Kilimanjaro equipment list
What you need for your Kilimanjaro adventure
Below is a comprehensive list of items you will need to have for your Kilimanjaro trek:
4 x Hiking shirts
The best would be to have long sleeve shirts that dry quickly and are UV protective.
3 x Hiking shorts
Once again try and stay away from cotton (rather use synthetic fabrics). The best would be full length pants, with the option of zip-off legs.
1 x Sun hat
For proper sun protection.
2 x Sunglasses
Take a spare, it is always handy should you lose your glasses while hiking. Stay away from contact lenses as our eyes tend to dry out due to the extreme weather conditions. A pair of glasses is very useful on summit night to protect your eyes from the wind, dust and dry air.
6 x Socks
Thermal hiking socks are recommended to keep your feet warm and dry and to prevent blisters.
2 Hiking sticks
Collapsible hiking stick always the best
1 x Hiking boots pair
Your hiking boots should be comfortable, give you ankle support, be waterproof & breathable, have a sturdy sole, and not be too heavy. It is important to get the correct boots for your feet and to wear them in – after all, it is your feet that will be getting you to your goal!
1 x Walking shoes/Running shoes pair
Once you get back to camp, it is recommended to give your feet a rest with light shoes.
1 x Balaclava
For the cold evenings and also for the summit night, to prevent heat escaping from your head.
1 x Warm scarf
Optional – for extra warmth.
2 x Thermal underwear tops
Stay away from cotton, synthetic fabrics that are breathable and long sleeves are the best.
2 x Thermal underwear pants
Stay away from cotton, synthetic fabrics are breathable and with longs legs are the best.
1 x Thermal jacket
To trap your body heat. The best would be a Polartec®300 jacket or similar.
1 x Thermal pants
To trap your body heat. The best could be a Polartec®100 pants or similar.
1 x Gloves pair
The best combination is a thin liner glove, with fleece glove and an outer mitt that is wind and waterproof.
1 x Wind & water proof jacket
To protect you from the cold wind, and light rain or snow. Also to be used as your outer shell.
1 x Wind & water proof pants
To protect you from the cold wind, and light and light rain or snow. Also to be used as your outer shell.
1 x Poncho
To provide cover from hard or constant rain.
1 x Gaiters pair
A pair of gaiters will prevent water, mud and grass from getting in your boots.
1 x Sleeping bag
Rated at least -8C
1 x Sleeping mat
A 10mm foam sleeping mattress is provided, but a self-inflatable mattress can be taken along for added comfort and insulation.
1 x Day pack
Around 35liters capacity, you will need this to carry all items that you would need and like to use during the day. Your extra equipment will be carried on your behalf. Must have soft arm and hip straps for comfort.
1 x Duffel bag/Carry bag
Around 100 litres capacity. This bag will be carried on your behalf on Kilimanjaro by porters (max 15kg). All your equipment must fit into this bag.
1 x Travel bag
Extra clothes can be left at the hotel. Should you be going on safari or to Zanzibar after your hike it will not be necessary to take all your items up Kilimanjaro.
1 x Headlamp
Remember to take spare (lithium ones survive cold better) batteries. Rather take a headlamp than a torch. LED headlamps work the best.
2 x Water bottles
Total water consumption should be at least 3-5 liters per day. (Plastic bottles have been banned from Kilimanjaro).
1 x Towel & washcloth
Keeping your body clean also increases your body’s ability to keep you warm. Ideally take a cloth that dries quickly and that can be used for washing.
Wet wipes/Baby wipes – Perfect to quickly clean yourself before meals and for higher up, where water for washing is not available.
Toilet Paper – Please remember to practice environmentally friendly habits when using the bush.
6 x Trail snacks
Make a packet for each day. The meals provided (breakfast, lunch and dinner) are more than adequate, but it is always a good idea to have something to eat between meals. Energy drinks can also be taken, but pure water must also be consumed.
Best to take USD cash in small denominations for tips, drinks and gifts. NB! US$50 & US$100 bills issued in or before 2006 are no longer legal tender in Tanzania and will not be accepted.
Most cameras will work perfectly on Kilimanjaro. Video cameras will also work perfectly. Just remember to protect your camera and to take extra batteries and SD cards!
Lip protection cream, Sunscreen (high factor), moisturising cream, Purifying tablets, Headace Tablets, Immodium, Buscopan, Plasters, Bandages, Antiseptic cream, Rehydrate sachets, Malaria Tablets, Multivitamins.
More links of interest for Kilimanjaro
The Marangu route on Kilimanjaro – Most comfortable route to climb up Kilimanjaro.
The Machame route on Kilimanjaro – Best route for acclimatisation climb up Kilimanjaro.
The Lemosho route on Kilimanjaro – Scenic start on your climb up Kilimanjaro Adventure.
The Rongai route on Kilimanjaro – A less populated start from the northern side of Kilimanjaro.
The Umbwe route on Kilimanjaro – A steep acsent, yet spectacular climb up Kilimanjaro.
Kilimanjaro packages from South Africa – Let us guide you to the summit of Kilimanjaro.
Mount Kilimanjaro – A walk above the African clouds.
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