Mt Kilimanjaro Packing List

One of the reasons that climbing Kilimanjaro is so challenging is the five climate zones you pass through on your way to the top. I mean other than the oxygen level is half of what is normal at sea level, but I digress.

And it’s those different climate zones that make packing a real challenge. Fortunately, I won’t have to carry it all, that’s the reason porters work on every climb. These porters will carry the bulk of my gear and I get to concentrate on making it to the top.

Aside from the actual cost of the trip itself, getting good gear for the climb will be my greatest cost so I need to make my list pretty carefully. I’ve search a lot of websites and blogs to come up with a list and so far here’s what I’ve got. Thanks to Tanya at Off-Track Backpacking for the basic list. Tanya did the trek in January of this year.

  1. Day pack with rain cover: I’ve already got my Osprey Atmos 35L that I used for our European trip last year. Just need to get a raincover
  2. Duffel bag: will be used to carry whatever I won?t need during the day. The porter will carry it for me. Got this already.
  3. Waterproof trekking boots and extra shoes just in case. My Asolo Powermatic 200 GVs will be the boot for this trek. I’ll probably just through it a pair of slip-ons for around camp.
  4. Gaiters: used to protect yours legs from branches, snow, mud, etc
  5. Thermal outer socks: either wool or synthetic
  6. Inner socks: use a synthetic small sock before wearing the bigger sock
  7. Waterproof pants: to protect against rain and snow. I’ll probably look at a GoreTex pair from Farwest
  8. Long pants: a pair of warm and another pair of light pants, both made of wool or synthetic. I’ve got zip-off pants that can do dual duty.
  9. Shorts: when hiking at the bottom of the mountain
  10. Thermal underwear made of lycra to protect against the cold.
  11. Jacket, both wind and waterproof
  12. Waterproof outer gloves and a pair of inner gloves
  13. Long sleeved shirts and t-shirts (synthetic or wool). Icebreaker looks like a great brand although I already have a few synthetics
  14. Toque to protect my head against the cold and wind and a hat to protect against the sun
  15. Headlamps with spare batteries so I can see at night. I’m looking at a Petz
  16. Insulated water bottles so my water doesn?t freeze. I have a 3litre bladder for my daypack. I’ll need an insulated drinking tube though
  17. Travel towel: it?s compact and dries quickly. I use microfiber work towels from Costco
  18. Trekking poles: it helps save energy during the hike. It’s also easier on the knees during descent.
  19. Sunglasses, swiss army knife, whistle, small mirror, string/rope, watch, first-aid kit. Whistle is built-into my pack. Probably won’t bring a watch though.
  20. Sun lotion and ?lip balm with sun protection, insect repellent
  21. Kleenex, wet wipes, biodegradable?soap bar,?no rinse shampoo, foot powder. Hadn’t thought about the shampoo issue before.
  22. Flavored powder to put in water: The water is filtered but doesn?t taste good.
  23. Rehydration salts: in case I?m dehydrated. I’ll probably skip this and use Gatorade in the water
  24. Power bars and other snacks to keep up energy levels
  25. Sleeping bag: needs to be warm enough for the last night on the mountain. I’ve got a silk liner that will make it warmer.
  26. Sleeping pad: my back could be a problem so this is really important. I already have a self-inflating one that could work but I’m still considering other options.
  27. Camera: Not technically needed but I’m not going that far without taking pictures to prove I did it.

I think that’s everything. Can you think of anything I might have missed?


6 thoughts on “Mt Kilimanjaro Packing List

    1. yeah that sounds like a reasonable idea. I was thinking of getting camera armour for my Nikon D-90 but someone dropped it yesterday and I don’t know if it’s repairable.

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