Kilimanjaro Mountain Equipment
The equipment list for climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro is extensive! For this reason it is important to distinguish what is “nice to have ” and which equipment is essential.
In this section we will cover the important stuff and what you should consider before acquiring your sleeping bags, sleeping mats. You will also need something to carry all your equipment in. Don`t even think about packing a case!
Duffel Bag, Day Pack & your Sleeping Bag............
As it holds all of your trekking gear this is one important piece of kit! Because your duffle bag will be carried by porters, make sure it weighs no more than 20kg (15kg is better) and has a soft bottom (approx 80-100 litres). Make sure your bag is waterproof, has a strong zipper system and hand and shoulder strapping system for extra versatility.
As you’ll be carrying your daypack, its important to keep it small and lightweight (25-30 litres). Your daypack will be used to carry water and personal items such as sunscreen, snacks, money etc. Look for daypacks with compression straps to reduce stress on your back, rain covers and side mesh pockets for easy access.
Invest in a good sleeping bag that’s rated for at least -10°C/four seasons. Down sleeping bags are great. They are light, pack down small and definitely keep you warm at night, but down is of course expensive. We do offer the option to hire sleeping bags, since the real warm ones don’t come cheap and most people will not need theirs again after this trek.
A sleeping bag liner can help with temperatures. A silk liner can make a huge difference at the higher camps. A liner is also good for people who are squeamish about renting a sleeping bag. If you plan to travel before or after your trek, it also comes in handy if you are staying in cheaper accommodation.
A good thermal sleeping mat is also a good investment. However, again you have the option to hire these from KCC. You don’t need this on the Marangu Route but you still need a good sleeping bag.
Trekking poles are must have equipment on Kilimanjaro, especially for the way down. If you’ve never used poles before, our guides will introduce them to you on around day 3. Go for poles which are adjustable and made of a lightweight material (aluminium or carbon fibre) with a rubber or foam grip. You can also hire poles from KCC.