Hiking Gear

Hiking Gear is that the idea of what hiking gear to bring for trekking Kilimanjaroyou’ll come from freezing experience but this is often just to feature in your mind some idea of what to bring.

Hiking GearHiking Gear

All communal equipment like tents, tables, chairs and cooking gears is provided by the climbing team from East Africa Travel Company. All personal equipment is typically provided by the climbers, although we have a totally stocked store of kit available for rent.

Total luggage should be kept to a maximum of 18kg on the mountain. Extra luggage is often safely stored at your hotel. If you would like to require more luggage, then you want to allow us to know at the time of booking in order that we will arrange additional porters.

Equipment you’ll need:

Travel Documents

  • A valid passport and visa
  • Airline ticket
  • International health card with immunizations
  • Travel insurance
  • Medical insurance
  • US$ cash / Travelers Checks / mastercard

Essential Items

  • Duffel bag – large enough for all climbing gear and clothing. To be carried by the porters. an additional bag to be left at the hotel with extra gear
  • Small luggage lock – to lock zippers
  • Day backpack – between 20 – 35 litres. Large enough to hold your water, camera, raincoat, lunch pack, snacks & warm clothing
  • Sleeping bag
  • Ski-pole / walking stick
  • Water bottle/containers
  • Kilimanjaro map (Can be bought at Park gate)

High Altitude Gear

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

Hiking Gear

  • Shorts
  • Hiking pants
  • Regular underwear
  • T-shirts
  • Raincoat or Poncho


  • Water-resistant semi-stiff hiking boots – mid-weight boots work great
  • Shoes for overnight camps – i.e. sneakers, trainers, etc.
  • Socks – several pairs for the climb
  • Liner socks – to stay your feet dry and limit the danger of blisters


  • Sun hat or similar (with a brim)
  • Collapsible ski stick (optional but highly recommended)
  • Water bottles – two or three (total capacity a minimum of 4 litres)
  • Headlamp, a good strong one with spare batteries and an additional light bulb
  • Water purification tablets
  • Sunglasses, good quality dark lenses for the climb, with a securing strap
  • Flashlight (torch) with spare batteries

Personal Items

  • Toilet kit (soap, toothbrush, toilet articles, wet wipes, etc.)
  • Towel
  • Sunscreen and lip protection, SPF 30+
  • Ziploc bags, to guard camera, binoculars, etc. against dust
  • Toilet paper
  • Money belt for passport and valuables

Medical and care Supplies

  • Headache tablets
  • Altitude sickness-Diamox (if not allergic to sulpha)
  • Diarrhoea – Imodium
  • Nausea – Valid
  • Malaria – Prophylaxis
  • Water purification tablets
  • Painkillers
  • Muscular sprains
  • Abrasions blisters and cuts – Plaster, bandages
  • Antiseptic cream – Betadine
  • Flu and colds
  • Eye drops
  • Insect repellent

Optional Items

  • Camera, extra lenses, memory cards and spare batteries
  • Binoculars
  • Powdered sports drinks for the climb (ex. Game or Isotonic drinks)
  • Pocket knife
  • Notebook & pencil
  • Plastic bags to stay clothing dry (masking tape)
  • Energy snacks and sweets
  • Video camera, tapes/memory cards, battery packs and tri-pod



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