Kilimanjaro Packing List

Below is a quick list of all the gear that you need to pack for your Kilimanjaro trek.
We provide all camping equipment, sleeping bags & mats, tables and chairs, dining tents, tents, etc.
In case you will miss any type of equipment, you can hire from our office in Moshi.


Sleeping Bag

Will be provided however, we do recommend bringing your sleeping bag if it can fit inside of your duffle.


Duffle bagrucksacks:

 This is for carrying your main gear and normally will be carried by a porter. We recommend 60Liters – 80Liters waterproof duffel bags/rucksacks

Daypack :

You will need to carry your own daypack. 30-40L is sufficient.

Trekking poles :

Trekking poles will reduce your joint pain. We recommend adjustable trekking poles.

Water bladder/bottles:

 Highly recommended with a capacity to carry 3 liters of water. Alternatively, you can bring two bottles 1.5L each. We would also recommend bringing an extra 1L bottle in addition to your water bladder.



Warm winter hat

Neck gaiter or scarf:

 We recommend bringing a neck gaiter or bandana as it can get dust on Kilimanjaro

Sun hat:

 Choose a hat that is wide-brimmed for protection


Choose a pair of high UV protection glasses as sun intensity above 4,500m is very high.

Headlamp :

You will need a headlamp with good light output for any late-night toilet journeys, and importantly for summit night. We also recommend having extra batteries (AAA batteries)




Lightweight Gloves:

 We recommend this for the lower slope

Warm gloves or mittens:

 For the cold nights and for the summit we recommend heavyweight gloves

Trekking boots:

We recommend using a mid-weight trekking boot with good ankle support. We also recommend it to be waterproof.

Gym shoes/sandals:

 To wear around camp after a day’s trek.


 We recommend bringing 3-4 pairs of outer socks and 2-3 pairs of liner socks. We also recommend bringing 1 x thick thermal socks for summit night.


We recommend this to keep your trousers clean from wet and muddy or dusty conditions.


Not always required, but there are special periods when the mountain receives an excessive amount of ice near the summit.




Thermal base layer:

2 thermal base layers, ideally made from merino wool. One to wear on summit night and one to sleep in each night

Short-sleeved shirt:

 2 lightweight, moisture-wicking short-sleeved shirts are sufficient.

Long sleeve shirt:

 2 or 3 light or medium weight, moisture wicking long sleeve shirts.

Fleece or soft-shell jacket – A mid-weight fleece jacket is ideal for Kilimanjaro

Insulated jacket:

 A good quality warm-down or Primaloft jacket is required for the cold nights and summit push.

Hard shell outer jacket:

 A windproof hard shell outer jacket to protect you from the elements


 As Kilimanjaro weather is unpredictable then poncho is really recommended.




Leggings :

2 Thermal or fleece base layer for your legs.

Trekking trousers

1 medium-weight trekking trousers is recommended.

Hard shell trousers:

Windproof will protect you from the elements




Sun and lip screen:

 High sun protection factor sunscreen and lip protection balm are recommended

Toothbrush and toothpaste

Wet wipes and hand sanitizer

Personal medicines and medical kit 

Recommend bringing Paracetamol and Imodium at a minimum

Extra bag and padlock:

For your extra luggage that will remain at the hotel

Packing cubes:

 Useful for keeping items organized within your duffle bag

Camera and spare batteries

Plug Adapter 

A plug adapter for charging your devices in the hotels before and after the trek.  We recommend adapter type G.

Personal snacks: Boiled sweets, nuts, energy bars, and dried fruit are all good for Kilimanjaro, most clients like to bring candy from their home countries too.

Towel – lightweight, quick-dry

Portable power bank and an extra one if possible

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