Kenya. Do not take too much, but still everything that is necessary. And don't forget anything important! But above all: the backpack must not be too heavy! Is packing for a trekking tour always the same challenge for you? Then have a look here. I have compiled a practical packing list for the ascent of Point Lenana on Mount Kenya.
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But first of all: we cheated. Because we didn't have to carry everything up the mountain ourselves. In addition to our guide, we were accompanied by a cook and three porters who took care of the tents, cooking equipment and all the food. In addition, each of us was able to hand over 10 kg of personal luggage. We gave our big trekking backpacks to the porters and walked only with daypacks. Everything we didn't need during the ascent of Point Lenana we could deposit in a duffel bag at our tour provider Go To Mount Kenya and Natural World Kenya Safaris Safaris.
- Rain jacket and rain trousers
- warm down jacket
- a fleece sweater
- a merino wool longsleeve
- two merino wool t-shirts
- Softshell pants
- Underwear, including thermal underwear for top and bottom (also for sleeping)
- Baseball cap for sun protection
- Cap, buff, scarf
- warm, waterproof gloves
- Ankle-high trekking boots
- Warm sleeping bag, for example Glacier 1000 from Mountain Equipment.
- Insulation mattress with a high insulation value (R-value), for example the super-light ThermaRest NeoAir XTherm*with an R-value of 6.9
Toiletries and First Aid Kit
- Sunscreen (50+) and protection for the lips
- Throat lozenges against a dry throat in the high altitude air
- Mineral tablets, for example Isostar
- If necessary, sea salt nasal spray (my nose is very dried out due to the increased breathing)
- Water disinfection tablets Micropur Forte*
- Wet wipes as a bathroom substitute
- Personal hygiene items (toothbrush, toothpaste, hairbrush, scrunchies...)
- Medicine against diarrhea, for example Immodium Akut
- First aid pack incl. emergency blanket and blister plaster
- Personal medicines
- Tissues and toilet paper
- Headlamp, for example the Petzl Aktik* and spare batteries if necessary.
- Cell phone and charging cable
- Headphones for music or audio games
- Camera with spare batteries - here you can have a look at my camera equipment werfen
- Sunglasses with high UV protection or glacier glasses, for example the CEBE Everest*
- Emergency bivy sack, for example the Ultralite Bivi from Mountain Equipment*
- Two 1-liter wide-mouth bottles, for example from Nalgene*
- Two trekking poles, for example Leki Sherpa XTG*
- If necessary a pack of cards
- Garbage bags
Book recommendations for Kenya
You want to know where the journey goes? Then I can recommend these books* about Kenya.
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Do you have any other tips or questions about my packing list for Mount Kenya? If yes, then write me a comment!
Recommendations for further Reading
Do you love mountains as much as I do? Then you might also be interested in my articles about a Trekking Tour around Mount Kailash in Tibet or about Climbing the Half Dome in Yosemite National Park, California.