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  • The pack that the porters carry is limited to 15 kg (35 pounds) you will be charge USD 5 per every extra kg should your luggage weigh more than recommended weight.
  • Store electronics in sealed water-proof bags (double sealed if possible)
  • Wrap clothing in plastic bags
  • In the day pack, take along water, camera, binoculars, rain pants and jacket at a minimum. Add any other items you might need during the day because you may not see the porters until the end of your trek for that day.


  • Be sure to break in your shoes before the hike.
  • Take trekking shoes for hiking during the day, preferably warm (leather), waterproof, and with ankle-support
  • Take tennis shoes or sandals for lounging in the evening
  • Gaiters
  • Hiking socks
  • Wool socks


Your inner layer should be warm therefore preferably no cotton. Next layer should be insulating and warm, and the top layer should be water proof but breathable. Kilimanjaro may be on the equator, but the temperature can drop drastically.

We recommend that you wear shorts for first and last and pants for hiking and for lounging in the evenings

  • Short-sleeved t-shirts for first and last day only
  • Long-sleeved shirts for hiking and for lounging in the evenings
  • Long underwear
  • Fleece jacket or wool sweater
  • Fleece pants
  • Down jacket
  • Rain jacket, needed in hot rainforest and cold snow
  • Rain pants, needed in hot rainforest and cold snow
  • Underwear
  • Sport bras, for women


  • Warm mittens and/or gloves (waterproof)
  • Wool or pile hat
  • Balaclava or neck gaiter
  • Crampons (may be needed March-May and November-December)


  • Day pack, for you to carry
  • Large waterproof duffel bag or backpack, for porters to carry
  • Plastic bags


  • Sleeping bag (-10 degrees F is recommended)
  • Sleeping pad and repair kit
  • Mattress (to put under the sleeping bag when camping)


  • Water bottles (2+)
  • Get 3 liters of bottled water before the trip. Guides will boil water for you along the route. Some people still bring a water filter to enhance the taste. You may want an insulated water bottle to keep it from freezing on the last day.
  • Sun hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Money (small Tanzanian bills for trek and cash Dollars for rest of trip) Travelers cheque are recommended but they fetch low rate locally.
  • Ski or trekking poles
  • Headlamp or flashlight
  • Camera, film, mini-tripod
  • Video camera, tapes
  • Maps, guidebooks
  • Batteries – bring double extra sets for headlamp/flashlight and camera as cold weather shortens their life
  • Binoculars
  • Notebook, pencil and pen
  • Pocket knife
  • Electricity adapter
  • Energy bars and snacks
  • Playing cards, games, books
  • Chocolate or pens for village children, mementos for guides, porters, and other climbers


  • Toilet paper
  • Small towel
  • Soap
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Hand-wipes
  • Documents
  • Passport
  • Yellow fever certificate
  • Tanzania Visa
  • Medical insurance
  • Address book


  • Ibuprofen
  • Band aids
  • Sunscreen (SPF 15+)
  • Malaria pills
  • Insect repellent
  • Lip balm with sunscreen
  • Antiseptic cream
  • Bandages and tape
  • Diarrhea medicine
  • Antibiotics
  • Antihistamines
  • Prescription drugs
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