Kilimanjaro Equipment List

Mt. Kilimanjaro Equipment List

The weather in Africa can be volatile and clothing systems need to be capable of meeting the demands of an ever-changing environment. A layering system, which allows articles of clothing to be added or subtracted as the weather changes, has proven most versatile. The clothing items listed below will layer together to provide appropriate insulation in the most demanding conditions. Because it may snow or rain, materials used in clothing should keep you warm even if they are wet. Synthetics such as polypropylene, Capilene, Synchilla, fleece, and pile are best, though wool will also work. Cotton, with the exception of a t-shirt for the sun, is unacceptable. It is also a very good idea to test out your gear before you arrive in Tanzania.

The following equipment is required, you must have all of the items listed here (other than the optional section) when you arrive in Moshi or have made arrangements to rent.  See the last pages for the safari equipment list.

Upper Body Layers

Upper body layers are some of the most important components of a good layering system. They should be comfortable, lightweight and breathable. Cotton is unacceptable, except for a sun shirt while hiking on warm days.

Equipment

Quantity

Comments

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Base Layers

2

One silk weight and one heavy weight top made of synthetic material that can be layered together to increase warmth. A light-colored silk weight (white/tan/light blue/etc…) is a good idea because it will decrease the amount of solar radiation (warmth) that your shirt absorbs. Conversely, your mid-weight base-layers should be darker so that they do absorb the sun’s warmth.

We recommend Patagonia’s baselayer system.

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T-Shirt

1

To be worn as a sun shirt while hiking at lower elevations. Synthetic fabric is the way to go, and can double as a bandana or extra sun protection under a baseball cap.

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Lightweight Long- Sleeved Top

1

To be worn for sun protection while hiking at lower elevations. This could be substituted with one of your base layers.

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Medium Weight Top

1

To be worn over the base layers, this should be synthetic or wool. (a soft shell is an acceptable substitute) We recommend the Sierra Designs Frequency ½ zip

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Synthetic Jacket

1

Should be made of fleece or synthetic fill and fit over several layers.  The Patagonia R3 Jacket  works great

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Down Jacket or Synthetic Parka

1

For summit day. Should fit over all other layers and a warm hood is ideal. Most of our guides use one of Sierra Designs synthetic insulation jackets with a hood. Please don’t hesitate to call us before making any major purchases. 1.800.766.3396

YES

Outer Wear

1

A jacket made of waterproof / breathable material such as Gore-Tex is vital for keeping you warm and dry. It needs to fit over all layers other than your parka. Consider the Sierra Designs Jive or Stellar jacket. (This layer is not a ski jacket!)

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Lower Body Layers

Lower body layers should be versatile and easy to change into and out of under changing weather conditions.

Equipment

Quantity

Comments

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Base Layers

2

One silk weight and one heavy weight bottom layer made of synthetic material that can be worn together to increase warmth.

We recommend Patagonia’s base layer system.

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Underwear

2-4 pairs

Synthetic briefs and underwear will keep you comfortable and hygienic during high output. Plan on bringing one pair per 4-6 days of use.

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Fleece or Synthetic Pants

1

These should be either fleece or synthetic down. Look for pants with side zips, it will make your life a lot easier by allowing you to layer without removing your foot wear. We recommend the Patagonia micro-puff pants

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Shorts or light hiking pants

1

These are optional, but are nice to wear at lower elevations. Cotton is unacceptable; synthetic will dry faster and be more comfortable for long periods of wear.

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Outer Wear

1

Pants made of waterproof / breathable material such as Gore-Tex are vital for keeping you warm and dry. They need to fit over all layers and should have side zips. Consider the Sierra Designs Slayer pant.

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Head, Neck, Hands & Feet

Keeping your extremities warm & dry is crucial. We as humans lose a massive percentage of body heat through our heads, and our hands and feet are the most susceptible to inconveniences like trench-foot. Developing a system that works for your specific needs takes time; this guide is a good place to start.

Equipment

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Warm-Hat

2

Should be made of synthetic material or wool, cotton is unacceptable and dangerous.

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Sun-Hat

1

The sun can be very bright especially at high altitudes, the more protection your cap offers from the sun the better.

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Sunglasses

1

Dark lenses are a must. The sun can be very bright and can cause permanent eye damage. Most of our instructors wear Costa Del Mar sunglasses

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Light Weight Gloves

1

Windstopper fleece works best. Work gloves with a water proof palm are nice to have along when dexterity is more important than warmth. Black Diamond’s WindWeight glove is fantastic.

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Outer gloves or mittens

1

1 pair made of Gore-Tex, or equivalent waterproof/windproof material. They may fit over inner gloves and ski gloves are okay. Black Diamond’s Mercury Mitt is an excellent choice.

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Socks

3-4

These should be synthetic or wool. Having a mix of light and heavy weight socks is nice to adjust to variable weather.

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Hiking Boots

1

Should be well broken in and waterproof.  We recommend full grain leather boots, Vasque boots are great.  Please don’t hesitate to call us if you have any questions about purchasing boots.

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Gaiters

1

These should fit over boots to keep out snow and stones. The Black Diamond Apex gaiter works well.

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Trekking Gear

Equipment

Quantity

Comments

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Day Pack

1

For water, extra clothes, camera, etc… during the day. The porters will carry your sleeping gear and other clothes, but you will not have access to this equipment during the day. 3000 cubic inches (50 liters) is an acceptable size.

YES

Pack Cover

1

Should be waterproof and fit over your backpack when it is completely full.

Included with rented pack

Trekking Poles

1 pair

Ski poles work, however lightweight adjustable poles work best such as the Black Diamond Trail Trekking poles

YES

Large Duffel Bag

2

Needs to be large enough to hold your equipment inside. Porters will carry these. Large vinyl “Dry Bags” work best and keep things dry. The bags we rent are the dry bag type.  The second bag is left at the hotel with travel clothes.

YES

Sleeping Bag & Pads

Having a good sleep system is essential in the mountains. While down bags are very warm and pack incredibly small, they lose all insulative properties when they get wet.

Equipment

Quantity

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Sleeping bag

1

We recommend a down or synthetic fill bag with a comfort rating of 0 to -10 degrees Fahrenheit. Sierra Designs bags work well.

YES

Sleeping pads

1

Bring 1 inflatable sleeping pad such as a Thermarest. 1foam pad will be provided.

1 foam pad provided

Miscellaneous

Equipment

Quantity

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Passport

1

Make sure you have this critical item for international travel. A minimum of 4 photocopies should be made of your passport prior to your departure as well.

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Alarm Clock

1

We recommend a small watch alarm that will wake you up!

Pack Towel

1

A lightweight backpacking towel can be nice after washing up in camp.

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Headlamp

1

We recommend LED headlamps, because they are lightweight, long-lasting & durable. The Black Diamond Spot does a great job.  Bring extra batteries.

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Extra Batteries

3-4 sets

Start out with fresh set in your headlamp. Plan on using 1-2 sets during the climb and save 1 extra set for summit day.

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Toilet Paper

2 rolls

Bring in Ziploc bag to keep dry.

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Iodine

2 bottles

Bottles of ‘Potable Agua’ work well.

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Lip Balm

2 tubes

Should have 20 SPF protection or higher.

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Sunscreen

8oz.

Should be SPF 30 or higher and be waterproof.

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Personal Med-Kit

1

RequiredMedications as per Health Form:1 Course Antibiotic: respiratory (i.e. azythromiacin)1 Course Antibiotic: broad-spectrum (i.e. ciprofloxacin)Diamox (acetazolamide): 16, 250mg tabletsDecadron (dexamethasone): 10, 4mg tabletsSpeak to your doctor for additional information.

Other Items:

Personal medications, Zinc Lozenges, Ibuprofen, Aspirin, Imodium, Band-Aids, Neosporin.

DO NOT bring Sleeping Pills: these aren’t appropriate for high altitude

Please double check the CDC website

A group Med-Kit will be available for everyone, however bringing a personal kit is mandatory. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to call us at 1.800.766.3396

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Blister Kit

1

To take care of blisters or hot spots on the trail. Contents should include moleskin, gel pads, and callus/bunion rings

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Face Protection

Balaclava or Neoprene facemask.  For warmth on summit day

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Chemical Hand Warmers

3-4 sets

Save 2 pairs for summit day.

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Hand Sanitizer

2

Purell makes nice travel size bottles that work well.

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Water Bottles

2

2 wide mouth 1-liter Lexan bottles (‘Nalgene’) are required. You may also bring an additional “hydration system”.

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Water Bottle Cozies

2

These keep water bottles from freezing on summit day.

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Bandana

1

Used for extra sun-protection. Your t-shirt can be used in place of a bandana if you are trying to shave weight (which is a good thing).

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Stuff Sacks

6 assorted sizes

For organizing your gear inside of your backpack and duffel bags.  Consider using compression sacks for both your sleeping bag and clothes to maximize usage of space. This makes for easy organization in your pack, in the duffle and at camp.

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Garbage Bags

8

Tall white 13 gallon kitchen bags work great.  These are used to line the inside of your stuff sacks and make them waterproof.

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Optional

Equipment

Quantity

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Umbrella

1

A small umbrella can be a nice addition lower on the mountain to keep you extra dry in the rainforest

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Sleeping Bag Liner

1

Can be used to increase the comfort rating of your sleeping bag.

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Ear Plugs

1

Can be nice to help get a good night sleep.

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Pee Bottle

1

1-liter wide-mouth Lexan with a secure lid. Nice to have when there is really inclement weather outside. The Lady J funnel system is a good option for women.  This is highly recommended

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Therma-lounger

1

Converts your inflatable therma-rest camp pad into a comfortable lightweight camp chair.

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Camp shoes

1

These can be worn at camp instead of your hiking boots. Tennis shoes work fine.

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Energy/Candy Bars

1-10

Bring bars that taste good!

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Drink Mix

-

A condensed powdered mix like GU Brew works best.

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Energy Gels

4-10

Great energy for up high.  i.e. shot blocks, GU energy gels, power bar brand.

Insect Repellent

4 oz

For use on the lower mountain

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Hard Candies

10-20

Nice to have for dry throats up high on the mountain.

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Goggles

1 pair

They are great to have for summit day Especially if conditions are snowy or windy.

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Book

1-2

Leave the 15 pound hardcover at home.

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Journal

1

‘Rite in the Rain’ or similar water resistant papers work best.

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Moisturizing Lotion

4 oz

Small bottle

Small Camera

1

Digital or Film. If you are buying a digital camera; having a view finder allows you to take photos when it is too bright to see the screen and helps save batteries, also having a camera that is compatible with AA’s allows you to bring extra batteries that don’t cost an arm and a leg. Bring an extra memory card.

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DO NOT BRING

Here are just a few items that you should avoid bringing for your trek up Kilimanjaro

Candles

These are a safety hazard and should not be used in tents

Cotton

Avoid Cotton Clothes