Kilimanjaro Kit List - The Complete Kilimanjaro Packing List
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Kilimanjaro Kit List – The Complete Kilimanjaro Packing List

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A cursory search for a Kilimanjaro Kit List on the web returns a number of unsatisfactory results that admittedly go some way in providing an overview of the key gear requirements, but fall woefully short in terms of explaining why and what is needed in detail.

We know that for our readers the devil is in the detail, so a few years ago we set out to produce a complete and reliable Kilimanjaro packing list.

In browsing this Kilimanjaro packing list we recommend using the quicklinks on each page to jump to key sections, and bookmarking this page so that you can return to it as your preparations unfold.

Please also share our list with fellow trekking parters, or link to it from your blog or social networks as a resource for future trekkers.

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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.

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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 that covers all mandatory equipment that we recommend you should purchase in preparation for your adventure.

If you happen to forget a few things you can usually hire from your tour company or buy equipment from the various hawkers who loiter outside the route gates trying to sell you everything under the sun. Remember if you decide to buy from these guys they will always try to overcharge. Bartering is just the way it is done in Tanzania.


Kilimanjaro Gear List

Here is a quick list of all the gear that you need to pack for your Kilimanjaro trek. To read exactly what type of gear to get, along with our personal recommendations, click the detail links below.

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  • 4-5 Pairs of Underwear
  • Top and Bottom Base Layer
  • 3-4 Short Sleeve and 1-2 Long Sleeve Trekking Shirts
  • 1-2 Pairs of Hiking Trousers
  • 1 Polartec Fleece Jacket
  • 1 Insulated Winter Jacket
  • 1 Insulated Trekking Pants
  • 1 Hard Shell Jacket
  • Lightweight Raingear

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  • Sun Hat, ideally with a neck cover
  • Warm Beanie or Fleece Headband
  • Buff or Neck Gaiter
  • Headlamp
  • Sunglasses

Hands and Walking 
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  • Lightweight Inner Gloves
  • Warm Outer Gloves / Mitts
  • Adjustable Trekking Poles

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  • Mid-weight Hiking Boots
  • Camp Trainers / Trekking Sandals
  • 4-5 Pairs of Trekking Socks
  • 1 Pair of Warm / Thick Trekking Socks

Bags and Daypack 
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  • 80-90L Waterproof Duffle Bag
  • 20-30L Daypack
  • Daypack Raincover
  • Travel Bag Organisers (Optional)

Sleeping Accessories 
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  • 4-Season Sleeping Bag
  • Insulated Sleeping Mat
  • Inflatable Pillow (optional)

General Accessories
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  • Large Volume Water Bottle or Hydration Bladder
  • Water Purification Tablets
  • Baby Wipes
  • Sweat Resistant Suncream
  • Blister Platers
  • Insect Repellant
  • General Medications (Paracetamol, Imodium)
  • Pee Bottle (optional)

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  • Camera
  • GoPro (optional)
  • Solar Backpack Charger (optional)
  • Spare Batteries and Camera Memory Card
  • Kindle with Back Light (optional)

Other Bits and Bobs
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  • Energy Bars
  • Energy Drink Supplement
  • Zip Lock Bags for Important Possessions (Passport, Money 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 be adverse you may need the following:

  • Climbing helmet to protect your head from the potential risk of falling rocks
  • An ice axe and point crampons – it is unlikely that you will need these items, however if you are climbing during the wet season it is likely you will encounter sub-surface ice from refrozen meltwater and deep snow. Usually your guides will have the correct gear to cut steps on these sections (we recommend you confirm with your tour operator exactly what gear you will need for the Western Breach)

It is very unusual to need rope or a climbing harness. Again we recommend you confirm with your tour operator which Kilimanjaro kit list they recommend you bring should you decided to climb the Western Breach.

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Leave a Comment:

Marie-Claire Ribeill says July 4, 2018

Hi, I am in Tanzania now giving a fundraising workshop to an NGO.
This was a last minute trip and i would like to climb Kilimanjaro. I was already on vacation when I planned this and did not have any climbing gear with me. Any chance I can climb Kili starting this weekend? Can I find the gear somewhere? Is it too late?
It is not everyday one comes to Tanzania so I would like to make the most of this trip. My flight back is from Nairobi on July 15.
Thank you
PS i am in good physical shape.

    Mark Whitman says July 5, 2018

    Hi Marie-Claire, you should be able to find a local operator in Moshi or Arusha who would be willing to take you. There are gear rental shops in Arusha so you should be able to get all the kit you require. Cheers!

Shaun Rector says July 30, 2018

Would you make any adjustments to the packing list for a 9-day Northern Circuit hike with Crater Camp?

    Mark Whitman says August 5, 2018

    Hi Shaun, no, I wouldn’t make any changes, although you may want to bring an extra pair of underwear / socks.

Evelina Porolieva says August 22, 2018

Hi, everybody!

I would like to find out how fit I am for a 7-day Móchame trekking
I am 54 years old – 58 kg
Go to the gym 2-3 times a week.
Like going in foot.
No health complaints

    Mark Whitman says August 23, 2018

    Hi Evelina, you sound like you are fit enough to tackle Kilimanjaro. The key, in addition to physical fitness is mental endurance. 7 days hiking at high altitude is tough work. Summit night is a real mental challenge. If you are strong mentally then I think you have a great chance to summit Kili. All the best!

Arpita says February 13, 2019

Details of Kilimanjaro hike, price weather etc etc

Charles says February 25, 2019

I’d add a small first aid/ small trauma kit

    Mark Whitman says March 17, 2019

    Good point Charles, I’ll add this. All tour companies should provide their guides with complete first aid kits as well.

BCM says March 1, 2019

Thank you thank you thank you for this spectacularly comprehensive gear list. I run, hike, and ski a bit, so I think I may have almost all the recommended clothing already. My one question is regarding the “warm jacket” aka “core jacket.” I’ve got a hooded GoreTex waterproof ski shell which I planned to take for wind and rain protection. For summit night, I planned to wear the shell layered on top of a fleece, plus my underlayer. Will this be sufficient, or is there any reason I would need anything more?

    Mark Whitman says March 17, 2019

    Hi BCM, this should be more than sufficient. All the best!

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