Kilimanjaro Equipment List

We provide high quality tents, sleeping mats, and all cooking utensils.

You will need to bring the following items. We’re happy to provide recommendations as we’ve climbed with many adventurers such as yourself, and we know what works and what doesn’t. The clothing guide is recommended for 7+ days. If you are on a shorter 6 day hike, you may be able to bring fewer items.


Your clothing will be worn in layers throughout your trek. Being able to quickly add or remove layers will maximize your health and happinessA�as your journey progresses.A�Your layers should beA�insulating and breathable. They shouldA�not be jeans or cotton, as moisture does not pass through and stops the wicking process.

  • 4-5 pairs of sports underwear; 2 sports bras for ladies
  • 2 pair long underwear top and bottom (lightweight base layers)
  • 1 light shirt for the first two days. A collar shirt is useful to protect your neck from the sun
  • 2 pairs long pants/trousers – wind and water resistant
  • 2-3A�fleeces, layerable
  • 1 waterproof jacket A�- wind resistant, water resistant. This should be a mid-weight winter jacket (500-700 grams).
  • 1A�down jacket (available for hire)
  • 1 lightweight rain-gear/poncho, optional but highly recommended


  • GoreTex trekking boots: waterproof, breathable, andA�well worn inA�(we cannot stress this enough) with good ankle support. Medium-weight boots are recommended
  • 5 pairs of wool trekking socks. Acrylic or acrylic-blend will also work, but you should avoid cotton. They should be snug but not tight
  • 2 pairs extra thick / heavy thermal socks and 1 pair of liner socks
  • Gaiters — waterproof protection that covers your boots and calves. They are useful for the descent as there is a lot of loose gravel; can also keepA�mud, water and rocks out of your boots.A�(available for hire)


  • Sun hat/cap that fits comfortably in your day pack
  • Wooly hat and/or baclava
  • Headlamp with extra batteries – very important!

Hands and Walking

  • Inner pair of gloves, thermal
  • OuterA�pair of gloves, thicker and waterproof
  • Hand warmers are optional, but our clients always tell us they’re glad they brought them!
  • TrekkingA�poles are optional, thoughA�highly recommended. They are very popular on the trail now. Your knees will thank youA�(available for hire)


  • A good sleeping bag, rated for at least 14F (-10C) / four seasons. We recommend down sleeping bags – (available for hire andA�cleaned after every trip)
  • A sleeping bag liner is optional, though recommended

Backpacks and Water

  • Day bag – approximately 25 litres and will keep items you need accessible during the day (sunscreen, sunglasses, snacks, water, money, camera). Ensure your day bag has a rain cover.
  • Duffle bag – Approx. 60 litre capacity, this can be a large backpack (internal frames only) or a duffle bag.
  • Water bottles and Camelbak (3 litres worth). Camelbak’s are really convenient and recommended (just make sure you blow the water back into the bladder on your summit day or it will freeze in the tube)
  • A Sigg style metal/aluminium water bottle is optional, and can also be used as a hot water bottle at night

Other Accessories

  • Sunscreen and lip protection, SPF 30+
  • Sunglasses – The UV is intense at this altitude, so make sure you have a good pair of shades.
  • Bag locks, travel wallet
  • Toiletries: toothbrush, toothpaste, wet wipes, small hand sanitizer, deodorant
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Ultra light travel towel
  • Energy bars – protein bars are good but don’t go too high in protein or your stomach will be working really hard to digest it. (And your stomach is already working hard at this altitude!)
  • Band-aids (plasters), Compeed blister patches
  • Advil/Ibuprofen, Malaria tablets, Diamox (Acetazolamide)
  • Camera, spare batteries/memory cards, ear plugs, plastic bags and zip lock bags
  • If you are able to, unlock your phone so you can use a local sim card (available for hire)

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