Gear List

A full comprehensive list of essential gear, accessories, amenities & documents you will need when climbing Mount Kilimanjaro

General Clothing

  • A light waterproof jacket – Breathable with hood
  • A soft jacket – Fleece or soft-shell for evenings
  • Waterproof pants – Breathable, lightweight (side-zipper recommended)
  • Hiking pants – Lightweight walking trousers (avoid jeans or heavy cotton, which chafe & dry slowly)
  • Fleece pants
  • Shorts (optional)
  • Underwear – Moisture-wicking fabric (for males – briefs are preferred over boxers, which chafe.)
  • Long sleeve shirts – Moisture-wicking fabric
  • Short sleeve shirts  – Moisture wicking fabric

    Summit Clothing

    • Thermal long johns for summit night (-25°c) Moisture-wicking fabric
    • An insulated “summit” jacket – Synthetic or down
    • Gloves Waterproof, down or similar (mittens are not recommended)
    • Glove Liners – Thin, synthetic (worn under gloves for added warmth)
    • Balaclava – For face covering (optional)
    • Head torch with spare batteries and bulb for summit night & tent admin (essential!)

    NOTE: We don’t recommend using the torch on your mobile phone, as it may freeze on summit night!


    • Hiking boots – Warm, waterproof, broken-in with spare laces (a ‘Gore-Tex’ membrane or similar is advised)
    • Gaiters – Waterproof
    • Gym shoes to wear at camp
    • High quality hiking socks – Wool or synthetic (socks should be a size too small, otherwise they stretch and bunch, causing blisters)
    • Sock liners – Tight, thin, synthetic (worn under socks to prevent blister – optional)


    • Knit hat or beanie
    • Wide brimmed sunhat
    • Bandana (optional)

    Baggage & Sleeping

    • Sleeping bag – Minus 15°c rating or colder, four seasons
    • Sleeping bag liner for added warmth (optional)
    • Large Rucksack – 70-90 litres capacity for kit carried by Porter (max 15kg)
    • Waterproof rucksack liner or heavy duty plastic sack (optional)
    • Dry pack – 25-30 litres – For personal use on mountain (for ready-access items such as, phone, camera, snacks, wet weather gear, etc.)
    • Waterproof backpack cover (recommended)
    • Small suitcase – To leave non-trekking items at our hotel (luggage will be securely stored during the climb



    • High Altitude tablets – Diamox, acetazolamide or nifedipine (if you choose to use these, ask your doctor first)
    • Personal First-Aid Kit – Painkillers (ibuprofen), paracetamol, zinc oxide tape with small scissors, blister pads (not cord pads), Imodium (diarrhoea tablets), hydration sachets, vitamin supplements and any other medication normally taken.
    • Malaria tablets (If you choose to take these, consult your doctor first)


    • Telescopic walking poles (optional but recommended)
    • Sunglasses – UV-filter lenses (essential – it can get very bright on the summit when it’s snowing)
    • Water bottle – Nalgene (1-1.5 litre)
    • Camelbak Water bladder (minimum 3 litre capacity)
    • Pee bottle – To avoid leaving your tent at night (highly recommended, trust us, it’s not fun running to the porta-loo in the freezing cold)
    • Towel – light weight, quick-dry
    • Stuff Sacks or plastic bags – various sizes to keep gear dry and separate laundry
    • Poncho – Waterproof (optional during rainy season)
    • Camera with spare batteries (essential – there are no power outlets at 5895m!)
    • Mobile phone with thermal cover (there is no reception on some parts of the mountain)
    • Toiletries – Toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, hairbrush/comb, sanitary products, moisturiser, lip balm, etc. (you can fight it, but by the end of the climb, you will smell! )

    Important Amenities

    • Sunscreen – highest protection factor
    • Sun barrier cream – White / blue for nose and ears
    • Water purification tablets / iodine drops (optional – our guides boil all water)
    • Insect repellent – Containing DEET
    • Hand sanitiser gel
    • Wet pipes for personal hygiene (highly recommended – bring plenty!)
    • Toilet paper
    • Tissues (stored in plastic travel pouches)
    • High energy snacks for trekking – light weight, high energy (cereal bars, dried fruit and nuts)
    • Lip balm – Sunscreen protectant
    • Pencil & notebook for trip log (optional)

    IMPORTANT: Plastic bags for collecting rubbish – Rubbish cannot be left on the mountain, it must be taken with you and disposed of back at the hotel at the end of your trip.


    • Passport (ensure minimum of 6 months validity after proposed return date)
    • Tanzanian tourist visa (available at Kilimanjaro airport for US$50 for most nationalities)
    • Transit visa – Purchased for US$20 at Nairobi Airport (if travelling via Kenya)
    • Yellow Fever Vaccination certificates
    • Travel Insurance documents (ensure you are comprehensively covered for emergency evacuation. Lost baggage is a possibility, keep this in mind.)
    • Air travel documents and itinerary
    • Cash in US denominations of $1, $10 and $20 for local purchases
    • Cash is also recommended for tipping the Porters and Local Guides on the adventure

    Forgot Something?

    Winds of Hope and our local guides will have a small quantity of climbing gear and items for rent if something is forgotten, although availability is not guaranteed