Kilimanjaro Hiking Equipment Check List
For a successful experience it is as important to be prepared with the appropriate equipment and clothing as it is to be physically and mentally prepared. To help ensure that you are well equipped please go through our checklist below. If you include all these items you can be confident that you will be properly prepared for the climb.
After your arrival, usually the evening prior to the start of the hike your guide will go through all your equipment. He will determine if you have the proper items and suggest any changes that may be necessary.
Your belongings will be organized into three sets of luggage:
1 - Day backpack: This will be carried by you during the hike and should contain the items you will need during the days hike. You will most likely not have access to you other belongings until you reach your camp in the evening.
2 - Duffel bag: This will be carried by your porters and is for all your climbing gear, clothing, and personnel items not contained in your day pack.
3 - Travel Luggage: This is your air travel suitcases. This will contain your non-hiking items that you do not wish to take on the mountain. This luggage will be stored at your hotel until you return. While it will be secure we recommend locking suitcases for your peace of mind. We also recommend that you take all valuables including passports with you rather than risk losing them.
Unfortunately we can not be responsible for lost or stolen items.
PLEASE NOTE: the weight of your packed duffel bag to be carried by the porters on the climb is limited to a maximum of 15 kg. This is for the safety of our porters as your success on the mountain is dependent on the support of our porters.
If you do not already have all the necessary equipment we provide a complete and quality rental service of all the equipment required on the mountain. If you recognize that you are missing something and wish to rent, please let us know this in advance so we can make proper preparations.
Below is a checklist of the essentials for your trip.
·International health card with Yellow fever immunizations stamp.
· Medical and evacuation insurance - please confirm that it includes coverage for “high risk” activities such as high altitude hiking.
·Credit card/ ATM card
·One durable, waterproof duffel bag for all your clothing and climbing gear (this will be carried by the porters). This should NOT be a backpack or contain a frame as porters prefer to carry them on their heads instead of on their backs. Waterproof is ideal as rain is a very real possibility and you would not appreciate a wet sleeping bag or clothes after a long days hike. If waterproof is not possible then we will line bag with plastic trash bags
·One day pack. This backpack should be large enough to hold your water, camera, snacks, warm clothing and raincoat during your daily hikes. We suggest using a 20 - 35 liter pack. “Camelback” type with built-in hydration system works well for the entire hike except summit day where it may freeze.
·Small padlocks for the zips on your bags.
·Sleeping bag with liner - must be warm enough for sub zero temperatures. A waterproof stuff sac would be nice.
·Ski-poles or lightweight walking sticks (collapsible is ideal).
·2 Wide mouthed water bottles. You may also wish to consider a water filtration system.
·Camera equipment with waterproof and dust proof bag.
·Head light with extra batteries.
·Kilimanjaro Map (on sale at gate).
·Water resistant hiking boots - Choose mid weight boots with medium to high support. Make sure they are well broken in. Please do not purchase new boots and then wear for first time on hike. Consider wearing them on plane in case luggage goes missing as they would be difficult to replace. Bring spare laces.
·Overnight Shoes - Lightweight running shoes or warm boots to wear at camp.
·Pair of socks for each day plus two extra pair - Make sure to pack several pairs in your duffel bag as well as one pair in your daypack. “Smartwool” type in several thicknesses works well.
·Liner socks - These are great at keeping your feet dry and blister free.
·Blister kit with mole skin.
High Altitude Gear:
·High quality outer jacket and trousers. These two garments need to be water and windproof and made from a breathable fabric. Make sure it fits over your fleece.
·A polar fleece jacket and trousers (this will serve as an insulating middle layer). Bring a light set and a warm set.
·Thermal underwear. These need to have wicking properties to keep moisture away from your body and will be used as your foundation layer.
·Boot gaiters (waterproof over-shoe covers that protect your cuffs, socks and boots from debris and moisture)
·One pair of thermal socks.
·Warm winter mittens with liners to keep the moisture away from your skin. We recommend mittens rather than gloves as they are much warmer. A lighter pair of gloves for around camp would be nice.
·A warm balaclava (which can also double as a beanie).
·Stocking hat - wool is best.
·A thermal flask for your drinking water on the final night. Regular bottles will freeze solid.
·Large brim hat as once you are above tree line there is very little shade and the sun can be very bright. If it covers the back of your neck it will help protect against sunburn.
·Tooth brush with small tube of toothpaste.
·Other essential toilet articles.
·Sun screen and lip balm with an SPF of 30+.
·Ziploc bags (or similar) to protect your camera and binoculars from dust
·Money belt for cash, passport and valuables.
·Sunglasses with UV protection. We recommend wrap around type that give better protection at high altitude.
·Spare pair of prescription eyeglasses.
Medical Items (Please consult your physician or travel specialist for specific recommendation - the following are only intended as suggestions. We are not giving medical advice):
·Tylenol (or similar) - for headaches, joint, or muscle pain.
·Diamox (acetazolamide) - for altitude sickness (requires doctor’s prescription).
·Cipro (requires doctor's prescription)
·Imodium - for diarrhea
·Valoid - for nausea
·Malaria tablets - Avoid Larium as we have seen many bad side effects.
·Water purification tablets or filtering device. Iodine works best, but may have unpleasant taste. Please try prior to trip. Powdered drink mixes may help with taste.
·Painkiller and anti-inflammatory tablets such as Ibuprofen.
·Ibuprofen based gel (or Deep Heat) - for muscular sprains.
·Antihistamine for ear altitude problems such as Benedryl
·Bandages - for abrasions, cuts and blisters
·Antiseptic cream - Betadine or Neosporin.
·Ace wrap for sprains.
·Medication for colds and flu - fast acting and non drowsy types are best.
·Insect repellent such as DEET.
·Any prescription medications you may be taking.
·SLR Camera - we recommend ASA 200 film with this camera type.
·Digital cameras - check manufacturer specs for minimum operating temperature.
·Spare camera batteries and memory cards.
·Video camera, tapes, battery packs and tri-pod. Make certain it will work in subfreezing temperatures.
·Plastic bags such as “trash bags” to keep your clothing and sleeping bag dry.
·Duct tape - to seal plastic bags.
·Sports or Isotonic drinks - keep in powdered form for weight limits.
·Swiss Army pocket knife or multi-tool.
·Ear plugs if you have trouble sleeping as camp can be rather noisy at night
·iPod or MP3 player with extra batteries.
·Cell phone - There is coverage on most of mountain. Please check with your provider for rates etc.
·GPS unit if you are interested in distances and altitude changes etc.
·Small diary & pencil.
·Energy snack bars.
·Tang or Gatoraid powdered drinks.
·Sweets with glucose content.