What’s Packing List for Climbing Kilimanjaro?
Kilimanjaro Climbers needs to bring important and proper gear and supplies so that they can be comfortable and safe while climbing Kilimanjaro. During Kilimanjaro Climbing you pass through different weathers from warm, humid to cold weather with ice, snow and glaciers.
BestDay Safaris will provide tents, camp equipments such i.e chairs, table, etc, meals, cooking equipments and other communal facilities.
What’s Kilimanjaro Climbing Gear List?
Below are gear list recommended for Climbing Kilimanjaro
- 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
- Sun Hat, ideally with a neck cover
- Warm Beanie or Fleece Headband or Balaclava
- Bandana or Neck Gaiter
Kilimanjaro Hands Gear
- Lightweight Inner Gloves
- Warm Outer Gloves / Mitts
- Adjustable Trekking Poles
- Mid-weight Hiking Boots
- Camp Trainers / Trekking Sandals
- 4-5 Pairs of Trekking Socks
- 1-2 Pair of Warm / Thick Trekking Socks
Kilimanjaro Bags and Daypack
- 80-90L Waterproof Duffle Bag
- 20-30L Daypack
- Daypack Raincover
- Travel Bag Organisers (Optional)
Kilimanjaro Sleeping Gears
- 4-Season Sleeping Bag
- Insulated Sleeping Mat
- Inflatable Pillow (optional)
Personal Health, Comfort and General Accessories
- Large Volume Water Bottle or Hydration Bladder i.e Camelback or Platypus Hydration Bladder
- Water Purification Tablets
- Wet Baby Wipes
- Sweat Resistant Suncream
- Blister Platers
- Insect Repellant
- General Medications (Paracetamol, Imodium)
- Pee Bottle (optional)
- Energy Bars
- Energy Drink Supplement
- Zip Lock Bags for Important Possessions (Passport, Money etc.)
- Trekking Towel
- Toiletries, including 2-3 roll of toilet paper
- GoPro (optional)
- Solar Backpack Charger (optional)
- Spare Batteries and Camera Memory Card
- Kindle with Back Light (optional)
- Passport, Visa, Insurance, Yellow Fever Card (if applicable)
- Small Lock for your Duffle Bag
Kilimanjaro Clothing Tips
- While Climbing Kilimanjaro you have to make sure that your comfortable in all climatic weather conditions. Therefore, its very important to layer up and down during weather changes.
- During layering you have to make sure that each layer allows wicking process (allowing moisture to pass from one layer to the next).
- If you prefer your inner layer be wicking and breathable, then make sure no cotton in your clothing. Next layer should be warm and the outer layer must be waterproof and breathable too.
- Inner layer should be able to wick sweat out of your body
- Mid Layer should be able to retain your body heat while allowing sweat to evaporate
- Outer layers should be able to protect you from bad weather conditions such as wind and rain while adding heat to your body
- During Kilimanjaro Climbing you will need clothes for the day hike, on arrival at Camp you will need other one for resting, and while sleeping make sure you have proper sleeping clothes too.
- Make sure your clothes are breathable, easily washed by hand, light weight and get dried easily.
- Make sure you don’t stay long with wet clothing, as soon you arrives at camp change and wear warm dry clothes.
- If you have hardshell jacket i.e sky jacket, it should be big enough to fit in other layers of your body.
Kilimanjaro Clothing not recommended:
- Cotton Clothes, it doesn’t allow moisture to escape out of the body and they get soaked easily.
- Don’t wear Jeans, do absorb a lot of water, when wet do take long time to dry out, it transfers heat out of the body instead of retaining it. Hence, we can say it very difficult using JEANS for climbing Kilimanjaro.
Packing for your underwear depends on the number of days that you will be Climbing Kilimanjaro. We recommend packing 4-5-pair of sports underwear.
Climbing Base Layer
While Climbing Kilimanjaro on the first few day you will not need to wear base layer, unless when the weather is too cold.
However, after some day the mountain will start getting colder and you will need to put on base layer over your underwear.
On summit night its particularly important to wear base layer.
Smartwool Lightweight Base Layer or Icebreaker Base Layers is recommended. Both of the products are 100% merino wool and are super comfortable, with good quality that provide moisture control.
We recommend packing 4-5 short sleeve shirts and 2-3 long sleeve shirt for climbing Kilimanjaro. The fabricshould be made from polyester, nylon or merino. It should be lightweight, breathable and drying quickly. Cotton is not recommended
For Climbing Kilimanjaro between 6-7-days, we recommend packing 1-2-pairs of trekking trousers. You can also include 1-pair of short in your packing list.
For Climbing Kilimanjaro between 6-7-days, we recommend packing 1-2-pairs of trekking trousers. You can also include 1-pair of short in your packing list.
When climbing Kilimanjaro, sometimes it becomes colder especially on the summit night. You should pack one mid-weight fleece jacket or parka top. This will be your mid layer or insulation layer, and should be used in your layering system over your base layer.
You can put on your second layer when it get cold during climbing or at night when temperature start to get very cold.
Fleeces made from Polartec materials are highly recommended. Typically Polartec fleeces come in 100s, 200s or 300s. The one with 100s are light and 300’s too heavy for climbers. We recommend buying one with 200s, are comfortable and warm hence perfect for Climbing Kilimanjaro.
Warm Jacket or Third Layer
Weight and warmth:
We advise the warm jacket for climbing Kilimanjaro to have an average of 500-700 gram and not more than 1kg. If they become too light then they will not be provide proper warmth at colder weather while Climbing Kilimanjaro.
You should also make sure that warm jacket has high water resistant. This is outer layer of your clothing hence are much more susceptible to moisture. If it will get wet then it will lose its insulation capabilities.
We advise shopping for Pertex Shield fabric is the best for down jackets and nylon is great on synthetic jackets.
While climbing Kilimanjaro at around 4500m, the temperature becomes very cold, especially at night. At this altitude warm climbing trouser is particularly important. The trouser should be water resistant, sun protective, warmth and get dry quickly. We recommend Regatta Lined Hiking Trouser or Cragnoopers Kiwi Winters
Hard Shell and Rain Gear
When you get wet while climbing Kilimanjaro the hope to get dry soon is very minimum. As you will be passing through Rain Forest Climate, there is high possibility you will get rained either on the first day or two.
The rain gear should be breathable and of high quality, big enough to fit over inner layer of clothing .
Hard shell jacket and light weight rain gear is recommended for Kilimanjaro Climbing. You can choose also to pack Poncho in your day pack in case of quick rains cover during Climbing Kilimanjaro
Kilimanjaro Gloves and trekking Poles
The gloves to be used for Climbing Kilimanjaro should be of two types, i.e Outer and inner Gloves.
The inner gloves should be capable insulate the skin which will be exposed to extreme cold temperature while climbing Kilimanjaro.
We recommend gloves to have great wicking features, i.e synthetics, merino wool or even silk are the best to use.
Avoid cotton inner gloves as this prevent moisture out of the skin.
When climbing Kilimanjaro as you get to extreme cold temperature hands start freezing. So proper choice for the gloves should be well prioritized. The Outer gloves should be waterproof and thick enough to provide warm and protect hands from freezing.
Climbing Kilimanjaro is among physical exercise that put major strain in legs and knees. Most of the programs for climbing Kilimanjaro last for 6 to 8 days, and every day.
Trekking Poles can minimize the impact long hours of waking every day on your knees and joints. Well choice of the trekking poles will offer good balance to your joints while ascending and descending from Kilimanjaro mountain.
Trekking Poles should be of the following Features.
- Adjustability:The best trekking poles are the one that are adjustable. The poles should either be Twist Locking and Lever Locking. The later i.e Lever Locking is highly recommended as its durable and easier to use.
- Weight:We recommend choosing light or medium weight poles that can be easier to use at long distance walking
- Grip:Trekking Pole grips are made from rubber, cork, or foam. Rubber do have good insulating materials which is good for Kilimanjaro cold weather. The grip material from Cork are more durable. The grip material from foam is not durable but good at absorbing moisture away from the grip and hands. The best recommendation for pole grip is rubber and form but also cork for its durability.
- Material:The poles made from lightweight Aluminum or Carbon Fibre is the best and highly advised to use.
Recommended Trekking Poles
- Hiking boots
- Running shoes / light hikers
- 5-6 pairs liner socks -no cotton
- 3-5 pairs thick socks -no cotton
- Spare laces for hiking boots
During preparation for Climbing Kilimanjaro one of most important part to consider is your footwear. Proper choice of the hiking boots should be made.
There two (2)- features to be considered while choosing your trekking boots.
During shopping for your hiking boot you should make sure that you buy a size that fit well your feet and socks, and make sure you will be walking comfortably for long hours.
Your Trekking boots should be of best quality to enable you ascend and descend from Kilimanjaro.
- The trekking boots must be rugged with rubber sole and deep lugs for better traction.
- We advise buying light to mid-weight boots
- Your hiking boots should be waterproof
You can choose variety of types in the markets, the best one are as below:
Recommended Trekking Boots
Best Overall Boot: Asolo Fugitive (Men’s) or Asolo Stynger (Women’s)
Fugiti Stynger (Women’s)
Best Leather Hiking Boot: Asolo Power Matic
Best Value Hiking Boot: Salomon Quest
Cheap and Cheerful Hiking Boot: Hi-Tec Altitude IV
Trainers or Trekking Sandals
Sneakers and trainers shoes will be used only in the evening at the camp.
When you arrives at the camp in the evening you would prefer take off your trekking boots, and this is when trainers/ basic hiking shoes or trekking sandals will be needed.
We recommend buying Merrel, Columbia, Karrimor or Keen brands.
Gaiters are also important part for your footwear as they will prevent mud, water, sand, rocks etc from getting into your boots. They keep any of unwanted material away from your boots. Make sure your gaiter are also waterproof.
Trekking socks are particularly important for your successful Kilimanjaro climb. Avoid cotton as they do absorb and retain moisture which will make your feet wet.
We recommend socks made up from wool material, these are best for wicking moisture out of your feet. You will need 5-6-pairs.
Thermal socks are very important especially on summit night.
On summit night you will need to wear thermal socks. We recommend having 1-2 pair of extra thick thermal socks. You can choose from SmartWool brand, as they produce the best quality.
Packs and Bags
- Waterproof duffel bag 80-100lts
- Day Pack 25-35lts
- Waterproof day pack cover
Kilimanjaro climbing crew i.e porters will carry your main luggage from one camp to another. Porters carry your duffel bag on their head so it should be soft. You should pack your duffel bag not more than 15kg, this is the weight that’s allowed to be carried by porters.
- Make sure your duffel bag is waterproof and if possible pack your important gears into separate plastic bags for an extra waterprooffing.
- Maker sure your bag has strong zipper system and lock it for more security of your gears.
Duffel Bags Recommendations
Best Value Duffel: TYTN Expedition Duffel
Good, But Expensive Duffel: The North Face Base Camp Duffel
You will carry only necessary needs for the day and valuable items in your daypack. These include snacks, sunglasses, water, suncream, money, passport, camera, phone and raincoats/ jackets/ pocho.
Your day pack should be small and lightweight. You should make sure that its covered with raincover.
Recommended Kilimanjaro daypacks
Best Daypack: Osprey Talon 2
Best Value Daypack: The North Face Borealis
Kilimanjaro Sleeping bag
The nights at Kilimanjaro are very cold. You will be hiking to high altitude and the more you get high the colder it will become. Warm sleeping bag is incredibly important for the high altitude of Mount Kilimanjaro.
When you get at >3000m the nights get freezing and you will be extremely uncomfortable if you do not have warm sleeping bag.
Sleeping Bags – Key features
Down vs. Synthetic
During shopping for your sleeping bag, you will choose between goose or duck down and Synthetic.
Down sleeping bag, are lighter, with good quality and more comfortable compared to synthetic one. There are two types of sleeping bags – goose or duck down, and synthetic. In general down sleeping bags are better quality, lighter and more comfortable. They are however more expensive than synthetic sleeping bags.
Kilimanjaro Sleeping Bags Recommendations
Hyke & Byke Snowmass
Hyke & Byke brand is best sleeping bag for Kilimanjaro. Its rated 0 Degree F (-17 Degree C), so its warm enough to keep you comfortable on Kilimanjaro.
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TETON Sports LEEF
The LEEF is a synthetic sleeping bag, its lightweight and warm. We advise choosing one with 0F (-18C) version as the 20F (-7C) is likely not warmth enough for Kilimanjaro.
Its lightweight, and warm rated 0F (-17C), which makes it excellent for Mount Kilimanjaro. You can choose REI Co-op Downtime sleeping bag brand.
Water Bottle for Kilimanjaro
Staying hydrated while climbing Kilimanjaro is extremely important. In order to be able to acclimatize and avoid risk on your health you must stay hydrated all the time while trekking. Our team will provide you with well boiled and filtered drinking water.
It’s important to drink at least 3-liters every day.
Therefore, we recommend coming with hydration bladder i.e Camelbak or Platypus.
It’s the best torch that can be used for hiking especially at night as your hands are free. While climbing kilimanjaro headlamp will be used on the summit night. The best headlamp is the one with bright light, longer battery life and less weight as the device will be on your head
Below is our recommendations
Best Headlamp: Black Diamond Storm
Best Value Headlamp: Petzl Tikka
When choosing for sunglasses for climbing Kilimanjaro you should consider UV intensity and the snow cover at Kilimanjaro. If you don’t make good choice then its easier to damage your eyes especially at Summit.
We recommend below Sunglases for Kilimanjaro
Most Versatile: Julbo Montebianco (Mens) or Monterosa (Womens)
Technical Option: Julbo Explorer
Personal Health and Comfort.
While climbing Kilimanjaro you will not be able to shower for all days. We advise having anti-bacterial wet wipes for keeping your personal hygiene
Make sure you have your suncream, at higher altitude sun rays are so strong
Pack 2-3 rolls of Toilet paper, one can be in your day pack to be used during day hike and others at your duffel bag.
Do not forget to pack your Toiletries i.e toothbrush & toopaste, hairbrush/comb, foot powder, hand cream, soap, deodorant etc
We recommend bringing few thing for first aid in case of any emergencies i.e blister plasters, Ibuprofen or paracetamol, Immodium for diarrhoea, anti-nausea medication, Diamox etc.
The landscape of Kilimanjaro is amazing don’t forget your camera, phone etc too, to take your memorable pictures.
Just pack a decent camera to capture the memorable experience. You can choose SLR Camera or GoPro for great Videos