Kilimanjaro Equipment Gear List

Make sure you get enough sleep and rest as possible when arriving at Barafu Camp. So, you must prepare your daypack as soon as you arrive. You must wake up around 11 pm to start your summit hike. After having dinner, we will go to our tents to sleep. But sleep can be challenging due to altitude and the excitement of what’s ahead.

At 11 pm, before we start our climb at around midnight, we will provide your team with hot tea and some snacks. The essential things you will require in your daypack are a head torch, snacks, water, etc.

You can do several things to prepare yourself for your summit ascent.

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Kilimanjaro Sleeping Gear

  • Sleeping Bag rated 0°F,-15°F
  • Sleeping mat: We provide one for you.
  • Sleeping bag liner (for extra warmth or for rented sleeping bag)
  • Compression sack for sleeping bag

kilimanjaro Packs & Bags

  • Waterproof duffel bag 80-100 liters
  • Daypack 25-35 liters
  • Waterproof pack covers Compression sacks or 6-8 waterproof bags
  • (Optional) Packing cubes to organize your duffel bag lock for duffel bag

Kilimanjaro Footwear & Trekking Poles

  • Hiking boots – waterproof mid-weight
  • Running shoes/light hikers (for wearing around camp)

kilimanjaro Gaiters

  • 5-6 pair’s liner socks (wool or synthetic, no cotton)
  • 4-6 pairs of thick socks (no cotton!) – Thermal socks for summit night
  • Spare laces for hiking boots
  • Trekking poles

Kilimanjaro Gloves

  • Thin gloves (wool or synthetic, no cotton)
  • Thick waterproof gloves or mittens) +liner

kilimanjaro Clothing: Lower Body

  • Underwear (no cotton)
  • 1 “Convertibles” or shorts
  • 1-2 light-medium weight Base layer
  • Hiking pants (no cotton)
  • Winter hiking pants
  • Waterproof shell pants (recommend size zippers)

Kilimanjaro Clothing: Upper Body

  • Comfortable sports bra (ladies only)
  • 1-2 light-weight T-shirts (no cotton)
  • 1-2 light weight long-sleeved T-shirts (no cotton)
  • 2-3 Light to mid-weight Base Layer
  • 1-2 Fleece as insulation layer
  • Insulated shell jacket
  • Down jacket (approx. 750-fill)
  • Waterproof shell jacket that fits over all your layers

kilimanjaro Headwear

  • Brim hat or cap with neck protection
  • Warm hat with ear flaps
  • Neck gaiter or “Buff” (very versatile)
  • Sunglasses (rated 100% UV protection)
  • Head torch (don’t forget spare batteries)

Kilimanjaro Water & Snacks

  • 2-3 liter hydration bladder (Platypus or Camelback or similar)
  • 1-2 One-liter wide-mouth water bottle (Nalgene or similar)
  • Electrolyte/Sports drink powdered formula for adding to your water
  • Snacks: Energy bars of your preference – plan for 2-4 per day
  • Water purification tablets or filter pen (we provide boiled/filtered water)

kilimanjaro Personal Health & Comfort

  • Toiletries: toothbrush & paste, hairbrush/comb, foot powder, hand cream, deodorant, soap.
  • “Baby-wipes” and antibacterial, hand-sanitizer wipesWarm hat with ear flaps
  • Any regular medication you are taking
  • Anti-bacterial hand-sanitizer gel such as Purell
  • Fingernail brush
  • Nail clippers
  • Ear plugs
  • Sunscreen SPF 40+
  • Small microfiber quick-dry towel
  • Pee-bottle for night time calls of nature

Kilimanjaro Small torch

  • Headlamp / Torch
  • Pocket knife (Swiss Army Knife or “Leatherman”)
  • Spare contact lenses/glasses
  • Toilet paper (1-2 rolls)
  • Take out the cardboard center for easier packing
  • Camera/phone/iPod/Kindle
  • Spare batteries

kilimanjaro Personal First-Aid Kit

  • Blister plasters – different shapes and sizes
  • Antibiotic cream or ointment
  • Band-Aid/Elastoplast for minor cuts and scrapes
  • Ibuprofen/Paracetamol – over the counter pain relief
  • Skin healing ointment such as Aquaphor
  • Imodium for diarrhea
  • Anti-nausea medication
  • Any prescription medications
  • Diamox (if using check with us for more information)

Kilimanjaro Ladies Only

  • During menstrual period, plan to change your tampon or pad 3-4 times daily
  • Zip-lock bags for used tampons/pads (these must be carried off the mountain)
  • Anti-bacterial hand sanitizer – clean hands regularly
  • “Baby wipes” or heavy-duty wipes
  • Pee funnel: if you’ve ever wanted to pee standing up, now’s your chance!

Kilimanjaro Preparation



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