Kilimanjaro Trip Preparation

Start training, get your visa, buy your equipment

Tanzania Visa

Tanzania immigrationA�highlights several entry requirements:

  1. AA�valid visa andA�passport valid for 6A�monthsA�after the length of stay
  2. An onward or returnA�ticket
  3. Proof of sufficient funds
  4. A Yellow Fever vaccination ifA�arriving from, or transited through, countries with risk of yellow fever transmission

Note that while the a Yellow Fever vaccination is only required for transfers over 12 hours, it is recommended to get the vaccination if you are travelling through one of these countries (e.g. Kenya) in case there is a flight delay.


What to Bring


You are responsible for bringing personal gear and equipment while communal equipment (tents, food, cooking utensils, etc.) is provided.

Kilimanjaro treks have a wide range of temperatures so it is best to dress in layers. With layers, it isA�easy to adjust as the temperature fluctuates and is more effective than a few thick items of clothing. Middle and base layersA�in particularA�should be constructed of moisture wicking material that pull sweat away from the body to keep you dry.

Check out ourA�Kilimanjaro equipment list, to see the list of required, recommended and optional items to bring on your hike. We also have a PDF version that we can email to you that can be printed out and checked off as you assemble your luggage.

How to Train

Climbing the largest freestanding mountain in the world is an adventure and a challenge. While it is not necessary to undergo any specific training regimen, we do recommend achieving a reasonable degree of fitness.

Being in good shape will make your experience much more enjoyable. It will help your body handle the physical challengesA�of the climb, making acclimatization more likely.

The best way the prepare your body is to hike. Local trails which involve hills will start to get your body used to the conditions you’ll encounter on Kilimanjaro. It also provides a great opportunity to test your clothes and break in your boots.

If your geographical location or weather makes hiking difficult, your local gym has some great machines and weights to help get you prepared. This includes an inclined walk/jog on the treadmill, theA�stair climber machine, andA�weight-training for your legs.




You’ll need to arrange your vaccinations a few months before you’re due to fly. As previously mentioned, a yellow-fever vaccination is required to enter Tanzania if you’reA�transferringA�or coming from a country where theA�disease is endemic.

We recommend you speak with your local physician on required vaccinations. The CDC recommends the following to those visiting Tanzania:

  • All travelers: routine vaccines including MMR, diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis, chicken-pox, and polio
  • Most travelers: Hepatitis A and Typhoid
  • Some travelers: Hepatitis B, Malaria*, Rabies. Yellow-fever may be required for entry (as described above).

* Malaria:A�While Tanzania is considered one of the highest risk countries in the world for malaria, the incidence of malaria amongst those visiting Tanzania to climb Kilimanjaro is very low. This is becauseA�Kilimanjaro is tooA�high and cold for the malaria-carrying mosquitos.A�However, malariaA�is present in Zanzibar, Moshi, and even Arusha, so you should consult with your doctor when making your decision to take anti-malarials.

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