A cursory search for a Kilimanjaro Kit List online returns several unsatisfactory results that go some way in providing an overview of the key gear requirements, but fall short in terms of explaining why and what is needed in detail.
But the devil is in the detail, so a few years ago we produced this complete and reliable Kilimanjaro packing list.
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Kilimanjaro Packing List
Our Kilimanjaro gear list is split into a number of key sections. Use the links below to navigate to each section.
Buying vs Renting
Typically you get two types of trekkers on Kilimanjaro. Those who are unprepared and under-equipped, and those who have spent an arm and leg on equipment that they will unlikely use during their hike.
In this Kilimanjaro packing list, we hope to provide a happy medium between the two, covering all mandatory equipment that you should purchase in preparation for your adventure.
If you happen to forget a few things, you can usually hire them from your tour company or buy from the various hawkers outside the route gates. Remember, if you decide to buy from these guys, they will always try to overcharge. Bartering is best in Tanzania.
Kilimanjaro Gear List
Here is a quick list of all the gear that you need to pack for your Kilimanjaro trek. We’ve included links to our personal recommendations.
Clothing (click for details)
- 4-5 Pairs of underwear
- Top and bottom base layer – Icebreaker (Women) or SmartWool (Men)
- 3-4 Short sleeve and 1-2 long sleeve trekking shirts
- 1-2 Pairs of hiking trousers
- 1 Fleece jacket – Helly Hansen (Men) or The North Face (Women)
- 1 Insulated winter jacket – Arc’Teryx Atom (Men) or North Face Nuptse (Women)
- 1 Insulated trekking trousers
- 1 Hardshell jacket – North Face Resolve Resolve (Men) and North Face Venture 2 (Women)
- Lightweight raingear
Headgear (click for details)
- Sun hat, ideally with a neck cover
- Warm beanie or fleece headband
- Bandana or neck gaiter
- Headlamp – PETZL Tikka
Hands and Walking (click for details)
- Lightweight inner gloves – New Balance Lightweight Gloves
- Warm outer gloves/mitts – Gore-Tex Gloves (Men) or Black Diamond Mercury Mitts (Women)
- Adjustable trekking poles – Black Diamond Alpine
Footwear (click for details)
- Mid-weight hiking boots – Salomon Quest (Women) or KEEN Targhee (Men)
- Camp trainers (Men) / Trekking sandals (Women)
- 4-5 Pairs of trekking socks – SmartWool or Bridgedale
- 1 Pair of warm/thick trekking socks
Bags and Daypack (click for details)
- 80-90L Waterproof duffle bag – North Face Base Camp
- 20-30L Daypack – Osprey Talon 22
- Daypack raincover
- Travel bag organisers (optional)
Sleeping Accessories (click for details)
- 4-Season sleeping bag – Marmot Trestles or Hyke & Byke Unisex
- Insulated sleeping mat
- Inflatable pillow (optional)
General Accessories (click for details)
- Large volume water bottle or hydration bladder – Platypus Hydration Bladder for backpack
- Water Purification Tablets
- Baby wipes
- Sweat-resistant suncream
- Blister plasters
- Insect repellant
- General medications (Paracetamol, Imodium)
- Pee bottle (optional)
Technology (click for details)
- GoPro (optional)
- Solar Backpack Charger (optional)
- Spare batteries and camera memory card
- Kindle with backlight (optional)
Other Bits and Bobs (click for details)
- Energy bars
- Energy drink supplement
- Ziplock bags for important possessions (passport, money, phone, etc.)
- Trekking towel
- Toiletries, including one roll of toilet paper
- Passport, visa, insurance, yellow fever card (if applicable)
- Small lock for your duffle bag
Kilimanjaro Kit List for the Western Breach
The Western Breach is the most technically challenging approach to Kilimanjaro. It was closed for a short period in early 2006 after a fatal rockfall claimed the lives of three trekkers. It has, however, re-opened with a new and safer route configuration and is steadily growing in popularity.
For trekkers interested in the Western Breach we recommend reading our route description here.
There are some specific Kilimanjaro kit requirements for the Western Breach that you should be aware of. Many of these items are not mandatory. However, should conditions on the Western Breach get adverse, you may need the following:
- Climbing helmet to protect your head from the potential risk of falling rocks
- Ice axe
- Point crampons
- Climbing rope, harness
Although you might not need these items, if you are climbing during the wet season, you will likely encounter sub-surface ice from refrozen meltwater and deep snow. Usually, your guides will have the correct gear to cut steps on these sections, but we recommend checking with your tour operator, what gear you will need for the Western Breach.
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