One of the important prerequisites of a successful Kilimanjaro summit attempt is being properly equipped. Please see the checklist below and mark it off. Getting the right gear increases your chances of reaching to the top and there is no way around it. Ensure that you are well equipped and that you only have what you need and nothing extra. Limit the weight of your bag and its contents to 15 kg (32 lbs) or less, so that it can be easily carried by the porters. Any extra luggage including clean clothes, towels etc. can be left at the hotel.

Please note: This checklist is only a guideline. A comprehensive checklist will be sent to you as soon as your hike is confirmed.

Travel Documents

•    A valid passport and visa

•    Airline ticket

•    International health card with immunizations (Yellow fever)

•    Travel insurance

•    Medical insurance

•    US$ cash / Travellers Checks / Credit Card

Essential Items

•    Duffel bag – large enough for all climbing gear and clothing. To be carried by the porters. An extra bag to be left at the hotel with extra gear

•    Small luggage lock – to lock zippers

•    Day backpack – between 20 – 35 litres. Large enough to carry your water, camera, raincoat, lunch pack, snacks & warm clothing

•    Sleeping bag

•    Ski-pole / walking stick

•    Water bottle/containers

•    Kilimanjaro map (Can be bought at Park gate)

High Altitude Gear

•    Waterproof, breathable & windproof jacket (outerwear like Ventex, Gore-Tex or Jeantex)

•    Waterproof, breathable & windproof pants (outerwear)

•    Polar fleece (middle layer)

•    Thermal underwear (under layers)

•    Mittens or warm gloves

•    Glove liners (if necessary)

•    One pair thermal (polertex) socks

•    Balaclava

•    Gaiters

•    Thermal water flask

Hiking Gear

•    Shorts

•    Hiking pants

•    Regular underwear

•    T-shirts

•    Raincoat or Poncho


•    Water resistant semi-stiff hiking boots – mid-weight boots work great

•    Shoes for overnight camps – i.e. sneakers, running shoes, etc.

•    Socks – several pairs for the climb

•    Liner socks – to keep your feet dry and limit the risk of blisters


•    Sun hat or similar (with a brim)

•    Collapsible ski stick (optional but highly recommended)

•    Water bottles – two or three (total capacity of at least 4 litres)

•    Headlamp, good strong one with spare batteries and an extra light bulb

•    Water purification tablets

•    Sunglasses, good quality dark lenses for the climb, with a securing strap

•    Flashlight (torch) with spare batteries

Personal Items

•    Toilet kit (soap, toothbrush, toilet articles, wet wipes, etc.)

•    Towel

•    Sunscreen and lip protection, SPF 30+

•    Ziploc bags, to protect the camera, binoculars, etc. from dust

•    Toilet paper

•    Money belt for passport and valuables

Medical and First Aid Supplies

  • Headache tablets
  • Altitude sickness-Diamox (if not allergic to sulpha)
  • Diarrhoea – Imodium
  • Nausea – Valoid
  • Malaria – Prophylaxis
  • Water purification tablets
  • Painkillers
  • Muscular sprains
  • Abrasions blisters and cuts – Plaster, bandages
  • Antiseptic cream – Betadine
  • Flu and colds
  • Eye drops
  • Insect repellent

Optional Items

  • Camera and extra lenses
  • Binoculars
  • Powdered sports drinks for the climb (ex. Game or Isotonic drinks)
  • Pocket knife
  • Notebook & pencil
  • Plastic bags to keep clothing dry (masking tape)
  • Energy snacks and sweets
  • Video camera, tapes, battery packs and tri-pod

Renting Equipment:

In this Kilimanjaro packing list, we try to cover every aspect of your travel but if you happen to forget a few things, then you can easily hire equipment from us. All our gear have been tested for extreme Kilimanjaro trek. For any doubt and clarifications, please give us a call and we will be happy to help you out.

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