Kilimanjaro Clothing & Equipment

Our Kilimanjaro climb coordinators are regularly asked by our climbers for recommendations with respect to what gear to buy for their climb with us. In response to these requests, we have compiled a small catalogue of equipment that we believe will serve you well on Kilimanjaro.

When browsing this range we ask you to bear two things in mind:

Expensive Gear Choices

SBVGVE05For many types of gear we include a recommendation for an expensive version. With park fees rising every couple of years and the costs of organising expeditions being already as high as they are, we are already sensitive to the fact that climbing Kilimanjaro will often require some sacrificial saving and careful financial planning for many of our climbers. Climbers should understand that it is by no means necessary to be equipped with the top of the range options that we recommend. The reason for their inclusion is in the event that you are planning a series of adventures of which Kilimanjaro may be your first exposure to high altitude.

Where this is the case, it is likely that you’ll be moving onto higher mountains, often where you will not be provided with staff support and where you will be required to carry weight yourself. If these are your intentions, then these more expensive items of equipment are probably what you’ll be wanting to look at, as the quality of materials, construction and forethought in design, is generally of a substantially superior level to the more mainstream options.

Carrying minimal contents with the bulk of your gear being carried by a porter, you will not likely suffer if you choose to buy something entry-level. However, working remotely from help in high mountains for several days on end, having to cary all your own gear, you will certainly appreciate the difference in having opted for an upgraded choice. And a similar principle applies to clothing, and especially to footwear. Carrying heavy weights for extended periods absolutely requires the very best footwear that your budget can justify.

Kilimanjaro Kit Hire

Conscious of the weight and volume restrictions placed on climbers flying in to Tanzania from different countries around the world, and the already significant costs of committing to an expedition – before factoring in the cost of all the clothing and equipment that you’ll need – Team Kilimanjaro has built up a replete range of Kilimanjaro equipment hire, and would encourage you to bear this in mind before buying bulky, expensive equipment.

The primary items that we tend to hire to climbers are as follows:

  • Sleeping bag
  • Summit jacket
  • Waterproof jacket
  • Waterproof trousers
  • Gaiters
  • Down mittens
  • Balaclavas
  • Pairs of walking poles
  • Headlamps

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