Kilimanjaro Kit List – The Complete Kilimanjaro Packing List

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.

In browsing this Kilimanjaro packing list, we recommend bookmarking this page so that you can return to it as your preparations unfold.

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

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
  • Sunglasses

Hands and Walking (click for details)

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)

Sleeping Accessories (click for details)

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)

  • Camera
  • 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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15 thoughts on “Kilimanjaro Kit List – The Complete Kilimanjaro Packing List”

  1. 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.

    • 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!

  2. 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

    • 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!

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

  3. 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?

  4. OMG, this post is such a win find! It wasn’t exaggerating when it said it’s the complete packing list for Mt Kilimanjaro. So detailed and informative. I can literally use this to check all the things I’ll bring when I climb the mountain. Sounds like you have been there for many times. How many times did you climb the Kilimanjaro? I can definitely use this as a reference or forward to a friend who will climb the mountain for the first time.

  5. What if you hike during the summer when the weather is warm, would you still need to pack winter wear? Does it get really cold at night or with the elevation?

    • Hi Tatiana, yes, you will need warm clothing for the higher elevations on Kilimanjaro, regardless of season. Above 3,000m the nights are cold and the days above 4,000m can also be very cold. Summit night is particularly cold. I recommend reading my guide on layered clothing and make sure to take a four season sleeping bag.


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