Mountain Climbing

Mountaineering is sport, hobby or profession of walking, hiking, backpacking and climbing mountains. In Tanzania we are proud of possession many mountains. These mountains vary in height, location, climate etc. Kilimanjaro which is the highest mountain in Africa have attracted many climbers from around the globe. Mount Meru (4566m) and Ol Donyo Lengai (active volcano) are also popular. Other mountains in Tanzania are Mt. Hanang (3417m), Longido (2629m), Usambara Mountains, Mt. Lemagrut, Mt. Lolmalasin, Mt Oldean, Uluguru Mountains.

The climbers need to be equipped with trekking gears when attempting the climb. Every mountain is unique, and it is important to be well informed before deciding which one to climb. In Tanzania, most climbers opt for Kilimanjaro and Mount Meru. Meru is Africa’s fifth highest peak with fabulous views of Mt. Kilimanjaro and the Momela Lakes from the summit. The challenging ascent to the crater of Ol Donyo Lengai passes through some fantastic scenery with panoramic views of the Rift Valley. The trek to the top of Lengai is very steep and a true challenge which is attempted only by hikers with good level of fitness

Packing list

  • Towel
  • Soap
  • Camera
  • Toothbrush
  • Spare batteries for camera, headlamp
  • Face cloth
  • Toilet paper

Summit gear (wear on summit night):

  • Leather or thermal boots
  • Gore-Tex, Microtex or K-Tech Trilaminate jacket
  • Gore-Tex, Microtex or K-Tech pants
  • Fleece jacket
  • Fleece gloves (use as inner for Gore-Tex mittens
  • Thermal gloves liners (use as inner for Gore-Tex gloves
  • Gaiters
  • Fleece balaclava
  • Thermal balaclava
  • Thermal top
  • Thermal long johns
  • Thermal socks
  • Sunglasses with UV protection
  • Day packs
  • Head torch
  • Thermal flask

Trekking gear (wear between camps):

  • Rain suit or poncho (mainly used in the rain forest)
  • Hiking boots or cross trainers
  • Day pack
  • Short pants
  • Tracksuit pants
  • T-shirt
  • Sun hat (peak caps do not offer enough protection)
  • Woolen sacks
  • Fleece beanie
  • Water bottle

General gear & equipment:

  • Duffel bag
  • Walking stick (adjustable)
  • Sleeping bag
  • Sleeping mat

Recommended medication:

  • Malaria
  • Altitude sickness
  • Headaches
  • Nausea
  • Cold and flu
  • Water purification
  • Muscular sprains

Helpful Hints:

  • Drink at least two to three liters of water a day.
  • Use water filters and purifying pills to minimize stomach bugs.
  • Take enough snacks like energy bars, drink mixes, etc.
  • Move as lightly as possible, do not carry unnecessary weight.
  • All clothing in duffel bags or backpacks must be protected with sack-liners to avoid getting wet, especially through the rainforest.
  • High factor lip balm and sun block is essential.
  • Nausea and headache pills should be kept handy on summit night.
  • Symptoms of altitude sickness can be reduced by using medication.
  • New boots should be walked-in; this avoids blisters.
  • Use sleeping mat when camping.
  • Use a thermal flask on summit night; other bottles will freeze.
  • Thermal glove liners allow easier camera handling on summit.
  • Use only new camera and headlamp batteries on summit.
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