Kilimanjaro Climbing Gear List

Standing majestically at 5,895 meters (19,340 feet), Mount Kilimanjaro is Africa’s tallest mountain and the world’s tallest freestanding mountain. Nestled within the sprawling Kilimanjaro National Park in Tanzania, this dormant volcano is a coveted destination for climbers worldwide, as summiting its peak is one of the illustrious “Seven Summits.”

Kilimanjaro Climb can be an arduous challenge, and the proper gear, equipment, and supplies are crucial to ensure a safe and comfortable ascent. By being adequately equipped, climbers can focus on the breathtaking scenery and diverse ecosystems that adorn the mountain, from its lush rainforests to its alpine deserts and glaciers.

Client at Karanga Camp their way to Mount Kilimanjaro with the items listed in our Kilimanjaro Climbing Gear List
Client at Karanga Camp, on their way to Mount Kilimanjaro

Obtaining the necessary gear is crucial for both your health and the success of your climb up Mt. Kilimanjaro. Kilimanjaro Climbing involves traversing five distinct climate zones, from the warm and humid forests of the lower slopes to the frigid summit zone, which is characterized by glaciers, ice, and snow. As a result, it’s essential to be thoroughly prepared for all weather conditions.

While the Kilimanjaro packing list is extensive, it’s crucial not to overlook the basic equipment needed for a successful climb. By packing wisely and having the right gear, climbers can ensure that they’re well-equipped to tackle the challenges of the mountain and enjoy a safe and memorable journey.

Weight limit for Kilimanjaro Climb

Our complete packing list for Mt. Kilimanjaro is a practical thing to all climbers. Our porters are limited to carrying a total of 33 lbs (15kg) of your personal belongings. So, you need to be selective in what you take with you. You do not need to bring all the gears needed for Kilimanjaro climb from your home. There are options to hire them in Moshi or Arusha at a nominal rate. 

The lack of proper gears and equipment during Kili climb is an important factor which decides how hard it is to climb Kilimanjaro. Make sure that you have everything you need to help you successfully summit the Uhuru Peak. You are responsible for bringing along all your personal gears and equipment while we provide the communal equipment. Our porters will carry most of your gears from camp to camp while you will carry your own daypack.

Porters carrying essential Kilimanjaro Climbing Gear during Mount Kilimanjaro Hike
Porters carrying essential Kilimanjaro Climbing Gear during Mount Kilimanjaro Hike

A common mistake most climbers make during any trip is that they over-pack. It is actually the sense of being out in the wilderness that evokes a feeling of packing everything. But, over-packing will make your trip more difficult. Just remember that your porter has a weight limitation and you will have to carry anything that crosses the weight limit. Pack light and smart, but do not leave out anything that is necessary. 

Tips for packing your Kilimanjaro Equipment

Regardless the best time to climb Kilimanjaro, the packing list does not differ as much. The following tips will help climbers how to pack for climbing Kilimanjaro successfully:

  • Make sure you don’t over-pack or under-pack.
  • Always pack light and smart.
  • You can always hire gears and equipment on the spot from various rental shops.
  • Stay away from buying the cheapest gears.

Climbing Kilimanjaro Gear List

In order to clear your confusion of what to pack for Mt. Kilimanjaro Climb, we have designed an ultimate gear list. This list is intended to be a guideline and by no means, definitive. Stay informed that your final list depends on your personal preferences and sense of judgment.

Himalayan Glacier will provide lodges, 3 meals a day, sleeping bag, duffel bag, and down jacket (for all seasons). We will provide all the items symbolized by an asterisk (*) in the checklist:

Prepared for the windy and cold weather at the top of Mount Kilimanjaro using our Kilimanjaro Climbing gear list
Prepared for the windy and cold weather at the top of Mount Kilimanjaro

1. Travel Clothing


  • Brimmed hat or Sun Cap
  • Bandana or Headscarf
  • Knit Hat
  • Balaclava
  • Buff/Neck Warmer/ Neck Gaiter
  • Sunglasses 

Bodywear – Torso

  • Lightweight Thermal Tops
  • Fleece Pullover or Jacket
  • Waterproof Jacket
  • Down Jacket (Puffer Jacket) *
  • Long/Short Polypropylene Sleeve Shirt
  • Sports Bra (women)
  • Soft Jacket (fleece or soft shell)
  • Insulated Jacket (synthetic or down)


  • Lightweight Gloves
  • Heavyweight Gloves

Bodywear – beneath the torso

  • Hiking Pants (waterproof and breathable)
  • Fleece Pants
  • Light Thermal Trouser
  • Underwear
  • Hiking Shorts (optional)


  • Trekking Boots
  • Hiking Socks
  • Trekking Sandals
  • Cotton Socks (optional)
  • Gaiters (optional)
  • Running Shoes or Trainers

2. Trekking Equipment, Gears & Accessories

  • Trekking Backpack
  • Sleeping Bag*
  • Trekking Poles
  • Head torch with extra batteries
  • Duffel Bag (90L) *
  • Raincoat
  • Thermosets
  • Water Bottle
  • Garbage Bag
  • Face Mask
  • Book/Diary/Games
  • Daypack Cover (optional)
  • Sleeping Bag Liner (optional)
  • Binoculars (optional)
  • Navigation Equipment (optional)

3. First Aid & Medicines

  • Antibiotics
  • Painkillers
  • Cough Lozenges
  • Plasters, Bandages & Zinc Oxide Tape
  • Foot Powder
  • Skin blister repair kit
  • Antidiarrheals
  • Altitude sickness drugs*
  • Water purification tablets or water filters
  • Oral Rehydration Sachets
  • Eye drops
  • Earplugs
  • Prescriptions
  • Sunscreen cream
  • Lip Balm
  • Insect Repellent
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Wet Wipes/Baby Wipes
  • High-calorie snacks (optional)
  • Electrolytes, powder or tablets (optional)

4. Toiletries & Personal Hygiene

  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Personal First Aid Kit
  • Small bar or soap bottle
  • Dry Shampoo
  • Quick-drying towel
  • Multi-purpose soap
  • Deodorants
  • Nail Brush & Clippers
  • Hair Brush
  • Face Flannel
  • Hand and face moisturizing cream
  • Toilet Paper

5. Miscellaneous Items

  • Contact Lenses
  • Power Glasses
  • Flasks
  • Umbrella
  • Pad Locks
  • Multi-tools
  • Power Bank
  • Universal Adapter
  • Camera (optional)
  • Swiss Knife (optional)
  • Activated Charcoal (optional)
  • Stuff sacks/Dry bags or Ziploc-type plastic bags (optional)

Extras (for men)

  • Small mirror
  • Razor and shaving cream
  • After shave gel or lotion
  • Pee bottle

Likewise, the women’s packing list for Kilimanjaro may consist of some additional items in addition to the basics as below:

  • Urinating devices (Shewee)
  • Pee cloth
  • Feminine wipes
  • Menstrual cups
  • Tweezers
  • Sanitary Napkins
  • After shave gel or lotion

The above list is just a sketch of the items that you will need during the climb. You can also read our complete packing list for Mt. Kilimanjaro, with brief narrative that will ensure a comfortable and hassle-free climb.

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Besides the gears and equipment for Kilimanjaro climb, make sure that you have proper travel documents with you. The following are the documents that you will require:

  • Valid passport
  • Tanzania visa
  • Travel insurance
  • Proof of immunization against COVID-19
  • Airline Tickets & Trip Blueprint
  • 4 Passport size photos
  • Yellow Fever Certificate
  • Cash & Credit Cards

To ensure that you’re well-prepared for your Kilimanjaro climb, we’ve put together a concise gear list. As mentioned earlier, the gear required for a successful summit is extensive and varies according to personal preferences and the outfitter’s recommendations. However, we’ve included the essential items that you shouldn’t go without, as well as some optional comfort items that can enhance your experience.

Made to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro with Himalayan Glacier
Hurray!!! Made to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro with Himalayan Glacier

To get a sense of the unforgettable experiences that await you on one of our trips, check out the testimonials from our satisfied clients, and visit our Facebook page for more information.

If you have any questions or uncertainties about your upcoming journey, please don’t hesitate to contact us. Our team of destination experts is always available to answer your queries and address any concerns you may have. With our help, you’ll be well-equipped and confident to embark on an incredible adventure.

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