Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro is an adventure – a physical and mental challenge as you are crossing different climate zones and facing changing weather conditions.
Everyday on the mountain will be different and the weather can change anytime. All our climbs start in a hot, tropical rain forest zone that will turn into a rough, dry area before reaching the arctic zone with temperatures below -25 °C (-13 °F). Beside preparing yourself physically and mentally, having the right equipment is essential for your success!
Tanzania Horizon Safaris will assist you to choose the right gear for your climb as we have helped thousands of successful climbers before. We have prepared a Gear List for you that will show you all that you need from the Park Gates, all the way to Uhuru Peak at 5.895m.
Mount Kilimanjaro has 5 climate zones. The key to success is to be prepared for the changing environments that you will be facing. Therefore you will need the right gear. In order to be flexible and fast enough to adapt to changes, it is important to dress accordingly. The easiest way to do that is to divide your gear into layers that are easy to add or to remove. Your gear can be divided into three layers: a base layer, a mid-layer and an outer layer.
Base layer: Underwear, Tshirt (fast drying = no cotton), socks
Mid-layer: Trekking Jacket, Trekking Trouser, Fleece Jacket
Outer Layer: Rain Jacket, Rain Trouser, Winter Jacket, Winter Trouser, Hat, Gloves
The most common mistake that climbers make is that they over pack and bring way too much gear.
Be selective in what you take with you and follow the advice of our list. For all excess weight you will need to pay for an additional porter. This should happen only in special cases!
You have to carry 4 liters of water in your Daypack. You can use water bottles, water bladders and thermo bottles. As temperatures can go below freezing point, we recommend to carry thermo bottles and to use the water bladder during daytime
Don’t drink and climb 😉 Alcohol will create severe problems on the mountain and you risk to fail to summit
All luggage that you don’t need to climb can be safely stored at your hotel while you are climbing
As your travel luggage might get lost or arrive later than you, there is a chance that you might not receive your luggage on time. We recommend to travel with the most important things you need for your Daypack in your hand luggage. We highly recommend that you carry-on all important items such as prescription medication, camera equipment, essential toiletries (please keep in mind that many airlines have liquid restrictions) and one or two changes of clothes in case your luggage arrives late or gets lost at the airport. Tanzania Horizon Safaris cannot be held reliable for any loss, damage or delay of your luggage as this is subject to the airline that you are arriving with from your home country.
You will be able to leave the luggage that you don’t need during your climb at your accommodation where it will be kept securely.
In your Daypack you will only carry items that you need to reach the next camp and should not exceed 10kg (20lbs). You will have to carry the Daypack by yourself during the entire climb. A regular backpack, with a capacity of about 30 to 35 liters is the maximum that you should carry with you. Every day will be different, so the items in your Daypack will change according to the expected climate and weather conditions.
A Daypack contains:
Water bottles/Water bladder (total: 4 liters), snacks, gloves, hat, sunglasses, sun screen, rain jacket, walking poles, lip balm. Our guides will tell you every morning what conditions you will face and how to prepare your Daypack.
Your Duffel Bag
In your Duffel Bag you will have to place all items that you need, but not during daytime. That means your sleeping bag, sleeping mattress, additional clothes, soap, extra pair of shoes and other items. The Duffel Bag will be carried by our porters for you from camp to camp. The maximum weight for a full Duffel Bag is limited to 90 liters / 15kg and will be checked before climbing. You should use plastic bags (dry bags) to organize your items inside your Duffel Bag to keep your gear dry and clean.
We highly recommend that you carry-on all important items such as prescription medication, camera equipment, essential toiletries (please keep in mind that many airlines have liquid restrictions) and one or two changes of clothes in case your luggage arrives late or gets lost at the airport. Tanzania Horizon Safaris cannot be held reliable for any loss, damage or delay of your luggage as this is subject to the airline that you are arriving with from your home country.
All gear can be rented on arrival in Moshi so that you don’t have to carry all items in your luggage!
1 – Rain jacket, breathable with hood
1 – Winter Jacket, synthetic or down
1 – Trekking Jacket, fleece or soft-shell
2 – Short Sleeve Shirt, light-weight, moisture-wicking fabric, quick-dry
1 – Long Sleeve Shirt, light-weight, moisture-wicking fabric, quick-dry
1 – Rain trouser, breathable
1 – Rain poncho
1 – Hiking Trouser
1 – Fleece Pants (optional: for cold protection)
3 – Underwear, moisture-wicking fabric recommended
1 – Sport Bra (women)
1 – Shorts (optional)
1 – Brimmed Hat, for sun protection
1 – Winter Hat
1 – Balaclava (optional, recommended, effective against wind, cold & dust)
1 – Gloves, thin liner
1 – Winter Gloves, warm (waterproof recommended)
1 – Hiking Boots, warm, waterproof, broken-in
4 – Socks, wool or synthetic
1 – Gym Shoes, to wear at camp (optional)
1 – Gaiters, waterproof (optional)
1 – Sunglasses or Goggles
2 – Water Bottle (1 Liter each)
1 – Water Bladder (2 Liter)
1 – Towel, lightweight, quick-dry (optional)
1 – Pee Bottle, to avoid leaving tent at night (optional)
3 – Dry Bags (reusable plastic bags, various sizes, to keep gear dry and separate (optional)
1 – Backpack Cover, waterproof (optional, ideally part of your daypack)
1 – Head Lamp, with extra batteries
1 – Duffel Bag, 90-120L capacity, for porters to carry your equipment (Maximum 15kg)
1 – Daypack, 30-36L capacity, for you to carry your personal gear (10 kg)
1 – Sleeping Bag, warm, four seasons
1 – sleeping bag inlay (optional: in case you are likely to feel cold)
1 – Camp Pillow, inflatable (optional)
1 – Trekking Poles, collapsible (highly recommended)
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