(s):

USD$12 per day

Porters:

USD$5-7 per day

In order to help you calculate a rough total tipping amount, we work with ratios of at least one guide per two clients and approximately four porters per client. Please remember porters carry food, gas, tents, etc. in addition to your personal luggage.

Beyond your climb, you will find people helping you with various other tasks. For example, there may be a porter at the airport to help carry your bag to the vehicle. At the lodge, someone may help bring your bags to your room. Whilst tipping is not culturally expected in these situations, it is appreciated and is worth having some USD$1 notes available for this.

On the first day of your climb, you are likely to lose signal before reaching the gate and will not regain it until day two. From then onwards, for most routes, you will find the signal at some point, and sometimes even in camp. On the Rongai route and Northern, Circuit reception can be more limited and tends to be via Kenyan networks, as the routes pass close to the border.

There are no charging stations on Kilimanjaro. You will need battery packs or solar charges to charge electrical items. Please ensure you bring the right cables and keep electrical items warm whilst on the mountain to preserve battery life. 

You don’t need to be an athlete or have experience with technical mountaineering, but you do need to be active, committed to training, and ready for a challenge! The trails can be very steep at points.

Moshi itself has basic grocery stores, some of which are tailored to cater to Kilimanjaro climbers. Travel size toiletries, wipes, basic snacks (not energy bars or gels), batteries, etc. are readily available, but the selection will be much more limited than you are used to at home.

 

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2024-04-28
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5 days beautiful trip in Arusha Tanzania with Kipe Adventures We booked a 5-day tour with Kipe Adventures during which we explored Tarangire National Park and the Ngorongoro Crater in the first two days. We stayed in a mix of hotel /lodges which ranged from budgeted to luxury and every stay which was arranged for us was really nice Remaining days were dedicated to immersing ourselves in the local culture and meeting some of the world's rarest tribes like hadzabe and what an amazing day spent hunting with them From the moment we arrived in Arusha until we departed, Kipe ensured that every detail was taken care of. We highly recommend booking with him, as having an experienced driver & knowledgeable guide is essential, and he possesses all the qualities needed for an exceptional & safe experience. On the final day, he took us to his village, which was a delightful experience not to be missed.We visited the school which he has built from his revenue , met his family and we were greeted and treated with so much warmth & love .They truly made us feel like home.
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Amazing experience with Kipe Adventures We booked a 5-day tour with Kipe Adventures during which we explored Tarangire National Park and the Ngorongoro Crater in the first two days. We stayed in a mix of hotel /lodges which ranged from budgeted to luxury and every stay which was arranged for us was really nice Remaining days were dedicated to immersing ourselves in the local culture and meeting some of the world's rarest tribes like hadzabe and what an amazing day spent hunting with them From the moment we arrived in Arusha until we departed, Kipe ensured that every detail was taken care of. We highly recommend booking with him, as having an experienced driver & knowledgeable guide is essential, and he possesses all the qualities needed for an exceptional & safe experience. On the final day, he took us to his village, which was a delightful experience not to be missed.We visited the school which he has built from his revenue , met his family and we were greeted and treated with so much warmth & love .They truly made us feel like home.
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A wonderfully, diverse and family-friendly safari, highlighted by a personal and enriching Maasai village visit. Kipe masterfully organized our trip, accommodating a diverse group that included young children, seniors, and adults. Every aspect of the journey was meticulously planned and thoroughly enjoyable for my family & friends. To cater to our unique needs, we were provided an additional guide, ensuring a seamless experience and immediate support for any unforeseen situations. The highlight of our adventure was the visit to the Maasai village. The heartfelt encounter with Kipe's family added a deeply personal touch to our safari. I wholeheartedly recommend Kipe for an exceptional and memorable safari experience.
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2023-10-22
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Excellent experience in Tanzania My husband and I spent 3 weeks in Tanzania in October. My husband climbed Kilimanjaro, we visited Materuni waterfall, coffee farm in Materuni village, Duluti lake, Arusha national park walking safari, Serengeti national park, Ngorongoro crater and Tarangire national park, all organized by kipe adventures. The organization was at a very high level, all accommodations were excellent, guides and drivers as well. In addition Kipe and his family hosted us for 2 days in their Maasai village Oltukai. It was a wonderful experience, as was our entire stay in Tanzania. I would definitely recommend Kipe Adventures for everything you want to see and experience in Tanzania.
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2023-10-19
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Very Authentic Native Community experience in Arusha and Masaai. Guided Happiness. Kipe is a very Authentic Native Community Tour operator, and very reliable. The team is also into a lot of Masai Community work towards the uplift of women, elders and children. I would recommend his tours, and specially interact with the local tribesmen for a great lifetime experience.
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Top My brother and I had the pleasure to meet Kipe and spend time with him. We loved the way he loves his work, he is so young but so enterprising. He brought us to a masai village and took us very nice pics because our phone was broken (super kind ❤️).Next time we will book for sure a tour with his company.
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Unforgettable Serengeti Safari and Maasai Village Stay Kipe is a real Maasai Warrior and was a wonderful host. He took care of my family as he would his family. We did a 4 day high end Safari. We took his basic itinerary and adjusted it with our wishes such as seeing the wildebeest great migration. We saw a great crossing over the Mara River. We also wanted to add hot air ballooning. The whole experience was unforgettable. The accommodations were very comfortable, it was glamping more then camping. Food was very tasty. For our last night we were given the option to visit Kipe’s home village. We had the opportunity to experience real authentic Maasai way of life. We appreciate Kipe for his care and attention and welcoming us into his home.
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2023-08-19
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Amazing visit to Tanzania with a Maasai host Our first trip to Africa, and we didn’t know how to choose. All of the reviews online for all of the safari operators seemed great - and to be honest, I suspect they all are. So much of the safari industry is standardized… with similar jeeps, tent camps, hot lunches regardless of which “operator” you choose. But ultimately ended up picking Kipe, and we’re so glad we did. He was able to give us an experience above and beyond. First, the basics - he’s detail oriented, flexible, and made sure our booking went exactly as we hoped. Beyond that, his understanding of service was great… he waited until 2:30 AM for our flight, drove us personally to a local Airbnb for the evening… The safari itself was excellent, we flew to the Mara region and saw the wildebeest migration, saw 4 of the big 5 within 24 hours. The hot air balloon is not to be missed, it is magical. But what makes it really special is who he is as a person, and a special activity we got to enjoy at the end. He is a true Maasai warrior (not just a tour guide who dressed up as one), and the first in his village to attend university / speak English. He is building his business in part to support his community, and has already helped build a preschool for 20 kids in their home village. We spent our last night staying in the village with his parents, grandparents, siblings…. A very special experience to be part of the Maasai family.

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