Recommended Mountain Requirements.
Diamond Glacier Adventures is all about your comfort and safety while hiking on the mountain.
For your comfort when hiking please read the entire list in advance.
Contact us or a reputable mountaineering equipment dealer for the suitability of your own equipment.
Head and Face
- Pile or wool: covering your head and ears is very important. Bring two hats with you — a balaclava type is excellent.
- Shade hat: Protect yourself against tropical sun with good brim hats.
- Sunglasses: We mean it’s very hot, even though it’s not all the time. Bring either sunglasses with an IREX rating of 100 or glacier glasses.
- Lip balm: It will be good if it has an SPF of 15 or more.
- Bandanas: Easy to dry and can be used as sun protection, as well as for cleaning glasses and a wash cloth.
- Sunscreen: It is good if you bring enough to avoid burning from the sun. Good if it has protection factor of 15 or more.
Your Upper Body
- T -Shirts: We recommend that you carry at least two that can dry quickly and you won’t mind if they get dirty. Synthetic is best — no cotton on the summit day.
- Rain parka: Afternoon showers are common in East Africa, especially on the mountain. Bring a good parka (one made out of Gore-Tex fabric) or water proof nylon that has been “seam-sealed.”
- Poncho (optional): Quick and handy protection for body and rucksack. Poor protection in wind.
- Wind shirt (optional if you have Gore-Tex raingear): A nylon wind shell (not water proof), room enough to fit comfortably over all upper body layers. (Gore-Tex is good for both the wind shirt and for the raincoat).
- Upper body layers: We recommend if come with three warm layers for the upper body. They must be made of wool, synthetic or pile. All layers should fit comfortable to each other and supply good insulation. Combine them together with long under wear top, sweater, and a pile jacket or heavy wool shirt. We don’t recommend Cotton as they don’t provide adequate insulation and are completely useless when damp.
- Gloves or mittens: Wool or pile — one pair of heavy mittens and a light pair of gloves work well.
- Mitten shells: One pair to cover your mittens. These are to use against the winds.
For the Legs
- Quick dry shorts: one pair, good for hiking at lower elevations on the mountain.
- Long underwear bottoms: one pair of wool or synthetic.
- Wool, bunting or pile pants: one pair that fits loosely and is comfortable.
- Under garments: enough for the duration of the trek.
- Tights: Lycra is the best. These are comfortable to hike in, help prevent nettle stings, provide warmth on cool mist days, as well as dry fast and prevent sunburn.
- Rain pants: Bring a good pair of rain pants of Gore-Tex or water proof nylon that has been “seam-sealed.”
For the Feet
- Two pair of synthetic socks to wear under heavy socks; these help to prevent blisters and keep feet dry.
- Thick socks: remember synthetic or wool.
- Hiking boots: one pair will be good enough with medium weight. Large enough to be comfortable with one pair of liner socks and one heavy wool or synthetic socks.
- Tennis shoes: to wear at camp after a day hiking.
- Gaiters: one pair is enough; this is to keep dirt and snow out of your boots.
- Sleeping bag and Stuff Sac: warm bag is good as temperatures drop to zero degrees Fahrenheit at night.
- Sleeping pad: a closed cell foam mattress is okay. An inflatable ThermalRest is more comfortable.
- Water bottle: two, one liter wide-mouthed plastic bottles.
- Water backpack: It’s good enough as it won’t bother you. Good enough to carry inside your larger backpack with straw out.
We will have gauze, tape, aspirin, medicated soap, antibiotic ointment, antacid tablets, some antibiotics, pain killers, eye treatments, anaphylaxis kit, Imodium, Compazine and Diamox. Because of liability problems, prescription drugs will only be dispensed in emergencies. We suggest you bring the following medical items. Please discus this with your physician.
Recommendations for Your Personal First Aid Kit
- For severe nausea and vomiting: 25mg rectal suppositories of Compazine
- To decrease diarrhea and cramping: Imodium
- For initial treatment of severe diarrhea: Tetracycline, Cipro or Bactrim antibiotic. Activated charcoal has proven to be an effective first stage treatment.
Cuts and Scraps: It’s wise to bring a supply of Band-Aids to treat those abrasions that sometimes occur.
Infections: Antibiotic ointment for cuts and abrasions. Erythromycin or Amoxicillin tablets for skin or soft tissue infections.
Blisters: It’s wise to bring your own small supply of blister treatment items to ensure that you avoid letting any blister get out of hand.
Headaches: Tylenol and Tylenol with codeine to help relieve possible altitude headaches. Nothing stronger than codeine should be taken for fear of masking potential severe altitude problems while on the mountain.
Insomnia: 15mg of Halcion tablets. In high altitude mountaineering restlessness is not uncommon and sleep is very important. Halcion is a light sleeping pill; we do not recommend using any sleeping pills above 15,000 feet.
High altitude sickness: 250mg of Diamox (Acetazolamide) tablets to be taken twice a day from 13,000 feet to the top. This drug is widely used in high altitude mountaineering and is very highly recommended by our staff.
Water purifying tablets.
These drugs are recommended by Peter H. Hackett, M.D., in his American Alpine club publication, “Mountain Sickness Prevention and Treatment.”
Other information posted on this page was also culled from 2003 Mountain Guide Training, as well as the experience of DGA guides.
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Did a one day trek to the Mandara hut on Mt Kilimanjaro with Diamond Glacier Adventures. Demi was my guide for the day. I had such a great time. Demi is a great motivator to get you up the hardest parts. No rush and the scenery is spectacular. Lots of opportunity to stop and take pictures. Lunch was very good, You stop about half way up in a picnic area. Also we stopped on the side of the road on the way home so I could get some great shots of Kilimanjaro once the cloud lifted off the mountain. I would highly recommend going with DGA if you are interested in any sort of trek long or short. They are excellent to deal with. More
Shorter review: AMAZING ONE-IN-A-LIFETIME EXPERIENCE, HIGHLY RECOMMEND, Demi and his Diamond Glacier Adventures are professionals, great guides and made us feel very welcome! MANY THANKS, DEMI AND THE TEAM! Do not hesitate and support the smaller business by choosing Diamond Glaciar Adventures instead of larger and more commercialized providers. Longer review: Based on my colleague's recommendation we booked (a group of 4, two couples from Germany/Russia/Poland) a 7 day Machame trip with Demi and his team in July 2019. The price was very reasonable, the communication was great and there were no issues with transferring the money via a bank transfer which was a strongly preferable option for us. We arrived at Kilimanjaro airport and were transferred to Pepe Hotel the same night without any delays. Pepe Hotel is a basic but very nice hotel with all the necessary amenities. Demi had a brief debriefing with us which made us feel in good hands; overall very professional and we were very pleased with the trip planning. We went through our equipment and apparel and Demi provided us with warmer apparel if necessary. The service of Demi and his team on the mountain was top-notch; we felt very welcome, the food was great and the climbing pacing was tailored to us. Demi recommended that we shorten our 7 days trip to 6 days one because of our good shape, which we did and did not regret afterwards; however, this was a... Shorter review: AMAZING ONE-IN-A-LIFETIME EXPERIENCE, HIGHLY RECOMMEND, Demi and his Diamond Glacier Adventures are professionals, great guides and made us feel very welcome! MANY THANKS, DEMI AND THE TEAM! Do not hesitate and support the smaller business by choosing Diamond Glaciar Adventures instead of larger and more commercialized providers.
Longer review: Based on my colleague's recommendation we booked (a group of 4, two couples from Germany/Russia/Poland) a 7 day Machame trip with Demi and his team in July 2019. The price was very reasonable, the communication was great and there were no issues with transferring the money via a bank transfer which was a strongly preferable option for us.
We arrived at Kilimanjaro airport and were transferred to Pepe Hotel the same night without any delays. Pepe Hotel is a basic but very nice hotel with all the necessary amenities. Demi had a brief debriefing with us which made us feel in good hands; overall very professional and we were very pleased with the trip planning. We went through our equipment and apparel and Demi provided us with warmer apparel if necessary.
The service of Demi and his team on the mountain was top-notch; we felt very welcome, the food was great and the climbing pacing was tailored to us. Demi recommended that we shorten our 7 days trip to 6 days one because of our good shape, which we did and did not regret afterwards; however, this was a risky move on our part because it implies quicker ascend and a higher risk of altitude sickness.
We made it to the summit on the fifth day - even though it was physically straining, we didn't have any health issues and were super happy to make in such a (relatively) short time. Nature is something out of this world, the views are breathtaking, the whole experience is something we will not ever forget in our lifetime! It is totally worth the price and the long flight and the strenuous ascend!
As a little after-Kilimanjaro present Demi and his brother Connie invited us for a great barbecue in Arusha which was definitely a nice touch.
Overall I was an amazing experience and we would definitely recommend Demi and his team as your guides and helpers! Many thanks for making it happen, guys!
P.S. The Demi's team consisted of 19 people in total. I would highly recommend asking beforehand how large the group would be because it is crucial for tips at the end of the trip. Overall please refer to the tip calculation scheme at Demi's website beforehand; we referred to different resources which state 200-250 dollars per person, the actual amount is around 400+ per person for a group of four which is something you should definitely consider when comparing the prices.
P.P.S. If you have any questions about our experience, feel free to contact me directly through TripAdvisor. More
I researched many well known companies to hike Kilimanjaro, I did not feel a connection them until I made contact with Demi. I was seeking a true local authentic experience, Demi natural and genuine. It was very important to me to book with a local...More
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Demi, his brother Cony and their team were simply amazing in guiding us to the top of Kilimanjaro! They are professional, they know what they’re doing, and they made us feel safe and in good hands, as we are not experienced mountain climbers. They also...More
I highly recommend Diamond glacier tours for climbing Kilimanjaro. Demi, his brother Cony and all of the crew did an amazing job, and I felt they did all in their power to get us to the top! I went with my partner and they gave...More