Kilimanjaro Gear List

Kilimanjaro Gear List

What Gear Do I Need to Bring?


You are responsible for bringing from home all personal gear and equipment while communal equipment (tents, food, cooking items, etc.) is provided. Below is a gear list of required, recommended and optional items to bring on your climb to Kilimanjaro.

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)

2 - Hiking Pants

1 - Fleece Pants

1 - Shorts (optional)

1 - Long Underwear, moisture-wicking fabric

3 - Underwear, moisture-wicking fabric recommended

2 - Sport Bra (women)


1 - Brimmed Hat, for sun protection

1 - Knit Hat, for warmth

1 - Balaclava or Buff, for face coverage (optional)


1 - Gloves, warm (waterproof recommended)

1 - Gloves, thin


1 - Hiking Boots, warm, waterproof, broken-in

1 - Gym Shoes, to wear at camp (optional)

3 - Socks, wool or synthetic

1 - Gaiters, waterproof (optional)


1 - Sunglasses or Goggles

1 - Backpack Cover, waterproof (optional)

1 - Water Bottle (Nalgene, 32 oz.)

1 - Water Bladder (Camelbak type, 3 liters)

1 - Towel, lightweight, quick-dry (optional)

1 - Pee Bottle, to avoid leaving tent at night (recommended)

Stuff Sacks, Dry Bags or Plastic Bags, various sizes, to keep gear dry and separate


1 - Sleeping Bag, warm, four seasons*

1 - Camp Pillow, inflatable (optional)

1 - Trekking Poles, collapsable (highly recommended)*

1 - Head Lamp, with extra batteries

1 - Duffel Bag, 50-90L capacity, for porters to carry your equipment

1 - Daypack, 30-35L capacity, for you to carry your personal gear

*may be rented on location





Lip Balm

Insect Repellent, containing DEET

First Aid Kit

Hand Sanitizer

Toilet Paper

Wet Wipes (recommended)

Snacks, light-weight, high calorie, high energy (optional)

Electrolytes, powder or tablets (optional)

Camera, with extra batteries (optional)


Trip Receipt


Visa (available at JRO)

Immunization Papers

Insurance Documents

We recommend shopping online at, and for all of your gears.

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. Please note that our porters are limited to carrying 33 lbs (15 kgs) of your personal belongings. Everything the porters will carry for you between campsites should be placed into the duffel bag, including the sleeping bag, but it is OK to pack the sleeping bag separately if necessary. If you rent a sleeping bag from us, note that the bag weighs 5 lbs 6 oz. and this weight does count against the 33 lb limit.

Our porters will place your duffel bag and sleeping bag into a large, sturdy, waterproof bag with a roll-top closure.

If you have excess weight, you will be required to hire an additional porter. It is rare to require an extra porter and should happen only in special cases, such as for carrying extensive photography equipment.

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