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Mount Kilimanjaro packing list

What should you wear on Kilimanjaro? What equipment do you need? You must remember that you are going to experience a wide variety of different conditions on your climb, as you transcend various ecosystems and rise to nearly 6,000 metres. When it comes to clothing, the key word is ‘layering’: you should take several breathable layers that ‘wick’ moisture – that is, take the sweat away from your body. Taking several layers will give you the maximum flexibility to adapt to the changing temperatures as you climb.

Below are our top tips on Technical Gear, Technical Clothing, Footwear, Handwear, Headwear, Accessories, First-aid kit, and Documents Required

Technical gear

On an adventure such as climbing Kilimanjaro, it’s important that your climb is as comfortable as possible. Our packing list is essential reading, to make sure your bags are the right shape, size and condition to get you and your stuff up the mountain. At night, you’ll want to stay warm and dry; by day, you might want to use a set of walking poles – so read our advice, check the packing list . On the mountain, having the right technical gear is very important.

1 – Daypack, 30-35L capacity, for you to carry your personal gear This small pack will let you carry personal items such as your camera, phone, suncream, sunglasses, water, snacks etc

1 – Duffel Bag, 70L-90L capacity, for porters to carry your equipment A dry bag, to fit inside your daypack, is a great asset to help keep your camera and other essentials dry

1 – Duffel Bag, 70L-90L capacity, for porters to carry your equipment Make sure your main bag, which will be carried by the porters, is waterproof. Use separate plastic bags to compartmentalize your gear and provide extra waterproofing

1 – Sleeping bag and liner, 4 season A four-season sleeping bag is essential, and a fleece sleeping bag liner provides extra comfort and warmth

1 – Walking poles, Pair (Highly recommended) Very useful for Kilimanjaro, especially for summit day and generally for descent. 95% of accidents nappen on the descent

1 – Camp Pillow, inflatable (optional) As the campsites are not on totally level ground, a camp pillow is a good thing to have.

Technical clothing

Just as important as your gear is your clothing. Remember that you will encounter a variety of conditions on Kilimanjaro, so be prepared. You will start in warm conditions, but it will get cooler as you climb, so flexibility is the key. Think layers: you can peel them off and put them on, allowing you to adapt with the weather and altitude. Our packing list will point you in the right direction.

1 – Waterproof Jacket, breathable with hood Essential, as weather can be unpredictable in any season. Makes sure this outer garment is large enough to put over multiple layers of clothing

1 – Soft Jacket, fleece or soft-shell to keep you dry in light and moderate rain. Best if this garment has a durable, water-repellent outer layer

3 – Long Sleeve Shirt, light-weight, moisture-wicking fabric the moisture-wicking qualities will ensure that your shirts can be dried quickly, should they get wet

1 – Short Sleeve Shirt, light-weight, moisture-wicking fabric the moisture-wicking qualities will ensure that your shirts can be dried quickly, should they get wet

1 – Waterproof Pants, breathable (side zipper recommended) These are useful, not just against the rain, but also against the wind

2 – Hiking Pants (Convertible/Zip-off and quick dry recommended) Two pairs of these quick-drying, convertible garments are recommended.

1 – Fleece Pants These are ideal for use when you are in camp, but also as an extra layer on summit night

1 – Shorts (optional) These can be useful in the warmer temperatures at lower altitudes

1 – Long Underwear, moisture-wicking fabric Again, these can be useful in camp, or for ‘layering’ on summit night/

4 – Underwear, moisture-wicking fabric recommended Easy-to-dry versions are best; bring one pair for every two days

3 – Sport Bra (women) These are comfortable when walking. Easy-to-dry fabric is recommended

Footwear

Every time your feet hit the ground, your choice of footwear will seem important. Lightweight waterproof boots are essential, worn-in and guaranteed to be comfortable before you arrive. In the evening, you’ll want to relax in camp, with some more casual footwear. And don’t forget the importance of good socks, gaiters and maybe crampons… after all, your feet are what will get you up the mountain!

1 – Waterproof lightweight hiking boots (required) Boots should provide good ankle support, especially important for the descent from the summit in loose scree

8 – Socks, wool or synthetic 4 pairs should be enough (you can ‘rotate’) but include an extra-thick woollen pair for summit night

1 – Gaiters, waterproof (optional) These can be useful in muddy sections and when walking on the summit screen

1 – Trainer shoes (to wear around camp) Light, comfortable trainer/tennis shoes are great for wearing in the camp

1 – crampons are useful when walking on slippy glaciers

Handwear

Every time your feet hit the ground, your choice of footwear will seem important. Lightweight waterproof boots are essential, worn-in and guaranteed to be comfortable before you arrive. In the evening, you’ll want to relax in camp, with some more casual footwear. And don’t forget the importance of good socks, gaiters and maybe crampons… after all, your feet are what will get you up the mountain!

1 – Gloves, warm (waterproof recommended) A pair of good, waterproof ski-gloves is particularly useful at high altitudes and the summit attempt

1 – Gloves, light A lighter pair of thinner gloves can assist by providing extra grip on rocky sections

Headwear

And what is true for the hands, is just as true for the head – keep your head warm, keep it protected. On the lower slopes, a brimmed hat keeps the sun away; higher up, you need to guard against the cold. A scarf and a buff are also recommended.

1 – Brimmed Hat, for sun protection This type of hat, with a brim, will protect against the strong sun

1 – Knit Hat, for warmth A knotted hat will keep hikers warm, especially useful at camp

1 – Balaclava or Buff (recommended) A balaclave or buff protects against the cold wind and dust. Very useful on summit night

1 – Scarf A scarf (or buff) protects against the cold wind and dust. Very useful on summit night

Accessories

Here, we are talking about all those little things that can make a big difference to your climb. You’ll find them all listed in our packing list, so read it carefully to ensure your climb is as safe, comfortable and trouble-free as possible.

1 – Sunscreen This protects against sunburn, which can be severe even at altitude

1 – Lip Balm This protects hikers’ lips against both wind and sun

1 – Insect Repellent, containing DEET Useful for the nights spent at the hotel, before and after the climb

1 – Hand Sanitizer 2 tubes are recommended. Toilets and water for handwashing are only available at the camps

1 – Wet Wipes (100 pcs recommended) Pack of 100 recommended. Toilets and water for handwashing are only available at the camps. Can also be useful for washing at the camps

1 – Sunglasses Sunglasses or Goggles Good quality pair needed to protect against the glare of the sun/snow, especially recommended at high altitude

1 – Waterproof backpack cover This will help keep rain out of your backpack

1 – Water Bottle (Reusable made out of a material that will prevent water from freezing at high altitudes.) 3 water bottles are recommended as the ‘camelbak’ style of water carrier tends to freeze towards the summit

1 – Water Bladder (Camelbak type, 3 liters) Easy to carry and easy to drink from during daylight hiking

1 – Small Towel – lightweight and quick-dry Useful for morning and evening washing in the camps

1 – Binoculars (optional) A small pair lets you make the most of the spectacular scenery

1 – Camera (With extra memory cards and batteries) Batteries do not last long at high altitude, so bring spares

1 – Cash (USD notes to be 2009 and above, credit and debit cards) Cash will be needed for tipping and for visits to souvenir shops

1 – Ear plugs pair Your tent companion may have a snoring problem!

1 – Head Lamp, with extra batteries A head torch/head lamp is needed on summit night, leaving you both hands free. Bring extra batteries

1 – Locks for bags Remember, there are many hiking groups at the camps. Lock your bags at mealtimes and at night time

1 – Moneybelt Allows you to keep your money and credit cards with you at all times

1 – Outlet adapter (UK Type Socket) Voltage in Tanzania is 230 volts. Your adaptor should be the three-pin – type G, as used in the UK.

1 – Watch and Mobile Phone with charger Good for photos, but remember there is no electricity on this mountain!

Solar charger A solar charger can be a useful tool for recharging your phones or cameras

Snacks, light-weight, high calorie, high energy It’s good to have some high-energy snacks for between meals, or if you need a sudden extra energy boost

Ziploc Type Plastic Bags These are perfect for carrying any rubbish you accumulate

Toiletries (Preferably biodegradable) A toothbrush, toothpaste and a deodorant

Documents

Last but not least, remember that all-important paperwork. Don’t spoil your trip by forgetting your passport, visa or other vital documentation – your trip could be over, before it has even started.

Flight information Printouts of e-tckets may be required when you arrive, or at the airline check-in when you depart

Insurance information, with a separate photocopy This is essential, in the event of an incident. We need to know the name of the insurance company, their contact details and your policy number

Passport, with separate photocopy This is essential, to allow you to be registered at the Kilimanjaro Park Gate. We will also need it, should we have to contact your insurance company

Any necessary visas or vaccination certificates, with photocopies You require both of these at immigration when entering Tanzania  

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