Gear List

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 (briefs better than boxers which can chafe, moisture-wicking fabric)
  • 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.
  • A 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 coverage (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.

Footwear

  • 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 blisters (optional)

Headwear

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

Baggage & Sleeping

  • Sleeping bag (-15 degrees rating or colder, four seasons)
  • Sleeping bag liner for warmth (optional)
  • Large Rucksack, 70-90 litres capacity (for kit carried by porter, max 15kg)
  • Day pack, 25-35 litres (for personal use on mountain; ready-access items 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.
  • Waterproof rucksack liner or heavy duty plastic sack (optional)

Health

  • High Altitude tablets – Diamox, acetazolamide or nifedipine – if you choose to use (ask your doctor)
  • Personal First Aid Kit – pain killers (ibuprofen), paracetamol, zinc oxide tape and small scissors, blister pads (not corn pads), Imodium – diarrhoea tablets, hydration sachets, vitamin supplements, any other medication normally taken.
  • Malaria tablets – if you choose to take these after advice from GP.

Accessories

  • Telescopic walking poles (optional but recommended)
  • Sunglasses with UV-filter lenses (essential – it can get very bright on the summit when it’s snowing)
  • Water Bottle (Nalgene, 1-1.5L)
  • Camelbak Water bladder (minimum 3L capacity)
  • Pee Bottle, to avoid leaving 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 & spare batteries – there are no power outlets at 5895m!
  • Mobile phone & thermal cover (there is reception on some parts of mountain)
  • Toiletries – toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, hairbrush/comb, sanitary products, moisturiser, lip balms, etc.   Although, 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 wipes for personal hygiene (highly recommended, bring plenty)
  • Toilet paper
  • Tissues – in plastic travel pouches
  • High energy snacks for trekking, light weight, high energy (cereal bars, dried fruit and nuts)
  • Lip balm (with 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 the trip.

Documents

  • Passport (ensure minimum 6 months validity after proposed return date)
  • Tanzanian tourist visa (available at Kilimanjaro airport US$50 for most nationalities.
  • If traveling via Kenya you will need to purchase a transit visa at Nairobi airport US$20
  • Yellow Fever Vaccination certificates
  • Travel Insurance documents (ensure you are comprehensively covered for emergency evacuation. Lost baggage is a frequent occurrence, so keep this in mind.)
  • Air travel documents and itinerary
  • Cash in US denominations of $1, $10 & $20 for local purchases.
  • Cash is also recommended for tipping the porters and local guides on the adventure.

Forget something?

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