While many mountains, especially those located in the national parks, have overnight camping facilities and provide some equipment for rental, it is always wise to plan ahead and make enquiries for bookings, weather conditions and other current information. Some remote or protected sites may even require special permits from the authorities.
It is best to hire a guide for the trip, unless the trail is well marked. Besides guiding you to the best campsites and rest spots, local guides know the natural history and folklore of the area and are invaluable when plans change and alternative routes need to be taken.
The exertion of carrying a heavy pack is compounded by the altitude, so it is always best to choose to climb mountains within your ability. Do not overload yourself with camping equipment. As a rough guide, the weight of your pack should not be more than a quarter of your body weight, the lighter the better for longer journeys.
- Comfortable long-sleeved shirts and pants for protection from leech bites, abrasions and the elements
- A hat with a wide brim against intense sunshine and light rain
- A poncho or rain cape
- A pair of gloves and a balaclava will help protect you from cold summit winds
- Wear roomy lightweight jungle boots with good ankle supports and a deep-ridged sole, and wear two pairs of socks to prevent blisters
- A comfortable rucksack with padded shoulder straps, hip belt and internal frame is a must
- A map and compass for navigating jungle trails; under some dense jungle canopies the sun might not be clearly seen
- A whistle is a useful tool for attracting attention and signaling others
- A basic first aid kit for the treatment of abrasions, insect bites and wounds
- Extra batteries for your torchlight; candles and matches