Kilimanjaro packing list

The weather on Kilimanjaro is varied to say the least, and adapted gear will greatly influence your chances of making it to the top. During your trek you’ll cross 4 climatic zones, and during each day temperatures can go from hot during the day to freezing at night. The only way to deal with these variations is layering, and our Kilimanjaro checking list is completely based in this principle.

• 4-5 Pairs of Underwear
• Top and Bottom Base Layer – Icebreaker or SmartWooll
• 3-4 Short Sleeve and 1-2 Long Sleeve Trekking Shirts
• 1-2 Pairs of Hiking Trousers
• 1 Polar Tec Fleece Jacket - Helly Hansen or The North Face
• 1 Insulated Winter Jacket - Arc'Teryx Atomm or The North Face Nuptse
• 1 Insulated Trekking Pants
• 1 Hard Shell Jacket - The North Face Resolve
• Lightweight Raingear


• Sun Hat, ideally with a neck cover
• Warm Beanie or Fleece Headband
• Bandana or Neck Gaiter - TYTN Neck Warmer
• Headlamp - PETZL Tikka
• Sunglasses

Hands and Walking

• Lightweight Inner Gloves - New Balance Lightweight Gloves
• Warm Outer Gloves / Mitts - Eiger Gore-Tex Glove or Black Diamond Mercury Mitts
• Adjustable Trekking Poles - TYTN Carbon X Trekking Poles or Black Diamond Alpine


• Mid-weight Hiking Boots - Salomon Quest or KEEN Targhee
• Camp Trainers / Trekking Sandals
• 4-5 Pairs of Trekking Socks - SmartWool or Bridgedale
• 1 Pair of Warm / Thick Trekking Socks

Bags and Daypack

• 80-90L Waterproof Duffle Bag - TYTN 90L Duffel Bag or The North Face Base Camp Duffel
• 20-30L Daypack
• Daypack Rain cover
• Travel Bag Organizers (Optional)

Sleeping Accessories

4-Season Sleeping Bag - Marmot Trestles or Mountain Hard ware Unisex Lamina
• Insulated Sleeping Mat
• Inflatable Pillow (optional)

General Accessories

• Large Volume Water Bottle or Hydration Bladder - Camelback Eddy Bottle or Platypus Hydration Bladder
• Water Purification Tablets
• Baby Wipes
• Sweat Resistant Sun cream
• Blister Platters
• Insect Repellant
• General Medications (Paracetamol, Imodium)
• Pee Bottle (optional)


• Camera
• GoPro (optional)
• Solar Backpack Charger (optional)
• Spare Batteries and Camera Memory Card • Kindle with Back Light (optional)

Other Bits and Bobs

• Energy Bars
• Energy Drink Supplement
• Zip Lock Bags for Important Possessions (Passport, Money etc.)
• Trekking Towel
• Toiletries, including one roll of toilet paper
• Passport, Visa, Insurance, Yellow Fever Card (if applicable)
• Small Lock for your Duffle Bag

Gear Renting or Buying.

Whether you rent or buy your Kilimanjaro gear is obviously totally up to you. It can depend on things like your budget, how often you plan to hike after climbing Kilimanjaro, and your travel plans before and after coming to Tanzania. It is possible to rent equipment in Arusha, and we’re more than happy to check things for you before you come.