Kilimanjaro Final Check List

One of the important prerequisites of a successful summit attempt is being properly equipped. Ensure that you are well equipped. Please remember to limit the weight of your duffel bag and its content to be carried by the porters on the climb to 15 kg (32 lbs.) or less. Extra luggage, including clean clothes to wear after your climb, can be left at the hotel in Moshi.

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Please note: This checklist is only a guideline.

Travel Documents

• 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

High Altitude Gear

• Waterproof, breathable & windproof jacket (outer wear like Ventex, Gore-Tex or Jeantex)
• Polar fleece (middle layer)
• Thermal underwear (under layers)
• Mittens or warm gloves
• One pair thermal (polertex) socks
• Balaclava
• Gaiters
• Thermal water flask

Hiking Gear

• Shorts
• Hiking pants
• Regular underwear
• T-shirts


• Water resistant semi-stiff hiking boots – mid weight boots work great
• 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)
• Head lamp, 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, tooth brush, toilet articles, wet wipes, etc.)
• Towel
• Sun screen and lip protection, SPF 30+
• Ziploc bags, to protect camera, binoculars, etc. from dust
• Toilet paper
• Money belt for passport and valuables

Medical and First Aid Supplies

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

Optional Items

• Camera, extra lenses and film (ASA 200 film recommended)
• 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