Kilimanjaro Local Guides

Sleeping Gear

  • Sleeping Bag rated 0°F,-15°F
  • Sleeping mat : We provide one for
  • Sleeping bag liner (for extra warmth or for rented sleeping bag) Compression sack for sleeping bag

Packs & Bags:

  • Waterproof duffel bag 80-100 litres Daypack 25-35 litres
  • Waterproof pack cover Compression sacks or 6-8 waterproof bags (Optional) Packing cubes to organize your duffel bag Bag lock for duffel bag

Footwear & Trekking Poles

  • Hiking boots – waterproof mid-weight
  • Running shoes/light hikers (for wearing around camp) Gaiters
  • 5-6 pairs liner socks (wool or synthetic, no cotton)
  • 4-6 pairs of thick socks (no cotton!) – thermal socks for summit night Spare laces for hiking boots
  • Trekking poles


Thin gloves (wool or synthetic, no cotton) Thick waterproof gloves or mittens)+liner.

Clothing: Lower Body

  • Underwear (no cotton)
  • 1 “Convertibles” or shorts
  • 1-2 light-medium weight Base layer Hiking pants (no cotton)
  • Winter hiking pants
  • Waterproof shell pants (recommend size zippers)


Clothing: Upper Body

  • Comfortable sports bra (ladies only) 1-2 light-weight T-shirts (no cotton)
  • 1-2 light weight long-sleeved T-shirts (no cotton) 2-3 Light to mid-weight Base Layer
  • 1-2 Fleece as insulation layer Insulated shell jacket
  • Down jacket (approx 750-fill)
  • Waterproof shell jacket that fits over all your layers


  • Brim hat or cap with neck protection Warm hat with ear flaps
  • Neck gaiter or “Buff” (very versatile) Sunglasses (rated 100% UV protection) Headtorch (don’t forget spare batteries)

Water & Snacks

  • 2-3 liter hydration bladder (Platypus or Camelbak or similar) 1-2 One-liter wide-mouth water bottle (Nalgene or similar)
  • Electrolyte/Sports drink powdered formula for adding to your water Snacks: Energy bars of your preference – plan for 2-4 per day
  • Water purification tablets or filter pen (we provide boiled/filtered water)

Personal Health & Comfort

  • Toiletries: toothbrush & paste, hairbrush/comb, foot powder, hand cream, deodorant, soap.
  • “Baby-wipes” and antibacterial, hand-sanitizer wipes
  • Any regular medication you are taking
  • Anti-bacterial hand-sanitizer gel such as Purell Fingernail brush
  • Nail clippers Ear plugs
  • Sunscreen SPF 40+
  • Small microfiber quick-dry towel
  • Pee-bottle for night time calls of nature Small torch
  • Headlamp / Torch
  • Pocket knife (Swiss Army Knife or “Leatherman”) Spare contact lenses/glasses
  • Toilet paper (1-2 rolls. Take out the cardboard center for easier packing) Camera/phone/iPod/Kindle
  • Spare batteries

Personal first-aid Kit

  • Blister plasters – different shapes and sizes Antibiotic cream or ointment
  • Band-Aid/Elastoplast for minor cuts and scrapes Ibuprofen/Paracetamol – over the counter pain relief Skin healing ointment such as Aquaphor
  • Imodium for diarrhea Anti-nausea medication
  • Any prescription medications
  • Diamox (if using check with us for more information)

Ladies Only:

  • During menstrual period, plan to change your tampon or pad 3-4 times daily
  • Ziplock bags for used tampons/pads (these must be carried off the mountain)
  • Anti-bacterial hand sanitizer – clean hands regularly “Baby wipes” or heavy-duty wipes
  • Pee funnel: if you’ve ever wanted to pee standing up, now’s your chance!



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