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Climbing Kilimanjaro

Climbing Gear List – Which Gear Do I Need to climb Kilimanjaro?

Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro is an adventure – a physical and mental challenge as you are crossing different climate zones and facing changing weather conditions.

Everyday on the mountain will be different and the weather can change anytime. All our climbs start in a hot, tropical rain forest zone that will turn into a rough, dry area before reaching the arctic zone with temperatures below -25 °C (-13 °F). Beside preparing yourself physically and mentally, having the right equipment is essential for your success!

Tanzania Horizon Safaris will assist you to choose the right gear for your climb as we have helped thousands of successful climbers before. We have prepared a Gear List for you that will show you all that you need from the Park Gates, all the way to Uhuru Peak at 5.895m.

Follow this simple rule: Add some layers!

Mount Kilimanjaro has 5 climate zones. The key to success is to be prepared for the different environments that you will face. Therefore you will need the right gear. In order to be flexible and fast enough to adapt to changes, it is important to dress accordingly. The easiest way to do that is to divide your gear in layers that are easy to add or to remove. Your gear can be divided into three layers: a base layer, a mid-layer and an outer layer.

  • Base layer: Underwear, Tshirt (fast drying = no cotton), socks

  • Mid-layer: Trekking Jacket, Trekking Trouser, Fleece Jacket

  • Outer Layer: Rain Jacket, Rain Trouser, Winter Jacket, Winter Trouser, Hat, Gloves

The most common mistake that climbers make is that they over pack and bring way too much gear.

  • Be selective in what you take with you and follow the advice of our list. For all excess weight you will need to pay for an additional porter. This should happen only in special cases!

  • You have to carry 4 liters of water in your Daypack. You can use water bottles, water bladders and thermo bottles. As temperatures can go below freezing point, we recommend to carry thermo bottles and to use the water bladder during daytime

  • Don’t drink and climb 😉 Alcohol will create severe problems on the mountain and you risk to fail to summit

  • All luggage that you don’t need to climb can be safely stored at your hotel while you are climbing

  • As your travel luggage might get lost or arrive later than you, there is a chance that you might not receive your luggage on time. We recommend to travel with the most important things you need for your Daypack in your hand luggage

  • You will be able to leave the luggage that you don’t need during your climb at your accommodation where it will be kept securely.

Your Kilimanjaro Gear will contain 2 different bags:
  • Your Daypack
    In your Daypack you will only carry items that you need to reach the next camp and should not exceed 10kg (20lbs). You will have to carry the Daypack by yourself during the entire climb. A regular backpack, with a capacity of about 30 to 35 liters is the maximum that you should carry with you. Every day will be different, so the items in your Daypack will change according to the expected climate and weather conditions.
    A Daypack contains:
    Water bottles/Water bladder (total: 4 liters), snacks, gloves, hat, sunglasses, sun screen, rain jacket, walking poles, lip balm. Our guides will tell you every morning what conditions you will face and how to prepare your Daypack.

  • Your Duffel Bag
    In your Duffel Bag you will have to place all items that you need, but not during daytime. That means your sleeping bag, sleeping mattress, additional clothes, soap, extra pair of shoes and other items. The Duffel Bag will be carried by our porters for you from camp to camp. The maximum weight for a full Duffel Bag is limited to 90 liters / 15kg and will be checked before climbing. You should use plastic bags (dry bags) to organize your items inside your Duffel Bag to keep your gear dry and clean.

All gear can be rented on arrival in Moshi so that you don’t have to carry all items in your luggage!


The Kilimanjaro Climbing Gear List:

Technical Clothing
1 – Waterproof Jacket, breathable with hood
1 – Insulated Jacket, synthetic or down
1 – Soft Jacket, fleece or soft-shell
2 – Long Sleeve Shirt, light-weight, moisture-wicking fabric
1 – Short Sleeve Shirt, light-weight, moisture-wicking fabric
1 – Waterproof Pants, breathable (side zipper recommended)
1 – Hiking Pants 
1 – Fleece Pants
1 – Long Underwear, moisture-wicking fabric
3 – Underwear, moisture-wicking fabric recommended
1 – Sport Bra (women)
1 – Shorts (optional)

1 – Brimmed Hat, for sun protection
1 – Winter Hat
1 – Balaclava (optional, recommended)

1 – Gloves, thin
1 – Gloves, warm (waterproof recommended)

1 – Hiking Boots, warm, waterproof, broken-in
3 – Socks, wool or synthetic
1 – Gym Shoes, to wear at camp (optional)
1 – Gaiters, waterproof (optional)

1 – Sunglasses or Goggles
2 – Water Bottle
1 – Water Bladder (2 Liter)
1 – Towel, lightweight, quick-dry (optional)
1 – Pee Bottle, to avoid leaving tent at night (optional) 
3 – Dry Bags or Plastic Bags, various sizes, to keep gear dry and separate (optional)
1 – Backpack Cover, waterproof (optional)

Additional Equipment
1 – Head Lamp, with extra batteries
1 – Duffel Bag, 50-90L capacity, for porters to carry your equipment (Maximum 15kg)
1 – Daypack, 30-35L capacity, for you to carry your personal gear (10 kg)
1 – Sleeping Bag, warm, four seasons
1 – Camp Pillow, inflatable (optional)
1 – Trekking Poles, collapsable (highly recommended)

Other items:
Sunscreen (30 or 50, highly recommended)
Lip Balm (highly recommended)
Snacks, light-weight, high calorie, high energy (highly recommended)
Wet Wipes (recommended)
Insect Repellent, containing DEET (optional)
Electrolytes, powder or tablets (optional)
Camera, with extra batteries (optional)
Toiletries (optional)
Prescriptions (optional)
Personal First Aid Kit (optional)
Hand Sanitizer (optional)
Toilet Paper (optional)

Trip Receipt
Visa (for most visitors available on arrival at the airport)
Immunization Papers
Travel Insurance (valid for the altitude of Kilimanjaro)

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