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Know Your Essential Kilimanjaro Trekking Equipment List Before Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro

A little negligence can ruin entire your well-made plan for a successful summit at Uhuru peak of Mount Kilimanjaro. It may be less idea about ecological environment of Kilimanjaro or the trekking and clothing

gear to protect yourself from the harsh condition on high altitude.

Known as the “roof of Africa”, Mount Kilimanjaro is the highest freestanding mountain of Africa with an altitude of 5895 m. Every year more than 70, 000 experienced and new trekkers attempt for a successful summit at Uhuru peak. Among them, only 65 % people get success.

The major reason behind the failure is altitude sickness which is backed by lack of time for acclimatization, choosing the suitable route, lack of essential equipments or trekking gear, physical and mental fitness.

Essential Kilimanjaro Trekking Gears are the most crucial for a successful summit as well as Kilimanjaro trekking fitness. The quality of gears and equipments is also important for a successful summit.

As a Kilimanjaro trekking guide, we will give you all the information about hiking gears for Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro.

What Do You Need To Climb Kilimanjaro?

Hats & Caps

Hats and caps are the extremely important hiking gears to prevent sunlight. At a certain height, the sunlight can be intense which may affect your vision while Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro. It can protect you from harmful sun rays. For better fillings, you should wear hats and caps made from canvas.


To prevent UV rays and snow blindness, Sunglasses are the main Trekking and camping gear. While Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, the sunglasses can prevent air on the alpine desert zone of Kilimanjaro.

Shirts & Base Layers

Take breathable and sweat absorbent shirts layered with base layers, ski jacket and fleece jacket while Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro. To make your body free from bacteria and comfortable for any temperature shirts are important. Climbing on a high altitude may cold your body, but the base layer or thermal bottoms can maintain your body temperature by not letting the temperature out. The base layer dries up the sweat and best for free movement of body.

Soft Shell & Down Jackets

Using soft shell in hiking, touring and climbing can make your body free from sweat. In trekking, down jackets can provide protection and keep you warm and give you the comfort in bitter cold. It is the most essential clothing gear for hiking.

Hard Shell & Waterproof Jackets

Hard shell jackets are the important clothing item you need in the trekking especially in Alpine desert zone. It is designed for adverse environment condition. These jackets are breathable, windproof and waterproof. Hard shell trousers can protect you from the cold element as these are highly waterproof and windproof.


Both lightweight gloves and warm gloves are important for Kilimanjaro Climbing. Lightweight gloves are for lower slopes whereas the warm gloves are used on high altitude.

Pants, Tights & Underwear

Ski trousers, rain trousers, and fleece trousers are used by hikers under shell trekking pants and protect lower part of body from bitter cold. As Kilimanjaro has different climatic zones, these clothing gears can help you out.


To keep you shows clean and prevent dust, snow, and water, Gaiters are highly recommended to make your hiking smooth and safe.

Socks & Sock Liners

To keep your feet warm and dry on the high elevation socks and sock liners are the most important gears you need. Sock liners are used under the socks to not letting out the temperature generated by the body while climbing.


After trekking, while relaxing or walking around the camp, the shoes are needed to not to expose your feet to the cold.


Hiking boots protects your feet and very comfortable for hiking Mt. Kilimanjaro. For climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro, use medium weight boots.


Microspikes are designed for the trekking on ice layers. The traction helps to maintain balance and prevents you from slipping while trekking.

Day Packs

For carry your own personal things, you need to carry day pack with a capacity between 30 to 40 litres. The comfortable and sturdy straps can help you to keep your thing safe. These are waterproof and lightweight.

Trekking Poles

To keep yourself safe and to reduce the pressure on your knee joints, trekking poles are the most important things to carry.

Duffel Bags

For carrying most of the mountaineering gear and belongings, Duffle bags should be your essential part of your hiking. The duffle bag should be lightweight, water resistance and has a capacity of 100 litres.

Sleeping Bags

To get a best goodnight sleep on the high altitude with low temperature, sleeping bag is an essential thing to carry. It is waterproof and do not let your body temperature out of your body.


Before starting a trekking, you should carry snacks with you. It not only gives you the energy but the digestive system generates heat which maintains your body temperature on high altitude.

Water Bottles & Bladders

Carry water bottle with you to keep yourself hydrated on the high altitude. It makes your bladders work properly.

Pee Bottle

While trekking or near the camp on high altitude, for emergency use it is very necessary for toilet.

Make the most essential things packed and ready for a successful summit!

We hope this information will help you while trekking to the Mount Kilimanjaro. Kilele Climb Tours will help you to make your summit success with a pleasurable experience.

Our trekking guides and porters are experienced, friendly and professional to give you the best services in a most comfortable way. To know more about us, visit @

Make the most essential things packed and ready for a successful summit!

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