Kilimanjaro kit list

Three climatic factors must be considered when packing for a Kilimanjaro climb. Most people expect it to be very cold at night, and it is also important to bear in mind it might be very wet and drizzly at lower altitudes, while the tropical sun can be very fierce at high altitudes.

Clothing:

climbing kilimanjaro packing kit

Bring plenty of warm clothes, including at least one windproof and waterproof jacket, plenty of layers to wear underneath it, insulated vests and undergarments, hiking trousers, two pair of waterproof gloves (one heavy and one lightweight), a balaclava or beanie, one change of inner socks and thick hiking socks per day, a scarf or neck gaiter, and a wide hat that offers good protection from the sun. Hiking boots should be 100% waterproof and ideally have good ankle support and be properly worn in. Carry a second pair of lighter waterproof shoes for the evenings.

Luggage and bedding:

It is customary for operators to allocate one porter to every client to carry up to 15kg of gear. This is ideally carried in a large, solid waterproof duffel bag or rucksack to protect clothing and other items from getting wet. Porters usually hike separately from their clients, so you also need a waterproof day pack to carry all items you might need access to during the course of a day’s hiking. All reputable hiking companies will supply tents as required, and arrange porters to carry them, but you will need to check in advance whether sleeping bags and ground-mats are supplied, or you must bring your own. If the latter, you emphatically need a four-season sleeping bag designed for temperatures of -20°C, and should also bring a high quality ground mat.

Other gear:

Essentials include high UV sunglasses to protect your eyes from the tropical sun and and a head torch to use around camp at night. Light sleepers might like to carry earplugs. A pair of adjustable trekking pole will not only reduce the risk of slipping and injuring yourself, but it also reduces the impact on your knees during steep descents. Bring a waterproof bladder or water bottles with a total capacity of 2 litres to carry with you during the day, bearing in mind that disposable water bottles are quite rightly banned on Kilimanjaro. Binoculars are often essential for identifying birds and getting a close look at other wildlife, but they do add to the weight. Bring twice as many batteries as you need, as they tend to lose charge quickly in freezing conditions.

Camera gear:

Dedicated photographers carrying serious wildlife lenses for a safari leg of a visit to Tanzania will find little use for them on Kilimanjaro (a 28-70 zoom or similar should suffice for most situations on the mountain). And they will either need to carry surplus camera gear themselves, or entrust it to a porter, in both cases with some risk of it getting wet or receiving rough treatment. The better option is to leave excess camera gear locked up somewhere safely for the duration of the hike.

Medical kit:

A good medical kit is essential. It should include pain killers (for instance paracetamol), an anti-inflammatory such as Ibuprofen, more plasters than you could possibly need (a few foot blisters are de rigueur on a Kili hike), high factor sunblock, a chapstick for your lips, and plenty of wet wipes. Acetazolamide can be prescribed to reduce the risk of altitude-related problems.

Food and snacks:

It is customary for meals to be included in a Kilimanjaro tour, but these should be supplemented by a stash of light and portable energy-rich snacks. These might include energy bars, dried fruit, nuts, chocolate, biscuits, glucose powder and the like. These items are sometimes available at the huts on the Marangu Route, but at vastly inflated prices.


Our Recommended Itinerary

Kilimanjaro climb, Machame route - 7 days on the mountain (EA 9 days)

day 1

Moshi, arrival
  • Kilimanjaro climb, Machame route - 7 days on the mountain (EA 9 days)
  • Kilimanjaro climb, Machame route - 7 days on the mountain (EA 9 days)
  • Kilimanjaro climb, Machame route - 7 days on the mountain (EA 9 days)
  • Kilimanjaro climb, Machame route - 7 days on the mountain (EA 9 days)

day 2

Find your feet to Machame Camp
  • Kilimanjaro climb, Machame route - 7 days on the mountain (EA 9 days)
  • Kilimanjaro climb, Machame route - 7 days on the mountain (EA 9 days)
  • Kilimanjaro climb, Machame route - 7 days on the mountain (EA 9 days)

day 3

A nice day to New Shira Camp
  • Kilimanjaro climb, Machame route - 7 days on the mountain (EA 9 days)
  • Kilimanjaro climb, Machame route - 7 days on the mountain (EA 9 days)
  • Kilimanjaro climb, Machame route - 7 days on the mountain (EA 9 days)
  • Kilimanjaro climb, Machame route - 7 days on the mountain (EA 9 days)

day 4

Up to Lava Tower and down to Barranco Camp
  • Kilimanjaro climb, Machame route - 7 days on the mountain (EA 9 days)
  • Kilimanjaro climb, Machame route - 7 days on the mountain (EA 9 days)

day 5

Over the great Barranco wall to Karanga Valley
  • Kilimanjaro climb, Machame route - 7 days on the mountain (EA 9 days)
  • Kilimanjaro climb, Machame route - 7 days on the mountain (EA 9 days)

day 6

To Barafu for a few hours rest
  • Kilimanjaro climb, Machame route - 7 days on the mountain (EA 9 days)
  • Kilimanjaro climb, Machame route - 7 days on the mountain (EA 9 days)
  • Kilimanjaro climb, Machame route - 7 days on the mountain (EA 9 days)


day 8

Celebrations
  • Kilimanjaro climb, Machame route - 7 days on the mountain (EA 9 days)
  • Kilimanjaro climb, Machame route - 7 days on the mountain (EA 9 days)
  • Kilimanjaro climb, Machame route - 7 days on the mountain (EA 9 days)
  • Kilimanjaro climb, Machame route - 7 days on the mountain (EA 9 days)

day 9

Fly Home

View Full Itinerary

You might also like

Mount Kilimanjaro facts

The world’s tallest individual mountain and literal highpoint of the African continent, 5,895m-high Mount Kilimanjaro straddles the border of Kenya and Tanzania. For those who just want to admire the view of its snow-capped summit, this can be done from either country, with Kenya’s Amboseli National Park being perhaps the most popular option thanks to its prolific plains wildlife. For…

The fauna and flora of Mount Kilimanjaro

Kilimanjaro is not primarily a wildlife destination, but the national park supports four different vegetation zones, each with its own distinct flora and fauna that are determined by the altitude. Montane forest zone: The most biodiverse vegetation zone is the lush evergreen rainforest that dominates from altitudes of 1,800m up to 3,000m. This is the wettest part of the mountain, with…

Climbing Kilimanjaro in September

Credit: Bookmundi Dry and relatively warm weather can be expected, making September ideal for climbing Kilimanjaro in climatic terms, though extreme cold and possibly high winds are normal in the alpine and arctic zones. September coincides with summer holidays in Europe and North America, so the mountain tends to be very busy. Avoid the Marangu or Machame Routes in preference for the…

Climbing Kilimanjaro in March

Early March, like February, is a great time to climb Kilimanjaro the weather is quite dry, relatively cool, and very quiet. Nocturnal temperatures drop below freezing at higher altitudes, as is the case all year though, and the risk of rain increases as the month progresses. ...

Climbing Kilimanjaro in August

As is the case at all times of year, it will be freezing cold at night in the alpine and arctic zones, but assuming climatic conditions are your main consideration, August is probably the driest and warmest month, and ideal for climbing Kilimanjaro. However, as summer holidays in the northern hemisphere are in full flow, it is also usually one of the two busiest months. The Shira,…

Climbing Kilimanjaro as a couple

It would be something of a stretch to characterise a Kilimanjaro climb as a romantic holiday. It is a tough hike in challenging climatic conditions, and opportunities for romance will be limited. That said, Kilimanjaro is very popular with and well-suited to adventurous couples where both partners are reasonably fit and enjoy active outdoor experiences. A Kilimanjaro climb will work out…

Popular Kilimanjaro National Park Safaris

These popular itineraries can be customised to match your budget and travel dates

Landscape | Kilimanjaro climb, Machame route - 7 days on the mountain (EA 9 days)

Kilimanjaro climb, Machame route - 7 days on the mountain

For the average climber, Machame is probably the most reliable route to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro and the roof of Africa...

Mountain View | Two Peak Challenge: Mount Meru and Kilimanjaro

Two Peak Challenge: Mount Meru and Kilimanjaro

Summit two of Tanzania's iconic mountain ranges in under two weeks...

Ready to start your adventure?

Your tailor-made African holiday starts here...

How can we get hold of you?

How many people will be travelling?

Details

Please tell us more about your travel plans?


Discover Africa Group needs the contact information you provide to us to contact you about our products and services. You may unsubscribe from these communications at anytime. For information on how to unsubscribe, as well as our privacy practices and commitment to protecting your privacy, check out our Privacy Policy.

Submitting your inquiry

Oops something went wrong.

We couldn't save your enquiry, sorry for that.

Please sent us an email on: info@discoverafrica.com

Apologies for the inconvenience.

Thank you, your enquiry has been received

Reference:

 +27 21 422 3498
   discover.africa
    info@discoverafrica.com
    8AM - 5PM GMT+2