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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

Climbing Equipment

  • Adjustable 2 or 3 section Ski/Trekking poles. 1 pair.
  • Headlamp. A good quality climbers headlamp (Black Diamond brand is very good; Bring extra batteries (extra bulbs not necessary for LED headlamps).
  • Running or tennis shoes. 1 pair to wear around camp and also for safari.
  • 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 Inside boots.
  • 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 versatility.
  • 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 wearing boots.
  • 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.
  • Handwear
  • 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. Headwear
  • 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 fill.
  • Pee Bottle (1 Liter). For cold nights in the tent. Large mouth, clearly marked bottle.
  • 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 Synthetics.
  • Closed Cell foam pad. One full length closed-cell foam.
  • Self Inflating pad. One 3/4 or full length w/repair kit. No Ultralights. Traveling
  • Duffle Bag. This duffle bag is needed to keep your gear in while transporting. A rubber or synthetic material is recommended for water resistance.
  • 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
  1. Over-the-counter anti-diarrhea medication (e.g., bismuth subsalicylate, loperamide, pepto)
  2. Antibiotic for self-treatment of moderate to severe diarrhea
  3. Antihistamine
  4. Decongestant, alone or in combination with antihistamine
  5. Anti-motion sickness medication
  6. Acetaminophen, aspirin, ibuprofen, or other medication for pain or fever
  7. Mild laxative
  8. Cough suppressant/expectorant
  9. Throat lozenges
  10. Antacid
  11. Antifungal and antibacterial ointments or creams
  12. 1% hydrocortisone cream
  13. Epinephrine auto-injector (e.g., EpiPen), if history of severe allergic reaction.
  14. Other Important Items:
  15. Sunscreen (preferably SPF 25 or greater)
  16. Aloe gel for sunburns-small tube
  17. Basic first-aid items (adhesive bandages, tweezers, cotton tipped Applicators)
  18. Antibacterial hand wipes or alcohol-based hand sanitizer Containing at least 60% alcohol (1)
  19. Moleskin for blisters
  20. Lubricating eye drops Water purification tablets-should drink bottled water…but just in case.


Climbers should bring Pepto Bismol. Ciprofloxin (Cipro) 500mg tablets for traveler’s diarrhea and for urinary tract infections. Azithromycin (Z-pak) 250mg tablets for non-gastrointestinal

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.

Optional Items

  1. Camera extra lenses and film ( ASA 200 film recommended)
  2. Binoculars
  3. Pocket knife
  4. Notebook, Pen / pencil
  5. Plastic bag to keep clothing dry (masking tape)
  6. Energy snacks and sweet.

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