There are two types of gloves you should take on your Kilimanjaro trek – inner and outer gloves.
Like base layer clothing, inner gloves provide the next-to-skin insulation that is critical when trekking in cold temperatures (and it will get really cold on the upper reaches of Mount Kilimanjaro).
Outer gloves are thicker, waterproof and provide the shell protection needed to prevent freezing hands.
In addition to gloves you will also need to take trekking poles.
Below we provide glove and trekking pole recommendations.
In terms of inner gloves, you want to make sure to get a pair that has great wicking properties (synthetics, merino wool or even silk) are good.
Do not go for a cotton inner gloves as these will restrict moisture transfer. You should also make sure that the gloves provide a good thermal lining and are lightweight.
We cannot stress the importance of having good outer gloves or mitts. Your hands will be the first to start freezing on summit night. Cold hands are super debilitating and painful.
The perfect outer gloves provide warmth and are waterproof, without being cumbersome or too bulky. Essentially you want gloves that provide some dexterity, whilst also providing exceptional warmth, water resistance and durability.
Trekking is one exercise that puts serious strain on your major leg joints and knees. This is particularly true on Kilimanjaro where the average trek length is 7 days, with 5-8 hours of hiking each day. Add in the rough terrain that undulates frequently and you can see why most people complain of sore legs.
The best way to reduce the impact of long-distance trekking on your knees and joints is by using trekking poles. In fact good trekking poles can reduce the impact on your knees by up to 25% – as assessed in a 1999 study by The Journal of Sports Medicine.
We recommend using trekking poles as a mandatory hiking accessory on Mount Kilimanjaro, as they offer better balance on trails and reduce stress on joints during ascents and descents
Key characteristics to look for in a pair of hiking poles are:
For a quality trekking pole that comes at an affordable price, we recommend the TYTN Trekking Poles.
The TYTN poles come in two variations - Carbon Fiber (called the TYTN Carbon X) and Aluminium (TYTN Aero). The former is lighter than the latter but a little more expensive. Both come with a quick-lock system and use a combined cork and EVA grip for superior durability.
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