/ what boot for Kili?
The same foot ware that you would use on Winrights and Munros. Nothing too fancy is needed.
Depends what route you're doing, what time of year. Trainers on some, up to BŁ winter boots on others.
standard"3 season" type boot, can be modern fabric option with waterproof liner, or go for a leather option that doesnt have a waterproof liner, this type is generally preferable for muti day trek as goretex and the like get overloaded with sweat
options in leather non lined are more limited, 2 to look at, but there are more
Hanwag lima non gore (was called Peru)
Ultimately the best answer is what fits your foot and is suitable for a multiday walk
I went up it in my Meindls - Softline Ultras, seemed perfectly well suited to all the conditions we had, including a nice scramble up the lava tower.
I wore Scarpa Charmoz - ridgind sole is good on the loose scree.
A lot of people get very cold feet on the trek to the summit...it's a good idea to upgrade your socks.
I wish I'd carried my trail shoes on the summit day so I could have changed back into them for the bulk of the descent. We came down pretty quick, and my feet were very hot & uncomfortable in the big boots + warm socks once we'd lost some altitude.
Would Scarpa Manta be overkill?
I used the old version of Mantas (I think - can't imagine what else I would have worn) which were a bit less stiff, but absolutely fine. If you already have Mantas, I wouldn't bother buying anything new, although as someone suggested, you could also take a pair of trainers for the lower slopes.
Boots were good for us on summit day - we'd gone up through the Western Breach, so the path down was basically a massive scree run where boots were a reasonable plan (can't remember which route that is off the top of my head)
Scapa Mantas would be a good choice of boot for summit day - boots with a more rigid sole work better on scree compared to flexible ones, and Mantas are fairly well insulated. As Nick says, a lot of people really underestimate how cold the summit climb can be and suffer from very cold feet - take a pair of thick outer socks and liners, and keep 'em fresh for summit day.
Trainers or approach shoes would be fine for walking lower down the mountain, although there are some boggy patches on the Rongai and Lemosho routes.
I.d recommend mittens, too.
Whichever boot you choose, you should definitely buy two of them.
just returned from kilimanjaro (my 48th ascent). Have been wearing trainers lately but wish i hadn't for last job as the temperature went as low as -26 C! I would recommend Berghaus EHS tasers. Their light ,offer good ankle support (lots of varied terrain) and they are warm.
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