The following description of clothing and equipment for Kilimanjaro is based on years of experience and will suffice for virtually all trekkers attempting to climb Kilimanjaro with us. However, we would strongly recommend that you avoid buying your Kilimanjaro kit at the last minute and that you aim to spend a weekend in the hills testing your gear before flying out to climb with us.
Download our printable Kilimanjaro equipment checklist. This details exactly the same items as are listed below on this page, but makes it easier to pack your rucksack / holdall, and daysack, when preparing your kit in advance of travelling to Tanzania.
Note that the links we provide below from each listed item, serve only as examples of what will suffice. You are not required to use these specific items!
Additionally, some products we have recommended may fluctuate in price from time to time and become uncompetitive. It's therefore advisable to look at similar items that Amazon suggests as you may make substantial costs savings when compared to our recommendations. But please read reviews if opting for an alternative to what we suggest, as while some lower costs alternatives may be entirely acceptable, equally, you may be considering an item of substantially inferior or inadequate quality. If you're in any doubt, simply contact your TK coordinator and ask for their opinion on a specific item that you're thinking of buying.
Before you spend what could become quite a significant sum, note that we are able to hire out some of the specialist clothing and equipment that you may need. To see a list of what we hire and it's price per day, please download our Kilimanjaro kit hire order form.
Note that your guide will carry a more comprehensive medical kit containing additional Acetazolamide, Ibuprofen, Anti-inflammatory gel, bandages, Loperamide, Amoxycilin, Oral Dexamethasone, and several other items.
We will carry an emergency oxygen canister if requested but this is not normally advised unless opting for an Excel Series climb. Where a climber has specific health concerns that they or their doctor anticipate being exacerbated by exposure to high altitude, or if he has a history of heart disease in the family, we would advise that he requests that we carry emergency oxygen.
Please note that the following items may not be deemed to be necessary by all climbers and indeed many of our own staff and leadership often will not use any of these items, unless current conditions are known to be particularly adverse. We present the following for the benefit of those who wish to err on the side of caution with respect to maximising personal protection against known seasonal risks that occur on the Western Breach, including rock-fall, sub-surface ice that forms after meltwater run-off refreezes and makes traction difficult, and occasional deep snow that collects in some re-entrants. Those booking to climb via the Western Breach are asked to read our dedicated website, where these risks are discussed in greater depth.
Note that for UK-based climbers, hardware such as karabiners, ropes, helmets, slings, and harnesses can be purchased from Zero G Climbing. Good ice axes and crampons can be obtained from Mountain Works.