Recommended Kilimanjaro Kit List
Kit in bold italics can be hired from us by prior request.
To assist in shopping and packing it is helpful to print out a copy of this recommended kit list and tick off boxes as each item is acquired or packed. To download this list in printable format click here.
Baggage and Sleeping kit for climbing Kilimanjaro
Large Rucksack or Holdall, 70-90 litres capacity (for kit carried by porter)
Daysack, 25-35 litres (for personal use on mountain; ready-access items)
Sleeping Bag (minus 10 degrees Centigrade rating or colder).
Waterproof rucksack liner or heavy duty plastic sack
Elasticated waterproof rucksack cover
NB: sleeping mattresses are not required as we provide these for you.
Clothing for climbing Kilimanjaro
Sweat-wicking T-shirts / vests
Insulated down jacket or similar.
Down mittens or similar.
Thermal long-johns for summit night.
Lightweight walking trousers (avoid jeans or heavy cotton as they chafe and dry slowly)
Underwear (briefs are usually better than boxer shorts which gather and chafe)
Very good quality hiking socks and thin liner socks. (We advise that socks should be at least a size too small otherwise they stretch and bunch causing blisters)
Breathable lightweight waterproofs (jacket and trousers).
Waterproof walking boots, sturdy and worn-in. A Gore-Tex membrane or similar is advised. While Alpine or C3 boots are not required for Kilimanjaro it is important that your boots have good ankle and arch support and good deep read patterns.
Goretex Mountain Cap or Woollen Hat
Wide brimmed sun hat to protect face, ears and neck
Hygiene related gear for use on Kilimanjaro
Toothbrush, toothpaste & deodorant
Flat packed Wet Ones, travel wipes, or similar for personal hygiene on the mountain.
Kleenex tissues in plastic travel pouches or toilet paper
Hairbrush / comb
Lip salve with UV protection
Vaseline, to prevent chafing skin and heel friction blisters
Health related items for Kilimanjaro
Malaria Tablets (if you choose to take these. Most will seek advice from their GP. Note that some anti-malarial courses need to commence several weeks before departure)
Factor 30+ sun cream
Sun barrier cream white / blue for nose and ears
Documents needed when travelling to Kilimanjaro
Passport (with additional 6 months’ validity after proposed expedition return date)
Tanzanian Entry Visa. (If flying to Nairobi and taking the bus to Arusha Kenyan visas can be bought on arrival at Nairobi airport.)
Air Travel Documents
Cash in US dollars in denominations of $10 and $20 and $1 (tipping allowance and local purchases, taxis, meals, etc)
Credit Card (recommended for eventualities only)
Travel Insurance Documents
Vaccination Certificates (Yellow Fever, if visiting a ‘risk zone’ prior to entering Tanzania)
Traveller’s Cheques are not recommend as they are subject to very poor conversion rates in Arusha.
Other things recommended to be carried when climbing Kilimanjaro
Optional but recommended: Mountain Fuel (inter-meal energy supplements and recovery drinks)
Camera and film or Digital Camera and spare memory cards
Sunglasses with UV-filter lenses
High energy snacks (Cereal bars, dried fruit and nuts)
Spare Contact Lenses and fluid, if worn
Head torch with spare batteries and bulb for summit night & tent admin
Water bottles & Camelbak (3 litres carrying capacity)
Optional but recommended: Nuun hydration aids (portable electrolyte replacement tablets)
Water Purification Tablets / Iodine drops
Ear Plugs and blindfold (to aid sleep on afternoon before summit night)
Plastic bags (for dirty washing, wrappings, etc.)
Telescopic walking poles (optional)
Mobile phone. There is signal reception on most parts of the mountain. It is a good idea to unlock your phone before you come out so that a local sim card can be used.
Optional but recommended: a good, strong, thermally efficient blizzard survival bag. We strongly recommend that all climbers possess one of these, especially when training alone or in small groups while preparing for Kilimanjaro. On Kilimanjaro, perhaps 10 - 15% of climbers complain to their guides of being cold in their sleeping bags, despite using a bag that is rated for minus 20 degrees C or lower. This is because the body generates less heat when there is relatively little oxygen available. Having one of these bags will reflect much of that precious heat back to where it’s needed.
Personal Small First Aid Kit to be carried by each climber on Kilimanjaro
Pain Killers (Ibuprofen)
Diamox (Acetazolamide) if you choose to use this.
Zinc oxide tape and small scissors.
Compeed Blister Pads
Loperamide Diahorrea Tablets
Any medication you normally use
Dioralyte sachets or similar rehydration packs.
Note that your guide will carry a more comprehensive medical kit containing additional Acetazolamide, Ibuprofen, Anti-inflammatory gel, bandages, Loperamide, Amoxycilin, Oral Dexamethasone, and several other items.
We will carry an emergency oxygen canister if requested but this is not normally advised unless opting for an Excel Series climb. Where a climber has specific health concerns that they or their doctor anticipate being exacerbated by exposure to high altitude, or if he has a history of heart disease in the family, we would advise that he requests that we carry emergency oxygen.
Supplementary kit list for Western Breach climbers
Please note that the following items may not be deemed to be necessary by all climbers and indeed many of our own staff and leadership often will not use any of these items, unless current conditions are known to be particularly adverse. We present the following for the benefit of those who wish to err on the side of caution with respect to maximising personal protection against known seasonal risks that occur on the WesternBreach, including rock-fall, sub-surface ice that forms after meltwater run-off refreezes and makes traction difficult, and occasional deep snow that collects in some re-entrants. Those booking to climb via the Western Breach are asked to read our dedicated website, where these risks are discussed in greater depth.
Articulated 12 / 14 point crampons (particularly if climbing during the wet season)
Anti-balling plates (silicon slabs usually supplied with crampons; prevent snow sticking)
Ice-axe - fairly straight and long is recommended, though your guide will cut steps for you
Helmet (rock-fall should be considered a risk throughout the year)
Length of 8.5mm climbing rope (a 30 metre length suffices for 4 climbers)
Rope should not be considered strictly necessary, but is preferred by some groups of climbers that are already accustomed to moving together in the hills
Basic climbing harness - only recommended for those who already own one and prefer to use it. Risk of high-exposure falls is very low on the new Western Breach route, and our own staff generally tie on without a harness, if using a rope.
Note that for UK-based climbers, hardware such as karabiners, ropes, helmets, slings, and harnesses can be purchased from Zero G Climbing. Good ice axes and crampons can be obtained from Mountain Works.