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Climbing Kilimanjaro

Mount Kilimanjaro Packing List

Kilimanjaro treks have a wide range of temperatures so the best clothing is a lot of thin layers. Such clothing is easier to adjust as the temperature fluctuates and is more effective than a few thick items of clothing. Special attention should be made to the fabric of base and middle layers; these garments should be constructed of moisture wicking material that effectively pull sweat away from the body to keep you dry. Cotton is a very poor fabric for trekking and should not be worn.

Porter loads are limited by our standards of porter treatment as well as by Kilimanjaro National Park authorities. Each client should bring a maximum of 15kg (33lbs) of luggage for porters to carry onto Kilimanjaro, so please choose your gear sparingly. You will need to bring at least 2 bags. One should be a daypack which you will carry during your hike. The second bag can be a duffle bag or a backpack. This bag should be slightly larger, from 75L to 90L. Think of your first bag, your daypack as your carry on luggage. You will have access to this bag during the entire day as you hike. This daypack will weigh about 15lbs. It will contain your water, your lunch, snacks, raingear, camera and maybe an extra layer of clothing.

Your second bag is like a check-in bag. You will give this bag to a porter in the morning and he will carry it from campsite to campsite. You will not have access to this bag during the day. It will be waiting for you inside your tent when you arrive at your campsite. This bag will contain all your other clothing and toiletries. If it is a duffle bag, it does not need to be waterproof as the porters will put it inside another larger waterproof bag. If it is a backpack, it should have a rain cover because the porter will most likely wear it as a backpack as he carries it. Any items that are not needed for the climb at all can be safely stored in the hotel.

Clothing

  • 4-5 Pairs of Underwear
  • Top and Bottom Base Layer
  • 3-4 Short Sleeve and 1-2 Long Sleeve Trekking Shirts
  • 1-2 Pairs of Hiking Trousers
  • 1 Polartec Fleece Jacket
  • 1 Insulated Winter Jacket
  • 1 Insulated Trekking Pants
  • 1 Hard Shell Jacket
  • Lightweight Raingear

Headgear 

  • Sun Hat, ideally with a neck cover
  • Warm Beanie or Fleece Headband
  • Buff or Neck Gaiter
  • Headlamp
  • Sunglasses

Hands and Walking 

  • Lightweight Inner Gloves
  • Warm Outer Gloves / Mitts
  • Adjustable Trekking Poles

Footwear

  • Mid-weight Hiking Boots
  • Camp Trainers / Trekking Sandals
  • 4-5 Pairs of Trekking Socks
  • 1 Pair of Warm / Thick Trekking Socks

Bags and Day-pack 

  • 80-90L Waterproof Duffle Bag
  • 20-30L Daypack
  • Daypack Raincover
  • Travel Bag Organisers (Optional)

Sleeping Accessories 

  • 4-Season Sleeping Bag
  • Insulated Sleeping Mat
  • Inflatable Pillow (optional)

General Accessories

  • Large Volume Water Bottle or Hydration Bladder
  • Water Purification Tablets
  • Baby Wipes
  • Sweat Resistant Suncream
  • Blister Platers
  • Insect Repellant
  • General Medications (Paracetamol, Imodium)
  • Pee Bottle (optional)

Technology

  • Camera
  • GoPro (optional)
  • Solar Backpack Charger (optional)
  • Spare Batteries and Camera Memory Card
  • Kindle with Back Light (optional)

Other Bits and Bobs

  • Energy Bars
  • Energy Drink Supplement
  • Zip Lock Bags for Important Possessions (Passport, Money 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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Kilimanjaro is Africa’s most celebrated mountain, the name Kilimanjaro has aroused feelings of passion, wonderment and awe. “Its name is synonymous with Africa itself, and few mountains anywhere on earth have been so enshrouded in romance and mystery. Even the names of the towns which grace the base of the peak have a dream-like quality to them , Rongai, Machame, Moshi and Marangu. Slave traders in another century were guided by it. Great writers with no interest in mountains have written about it. Songs have been sung about it. Empires fought for it. And all the time the stories and myths of Kilimanjaro have grown – some true and some false. Yes, the partially preserved skeleton of a leopard does exist on the icy crater rim at 5,670 m (18,600 ft). No, Queen Victoria did not give the mountain to the Kaiser as a birthday present. But however one looks at it, Kilimanjaro does possess an atmosphere, a personality of the type of which legends are easily born.”

Towering to a height of 5,895 metres (19,340 feet), and resting on a base 80 by 50 kilometres, Kilimanjaro dwarfs any other peak on the African continent. (The next highest summit is Mount Kenya at 5,199 metres – 17,058 feet.) On a clear day Kilimanjaro can be seen from a distance of 160 kilometres, soaring 4,900 metres (16,000 feet) like an island into the sky. It is often described as the highest free-standing mountain in the world in that it is not part of a mountain range, but rises in splendid isolation above African plains.