What to Pack for Mt. Kilimanjaro Climbing


  • Fleece jacket
  • Waterproof, breathable jacket
  • Waterproof, breathable pants
  • Shorts (for first and last day only)
  • T-shirts (for first and last day only)
  • Down jacket
  • Thermal underwear (recommended expedition weight, especially for summit)
  • Balaclava (to cover face at night & on summit attempt)
  • Gloves/ Mittens
  • Sunglasses (Alpine glasses will be needed for summit)
  • Wool socks
  • Socks (liners or for sleeping)
  • Hiking boots (waterproof, ankle height)
  • Light shoes or sandals for camps
  • Cap/hat for sun protection and warmth
  • Towel/ wash cloth
  • Underwear


  • Sleeping bag (rated 15 degree or warmer) if you can get one
  • Backpack or duffer bag (ideally waterproof. bags okay as many porters carry them on their heads anyway)
  • Day pack(large enough to hold shells, lunch, water and snacks)
  • Water bottles (insulated so it won’t freeze on summit and enough to carry 3 liters)
  • Trekking poles (especially for going downhill); highly recommended
  • Headlamp and enough batteries for the trip (2 or more new sets of batteries preferred  Please note that batteries die fast in the cold)


  • Camera film
  • Digital camera
  • Video Camera
  • Tapes
  • Batteries
  • Camera chargers

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