Kilimanjaro Expedition Equipment List

Kilimanjaro Expedition Equipment List


The following personal equipment is required:

• Boots – sturdy leather backpacking or light mountaineering boots (1 pr)
• Approach shoes – shoes for the lower mountain approach and around camp (1 pr)
• Sleeping bag – good to minus 10 Celsius range (1)
• Sleeping pad – Ensolite or Thermarest type (1)
• Backpack – internal frame, approx. 30-50 litres (1)
• Light weight hiking pants (1 pr)
• Hiking shorts (1 pr)
• Expedition style outer shell jacket with hood – Gore-Tex style (1)
• Full-zip outer shell pants (or bibs) – Gore-Tex style (1 pair)
• Thermal underwear for summit day – top and bottom, Poly-pro, Capilene, etc. (1 pr)
• Insulating pants – fleece or pile (1 pr)
• Lightweight gaiters – optional, good for keeping scree out of boots (1 pr)
• Gloves (medium weight) – wool or poly-pro (1 pr)
• Expedition style gloves or mitts w/removable liners (1 pr)
• Socks – synthetic, wool or wool blend (2-3 pr)
• Warm parka – down, fleece or pile (1)
• Sweater or vest – wool, fleece or down (1)
• Toque/warm hat – wool or fleece (1)
• Hat with sun visor (baseball cap, etc) (1)
• Bandannas (1-2)
• Glacier style sunglasses with side shields and nose shield (1 pr)
• Headlamp with extra batteries
• Personal kit – (toothbrush, foot powder, skin cream, pee-bottle, etc.)
• Personal 1st aid
• Misc. personal items (camera, book, cards, journal, walkman, blister kit, medications, etc.)
• Water bottles/hydration system – minimum 2 litres. No hydration systems for summit day, they will freeze – traditional water bottles only
• Sunscreen and lip screen (min. 30 spf & waterproof)
• Collapsible ski/walking poles (1 pr)
• Large duffel bag with lock (1)

When organizing your equipment, remember that the conditions on Kili will vary from +30 and humid on the lower mountain, to possible lows of -20 degrees Celsius on summit day. Outer clothing should be capable of venting, and you should be able to get in and out of it easily. Inner layers should be able to dry easily and retain warmth when damp. The first and last day will be spent in a rain-forest on the lower slopes and often is quite wet. Take into account your own personal “warmth rating”. If you know that your hands don’t warm up easily, or your feet are always cold, keep that in mind.

The Kilimanjaro trip begins and finishes in the small town of Marangu, Tanzania. Participants must arrange their own international travel to and from the nearby Kilimanjaro International Airport (or directly to Marangu). From this airport it is a short drive to the hotel in Marangu where we will be based. We can arrange to have you picked up from here. If you are traveling from elsewhere you can arrange to be picked up in the nearby center of Moshi as well. Once in Marangu, all transportation and logistical details are pre-arranged.

Return flights can be booked for any day AFTER the posted last day of the expeditions.
For arriving flights, please arrange to fly into Kilimanjaro International Airport in Tanzania.
When you register, a pre-trip package of information will be sent to you, as well as follow-up discussions via phone and email to ensure you are well prepared for your adventure!

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