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Gear Check List

  “Mountain climbing in Kilimanjaro requires planning”


  • Sun hat (Wide Brim) x 1
  • Knit hat y 1
  • Balaclava or buff (Face Coverage) x 1


  • Waterproof trousers x1 (side-zipper recommended)
  • -Walking trousers x 1 or 2 (convertible to shorts recommended)
  • Thermal trousers y 1
  • Shorts y 1
  • Waterproof jacket with hood x 1 (ideally lightweight in case you need to use it on a lower elevation
  • when it’s warm)
  • Insulated jacket x1 (synthetic recommended because they dry quicker if you sweat)
  • Soft jacket, soft-shell or fleece x 2
  • Thermal long-sleeve shirt x 2
  • Thermal short sleeve shirt x 2
  • Comfortable underwear and sports bra (moisture-wicking fabric recommended)
  • Long underwear × 1 (moisture-wicking fabric recommended)

Hand wear

  • Ski/Waterproof gloves x 1
  • Thin lining layer glove × 1 (synthetic recommended, worn under ski/waterproof gloves for added
  • warmth)

Foot wear

  • Walking boots x 1 (well-worn in, warm, waterproof)
  • Running shoes to wear at camp x 1 (optional)
  • Socks, thick, wool or synthetic x 2
  • Sock Liners, tight, thin, synthetic x 3
  • Gaiters, waterproof × 1 (optional)


  • Large rucksack (NOT SUITCASE) × 1 (for porters carry most of your kit in – they carry this on their head, so nothing hard, please)
  • Day pack (comfortable small rucksack in which your waterproofs, water, medical kit, and packed lunch)
  • Sleeping bag x 1 (this must be suitable for low temperatures)
  • Sleeping bag liner for added warmth x 1 (optional)
  • Walking poles (recommended, very useful, especially coming down)
  • Head torch, with extra batteries x 1 (you will be walking in the dark during summit night)


  • Good Sunglasses x1
  • Water bottle x 1
  • Water bladder, Camelback type x 1 (optional)
  • Vacuum insulated water bottle for hot drinks x 1 (optional; it helps you to stay warm during summit night)
  • Backpack cover, waterproof × 1 (optional)
  • Poncho, during rainy season × 1 (optional)
  • Towel, lightweight, quick-dry x 1 (optional)
  • Stuff sacks or plastic bags of various sizes to keep gear dry and separate


  • Sun cream
  • Lip balm
  • Toiletries
  • Face/wet wipes and basic wash kit (you won’t get a lot of access to water)
  • Hand sanitizes
  • Toilet paper
  • Insect repellent
  • Personal basic first aid kit
  • Any personal medication or otherwise advised by your doctor
  • Camera with extra batteries (optional)
  • Snacks (optional; Jerry Babies are great & as cereal bars and chocolate)
  • Music (optional, great for last night on the way to the summit)
  • Diary and/or reading book (optional, 1 max)
  • Passport
  • Visa
  • Immunization
  • Insurance documents
  • Cash for personal expenses – please bring US Dollars issued after 2006; otherwise, normally not accepted