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Mt. Kenya Planning Acclimatisation Health & Safety
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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

As your tour leaders, we will carry a group 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.


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