Kilimanjaro Equipment

Although climbing Kilimanjaro doesn’t require any technical equipment, this vast range of temperature’s and changing weather condition’s will require careful planning to ensure you are prepared for all conditions. How do you decide what to take? What should you carry in your  rucksack? And how do you keep your kit bag under 15Kg? Hopefully we can answer these and many other questions that you may have.

Equipment provided

The main equipment required for living on the mountain will be provided for you and is included in the price of your Kilimanjaro trek:

  • Tent – we use 4 season, 3 man tents – per 2 people. This will give you ample room to sleep and have all of your kit in the tents.
  • Mess tent – a large canvas tent is provided to eat your morning and evening meals in.
  • Table and chairs – well we wouldn’t want you eating on the floor!
  • Eating utensils – cups, plates, knife, fork spoon etc….
  • Cooking equipment – the cook will bring all his pots and pans to prepare your fresh food.
  • Toilet tent – no need to worry about the long drop toilets on the mountain, we will provide 1 toilet per group.

Kilimanjaro Rucksack
Your rucksack which you will use to carry all your personal kit for a typical days walking should have a capacity of around 30L -35L. In your rucksack you will carry any additional kit that you will require during the day on Kilimanjaro, this would include;

  • Waterproofs
  • Hat
  • Gloves
  • Water
  • First aid kit
  • Camera
  • Sun screen
  • Spare laces
  • Valuables
  • Pack lunch
  • Snacks

Kilimanjaro First Aid Kit
Although the guides carry a medical kit on Kilimanjaro you should consider taking a personal first aid kit with essentials such as:

  • Ibuprofen/Nurofen
  • Immodium
  • Diaorylite
  • Blister plasters
  • Elasoplast
  • Antiseptic cream
  • Gauze/melolin
  • Bandage
  • Scissors
  • Insect repellent (containing DEET)
  • Sun screen (minumum factor 30)
  • Talcum powder
  • Baby wipes
  • Hand sanitizer


The list below is a realistic equipment list of what you could expect to need during your trek on Kilimanjaro. However this is only a guide and you may wish to add your own items, just remember our porters only carry a maximum of 15kg.

1 – Sunglasses 
1 – Rucksack Cover, waterproof (optional)
1 – Water Bottle (Nalgene, 32 oz. aprox 1L recommended)
1 – Water Bladder, 1L platypus type (optional, in addition to water bottle)
1 – Towel, lightweight, quick-dry (optional)
1 – Sleeping Bag, four seasons
1 – Sleeping Bag Liner, for added warmth (optional)
1 – Sleeping Pad, self-inflating or closed-cell foam
1 – Trekking Poles (highly recommended)
1 – Head lamp, with extra batteries
1 – Kit Bag (waterproof), for porters to carry your clothing & equipment
1 – Rucksack, for you to carry your personal gear
Lip Balm with sun factor
Toilet Paper
Snacks, light-weight, high calorie, high energy (optional)
Powder energy drink (optional)
Water purification (optional)
Pencil and Notebook, for trip log (optional)
Camera, with spare batteries and memory card’s (optional)

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