Mount Kilimanjaro Climbing Gear

from $191 /person

Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro requires careful consideration of gear to ensure safety and comfort throughout the journey. Here’s a list of essential gear for climbing Kilimanjaro:


  • Moisture-wicking base layers (tops and bottoms)
  • Insulating layers (fleece or down jacket)
  • Waterproof and windproof jacket and pants
  • Trekking pants (convertible pants are versatile)
  • Long-sleeve shirts
  • Warm hat and gloves
  • Sun hat or cap
  • Thermal underwear
  • Hiking socks (wool or synthetic)
  • Gaiters (to keep snow and debris out of boots)


  • Sturdy, broken-in hiking boots (waterproof recommended)
  • Camp shoes or sandals (for resting at campsites)


  • Large backpack (50-70 liters) for carrying personal gear
  • Daypack (20-30 liters) for carrying essentials during daily hikes

Sleeping Gear:

  • Sleeping bag suitable for cold temperatures (0°F to 20°F / -18°C to -6°C)
  • Sleeping pad or insulated mattress (for insulation and comfort)

Camping Equipment:

  • Four-season tent (provided by most tour operators)
  • Headlamp or flashlight with extra batteries
  • Trekking poles for stability and support

Personal Items:

  • Sunscreen (high SPF)
  • Lip balm with SPF
  • Sunglasses with UV protection
  • Personal hygiene items (toothbrush, toothpaste, wet wipes, etc.)
  • Insect repellent
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Personal medications and first aid kit
  • Toilet paper in a waterproof bag


  • Water bottles or hydration system (at least 3 liters capacity)
  • Snacks and energy bars
  • Lightweight camera or smartphone for capturing memories
  • Map and compass or GPS device
  • Cash (for tipping guides and porters)
  • Passport and permits (if applicable)
  • Travel insurance documents

It’s essential to pack efficiently, balancing the need for essential items with the weight you’ll be carrying throughout the trek. Additionally, check with your tour operator or guide for any specific gear requirements or recommendations based on the route and time of year you’ll be climbing.