Climbing Kilimanjaro Preparations
One of the important prerequisites of successful summit 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 porter on the climb, to 15 kg (30lbs)or less. Extra luggage, including your clothes to wear after the climb, can be left at the hotel in Marangu. Please feel free to contact me should you have question regarding the checklist .Make sure you have everything you need to help you successful summit the Roof of Africa.
Kilimanjaro Gear List
- Adjustable 2 or 3 section Ski/Trekking poles. 1 pair.
- Headlamp. A good quality climbers headlamp (Black Diamond brand is
very good; www.bdel.com). Bring extra batteries (extra bulbs not necessary
for LED headlamps).
- Running or tennis shoes. 1 pair to wear around camp and also for
- Light Hiking Boots or Trekking boots. Water proof and very warm.
- Gaiters. 1 pair used to keep rocks out of shoes and boots dry.
- Wool or Synthetic Socks. 3 pair heavyweight socks (wool is warmer) to
be worn over the liner socks. When layering socks, check fit over feet and
- Liner Socks. 3 pair of smooth thin wool, nylon or Capilene to be worn
next to the skin. This reduces the incidence of blisters and hot-spots and
Makes the outer sock last longer before needing to be changed. They should
fit well with your heavyweight socks.
- Lightweight Long Underwear. 2 pair. Tops & bottoms, Capilene, other
synthetic or wool. No Cotton. Lightweight is preferable as it is more
versatile (worn single in warmer conditions and double layer for colder).
- Zip-T-neck tops allow more ventilation options. One set of white for
intense sunny days and one pair of dark for faster drying gives the most
- Synthetic/Soft Shell jacket. Mid- to Heavyweight. A full-zip version is
easier to put on and has better ventilation than a pullover.
- Insulated Synthetic Pants. Be sure pants can be removed while
- Down or Synthetic jacket. Medium to heavy weight with hood.
- Hard Shell jacket w/ hood. We recommend a waterproof breathable
shell material with full front zipper, underarm zips, and no insulation. This
outer layer protects against wind and rain.
- Hard Shell Pants. Waterproof, breatheable. Full length side zippers
preferred because it allows easy removal of pants.
- Lightweight synthetic gloves. 2 pair, quick drying material. Should fit
comfortably inside heavy mitts.
- Hard Shell Mitts w/ insulated remove able. 1 pair each. A good pair
of ski mittens/gloves work well.
- Balaclava. Look for a simple lightweight model.
- Warm Lightweight synthetic/wool hat. Hat should cover ears.
- Baseball cap/sun hat. One with a good visor to shade the nose and eyes.
Synthetic is nice as it dries quickly.
- Bandana. Used to shade your neck.
Glacier glasses. 100% UV, IR, high quality optical lenses designed for
mountain use, must have side covers, leashes, and a nose guard is particularly
helpful. No more than 8% light transmission. If you wear contact lenses we
recommend packing a spare pair of glasses—it is a good idea to have these
with “photo-gray” or equivalent light-sensitive material so they can double as
emergency sunglasses. If you wear glasses we recommend prescription
glacier glasses (gray or amber). Talk to your eye care professional to find out
where prescription glacier glasses are available. Regular sunglasses are not
dark enough and do not provide any side protection from the sun.
- Trekking Backpack. A day pack big enough to carry water bottles,
camera, lunch and extra clothing. 35L-40L max.
- Water Bottles: 2 to 3 Wide mouth bottles with minimum 1 Litre capacity
per bottle. No water bag or bladder systems, they freeze or are hard to
- Pee Bottle (1 Liter). For cold nights in the tent. Large mouth, clearly
- Pee Funnel (for women). For cold nights in the tent. (Optional)
- Sunscreen. SPF 30 or better, 2 small tubes. Make sure that the sun
screen is not older than 6 months. Sunscreen older than six months loses half
of its SPF rating.
- Lipscreen. SPF 40 or better, at least 2 sticks. Not older than 6 months.
- Water Purification tablets. 2 bottles.
- Sleeping bag. Down is lighter and less bulky, but more expensive than
- Closed Cell foam pad. One full length closed-cell foam.
- Self Inflating pad. One 3/4 or full length w/repair kit. No Ultralights.
- Duffle Bag. This duffle bag is needed to keep your gear in while
transporting. A rubber or synthetic material is recommended for water
- Duffle Bag. A small duffle can be nice for storing things at the hotel
during the expedition and extra clothing while traveling.
- Plastic bags. To line stuff sacks to keep gear dry and line pack. Trash
Compactor bags are best.
- Trail snack food items. Bring your favorite energy bars, GU packets for
summit day, drink mixes etc.
- Toiletry bag. Include toilet paper, soap, wet wipes, toothbrush, towel,
hand sanitizer, foot powder, dust mask, ear plugs etc.
Small personal first-aid kit.
Personal prescription medications in their original containers
- Over-the-counter anti-diarrhea medication (e.g., bismuth
subsalicylate, loperamide, pepto)
- Antibiotic for self-treatment of moderate to severe diarrhea
- Decongestant, alone or in combination with antihistamine
- Anti-motion sickness medication
- Acetaminophen, aspirin, ibuprofen, or other medication for pain
- Mild laxative
- Cough suppressant/expectorant
- Throat lozenges
- Antifungal and antibacterial ointments or creams
- 1% hydrocortisone cream
- Epinephrine auto-injector (e.g., EpiPen), if history of severe
Other Important Items:
- Sunscreen (preferably SPF 25 or greater)
- Aloe gel for sunburns-small tube
- Basic first-aid items (adhesive bandages, tweezers, cotton tipped
- Antibacterial hand wipes or alcohol-based hand sanitizer
Containing at least 60% alcohol (1)
- Moleskin for blisters
- Lubricating eye drops
Water purification tablets-should drink bottled water…but just
Climbers should bring
Pepto Bismol. Ciprofloxin (Cipro) 500mg tablets for traveler’s diarrhea
and for urinary tract infections. Azithromycin (Z-pak) 250mg tablets
infections. Acetazolamide (Diamox) 125 or 250 mg tablets for altitude
sickness. Ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) 200mg tablets for altitude
headaches, sprains, aches, etc. Excedrin for headaches.
Acetaminophen (Tylenol) 325mg tablets for stomach sensitivity.
- Camera extra lenses and film ( ASA 200 film recommended)
- Pocket knife
- Notebook, Pen / pencil
- Plastic bag to keep clothing dry (masking tape)
- Energy snacks and sweet.