High Quality Equipment & Service
Our equipment is designed for the 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.
Our sleeping tents and dining tents 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 four-person sized tent sleeps just two clients, so there is plenty of space for you and your gear, and a separate external vestibule to shelter your shoes and poles.
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.
Our clients will rest easy on these locally sourced foam sleeping pads. Sleeping pads are used to insulate a person against the cold ground and for comfort.
Unlike inflatable pads, our foam pads will not deflate from the cold or risk being punctured. In addition to being much more durable than an inflatable pad, they are warmer and more comfortable due to their thickness.
Each pad is 78 inches (200cm) long, so they can fit even the tallest person.
While on the mountain, you can enjoy eating meals and socializing in the Ferrino Campo Base Tent. Each tent is equipped with folding stools, a table and 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 that 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 gathering place for your group in the afternoons and evenings.
Most noteworthy, we provide a private toilet tent for our clients so you do not have to use the public “long drop” toilets 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.
The toilet consists of a plastic commode that has a manual water pump flush system. The tent zips up for complete privacy.
While clients view private toilets as a luxury, they actually can improve the success of your climb by maintaining hygienic conditions on the mountain. These toilets are emptied and cleaned regularly. There is a porter who is assigned to clean, assemble and carry the toilet tent.
We have high quality sleeping bags, trekking poles, warm jackets, and personal oxygen available for rent. Quantities are limited so please reserve your items early if you intend to rent them from us.
Sleeping Bag Rental
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 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
- 100% Polyester 190T inner
- Microfiber 1510 g shingle construction filling
Trekking Poles Rental
Our trekking poles are lightweight aluminum telescopic poles of various brands. They are rented in pairs.
Trekking poles are highly recommended. Using poles helps take some of the load off of your legs during the hike and transfers it into your arms. Over the course of a multi-day expedition, the energy savings are tremendous and can be the difference in feeling strong versus tired.
Trekking poles are beneficial for most beneficial during the uphill and downhill sections. They decrease the amount of effort needed from your muscles and also reduce the wear and tear on your joints. Lastly, trekking poles increase your stability when hiking over the uneven or wet terrain.
Warm Jacket Rental
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, protects well and is comfortable.
- Thermal, warmth equivalent to 500 down fill
- Water repellent
- Adjustable hem with drawstring
- Elasticated cuffs
- Hood with elasticated front opening and back adjustment
- Side pockets and Napoleon pocket with zipper
- Packable to take up a minimum of space
ALTOX Personal Oxygen System Rental
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 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 that detects when the climber is commencing an inward breath and delivers oxygen. This ensures that 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.
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.
One thing you won’t see much of is “box lunches.” Most companies regularly give their clients dry, tasteless meals consisting of a sandwich, some fruit, and other snacks day in and out. They are mostly comprised of empty calories that will sap your energy in the long run. That is why we serve meals that we know our clients want to eat.
Our meals are varied and inviting. The mountain chefs will surprise you with their culinary skills. Some of the entrees you may see on Kilimanjaro include spaghetti with tomato sauce, beef curry with rice, and even fried chicken with mash potatoes.
Our menu has an average of 200 grams of meat per day. We know that many people psychologically need to eat meat to feel satiated. Furthermore, protein is actually a necessary macronutrient for proper acclimatization. Lesser companies skimp on food and serve meatless meals for 50% of the climb, to the detriment of your success. We can also accommodate vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free and Kosher menus.
How do we keep food fresh? Food resupply is organized for all climbs. We replenish our chef’s “mountain pantry” partway through the trip so that our clients have fresh ingredients including bread, fruits, vegetables, cheese, and meat. You will not go hungry on our climbs. We bring plenty of extra food.
Note that high altitude often causes clients to lose their appetite, which is a common symptom of altitude sickness. However, it is important to continue to eat to ensure you have the energy for trekking.
Water is obtained on the mountain from nearby streams. It is either boiled or treated prior to drinking. It is well known that drinking lots of water helps with acclimatization. You should make it a point to consume 4 -5 liters of fluid each day. A selection of hot drinks, such as tea, coffee, and cocoa are provided at mealtimes. Our staff will fill your water bottles in the morning, during lunch and in the evening.
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
Our Accommodations are clean and comfortable
All of our Kilimanjaro climbs include two nights hotel accommodations – before and after the climb.
Our primary lodge is Stella Maris Lodge in Moshi. Each room has an en-suite bathroom, a private balcony with views of Kilimanjaro, as well as air-conditioning and satellite TV. Guests can enjoy access to PCs with free Wi-Fi service throughout the lobby and dining areas. Not only is the Stella Maris a cozy place to relax, but your stay directly helps the underprivileged children of the local village. All profits from the hotel support the neighboring Stella Maris Primary School, for orphaned or at-risk children. You can hear their happy songs while enjoying your morning coffee.
Laundry services are available on premises.