What kit do i need for kilimanjaro?

by | Aug 2, 2023

Climbing Kilimanjaro requires careful preparation and the right gear to ensure a safe and successful ascent. The following is a comprehensive list of essential items for your Kilimanjaro trek:


  1. Waterproof, breathable trekking pants
  2. Moisture-wicking base layer (top and bottom)
  3. Insulating mid-layer (fleece or down jacket)
  4. Waterproof and windproof jacket (Gore-Tex or similar)
  5. Waterproof and windproof pants (Gore-Tex or similar)
  6. Long-sleeve shirts (for sun protection)
  7. Short-sleeve shirts (moisture-wicking)
  8. Underwear (moisture-wicking)
  9. Sports bras (for female climbers)
  10. Warm hat or beanie
  11. Sun hat with a wide brim
  12. Lightweight gloves (for lower altitudes)
  13. Insulated gloves or mittens (for higher altitudes)


  1. Gaiters (to keep dirt and scree out of your boots)
  2. Moisture-wicking hiking socks
  3. Warm socks for higher altitudes
  4. Sturdy and broken-in hiking boots


  1. 4-season tent (if camping)
  2. Sleeping bag rated for sub-zero temperatures
  3. Sleeping pad or inflatable mattress
  4. Trekking poles
  5. Headlamp or flashlight with spare batteries
  6. Sunglasses with UV protection
  7. Backpack (40-60 liters capacity)
  8. Daypack (20-30 liters capacity) for day hikes
  9. Dry bags or waterproof stuff sacks to protect gear
  10. Water bladder or water bottles with a minimum capacity of 3 liters
  11. Water purification tablets or filters
  12. Personal first aid kit with blister plasters, bandages, pain relievers, etc.
  13. Toiletries (toothbrush, toothpaste, biodegradable soap, hand sanitizer, etc.)
  14. Quick-dry towel
  15. Personal identification (passport, ID) and cash
  16. Camera and/or binoculars (optional)


  1. High-altitude lip balm with SPF
  2. Sunscreen with a high SPF
  3. Insect repellent
  4. Personal medications and prescriptions
  5. Travel insurance documents
  6. Snacks and energy bars
  7. Lightweight, quick-dry towel
  8. Small backpack cover or large plastic bags (to protect gear from rain)


  1. Portable battery charger for electronic devices
  2. Trekking watch with altimeter, compass, and barometer features
  3. Travel pillow for added comfort during sleep

Remember to pack light and prioritize essential items. It’s crucial to strike a balance between being well-prepared and not overburdening yourself with unnecessary weight. Additionally, consider checking with your trekking company for any specific gear recommendations or requirements based on your chosen route and the time of year you plan to climb.

Lastly, always follow Leave No Trace principles to protect the environment and preserve the beauty of Kilimanjaro for future generations.