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Mt Kilimanjaro final checklist

One of the important prerequisites of a successful summit attempt is being properly equipped. Ensure that you are well equipped - print the Checklist below and mark it off, it will be an essential part of your preparation for the climb. 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. Please feel free to contact us should you have any further questions regarding the checklist. We also provide a complete and quality rental service on all the equipment required on the mountain, as a sensible alternative to purchasing. Please click Gear Rental for more information.

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

You can also download the list (PDF size: 228 Kb).

Make sure you have everything you need to help you successfully summit the Roof of Africa.

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

Kilimanjaro map (Can be bought at Park gate)

High Altitude Gear

Waterproof, breathable & windproof jacket (outer wear like Ventex, Gore-Tex or Jeantex)

Waterproof, breathable & windproof pants (outer wear)

Polar fleece (middle layer)

Thermal underwear (under layers)

Mittens or warm gloves

Glove liners (if necessary)

One pair thermal (polertex) socks



Thermal water flask

Hiking Gear


Hiking pants

Regular underwear


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 at least 4 litres)

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.)


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

Altitude sickness-Diamox (if not allergic to sulpha)

Diarrhoea - Imodium

Nausea - Valoid

Malaria - Prophylaxis

Water purification tablets


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)


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

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