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Mount Kenya Trekking Climbing gears Equipment List

Mt Kenya climbing gears and equipment you need to have before trekking/climbing Mt Kenya. Mount Kenya travel Mountain equipments from trekking and rock climbing gears,what to bring and packboth trekking and climb of Mt kenya depending on Mt Kenya route and season. Can chat with us.

Gears to bring to trek Mt. Kenya

Personal Equipment

  1. Sunglasses or snow goggles (a must)
  2. Water bottle (a must) you can adapt a plastic mineral water bottle into a reliable water bottle.
  3. Purification kit or tablets are highly recommended and can be purchased from any chemist.
  4. Torch or flash light (a must, especially for pre dawn hiking).
  5. Walking pole(s) (optional).
  6. Emergency foil blanket (optional).

Trekking Equipment

  1. Rucksack: Big enough to fit all equipment you will need to be carried by a porter.
  2. Day pack: To fit necessities required, while hiking from one point to the other.
  3. Big polyethylene bag: To pack in clothes for protection against wet conditions.
  4. Sleeping bag: Warm and not bulky bags are highly recommended.


  1. Walking boots with large grips are especially necessary at high altitude, light weight.
  2. 4 -8 pairs of woollen warm socks depending on your programme. Sometimes you could adapt them as gloves during bad weather.


  1. Warm jumpers or woollen long sleeved shirts.
  2. 2-5 depending on the number of days (1 or 2 t-shirts may come in handy).
  3. Water resistant warm jacket or ordinary heavy jacket doubled up with a rain coat.
  4. Lighter jacket or track suit may come in handy during warmer spells.
  5. Strong trousers preferably loose fitting ones.
  6. Water resistant trouser or leg gaiters if attempting a hike during rainy season.
  7. 1 or 2 shorts which can be used at lower altitude during good weather.
  8. Gloves are extremely necessary above 4,000m and when attempting a pre dawn hike.
  9. Mittens or woollen hats to cover the ears against strong winds.

Miscellaneous Items

Small towel, tooth brush, tooth paste, soap, sun cream, toilet paper, petroleum jelly, map and map case, pen knife, whistle, compass and sandals.

NB: above equipment is not included in the package and every individual should provide their own. Cooking and eating utensils, cooking stoves, ice axe and crampons, rucksacks for carrying the food and charcoal are well provided as part of the challenge package.

Personal Medical Supplies

carry medical kit. Some items that you might want to carry yourself would include: aspirin, imodium, laxatives, antibiotics, bandages, malaria tablets, gauze, adhesives, beta dine, throat lozenges, eye drops, sun block, lip balm, moleskin, antihistamine tablets and cream.


Yellow Fever: This is compulsory and a certificate might be requested on arrival at the airport. Please make sure that you have the shot in time.

Malaria: There are various types of medicine on the market today used for prevention and treatment of malaria. We recommend that you consult your doctor on which prophylactics to take.

Water purification tablets: On the mountain, we use water from the streams. Although drinking water will be boiled first, it is advisable to add a tablet or two – to be on the safe side.

Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS): This is a condition commonly experienced at high altitude. In most cases, this can be avoided by following guidelines on hiking pace, eating, resting and fluid intake. We recommend that you familiarise yourself with the various affects that altitude can cause.

(Please consult your doctor on use of Diamox – tablets used by some mountaineers to help them cope with the effects of altitude).

Personal medical supplies (optional): As your tour leaders, we will carry a group medical kit.
Some items that you might want to carry would include; aspirin, imodium, laxatives, antibiotics, bandages, malaria tablets, gauze, adhesives, betadine, throat lozenges, eye drops, sun block, lip balm, moleskin antihistamine tablets and cream.


We have qualified porters who have wealthy of experience with Mt Kenya Trek for more than five years each. They have good communication skills and first aide handling. Friendly and dedicated team . Our porters are participants in Mt Kenya clean up Campaign every year .


Our guides are qualified with long experience in treks and climbs graduating from outdoor leadership school and Kenya wildlife Service and have participated in Mountain rescue operations and are members to Mt Kenya Guides
Our Mt Kenya Guides and Porters will help you in sorting the gears.


Mount Kenya is the country’s highest mountain. Straddling the equator, it’s icy summit reaches to 5,199 m. The National Park consists of all areas above 3,200 m. The mountain actually consists of three distinct zones: the volcanic peak zone, with its endless glaciers and snowfields; the alpine zone, with its distinctive giant vegetation such as groundsels; and the lower slopes, with their thick forest and bamboo vegetation.
Mount Kenya has always attracted curious hikers and adventurers, including the turn of the century British geographer/explorer Halford Mackinder. To most modern day adventurers, climbing to the peak of Mount Kenya is still a challenge requiring extensive mountain climbing skills. Nevertheless, most visitors are able to reach the more accessible Point Lenana at 4,985 m and many visitors enjoy simple high altitude walks.
Wildlife below the Park boundary include elephant, buffalo, antelope, and the rare bongo, also found in the nearby Aberdares. Most wildlife can be viewed from Mountain Lodge on the south side of the mountain. Mount Kenya can be climbed anytime of the year. However, the best times for visiting Mount Kenya and the National Park are December to February and July, August through to early October, when there are no rains.