Kilimanjaro Hike Packing List | Best Gear for Kilimanjaro Trip

Kilimanjaro Hike Packing List | Best Gear for Kilimanjaro Trip Suggested by Kabira Safaris. What to wear when climbing Kilimanjaro?

Adventure Kilimanjaro Packing List - Best Gear for Kilimanjaro Trip

Adventure Gear for Kilimanjaro Trip

Clothing (Essential):

  • Summer shirts and shorts – for walking in the heat at the start of the trek
  • Warm long-sleeved shirts – for when it gets cold
  • Warm long walking trousers (not jeans!)
  • Fleece jacket (one or more, and/or a down jacket) – for additional warmth; or a warm anorak/jacket which should not be too heavy
  • Thermal underwears
  • The good quality waterproof and windproof outer shell (Jacket & trousers)
  • Cheap plastic poncho or (Rain jacket and rain pants)
  • Hat – a warm hat and a sun hat (that has both a peak and shades the back of your neck)
  • Wool Hat/Balaclava
  • Gloves – 2 pairs; one pair of thin liners and another of warmer and waterproof outer gloves are more practical than mittens.


  • Mountain boots – essential (good quality well worn in)
  • Walking Shoes (another pair of lighter weight walking shoes/trainers for the start of the climb)
  • Several pairs of warm, cushioned socks (so you always have a dry pair to change into)
  • Crampons for the summit day. Please do carry a pair of your own crampons.  Kindly note that they are a must-have for the summit of Margherita peak

Equipment (essential):

  • Good quality Sleeping bag (minimum rating of 4 seasons)
  • Soft Bag / Holdall or Rucksack (framed or unframed) – large enough to hold your personal gear (limit 23Kg) on the mountain; this will be carried by a porter
  • Days, Big enough for you to carry your daily water (3litres), lunch box, camera, wet weather clothing, and fleece jacket.
  • External protective cover for rucksack & daysack (or pack all contents in plastic bags for waterproofing)
  •  Sunglasses (models with side shields are preferable).
  • Lip salve
  • Head Torch and a set of spare batteries (special batteries are not always available locally)
  • 2nd / Back up the torch and spare batteries
  • Water bottle(s) (strong) to hold 3 liters – which you will carry with you, daily)
  • Water treatment tablets/iodine or quality filter (although water gets boiled for you by our staff and served as tea or coffee which can also be filled up in your water bottles)
  • Spare plastic bags (to keep things as dry as possible)
  • Wash kit plus a small towel
  • Basic First Aid kit (for personal use) including paracetamol & dehydration sachets
  • A few of your favorite sweets/’chewies’/dried fruit etc. (They are good motivators on the trek)
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