When preparing for a Mount Kilimanjaro expedition, having the right gear and equipment is crucial for your safety, comfort, and overall success. Proper packing for your Mount Kilimanjaro climb should be one of your top priorities when planning to climb the mountain. When choosing your mountain climbing equipment, make sure is of great quality and up to standard.

Normal daily temperatures on Mount Kilimanjaro vary from anywhere between 20 degrees centigrade (20°C / 68°F) during the day and they can fall to -15 degrees centigrade (-15°C / 5°F) at night. The layering of your clothing is the best way to wear your gear in order to survive these fluctuating temperature conditions on the mountain.

Please make sure that you do not carry any plastic bags as they are forbidden in Tanzania and on the mountain in particular after Tanzania banned the use of plastic bags within the entire country. The better option, however, is the use of reusable ‘packing cubes’. Disposable plastic bottles are not allowed on the mountain either.

The luggage limit, including your sleeping bag for a porter to carry on the mountain, stands at a 15kg limit for each porter. If your bag overweighs this limit, you will have to leave some of your items at the hotel before you begin your climb.

Download the recommended Kilimanjaro gear checklist here.

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Remember that the weather on Kilimanjaro can be unpredictable, so it’s essential to be prepared for various conditions. Pack lightweight, moisture-wicking, and easily layer-able clothing to ensure comfort during your ascent. Plan your gear and equipment well in advance to have a successful and enjoyable trek to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro.

You can use this packing list for Mount Kilimanjaro as a reference when shopping for your mountain climbing equipment.

The brands you see listed below can start as your base of selection in terms of quality.

Kilimanjaro Gear and EquipmentKilimanjaro Gear List

Getting the correct clothing, gear and equipment is the most important thing. This is why we recommend that you pack accordingly by following this packing list for Mount Kilimanjaro climbing:

  • Top Base Layer
  • Bottom Base Layer
  • 4-5 Pairs of Underwear
  • 3-4 Short Sleeve
  • 1 Insulated Trekking Pants
  • 1-2 Long Sleeve Hiking Shirts
  • 1-2 Pairs of Hiking Trousers
  • 1 Insulated Winter Jacket
  • 1 Polartec Fleece Jacket
  • 1 Hard Shell Jacket
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Basic Equipment

Daypack kilimanjaro backpack bagDaypack: All you will carry around the mountain is your backpack. The rest of the gear will be transported by the porters every single day on the mountain. The best size of a day pack is of a volume of. 30-40L. We recommend day packs by Osprey or any other good brands.

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Duffel bag for climbing KilimanjaroWaterproof duffle bag: To accommodate all your main gear, an 80-90L duffle bag is the best option. Large rucksacks as large as (>65L) are also a good choice.

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Sleeping bag for Kilimanjaro climbsSleeping bag: A 4-season or -20 Deg C sleeping bag that has a compression sack is the recommended choice. Mountain Hardwear or The North Face brands of sleeping bags have the best quality that we know of. There are sleeping bags in Tanzania for rental or hire.

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Trekking poles for KilimanjaroTrekking poles: Trekking poles can cut down the stress on your joints by up to 20%. They are valuable for descending Mount Kilimanjaro! Black Diamond brand of trekking poles is a great choice as they are also adjustable.

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Kilimanjaro water bottleWater bladder/bottles: Capable of storing 3 litres of water. Options: 2 x 1.5-litre wide-mouth Nalgene bottles or 2-litre platypus + 1-litre water bottle. NB: Disposable plastic bottles are forbidden in Kilimanjaro

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Head Kit for Kilimanjaro

Warm Beanie hut for Mount KilimanjaroWarm beanie style hat: A knitted or fleeced beanie will keep you warm on the mountain. They are also comfortable to wear and will keep you warm under cold conditions. Go for a version of a beanie that is either knitted or fleeced for extra warmth. The recommended brands are the North Face, Berghaus, Columbia or any other good brand that will work for you.

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Neck gaiter for Mount KilimanjaroNeck gaiter or scarf: To protect you from the dust on your Kilimanjaro trail, consider using a scarf or neck gaiters. Wearing a bandana will also help you in dusty situations. Buff or Hoo-Rag Headwear is one of the best out there.

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Sun Hat KilimanjaroSun hat: it is not always cold on the mountain, most of the time the sun can be scorching, we recommend a wide-brimmed hat to shield you from direct sun rays. One that has a neck cover could even be better especially if you will not be wearing a neck cover/gaiter.

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Sunglasses for Mount KilimanjaroSunglasses: Choose a pair of sunglasses that will protect you from ultraviolet rays as the intensity of the sun could hit a high 4,500m or even over that. Julbo is a great mountain sunglass brand but any brand with high UV protection will do the job

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Headlamp for climbing Mount KilimanjaroHeadlamp/Head-torch: important for the much dreaded and dark summit night. It will come in handy for your frequent night journeys to the loo. Petzl makes one of the best and affordable headlamps

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Hands and Feet

gloves for climbing KilimanjaroLightweight Gloves: Lightweight gloves are recommended to wear when you are at the base of the mountain. For lower slopes, we recommend lightweight, fleece or quick-drying fabric gloves. Berghaus and The North Face make good lightweight gloves

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Mittens Kilimanjaro climbsWarm gloves or mittens: For higher altitudes, cold nights and summiting, heavier and insulated gloves are a must. To keep you warm, you will need heavyweight and waterproof mittens and the North Face and Black Diamond brands are great at it.

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Kilimanjaro trekking bootsTrekking boots: Make sure that you purchase well-fitting and comfortable, mid-weight hiking boots with good ankle support. Salomon, Scarpa, Hi-Tec and Merrell are great brands for manufacturing great mountaineering boots

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Training shoes for Mount KilimanjaroTraining shoes: Any brand of comfortable training shoes or sandals to wear on light hiking days or around camp.

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Socks for climbing KilimanjaroSocks: 3-4 pairs of outer socks and 2-3 pairs of liner socks. Make sure you bring 1 x thick thermal socks for summit night. Sock made of merino wool material is the best for mountain climbing. Brands made by Bridgedale or Smartwool are recommended.

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Kilimanjaro mountain gaitersGaiters: Help avoid soil and gravel from entering your shoes which avoids your feet from getting blisters and feeling uncomfortable. Gaiters also keep your trousers clean in the event of muddy and dusty trail conditions.

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Microspikes for Kilimanjaro climbMicro-spikes: not a must to have them but if you do, they will give you that extra advantage on icy conditions by giving you that extra traction and grip. Tranquil Kilimanjaro can rent some for you if you prefer

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Upper Body – Mountain Kit

Thermal based layer for climbing KilimanjaroThermal base layer: 1 x thermal base layer, the one made from merino wool material is recommended especially from Icebreaker brand

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Short sleeve shirt for KilimanjaroShort-sleeved shirt: 2 x lightweight, moisture absorbent short-sleeved shirts will be a good pick. Icebreaker, Under Armour, Columbia, Berghaus is the recommended and quality brand names.

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Long sleeve shirt for Kilimanjaro climbs

Long sleeve shirt: A moisture-absorbent long sleeve shirt (x2) will be a useful pick on your clothing list for your Kilimanjaro trip. Choose light or medium weight shirts from the following brands, Icebreaker, Berghaus and Under Armour that manufacture breathable trekking shirts.

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Mountain climbing fleece jacket

Fleece or softshell jacket: A medium-weight moisture-absorbing fleece jacket is appropriate for Mount Kilimanjaro climbing. Berghaus, Helly Hansen,and The North Face are good brands that make great fleeces

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Insulated jacket for climbing Kilimanjaro

Insulated jacket: A great quality and warm down jacket is very important for the cold days and nights and most importantly when summiting in the middle of the cold night. Good brands that make insulated jackets include, PrimaLoft, The North Face, Rab, Arc’Teryx,and Mountain Hardwear

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Hardshell jacket for KilimanjaroHardshell outer jacket: A hardshell outer jacket that is both waterproof and windproof is the best bet to protect you from the harsh mountaineering conditions of Kilimanjaro. A Hardshell outer jacket made of Goretex material is the best pick for your packing list. The North Face, Arc’teryx, Berghaus, and Mountain Hardwear are the recommended brands for these kinds of jackets

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Legs and Footwear Kit

Mountain leggings for KilimanjaroLeggings: Thermal or fleece base layer for your legs made of Merino wool material are important for your climb. Be sure to check out the  Icebreaker brand, they make really good quality leggings.

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Mountain trekking trouser pants for climbing KilimanjaroTrekking trousers/ Mountain Trekking Pants:  (x1) Trekking trousers or trekking pants must be included in your mountain climbing packing list they should be of Light or medium weight. Bringing along, convertible trousers is a matter of choice. Recommended trekking trouser brands are Craghoppers and Columbia or any other great quality brand of your choice

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hardshell trouser pants for mount kilimanjaroHardshell trousers: For an enjoyable and more comfortable climb, a good pair of waterproof and windproof hard-shell trousers will protect you. Ideally Goretex. Patagonia, The North Face and Arc’Teryx all make good outer trousers

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Odds and sods

Sunscreen and lip balm: High SPF sunscreen cream and lip balm will protect your skin from the harsh mountain conditions. Which is the best sunscreen and lip balm for Mount Kilimanjaro climbing? The choice is yours but here are our recommendations.

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Toothbrush and toothpaste: You can bring your own preferred brand from home but there are many good toothpaste brands and toothbrushes in Tanzania for you to buy.

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Wet wipes and hand sanitiser: Keeping yourself clean on Mount Kilimanjaro is a little bit tricky. Some campsites and regions up the mountain do not have running water, wet wipes and hand sanitiser will come in handy and will be very helpful

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Personal medicines and medical kitConsider carrying at least Paracetamol and Imodium. Also, bring along your personal medicine prescribed for your medical conditions if you have any

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Earplugs: For silent sleepers, earplugs are useful because it may become windy on the mountain, loud and even other snoring climbers might distract your sleep.

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Pee bottle (optional): This is a rather personal choice for the ladies but not compulsory. Pee bottles can be used on Mount Kilimanjaro and here are the

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Dry bags: Dry bags are necessary if your duffel bag is not waterproof or if you do not trust your duffel bag’s ability to wade off the water. Sturdy rubble sacks are beneficial in keeping your kit and gear dry at all times

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Packing cubes: important for packing and organizing your items in the duffel bag and day pack. Basically, good for the organization of your things on the mountain, making sure you do not misplace anything important.

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Camera and spare batteries: You are open to bringing any camera of your choice, whether you want to take professional pictures of Mount Kilimanjaro or just need to shoot some photos for the memories and the Kodak moments on the summit of Uhuru Peak. We recommend a capable of taking videos to document your Mount Kilimanjaro climbing journey with Tranquil Kilimanjaro.

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Plug Adapter: Tanzania uses British standard products mostly, so the voltage that is used in Tanzania is 220-230 v and 50Hz frequency. You will need to carry a plug adaptor for charging your electronic devices like mobile phones, laptops, cameras etc. The power sockets that are used in Tanzania are of type D / G.

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Personal snacks: Just carry your favourite snacks and energy bars, like boiled sweets, nuts, and dried fruit will give you that extra kick on a trekking day

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Is it possible to rent /hire Kilimanjaro gear in Tanzania?

If you’re planning to climb Mount Kilimanjaro and need to rent gear, both Arusha and Moshi, the two main gateway towns to the mountain, offer options for gear rental. Here’s some information about hiring Kilimanjaro gear in these locations:

Arusha: Arusha is a popular starting point for many Kilimanjaro treks. In the town, you can find several outdoor shops and rental companies that offer gear for climbers. These shops typically provide a range of equipment, from clothing to camping gear, for rent. It’s advisable to visit these stores a day or two before your trek to ensure you have ample time to choose and try on the gear.

Moshi: Moshi is another common base for Kilimanjaro expeditions and is closer to the mountain’s trailheads. The town has various shops and outfitters that specialize in outdoor equipment and gear rentals. Similar to Arusha, you’ll find options to rent clothing, boots, sleeping bags, and other essential items needed for the trek.

Read more about Kilimanjaro gear rental in Tanzania

What gear should I pack for Mount Kilimanjaro climbing?

The best way to pack for Mount Kilimanjaro is to bring the most important things that you will need. The biggest mistake that travellers do is to overpack without bearing in mind that there is a luggage limit of 33 lbs (15kgs) minus the weight of the bag that porters should carry on the mountain. The most common mistake that climbers make is that they overpack and bring way too much gear.

Most of the gear for Kilimanjaro can be rented easily in Tanzania, please contact us if you need anything to rent/hire.

Since losing luggage and getting it misplaced or delayed at the airport or by the airline agency is a probability, we strongly advise you to wear your mountain gear while on the plane so that in the event that the misfortune happens you will still be able to carry on with your climb while we follow up on your luggage.

Read more about delayed or lost luggage for Mount Kilimanjaro trips

Mount Kilimanjaro Packages

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You get an extra day to acclimatize on Mount Kilimanjaro if you choose the 8-day Lemosho route plan. The Lemosho
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7 days Machame Route Itinerary

The 7-day Machame Route gives you an advantage over the 6-day Machame Route since it gives you ample time to

6 Days Marangu Route

The more advantageous option for ascending Mount Kilimanjaro via the well-known Marangu route is the 6-day Marangu route plan. For

9 days Northern Circuit Route

The 9 days Northern Circuit Route is one of the easiest routes on Mount Kilimanjaro. It is a recently introduced

7 Days Rongai Route

This is a 7 days Rongai route itinerary variation with an extra day for acclimatization. Gradually sloping towards the summit,

9 Days Crater Camp via Lemosho Route

This 9-day crater camp trek combined with the 8-day Lemosho route climb is a unique and ultimate Kilimanjaro experience. Crater

7 days Lemosho Route

The shorter 7-day Lemosho route variant does not include the extra acclimatization day as the 8-day Lemosho route itinerary. The

6 days Machame Route

For mountain climbers with prior climbing expertise and the capacity to acclimate more quickly, the 6-day Machame route is advised

6 Days Rongai Route

This 6-day route uses the Rongai Route to get you to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro. Treks up the Rongai

5 Days Marangu Route

The Marangu route, which is the mountain's oldest and most popular path, is used in the five-day Marangu route itinerary.

6 Days Umbwe Route

Many climbers, particularly first-timers, dislike the 6 day Umbwe Route Kilimanjaro itinerary for a variety of reasons. It is one

11 Days Western Breach Route

Due to the risks involved in taking this route to ascend the peak, the 11-day Western Breach route itinerary is

7 Days Shira Route

Shira is an ancient route that does not adhere to normal acclimatization guidelines, so the Lemosho Route, which is more

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The 1 day hike to Kilimanjaro's Mandara Hut, the first accommodation point along the Marangu route begins with an early

One Day Hike on Kilimanjaro to Shira Plateau

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