Kilimanjaro is a serious mountain. Therefore we use serious 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 is of proven quality and designed for conditions on Mount Kilimanjaro. Our sleeping tents, dining tents and sleeping pads are made by Ferrino Equipment, 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. 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.
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.
Our clients rest will 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 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.
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. We use private toilets which 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.
We provide high quality “like new” rental gear that will serve you well during your climb. These items are quite expensive on 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. The cost is paid at the pre-climb briefing; it is not included in your booking form. Rental gear is only available to Peak Planet clients. Please note that the weight of the rental sleeping pad and trekking poles are not counted towards your porter weight limit if rented from us. The weight of the down jacket and sleeping bag do count towards your porter weight limit.
We use the Ferrino Nightec 800 sleeping bag or equivalent. The sleeping bag is cleaned between each climb so you have comfortable nights sleep. 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.
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 activity. And the water resistant treatment ensures it maintains its warmth properties even in wet conditions. The jacket is designed for durability, maximum comfort and protection.
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 uneven or wet terrain.
We are one of only a few Kilimanjaro operators that offer ALTOX Personal Oxygen Systems. ALTOX is designed to aid climbers on their ascent of Mount Kilimanjaro. 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. Oxygen is supplied directly into the nostrils via our silicone nasal cannula, rather than a facemask. The system utilizes a pulse dose meter which detects when the climber is commencing an inward breath. A small and precise dose of oxygen is delivered during the first part of the inhalation, ensuring 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 mountain guides are all fully trained on how to deploy the system, making it easy and simple for you to use. Two oxygen canisters are included in each system, carried in a backpack. The first canister is used during an acclimatization hike to get you used to the system. The second canister is used 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. If you have any doubts about acclimatizing to high altitude, ALTOX is highly recommended.
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. We know that many people psychologically need to eat meat to feel satiated and that protein is actually a necessary macro nutrient for proper acclimatization. We make sure we average 200 grams of meat per day over the course of the climb and bring plenty of extra food on every climb so you are never left wanting more.
All of our Kilimanjaro climbs include two nights hotel accommodations – before and after the climb. These nights are spent at quality lodges with great customer reviews, and breakfast is complimentary. Our primary lodge is Stella Maris Lodge in Moshi. However, alternative accommodations of the same standard may be used when Stella Maris Lodge is full. Your specific accommodations will be communicated to you after booking. 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.