Climb Preparation


To join our trek you need to be enthusiastic hill walker who wants to extend themselves or wishes to be introduced to higher altitudes. No previous experience of high altitudes is necessary, as every caution is taken to ensure a gradual and thorough period of acclimatization. Therefore anyone of reasonable fitness is capable of summiting Mount Kilimanjaro. You just need determination and courage.

Yellow Fever Inoculation is necessary and must be done no later than 10 days prior to departure, (If you have had previous Liver disorders you must consult your physician earliest). Your International Vaccination Certificate must be taken with you.
Anti-Malaria tablets are also necessary - please consult your pharmacist or physician.

We strongly recommend that you take out Travel Insurance. This must cover for your Medical Costs while doing the Kilimanjaro Climb

Visas are required for all passport holders. Your passport should be valid for minimum 6 months after return date from Tanzania, and have ample pages for visas. Visas can be obtained upon arrival at the airport. The cost of a Tanzanian visa is $50, payable in US dollars

Ventex / Gortex or similar.  Breathable waterproof jacket - to cover your bottom (longish) for both rain and wind.  Lightweight ideal, particularly at lower altitudes - then at higher altitude one layers underneath, and it acts as a guard against the wind and cold.  Must have a hood. 

Cotton Shorts or cycling type shorts Good for hiking while at lower elevations.
T-shirts For lower altitudes only (first two days)
Shade Hat  
Warm wool hat or balaclava To protect against cold and winds
Dark sunglasses (wraparound) Protection against harsh UV rays at higher altitude and ice-glare
Sunscreen Factor 20 or more, oil based
Hiking Boots Well-worn in, ideally leather upper, waterproofed
Lightweight shoes To wear in camp at night after a day hiking
Sleeping Bag & Inner sheet Rates -5 degrees minimum
Thermarest mattress The mattresses supplied on the mountain are compressed foam (25mm).  We suggest that you bring one to use on top of it if you’re looking for more comfort.
Water bottle Minimum 2 litres, preferably 3 - sturdy hiking variety
Purifying tablets Aquapure or Puritab – to sterilize all drinking water
Powdered drink, e.g. game or Clifton To make the water taste better!
Socks - thin & thick pairs Ideally a fresh pair daily (6 days) or BOTH
Thin socks help protect against blisters by extra support and dryness

Thick socks - hiking socks for warmth and comfort

Warm gloves / mitts Inner thermal or woollen PLUS outer glove or mitts (waterproof)
Day Pack Around 35lt, to carry your daily items in (camera, waterproof clothes, water, etc.) Ideally lightweight inner frame and tummy belt for support.  This item may be hired
Kit Bag for the porters* Around 150 lt, for the porters to carry your gear in. Soft, sports bag - ideally canvas or waterproofed (dive bag). 
(this item may be hired)
Thermal underwear Preferably Polypropylene or similar, with ‘wicking’ properties for the higher altitude.  Top is more important than pants. Ladies stockings or cycling pants are useful and warm.
Pants Tracksuit pants for colder days/evenings (two pairs)
Waterproof pants Lightweight pants, preferably breathable
Jerseys / Fleece etc All clothing should be LAYERED for maximum warmth.  Lightweight (e.g. fleece, wool, polar neck, polartec) layers - usually thermal plus 3 layers AND a down jacket for the final ascent.  During the rest of the hike, one just layers as required.  Do not take heavy jerseys or jackets.
Waterproof Jacket
Lightweight Poncho For heavy rains, keeps the rain off your backpack (as it covers the whole thing) as well as your rain jacket.  Ideal to in the rain forest, when it’s quite hot to wear a rain jacket.
Warm hat
Should cover ears (balaclava may be used for this purpose as well, just roll it up a little and wear as a ‘beanie or bobble hat’.
Towel Small towel for the climb only
Face cloth & soap For quick ‘body’ wash to freshen up (no showers available)
Wet Ones Handy for freshening up, or wiping sticky hands
Torch Essential for both evenings in tent / huts, and for final ascent.
Spare Batteries For torch and camera/video.  Cold weather tends to shorten the life of batteries.
Pocket knife Always handy!
Walking stick Adjustable ideal - can be hired
Gaiters (to the knee) Stops scree and mud getting into boots (can be hired)
Lip Ice or Zinc cream To protect against the fierce sun
Toilet paper & matches Please BURN toilet paper – carefully!!! (not the bush!) or take a small plastic bag to dispose of toilet paper on the return to camp
Trail munchies Bring along your favourites - chocolates, nuts, biltong etc
Garbage bags Sufficient to wrap ALL your clothes INSIDE your kitbag to protect against rain etc - at least 10 each!
Small mirror Not essential, but some people have suggested it!
Small first aid kit See MEDICAL LIST
Book / diary / game /cards / pen In the evening at camp
Camera & plenty of film Take a spare battery
Cash (USD) For tips at end of climb and a couple of celebratory drinks after!
Contact lens? Take spares if you use them
Glasses? Avoid METAL rims, as they may freeze on your face in the extreme cold
Personal toiletries Toothbrush, paste, hairbrush etc
Dubbin or waterproofing To re-apply to boots during the hike (optional)
Scarf Short woollen one to keep neck warm
Spare kit bag (small one) To leave your excess clothing at the hotel in the storeroom
Thermos Flask To have hot tea during the course of the day & on the summit day – water tends to freeze.  You will be served hot tea or juices for lunch, so this would be extra – not essential but can be of use.
Full length, inexpensive plastic raincoat (instead of poncho) To waterproof you 100% during heavier rain falls.