Mount Kilimanjaro Packing List

Trekking Kilimanjaro involves five main climate zones, from the warm, humid forest and lower slopes, to the bitterly cold summit zone, with glaciers, ice, and snow. You need to be prepared for all Kilimanjaro weather conditions: sunny, windy, and rainy. 

Kilimanjaro Packing List

In order to be safe and comfortable throughout your Mount Kilimanjaro climb, you’ll need to bring important gear and supplies with you. We have put together a comprehensive Kilimanjaro Packing list to help you prepare for your climb. 

We provide tents, the camp equipment, food, cooking facilities, and other shared items. You’ll have a duffel bag with all your kit, carried by the porters; and carry your own daypack during the trekking day. 

Here is a quick list of all the gear that you need to pack for your Kilimanjaro trek. We’ve included links to our personal recommendations.


  • 4-5 Pairs of underwear
  • Top and bottom base layer – Icebreaker (Women) or SmartWool (Men)
  • 3-4 Short sleeve and 1-2 long sleeve trekking shirts
  • 1-2 Pairs of hiking trousers
  • 1 Fleece jacket – Helly Hansen (Men) or The North Face (Women)
  • 1 Insulated winter jacket – Arc’Teryx Atom (Men) or North Face Nuptse (Women)
  • 1 Insulated trekking trousers
  • 1 Hardshell jacket – North Face Resolve Resolve (Men) and North Face Venture 2 (Women)
  • Lightweight raingear


  • Sun hat, ideally with a neck cover
  • Warm beanie or fleece headband
  • Bandana or neck gaiter
  • Headlamp – PETZL Tikka
  • Sunglasses

Hands and Walking:

  • Lightweight inner gloves – New Balance Lightweight Gloves
  • Warm outer gloves/mitts – Gore-Tex Gloves (Men) or Black Diamond Mercury Mitts (Women)
  • Adjustable trekking poles – Black Diamond Alpine


  • Mid-weight hiking boots – Salomon Quest (Women) or KEEN Targhee (Men)
  • Camp trainers (Men) / Trekking sandals (Women)
  • 4-5 Pairs of trekking socks – SmartWool or Bridgedale
  • 1 Pair of warm/thick trekking socks
  • Bags and Daypack (click for details)
  • 80-90L Waterproof duffle bag – North Face Base Camp
  • 20-30L Daypack – Osprey Talon 22
  • Daypack raincover
  • Travel bag organisers (optional) 

Sleeping Accessories: 

  • 4-Season sleeping bag – Marmot Trestles or Hyke & Byke Unisex
  • Insulated sleeping mat
  • Inflatable pillow (optional) 

General Accessories: 

  • Large volume water bottle or hydration bladder – Platypus Hydration Bladder for backpack
  • Water Purification Tablets
  • Baby wipes
  • Sweat-resistant suncream
  • Blister plasters
  • Insect repellant
  • General medications (Paracetamol, Imodium)
  • Pee bottle (optional)


  • Camera
  • GoPro (optional)
  • Solar Backpack Charger (optional)
  • Spare batteries and camera memory card
  • Kindle with backlight (optional) 

Other Bits and Bobs

  • Energy bars
  • Energy drink supplement
  • Ziplock bags for important possessions (passport, money, phone, etc.)
  • Trekking towel
  • Toiletries, including one roll of toilet paper
  • Passport, visa, insurance, yellow fever card (if applicable)
  • Small lock for your duffle bag.

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Tanzania Wonders Clients  climb Kilimanjaro using the routes in the following percentages: Machame (71%), Marangu (80%), Lemosho (20%), Rongai (10%), Northern Circuit (10%), Shira (5%), Umbwe (5%).  The reason for the difference in route popularity is that we favor the best Kilimanjaro routes – those with the most favorable combination of high success rates, excellent scenery, and low foot traffic