Kilimanjaro Hiking Gear Checklist

Regardless of what season you are climbing in it is essential to have proper Kilimanjaro hiking gear. Weather on the mountain can be unpredictable and change in a minute! The most important items are in bold. Avoid purchasing cotton, as it does not dry at high altitudes. Most items are available in quick dry fabrics. Items with a star (*) are available for rent from KiliBound.

Personal Climbing Gear

  • Boots: Your most important item! Make sure that they are above the ankle, water proof, and broken in before you get on the mountain. There should be enough room in your boots for two pairs of heavy socks.
  • Socks: Heavy wool or similar material. 3 pairs.
  • Liner Socks: Optional in the warmer months, but essential in the colder months! Silk or synthetic materials are best. 3 pairs.
  • Camp Shoes: Optional, but highly recommended for your personal comfort. You will want to slip out of your boots after a long day of trekking.
  • Gaiters*: Highly recommended to keep dust, mud, and snow from getting into your boots or getting your pants excessively dirty. Available for rent.
  • Hiking Pants: Convertible pants work well and double as shorts at lower elevations in warm weather. 2 pairs.
  • Long Underwear: Necessary! It can get very cold very quickly. 2 pairs top & 2 pairs bottom.
  • Lower Body Fleece Layer: Usually not needed until summit day, you will be happy that you have this! Also handy for being comfy in camp. 1-2 pairs fit to layer.
  • Waterproof Pant Layer: Required regardless of what season you are climbing, your wet items will not dry quickly at high altitude so it is better to keep them dry! Try to get windproof & waterproof. 1 pair.
  • Undergarments: Bring old pairs and throw them out at the end of the day. Cotton does not dry well at high altitudes, bring synthetics.
  • Upper Body Fleece: 1-2 base layers, 1 vest layer, 1 expedition layer, sized to be worn on top of each other. Minimum 2 layers.
  • Waterproof Jacket: Waterproof, windproof, must have a hood! Choose a lightweight jacket that will fit over your layers. 1 jacket.
  • T-Shirts: Wicking fabric or synthetic t-shirts to wear around camp and on the first days of hike when it is warm. 2-3 T-shirts.
  • Hat: One hat to protect your face from the sun, one to keep you warm! 2 hats.
  • Balaclava: Very helpful on windy days to keep you warm! A buff will also work to protect your face from windburn.
  • Bandanas: Bandanas are very handy! Bring several!
  • Gloves: one light pair to be worn under an expedition pair of gloves. 2 pairs.
  • Pillow/Pillowcase: Small travel pillows are inexpensive but add to your comfort greatly! You will be provided with a small pillow (it is quite small!), if you prefer you can simply bring a pillowcase. Also, a stuff sack of clothes can double as a pillow as well.
  • Sleeping Bag*: Rated to 0 degrees Fahrenheit preferred. Available for rent.
  • Sleeping Bag Liner: Silk liners are lightweight and easy to carry, fleece liners are also available for extra warmth.
  • Water Bottles: You need to be able to carry 3 liters of water. 2 liter bladder systems are highly recommended along with a 1 liter Nalgene-type bottle.
  • Head Lamps: Helpful at night when digging in your duffel to get your gear out for the next day or hanging from the roof of your tent in the evening. 1-2 lamps.
  • Poncho: Minimum of one for you and one for your day pack! The throw away kind are acceptable. Some daypacks come with their own waterproof cover. 2 ponchos.
  • Sunglasses: Polarized lenses are best, the sun is very bright when reflected off the glaciers! 1 pair.
  • Adjustable Trekking Poles*: Highly recommended! Available for rent.
  • Personal Toiletries/Additional Items:

    • Sun Screen: The higher the SPF the better! The sun is very strong during the dry season, and it is easy to get burned even on cloudy days.
    • Lip Balm: SPF 15 or higher if you can find it, the elements are very harsh on your lips.
    • Water Flavoring Powder: Adding flavoring powder to water encourages you to stay hydrated!
    • Personal First Aid Kit: Bring an anti-inflammatory, ibuprofen, anti-diarrheal, Band-Aids, blister cream, and whatever medications or vitamins you take on a regular basis.
    • Plastic Bags: Plastic bags of all sizes can be handy for separating clean/dirty clothes in your duffel, carrying trash, or organizing toiletries.
    • Wet Wipes/Dryer Sheets: wet wipes help you keep clean on the mountain; dryer sheets placed in your duffel will help keep your stuff smelling fresh!
    • Camp Towel: quick dry towels can be purchased at any outdoors store, do not bring a towel from home, it will not dry and you will be stuck lugging around a wet towel all week!
    • Personal Toiletry Items: deodorant, toothbrush, tooth paste, biodegradable soap & shampoo, dry shampoo, nail clippers, tissues
    • Throat Drops/Candy & Trail Snacks: for a little pick me up on the trail.
    • Feminine Hygiene Products: Ladies, better to be safe! Altitude can affect all of your bodily systems in strange ways!
    • Duffel Bag*: Must measure 30inx12inx12in so that it fits into our waterproof carrying sacks. Available for rent.
    • Daypack: Big enough to carry your water for the day, your camera and sunscreen, and your extra rain layers.
    • Camera & Extra Lithium Batteries: You don’t want to miss a single shot! Charge your batteries ahead of time and bring them with you. Bring extra batteries for EVERYTHING, the cold at night can zap batteries of their charge quickly!
    • Travel Notebook: So you remember every detail!
    • Binoculars & Power Adaptors: for safari. Tanzania uses a three prong plug, 220v.
    • Insect Repellent: for safari, no bugs on the mountain!

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