What to Bring
Climbing highest mountain of Africa is everything else but simple, so you have to get extremely fit and prepared with the right equipment and clothing. To ensure that you are well equipped – go through our checklist below and mark off item by item from start to finish. This will help you pack all necessary things for the climb of Kilimanjaro.
You will need 3 bags for the climb:
- Small Backpack
- Duffel Bag
- Extra Bag
Small Backpack needs to be small and light because you will be carrying it to the top of Kilimanjaro and at the same time it has to be big enough for all the items that you need during the climb like water, your camera, raincoat, lunch pack, snacks & warm clothing.
Duffel bag should be big enough for all your climbing equipment and extra clothes. This bag you will take with you but will be carried by porters. Important: The weight of this bag is limited to a maximum of 15 kg.
Extra bag will stay in your hotel with all the things that you need on the trip in Tanzania, but not during your climb. It will be stored in your hotel, waiting for you to return from successful climb. You need to keep some clean clothes to be wear after your climb, or your beach gear if your onward journey includes Zanzibar.
Some of the gear, equipment is possible to rent, so please contact us and check before you arrive. Below is a checklist of the essentials for your trip. Once you’ve confirmed your trip with us we’ll send you additional information.
- Valid passport
- Travel insurance
- Medical insurance
- Cash in US$
- Travellers Cheques or Credit card
- 1 x durable, waterproof duffel bag for all your clothing and climbing gear
- 1 x small backpack for water, camera, lunch and snacks, warm clothing and raincoat during your daily hikes. We suggest using a 20 – 35 litre pack.
- 1 x extra bag with your non-hiking clothes and items
- Small padlocks for the zips on your bags
- 1 x Sleeping bag – must be good enough for extreme condition below zero degrees
- Water bottle
- Waterproof and dust proof bag for your camera
- Kilimanjaro map (On sale at the park gate)
- Water resistant hiking boots – Choose mid weight boots with medium to high support.
- Overnight Shoes – Lightweight running shoes or warm boots to wear at camp.
- Lots of socks – pack several pairs in your duffel bag as well as 1 pair in your day pack.
- Liner socks – These are great at keeping your feet dry and blister free.
High Altitude Gear:
- High quality outer jacket and trousers, water and windproof, from a breathable fabric.
- A polar fleece (this will serve as an insulating middle layer).
- Thermal underwear.
- Boot gaiters (waterproof over-shoe covers that protect your cuffs, socks and boots from debris and moisture)
- One pair of thermal socks
- Gloves and glove liners to keep the moisture away from your skin.
- A warm balaclava
- A thermal flask for your drinking water on the final night. Regular bottles will freeze solid.
(We recommend some thinner and thicker clothes (like polar fleece), so with more layers of clothes you can adjust to the outside temperature.)
Basic Hiking Gear:
- Waterproof raincoat or poncho
- Wide-brimmed sun hat
- UV protected sunglasses with dark lenses and a securing strap
- Collapsible ski stick (recommended) or a walking stick
- Sturdy head lamp with spare batteries and light bulbs. Do buy new batteries, don’t rely on used ones.
- Flashlight with spare batteries – keep it small (2 battery variety) for weight purposes
- 3 x 2 litre water bottles
- Water purification tablets
- Shorts and T-shirts
- Hiking trousers
- Regular underwear
- Tooth brush
- Small tube of toothpaste
- Other essential toilet articles
- Wet wipes
- Sun screen and lip balm with an SPF of 30+
- Toilet paper
- Money belt for cash, passport and valuables.
- Medicine for headaches (ask for extra strong)
- Diamox (acetazolamide) – for altitude sickness
- Imodium – for diarrhoea
- Valoid – for nausea
- Malaria tablets – not Larium (bad side effects)
- Water purification tablets
- Painkiller and anti-inflammatory tablets
- Ibuprofen based gel (or Deep Heat) – for muscular sprains
- Plasters and bandages – for abrasions, cuts and blisters
- Antiseptic cream – Betadine or Germolene
- Medication for colds and flu – fast acting and non drowsy types are best
- Eye drops
- Insect repellent
- Classical Photo Camera or
- Digital cameras – check manufacturer specs for minimum operating temperature
- Spare camera batteries and memory cards
- Binoculars and bag to protect them from dust and rain
- Video camera, tapes, Mini DV, battery packs and tri-pod
- Plastic bags – to keep your clothing dry
- Masking tape – to seal plastic bags
- Game or Isotonic drinks – keep in powdered form for weight limits
- Swiss Army pocket knife (or similar)
- Small diary & pencil
- Energy snack bars
- Sweets with glucose content
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