Final Checklist for Kilimanjaro

Be properly equipped

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 (30 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.

Travel Documents

  • Valid passport and visa
  • Airline ticket
  • International health card with immunizations (Yellow fever)
  • Travel insurance
  • Medical insurance
  • US$ cash / Travelers 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 (good quality which can be use below -20 degrees). 
  • Ski-pole / walking stick.
  • Water bottle / containers.
  • Kilimanjaro map (Can be bought at Park gate)

High Altitude Gear

  • Waterproof, breathable & windproof jacket (outer wear e.g., like Ventex, Gore-Tex or Jeantex)
  • Waterproof, breathable & windproof pants (outer wear)
  • Polar fleece (middle layer)
  • Thermal underwear (under layers)
  • Mittens or warm gloves (hand warmers)
  • Glove liners (if necessary)
  • One pair thermal (polertex) socks.
  • Balaclava
  • Gaiters
  • Thermal water flask

Hiking Gear

  • Shorts
  • Hiking pants
  • Regular underwear
  • T-shirts
  • Raincoat or Poncho

Footwear

  • 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

Equipment

  • Sun hat or similar (with a brim)
  • Collapsible ski stick (optional but highly recommended)
  • Water bottles – two or three (total capacity at least 6 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.).
  • 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

(Please check with your doctor before taking below medicine with you)

  • Headaches–Syndols
  • Altitude sickness-Diamox (if not allergic to sulpha)
  • 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 (ASA 200 film recommended)
  • Binoculars
  • 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

For trekkers who are not fully kitted out, the following used equipment is available for hire from Moshi. Please inquire.

  • Anorak
  • Balaclava
  • Battery
  • Duffel bag
  • Gaiters
  • Gloves
  • Mountain Boots Bag
  • Pouch
  • Rain Coat
  • Rain Trousers
  • RuckSack
  • Sleeping Bag (not four season)
  • Socks
  • Walking Stick
  • Sunglasses
  • Torch
  • Thick Sweater
  • Underwear Trousers
  • Water bottle
  • Tent
  • Mattress
 
 

Kindly note that the Huts on the Marangu routes are very basic and you have to share it with other climbers; the toilets are not en-suite and are of a very basic quality. The rescue at mountain is manually by one wheeled gurney, the rescue vehicle can only come up to the first hut.

 
 

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