Kilimanjaro trekking is not only demanding, but also a unique and rewarding experience.
The weather on the mountain can be volatile and the most efficient way to meet the challenges of rapidly changing conditions is to wear layers of clothing. A layering system allows for easy addition and removal of clothing and has proven to be most versatile.
Because of snow or rain as well as sweating, materials used should keep you warm even if they are wet. The layer which is in direct contact with skin should be made from moisture wicking materials.
This list is comprised of Tanzanian Government requirements, essential gear as well as personal and optional items needed to ensure a successful climb.
We encourage you to do your own research and test your gear. Before arriving in Tanzania!
Your boots are very important. Make sure they are already broken in, yet still fairly new. Bring spare laces.
☐ 1 down sleeping bag (rated to a least 18°F / -7°C)
☐ 1 trekking poles, collapsible (highly recommended)
☐ 1 head lamp, with extra batteries
☐ 1 duffel Bag, 90 liter, for porters to carry your equipment
☐ 1 day-pack, 30-35L, for you to carry personal gear (you may wish to get a Camelback type that carries water in a bladder).
☐ 1 waterproof jacket, breathable with hood
☐ 1 insulated jacket, synthetic or down
☐ 1 soft jacket, fleece or soft-shell
☐ 2 long sleeve shirts, moisture-wicking fabric
☐ 1 short sleeve shirt, moisture-wicking fabric
☐ 1 waterproof pants, breathable
☐ 2 hiking pants / convertible (into shorts)
☐ 1 fleece pants
☐ 1 shorts (optional)
☐ 1 long underwear, moisture-wicking fabric
☐ 3 underwear, moisture-wicking fabric
☐ 2 sport bras (women)
☐ 1 sunglasses full coverage / goggles
☐ 1 camp towel, quick drying
☐ 1 backpack cover, waterproof (optional)
☐ 1 water bottle (Nalgene, 32 oz.)
☐ 1 water bladder (Camelback type, 3 liters)
☐ 1 Pee Bottle (to avoid leaving tent at night)
☐ stuff sacks, dry bags or Zip lock bags, various sizes to keep gear dry and separate
☐ 1 brimmed hat or cap for sun protection
☐ 1 bandana (optional)
☐ 1 knit hat, for warmth
☐ 1 balaclava or buff, for face coverage (optional)
☐ 1 gloves, thin
☐ 1 gloves, warm (waterproof recommended)
☐ 1 hiking boots, warm, waterproof, broken-in
☐ 1 shoes / flip flops (to wear at camp, optional)
☐ 1 shoelaces, extra
☐ 3 socks, wool or synthetic
☐ 1 gaiters, waterproof (optional)
☐ quick dry towel
☐ prescriptions - malaria tablets, Diamox (optional)
☐ sunscreen, SPF 30+
☐ lip balm, SPF 30+
☐ insect repellent, containing DEET
☐ first aid kit
☐ painkillers (optional)
☐ blister kit (optional)
☐ anti-diarrhea tablets (optional)
☐ hand sanitizer
☐ toilet paper
☐ Wet Wipes (recommended)
☐ snacks, lightweight, high calorie (optional)
☐ electrolytes, powder or tablets (optional)
☐ camera, with extra batteries (optional)
☐ power bank, solar panel, spare batteries (optional)
☐ passport (valid for 6+ months after your trip)
☐ visa, available at JRO (pay in cash) and online.
☐ immunization papers
☐ medical insurance
☐ travel Insurance
☐ US dollars (cash) to pay for tips, visa and incidentals