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Climbing Essentials


Before you arrive, Bateleur arranges for all guides, porters, Park fees, huts or camping, and all food necessary for your climb.

The  day before you climb you will usually arrive at Bateleur Hotel for dinner and overnight,  as well as a full briefing by our skilled & experienced  staffs.

Physical Fitness Preparation
Embarking on Kilimanjaro trek is a challenging and serious activity which requires a good level of physical fitness, stamina, and realistic awareness of risk posed by high altitudes. We strongly recommend that you should do plenty of exercise at least forten weeks before your trek.

On your physical fitness preparation please consider the followings;

  1. Medical Check up
    You must have a physical check up for overall fitness before your preparation for kili trek and do it continuously at least 2 times up to one week before your climb.
  1. Gym

            We advice a gym program for eight weeks before your climb.gym program may include,

      Stretching and warm up

      Leg development aerobics (cycling)

      Leg combination (squats and leg presses)

      Thighs isolation (leg extensions and leg curts)

      Lower legs isolations (calf raises and pulls)

      Lower back combination (Hyper extensions & Good Morning exercise)

      Abdominal (crunches and Leg raises)

      Stairs master as well as stretching and cool down


Before your do the above seek the approval from your medical doctor. But again always ask the local gymnasium
instructor to shows you how to perform each exercise correctly and safely.

  1. Walking Program
    We advice a walking program which include uphill (3-4 kms per hour), down hills (4-7 kms per hour),
    and flat terrain (4.5 kms per hour).

             Make sure you warm up and stretch at least before for 10 minutes before you start your walk.


  1. Travel Documents

      Valid passport and visa

      Airline ticket

      International health card with immunizations (Yellow fever)

      Travel insurance

      Medical insurance

      US$ cash / Travelers Checks / Credit Card

  1. Essential Items

        Duffel bag - large enough for all climbing gear and clothing. To be carried by the porters.
An extra bag to beleft at the hotel with extra gear

      Small luggage lock - to lock zippers

      Day backpack. Large enough to carry your water, camera, raincoat, lunch pack, snacks & warm

      Sleeping bag

      Ski-pole / walking stick

      Water bottle / containers

      Kilimanjaro map (Can be bought at the hotel)

  1. High Altitude & Hiking Gear

      Waterproof, breathable & windproof jacket

      Waterproof, breathable & windproof pants (outer wear)

      Polar fleece (middle layer)

      Thermal underwear (under layers)

      Mittens or warm gloves

      Glove liners (if necessary)

      One pair thermal (polertex) socks



      Thermal water flask


      Hiking pants

      Regular underwear


      Raincoat or Poncho

  1. Essentials for Footwear

      Water resistant semi-stiff hiking boots - mid weight boots work great

      Shoes for overnight camps. For example sneakers, running shoes.

      Socks - several pairs for the climb

      Liner socks - to keep your feet dry and limit the risk of blisters

  1. Equipments

      Sun hat or similar (with a brim)

      Water bottles - two or three (total capacity at least 4 litres)

      Head lamp, good strong one with spare batteries and an extra light bulb

      Water purification tablets

      Sunglasses, good quality dark lenses for the climb, with a securing strap

      Flashlight (torch) with spare batteries

      Personal Items

      Toilet kit (soap, tooth brush, toilet articles, wet wipes, etc.)


      Sun screen and lip protection, SPF 30+

      Ziploc bags, to protect camera, binoculars, etc. from dust

      Toilet paper

      Money belt for passport and valuables

      Camera, extra lenses and film (ASA 200 film recommended)


      Powdered sports drinks for the climb (ex. Game or Isotonic drinks)

      Pocket knife

      Notebook & pencil

      Plastic bags to keep clothing dry (masking tape)

      Energy snacks and sweets

      Video camera, tapes, battery packs and tri-pod (optional)

  1. Medical and First Aid Supplies

      Headache tablets

      Altitude sickness-Diamox (as recommended by your doctor)

      Diarrhea - Imodium

      Nausea - Valoid

      Malaria - Prophylaxis

      Water purification tablets


      Muscular sprains

      Abrasions blisters and cuts - Plaster, bandages

      Antiseptic cream - Betadine

      Flu and colds

      Eye drops

      Insect repellent


Regarding altitude sickness medicine we strongly recommend to follow advice from your doctor       

Health Requirements
Yellow Fever Inoculation is necessary and must be done no later than 10 days prior to departure, (If you had previous Liver disorders you must consult your physician first). Your International Vaccination Certificate must be taken with you. 

Anti-Malaria tablets are also necessary

Please consult your pharmacist or physician.

Hire of Equipment
Certain items of equipment may be available for hire at Bateleur Hotel, in Moshi.

Extra Day
You may wish to spend an extra day at Horombo on the Marangu route, or Shira on the Machame route, in order to acclimatise more fully, although this may not always be possible during the busiest climbing periods. 

We are often asked about gratuities – they are, of course, always at your discretion.  Please let us know if your guide or his porters press you for tips as they have all been forbidden to do this.

Visas are required for all passport holders.  Your passport should be valid for minimum 6 months after return date from Tanzania, and have ample pages for visas.

Travel Insurance
We strongly recommend that you take out Travel Insurance, to cover your  Medical Costs during the Kilimanjaro Climb.

You can click here to download the Climbing Essentials & Preparation Instructions File.

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