Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro is a breathtaking activity and trekking or climbing with a reputable operator is one of the successful way to the highest point in Africa.

Kilitop and Safaris, one of the leading Kilimanjaro operator recommends a well defined preparation of your personal climbing gear and proper final checklist before you depart for your climbing expedition, as this is undoubtedly a key factor to your Kilimanjaro climbing. We have listed below suggested personal gear that you should pack for your Kilimanaro trek, however you should put in mind the issue of weight of the luggage. One porter is not supposed to carry more than 20kg (40 lbs.) Kilimanjaro Park authorities have placed a scale on each point to check the weight. Any unnecessary stuff you do not need for your climb can be left at the hotel in Arusha.

Most of the climbing gear listed below can be rented on your arrival. The gear are of high quality of clean and hygienic. You should let us know well in advance which gear you would like to rent locally.

Please note: This checklist is only a guideline. A comprehensive checklist will be send to you as soon as your hike is confirmed.

Travel Documents

You should have a Valid passport (at least six month before expiration), entry visa and Airline ticket basically roundtrip. Entry visa can be issued on arrival at your point of entry but you have to check with us before you leave for your holiday.

International health card with immunizations (Yellow fever)>

Comprehensive travel insurance (Very important)

Personal Climbing Gear

Duffel bag – which will carry your climbing clothing and gear. It should be large enough to accommodate all your clothing for the climb. The duffle bag is carried by a porter, If you have lots of stuff an extra bag should be with you to leave other thing in the hotel.

  • Backpack –very crucial as you will use it daily carrying valuables, water, food, raincoat, camera and simple warm clothing.
  • Sleeping bag
  • Walking stick
  • Water bottle / containers. (two or three (total capacity at least 6 litres)
  • Kilimanjaro map – you can obtain one in Arusha town or obtain one at
  • Sun hat or similar (with a brim)Collapsible ski stick (This optional but highly recommended
  • Head lamp, good strong one with spare batteries
  • Sunglasses, good quality dark lenses for the climb, with a securing strap
  • Toilet kit (soap, tooth brush, toilet articles, wet wipes).TowelSun screen and lip protection, Ziploc bags, to protect camera, binoculars, Flashlight (torch) etc.
  • Toilet paper
  • Money belt carry your valuables such as passport and cash
  • Medical and First Aid Supplies with medication as follows
  • Syndols for headaches
  • Diamox for altitude sickness-(very important but if not allergic to sulpha)-You should check your physician
  • Imodium for Diarrhoea
  • Valoid for Nausea
  • Prophylaxis for Malaria
  • Painkillers
  • Plaster and Bandages for abrasions blisters and cuts
  • Betadine – Antiseptic cream
  • Insect repellent
  • Muscular sprains

Clothing for the Climb

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


Water resistant semi-stiff hiking boots are recommended–(They should be well broken) mid weight boots work great Socks – several pairs for the climb Liner socks – to keep your feet dry and limit the risk of blisters
Raincoat or Poncho Shorts and T-shirts, Hiking pants.