Adventure to the roof of Africa on this six-day trek to the continent’s highest peak. Start with a short introduction to the unique culture of the region as you engage in a community service project, immerse in the tribal history of the Chagga people, and acclimate to prepare for your climb. Considered a non-technical climb, the route up Mount Kilimanjaro is highly challenging but can be conquered by anyone with good physical and mental fitness. You’ll hike along scenic trails each day and spend your nights sleeping in tents under the stars. After several days of climbing, wake up before dawn for your final ascent to the summit where you’ll stand above the clouds and look down on some of the finest views in Africa. The program comes to an end in Arusha where you’ll explore the local markets and enjoy a farewell feast with your hiking companions.
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Packing the right gear (and the right amounts) is the first step to an incredible travel experience. Follow these tips to pack like a pro:
Travel light. Pack only the essentials. You’ll need less than you think!
Bring the right clothes. Pack clothes that are culturally appropriate for your destination and acceptable for service projects. This means bringing long shorts (think Bermuda and basketball shorts), t-shirts with sleeves to cover shoulders, and appropriate footwear.
Leave your valuables behind. While traveling, it’s easier for things to get lost, stolen, or damaged. Keep any prized possessions safe at home.
Check with TSA. Make sure your luggage complies with TSA regulations, especially your carry-on. Useful tip: Pack an empty water bottle and fill it up after security.
Extra paperwork? If you need additional forms filled out to get credit for your service hours, no problem! Bring these forms with you so they can be completed in-country.
Rustic Gear. Want to get all the basic travel gear in one place? We’ve got you covered. Check out Rustic Gear and get the basics sent right to your door. Please remember, Climbing Kili requires essential, program-specific gear that is not included in the Rustic Gear kit.
A 25-30 Liter daypack or backpack with hip straps is ideal as this will also be the daypack you use during the climb. On the program, you will use it to carry 3L of water, camera, raincoat, lunch pack, snacks, and warm clothing.
- Photocopy of passport
- Visa documentation (if applicable)
- Book and/or journal
- Change of clothes
- Hiking boots, water resistant
- Water bottle
- Outlet power converter
- Consent to Travel form
- Rustic Pathways emergency contacts
A duffel bag or backpack is ideal, large enough to fit all your clothes and climbing gear. Suitcases/wheeled bags are not suitable on this program.
- Heavyweight Socks (3-4)
- Lightweight socks (3-4)
- Underwear (7-8)
- Thermal base layers (1 lightweight, 1 mid-weight)
- Hiking pants (1-2 pair)
- Shorts (2 pairs)
- Mid-layer bottoms (2, fleece/wool)
- Waterproof/rain pants
- T-shirts (4-5)
- Mid-Layer tops (2, fleece)
- Waterproof winter coat
- Waterproof/rain jacket
- Hat with brim/visor
- Warm hat
- Ski mask/balaclava
- Gloves (waterproof/ski)
- Quick dry towel
- Hand/foot warmers
- Trekking poles
(Travel size bottles in Ziploc bags)
- Body wash
- Face wash
- Tooth paste
- Sunscreen, SPF 30+
- Lip sun protection, SPF 30+
- Bug spray with DEET
- Feminine hygiene products
- Contacts solution
- Foam ear plugs
- Personal med kit
- Wet Wipes
- Razor/shaving cream
- Sleeping bag (0-20°F / -18 to -6°C — optional for those who prefer to bring their own bag, as we do provide bags)
- Headlamp with extra batteries
- Water Bottles (minimum 3L)
- Granola/power bars
- All clothing items should be wool, fleece/synthetic, NO cotton blends.
- Water bottles—You will need to have 3 Liters of water in your daypack every day during the assent. This can be a combination of water bottles and Camelbaks, but you must have at least one bottle as Camelbak’s will freeze on assent day.
- Equipment – ALL necessary equipment must be packed, or students will need to rent/purchase it in-country. Likewise, do not overpack, as porters will be carrying your luggage and it needs to weigh 30 lbs or less.
- Weather – Remember, you are ascending into an arctic zone during Tanzania’s winter season; warm, non-cotton clothing per the packing list (cotton does not insulate when wet) is a must.
- Hiking boots – Be sure to break them in thoroughly before you arrive! We ask that you bring them in your carry-on or wear them on the flight to Tanzania to avoid issues if your luggage is lost.
- Outlet power converter—Tanzania has 230V Plug Type G outlets.