Suggested Checklist for Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro

Suggested Checklist for Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro :

One of the important prerequisites of a successful summit attempt is being properly equipped.

Ensure that you are well equipped – read and print our Suggested Checklist below and mark it off, it will be an essential part of your preparation for the climb.

Travel Documents:

  • Valid passport and visa.

  • Airline ticket.

  • International health card with immunisations (Yellow fever).

  • Travel insurance.

  • Medical insurance.

  • US$ cash / 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 ltrs.  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).

  • 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.

  • Balaclava.

  • Gaiters.

  • Thermal water flask.

Hiking Gear:

  • Shorts.

  • Hiking pants.

  • Regular underwear.

  • T-shirts.

  • Raincoat.


  • 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 6 liters).

  • 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:

  • Headaches–Syndols.

  • Altitude sickness-Diamox.

  • Diarrhoea – Imodium.

  • Nausea – Valiod.

  • Malaria – Prophylaxis.

  • Water purification tablets.

  • Painkillers.

  • Muscular sprains.

  • Abrasions blisters and cuts – Plaster, bandages.

  • Antiseptic cream – Betadine.

  • Flu and colds.

  • Eyes – drops.

  • Insect repellent.

Optional  Items:

  • Camera, extra lenses and film.

  • Binoculars.

  • Pocket knife.

  • Notebook & pencil.

  • Energy snacks and sweets

  • Video camera, tapes, battery packs.

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 (30 lbs.) or less.

Extra luggage, including clean clothes to wear after your climb, can be left at our storage locker at no extra costs.

Please feel free to contact us should you have any further questions regarding the list.