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Packing for a Kilimanjaro climb can be overwhelming.

You are traveling halfway around the world. You are camping on an extremely tall mountain. You are on an expedition for a number of days.

So how do you know if you brought enough gear, or the right gear?

Do not worry! We have a complete gear list that has everything you will need to make your climb a success. If you follow our packing list, you will be well prepared for what the mountain has to offer.

Kilimanjaro Packing List

One thought you may have when look at this list is, “Are all these items are truly necessary?”

We assure you they are.

As one of the most reputable operators on the mountain, we have taken thousands of visitors to the top of Kilimanjaro. With this long history of guiding, we understand what our clients go through when undertaking such an achievement.

Mount Kilimanjaro experiences extreme weather patterns. The clothing, head wear, hand wear, and footwear on the gear list are designed to enable you to not only tolerate but feel comfortable in cold, wet, windy and warm conditions. The technical gear we recommend will keep you dry, warm and safe under even the worst environments.

All of our climbs include communal gear such as sleeping tents, sleeping pads, dining tents, tables, chairs, cooking equipment, food, utensils, and portable toilets.

Gear Available for Rent

To keep the cost down, instead of purchasing these items you may rent them from us:

Items You Will Not Need

Note that Mount Kilimanjaro is a “walk up” mountain, meaning that you do not need technical mountaineering gear to climb it. You do NOT need these items:

  • Crampons
  • Rope
  • Ice Axe
  • Harness
the north face duffel

Organizing Your Gear

We provide our clients with the above gear list to dissuade people from overpacking. Understand that on any expedition you cannot bring everything. On Kilimanjaro, there are weight restrictions enforced by the park rangers at the start of the climb. Porter loads are limited by our standards of porter treatment as well as by Kilimanjaro National Park authorities.

Each client should bring a maximum of 33 pounds or 15 kilograms of belongings for porters to carry on the mountain, so please choose your gear sparingly. The gear, which should be contained in a duffel bag, will be weighed prior to departure at the trail head. We recommend a 90 liter capacity. Once weighed it will be placed in a waterproof dry bag to give it further protection from dust, water and abrasions.

Clients will only need to carry a medium-sized day pack while hiking. A 30-35 liter capacity is sufficient. The day pack will contain items that you will need each day during the hike. These items usually includes rain gear, a warm jacket, gloves, hat, water and snacks. The weight of your day pack will be normally no more than 10-15 lbs.

Accordingly, your duffel bag should contain the items that you will not need while hiking between campsites. So the duffel bag will contain your sleeping bag, additional snacks, extra clothing, things you will need on summit night only, and other things.

Any items that are not needed for the climb, such as casual clothing or a laptop computer, can be safely stored in the hotel.

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