High Quality Equipment & Service
Our equipment is of proven quality and designed for conditions on Kilimanjaro.
Kilimanjaro is a serious mountain. Therefore we use serious Kilimanjaro equipment to make sure our clients are warm, dry and comfortable. They say you can tell the quality of a Kilimanjaro operator by the quality of tents they use. If true, you can be confident that Peak Planet offers a very high standard of service for our equipment. It is of proven quality and designed for conditions on Mount Kilimanjaro. Our sleeping tents, dining tents, and sleeping pads are made by Ferrino, an Italian outdoor company that has been making time-tested high altitude equipment since 1890. We don’t use locally made tents, which have a tendency to topple over in the wind or leak in the rain, like some operators. As a result, our clients will love our warm, roomy tents and comfortable pads. Our tents are new and bright – and just waiting for you to get inside.
Our Ferrino technical outdoor tents are guaranteed to be sturdy, waterproof, and roomy. Ferrino is a well known Italian outdoor equipment company, They have been designing tents for such harsh environments as Antarctica to Everest since 1890. Their tents are designed to be lightweight with a small pack size — perfect for Kilimanjaro. Each tent sleeps two clients, with plenty of personal space, and a separate external vestibule. We will pair single clients of the same sex on our group trips. Single tents are available and can be reserved in advance for a supplementary charge.
Similarly, your meals are served in the Ferrino Campo Base Tent with folding stools, a table and gas lanterns. Unlike other Kilimanjaro operators who use flimsy, locally made mess tents, our heavy duty dining tents are strong and stable under high winds, rain and snow. The tents have thermal insulated Aluminised Oxford Polyester exteriors which keep out the elements. On climbs with 1 or 2 people, the dining tent is shared between staff and clients. Groups of 3 or more have their own dining tent. They are roomy enough to make an ideal social gathering place for your group in the afternoons and evenings.
Furthermore, our client’s will rest easy on these inflatable sleeping pads made by Ferrino. The Swift 60 inflatable air mattress comes with an integrated foot pump for quick inflation and use. These sleeping pads are of a proven design to not lose air in cold environments like Kilimanjaro. They are made from polyester fabric with 23 horizontal air chambers for breathability and comfort. At 78 inches (200cm) long, they can fit even the tallest person.
Most noteworthy, we provide a private toilet tent so clients do not have to use the public “long drop” toilets located in Kilimanjaro National Park. As you can probably guess, the public toilets are filthy and crawling with germs which, if you catch, will end your trip. Becasue we use private toilets we greatly improve the success of your climb by maintaining hygienic conditions on the mountain. The private toilets are emptied and cleaned regularly. There is a porter who is assigned to clean, assemble and carry the toilet tent. Tip him well.
High-quality Rental Gear is Available for Your Climb
We provide high quality “like new” rental gear that will serve you well during your climb. These items are quite expensive in the retail market and renting rather than buying can save you money. Renting gear will also lessen your airline baggage as sleeping bags, pads, and down jackets will probably be the bulkiest items that you will bring to Kilimanjaro. You can request to reserve rental gear by filling out our Rental Gear Request Form.
You will pay for the rental equipment with US Dollars, 2009 and newer bills at the trip briefing. Rental equipment is not included in your booking form payments. We do not accept Credit Cards in Tanzania. Cash only.
Rental gear is only available to Peak Planet clients. If rented from us, the weight of the rental sleeping pad and trekking poles are not counted towards your porter weight limit. The weight of the jacket and sleeping bag do count towards your porter weight limit.
We use the Ferrino Nightec 800 sleeping bag or equivalent. You will sleep comfortably knowing that the sleeping bag is cleaned between each climb. These sleeping bags are comfort limit rated to -0°F (-15°C).
Ferrino designed this sleeping bag with a refined attention to detail. It is ideal for all seasons, thanks to its manmade filling to guarantee outstanding warmth, it also has a brand new Dual-Zip system for optimum comfort, whatever the situation. On the opposite side of the main zipper is an additional, 55-cm zipper which offers easier entry and even more room to move.
- Cold protection hood
- “One touch” fast system to open and close the hood from the inside with just one hand.
- Padded zip baffle
- Padded heat collar
- Storage pockets
- Double anti-snag tape on zip
- Offset seams: to prevent heat dispersion, the seams between the inner and outer layers are never communicating
- INNER 100% Polyester 190T
- FILLING microfibre 1510 g shingle construction
Our Ferrino synthetic jackets will keep you warm and toasty on Kilimanjaro’s cold nights. The PrimaLoft® Silver Insulation is engineered with millions of air pockets to trap body heat in extreme conditions. The lack of bulk means great freedom of movement for every activity. And the water-resistant treatment ensures it maintains its warmth properties even in wet conditions. The jacket is durable, prtects well and is comfortable.
Our rental trekking poles are lightweight aluminum telescopic poles of various brands. Rented in pairs. Trekking poles help take some of the weight off of your legs during the hike and transfer some of your weight into your arms. They also help your stability when hiking over the uneven or wet terrain.
ALTOX Personal Oxygen
We are one of only a few Kilimanjaro operators that offer ALTOX Personal Oxygen Systems. It can eliminate most if not all of the symptoms of altitude illness, in the process it can greatly improving your chances of a successful summit and making it a far more pleasurable experience. An ALTOX Personal Oxygen System provides an oxygen supply to a climber on the mountain. Rather than a facemask, a silicon nasal cannula supplies oxygen directly into the nostrils. The system utilizes a pulse meter which detects when the climber is commencing an inward breath and delivers oxygen. This ensures that the valuable oxygen reaches the deepest parts of the lungs.
This method of dosing makes it possible for each oxygen cylinder to last for 7 to 10 hours. Our guides have been fully trained to deploy the system easily and safely. Each system includes two oxygen canisters. You’ll test the first canister during an acclimatization hike. You will use the second canister on Summit night. A guide will carry your normal daypack during summit night so that you do not have to carry both the weight in your pack and the oxygen system. We highly recommended ALTOX if you have any doubts about acclimatizing to high altitude.
Portable Altitude Chamber
The Gamow bag is a portable Hyperbaric Chamber used for the treatment of Acute Mountain Sickness. The Gamow bag simulates a descent of as much as 7,000 feet by increasing air pressure around the patient. This can quickly relieve the symptoms of Acute Mountain Sickness. It is constructed of durable nylon and reinforced with circular nylon straps. A zipper that runs the length of the bag permits easy access for the patient. It is also equipped with four clear windows for visual contact. A foot pump is used to pressurize the bag up to 2 lbs. per square inch.
- Pack size: 22″ x 15″ x 9″
- Dimensions of inflated bag: 84″ x 21″
- Color: Red
Total weight: 12.7 lb
- Bag: 6.1 lb
- Pack: 2.05 lb
- Pump: 4.4 lb
- Manual: 0.15 lb
- Fits inside a red carrying bag with shoulder strap and backpack straps.
The Food We Provide is Delicious, Fresh and Nutritious
We serve hot, delicious meals for almost every meal on the mountain. Our cooks use fresh, locally grown food whenever possible. We choose the ingredients carefully to ensure that the food prepared by our team is tasty, easy to digest, and provides energy. The menu has a high liquid and carbohydrate content – the two important elements for successful climbing. The box lunches that every other company gives to their clients day in and out will sap your energy for they are dry, tasteless and comprised of empty calories.
Our mountain chefs will pleasantly surprise you with their varied entrees. Additionally, we won’t serve you meatless meals (unless that is your dietary requirement) for 50% of the climb like other companies do. Furthermore, we know that many people psychologically need to eat meat to feel satiated. Protein is actually a necessary macronutrient for proper acclimatization. Because of this, our menu has an average of 200 grams of meat per day. You will not go hungry on our climbs, we bring plenty of extra food.
Additionally, our menu can accommodate vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free and even Kosher menus, Our meals are varied and inviting. At mealtimes a selection of hot drinks, such as tea, coffee, and cocoa are available. A fresh food resupply is provided for all groups on climbs. This resupply reaches the group part way through the trip and includes fresh bread, fruits, vegetables, cheese, and meat. High altitude often causes clients to lose their appetite, which is a symptom of altitude sickness. However, it is important to continue to eat to ensure you have the energy for trekking.
Keeping Hydrated on Kilimanjaro
Boiled and or treated water is available every morning and evening. As well as mealtime. Further treatment of water, such as using chemical tablets, is not necessary. However, some clients prefer to take the extra precaution. There is always a bowl of hot washing water for you in the morning and again after the walk in the afternoon. At the highest camp, there is no water source. As a result, porters carry all water from a lower level. Treated water is available along with soap for hand washing before all meals, and everyone is strongly advised to make use of it. Additionally, to help with acclimatization, you should drink about 4 -5 liters of fluid each day. Your guides will be carefully monitoring your food and water intake.
- Tea, Coffee, Hot Chocolate,
- Toast or Biscuits with Margarine, Jam, Peanut Butter
- Eggs and Sausage
- Seasonal fruits: Mango, Banana, Watermelon, Oranges, Pineapple
- Tea, Coffee, Hot Chocolate, Juice
- Clear Soup
- Sandwich (Meat and Cheese or Egg Salad)
- Pasta or Potato Salad
- Cake or Cookies
- Seasonal fruits
- Warm Drinks
- Tea, Hot Chocolate
- Cream Soups and bread
- Chicken, Beef or Fish
- Potatoes, Rice, and/or Pasta
- Seasonal Cooked Veg (Peas, Carrots, Green Beans, etc)
- Warm Dessert
We Provide Comfortable Accommodations Before and After Your Climb
Finally, all of our Kilimanjaro climbs include two nights hotel accommodations – before and after the climb. We use quality lodges with great customer reviews. Breakfast is complimentary. Our primary lodge is Stella Maris Lodge in Moshi. When Stella Maris is full, alternative accommodations of the same standard may be usedl. After booking, we will communicate your specific accommodations. We do not sacrifice service on the front and back end of your trip because we want your entire stay, from beginning to end, to be at a high standard.
Trip Advisor Reviews
Stella Maris Lodge