What should I pack for Kilimanjaro?

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On a Kilimanjaro climb you go from the humidity of a rainforest into a world of snow and glaciers in a matter of days! So you need a variety of gear and clothing to complete this journey safely.

Kilimanjaro packing list – equipment

The main items of gear to pack for a Kilimanjaro adventure are:

  • 80- or 100-litre duffel bag for your overnight items (carried by a porter)
  • 30- or 40-litre day backpack for your daytime items (carried by you)
  • Winter sleeping bag (must fit into your duffel bag)*
  • Sleeping mat (also must fit into your duffel bag)
  • Water bottle and hydration pack
  • Trekking poles (optional, but advisable)
  • Headlamp for summit night

* At Amazing Kilimanjaro we loan our clients a winter sleeping bag at no extra charge!

Evening in Mweka Camp on Kilimanjaro – Follow Alice tents and cloud bank below

Our client took this evening pic from Mweka Camp

Kilimanjaro packing list – clothing

As to clothing, we recommend packing:

  • Gaiters (optional, but advisable when there’s snow on the summit)
  • Waterproof or water-resistant hiking boots that are worn in
  • Hiking socks, including winter hiking socks
  • Winter gloves and inner gloves
  • Sunhat and warm beanie or balaclava
  • Windproof, hooded winter jacket (like a down jacket)
  • Rain gear like a poncho and waterproof pullover trousers
  • Fleece jacket or similar
  • Trekking trousers and sweat-wicking shirts
  • A pair of shorts (optional, for the rainforest section)
  • Thermal leggings and long-sleeved tops
  • Underwear, including thermal underwear
Trekkers in the morning sun on summit day on Kilimanjaro, the best hiking boots for Kilimanjaro

Everyone covers up as much as they can near the summit

Kilimanjaro packing list – toiletries and meds

Some of the important little items to bring along are:

  • Biodegradable wet wipes (there are no showers on the mountain!)
  • Sunscreen and SPF lip balm (the UV rays are intense at high altitude)
  • Moisturising cream and lip balm (your skin and lips take a beating near the summit)
  • Altitude meds like Diamox (you’ll need to visit your GP to obtain these)

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