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Kilimanjaro Gear List

Kilimanjaro Gear List

This list consists of items that are necessary on a Kilimanjaro climbing, climbs to high altitude. These items are not optional, they are essential for your comfort and safety. You may rent items on the list from HFO Brothers. We have all in Kilimanjaro climbing list, used but in good condition for Kilimanjaro climbing. You may contact us with any questions about mountaineering equipment.

Basic Equipment

  • Sleeping bag. Down or synthetic fill, Rated to at least 15 degrees Fahrenheit Sleeping pad.
  • Headlamp; be sure to bring extra batteries and extra light bulbs.
  • Extra bag to put your staff which you’re not need in mountain.
  • Backpack with an internal or external frame. Find a pack that fits you well and that can hold all your gear. 2500 – 3000 cubic inches is a good minimum size. Make sure is comfortable

Sun Protection

  • Balaclava for neck and face covering Sun hat with good brims are essential for protection from the equatorial sun.
  • Headlamp; be sure to bring extra batteries and extra light bulbs.
  • Lip Balm with SPF rating of I5 or more.
  • Sun hut a wide one is the best, try to get that cover back your neck and ears against the sun bun
  • Sunglasses - Dark, glacier glasses with side shields. Choose glasses with full UV and IR blockage.
  • Warm hat

Clothing – Upper Body

  • Two T-shirts. Synthetic is best. Long sleeve underwear top. Light or medium synthetic. Absolutely no cotton.
  • Light weight long sleeved shirt
  • Light weight long sleeved shirt made of fleece or wool. This is the mild layer between a base (underwear) layer and a heavy top layer.
  • Heavyweight Jacket
  • This should be a heavy fleece or wool jacket. Waterproof /windproof /breathable shell. An outer layer made of Gore Tex or equivalent with full hood. Insulating outer layer. An insulated down or synthetic parka. Make sure your freece feet you comfortable over each other.
  • Sports bra
  • Sports bra for women. No cotton.
  • Rain parka or Poncho
  • Rain parka or poncho. Water proof nylon that has been “seam sealed”
  • Gloves or mittens
  • Gloves or mittens (wool or pile). One pair of heavy mittens and one light pair of gloves work well. Mitten shell. These are for use against the winds on the way to the summit. Bring also a thinner pair for hiking around the camp
  • Down Jacket
  • Down Jacket with enough fleece and good water proof jacket for extra insulation.

Clothing - Lower Body

  • Long underwear bottoms. Wool or synthetic. Light or medium weight. Wool, bunting or pile pants. One pair that fit loosely and are comfortable Rain pants.
  • Quick dry hiking shorts. Good for hiking at lower elevations on the mountain.
  • Undergarments enough for proposed days.
  • Waterproof nylon Wind pants. Tights. Lycra type are best. These are comfortable while hiking to prevent needle stings, or to provide warmth on cool misty days under a pair of pile pants.

On Your Feet

  • Socks. Synthetic or wool, at least 3 pairs.
  • Liners Socks if you wear them. Absolutely no cotton. You will wear a thin pair, rinse the thin pair at night and peg the in pack to dry on the next day.
  • Hiking boots. High–top heavy duty hiking boots with a good sole for traction. These should be well worn-in by trip departure. Make sure it’s not a plastic and must high enough to support your ankle. Please wear your boot which you're going to use on Kilimanjaro in case luggage goes missing on plane.
  • Gaiters must be knee length with Velcro closures Lightweight shoes, sandals, or other shoes for crossing rivers and for base camp.
  • Trekking trousers not cotton or jeans. Fleece lined trousers are good choice.
  • Trekking poles very useful for descent.

For Drinking

  • Water bottle. Four bottles, one-liter size.
  • Water treatment tablets. Not essential, but good to have on hand. (We provide tablets as part of the trip service).
  • Water flavoring. (The water treatment tablets tend to leave a small aftertaste, so having your favorite drink powder can help to mask this. Also not essential).

For Personal Hygiene Items

  • Bring enough toiletries for the entire trip. Keep it simple and light, but bring enough for your needs.
  • Biodegradable soap.
  • Hand sanitizes
  • Sunscreen. Minimum of SPF15 First Aid.
  • A complete personal first–aid kit containing any drugs prescribed by your doctor (see the “letter to your physician for high altitude meds, antibiotic and the like") Insure Antiseptic cream, plasters, knee support, moleskin or compeed, Ibuprofen, aspirin, paracetamol, imoudim, rehydrating power, through sweet are packed.
  • Towel for washing in camp. (A small one.) You can also use a bandana.
  • Insect repellent containing DEEP
  • Moist towelettes or baby wipes for additional hygiene.
  • Pocket Knife. Simple Swiss Army type with scissors.
  • Trail Munchies. Although plenty of snack food is provided, trekkers like to have a taste of home in their packs. It is also advisable to bring at least three energy bars to assist you on summit day.
  • Hot drink mixes. We provide plenty of coffee, cocoa and tea, but non caffeinated drinks are not readily available here. Bring a supply of your favorite herbal teas.
  • Electrolytes, powder and tablets (optional)
  • Snacks, light weight, high calorie, high energy (Optional)
  • Ear plugs. To block out snoring and hut noise and ensure peaceful rest.
  • Plastic bag for protecting wet on gear as w ell one extra for garbage.

Paper Work

  • Visa (Visa also available Tanzania on arrival for countries who get visa on arrival)
  • Immunization Paper
  • Trip Itineraries and receipts
  • Insurance document


  • Wristwatch and alarm
  • Toiletries
  • Prescriptions
  • Cell phones and space batteries, check also with your network provider for coverage and local network. You can cat signal across a lot of point in mount and as well as under stood most point are still week network.
  • Camera with Extra batteries (option)and memory card. A UV filter is needed for SLRs.
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