Kilimanjaro Gear List

Here is a quick list of all the gear that you need to pack for your Kilimanjaro trek. We’ve included links to our personal recommendations.


  • 4-5 Pairs of underwear
  • Top and bottom base layer – Icebreaker (Women) or SmartWool (Men)
  • 3-4 Short sleeve and 1-2 long sleeve trekking shirts
  • 1-2 Pairs of hiking trousers
  • 1 Fleece jacket – Helly Hansen (Men) or The North Face (Women)
  • 1 Insulated winter jacket – Arc’Teryx Atom (Men) or North Face Nuptse (Women)
  • 1 Insulated trekking trousers
  • 1 Hardshell jacket – North Face Resolve Resolve (Men) and North Face Venture 2 (Women)
  • Lightweight raingear


  • Sun hat, ideally with a neck cover
  • Warm beanie or fleece headband
  • Bandana or neck gaiter
  • Headlamp – PETZL Tikka
  • Sunglasses

Hands and Walking

  • Lightweight inner gloves – New Balance Lightweight Gloves
  • Warm outer gloves/mitts – Gore-Tex Gloves (Men) or Black Diamond Mercury Mitts (Women)
  • Adjustable trekking poles – Black Diamond Alpine


  • Mid-weight hiking boots – Salomon Quest (Women) or KEEN Targhee (Men)
  • Camp trainers (Men) / Trekking sandals (Women)
  • 4-5 Pairs of trekking socks – SmartWool or Bridgedale
  • 1 Pair of warm/thick trekking socks

Bags and Daypack

  • 80-90L Waterproof duffle bag – North Face Base Camp
  • 20-30L Daypack – Osprey Talon 22
  • Daypack raincover
  • Travel bag organisers (optional)

Sleeping Accessories

  • 4-Season sleeping bag – Marmot Trestles or Hyke & Byke Unisex
  • Insulated sleeping mat
  • Inflatable pillow (optional)

General Accessories

  • Large volume water bottle or hydration bladder – Platypus Hydration Bladder for backpack
  • Water Purification Tablets
  • Baby wipes
  • Sweat-resistant suncream
  • Blister plasters
  • Insect repellant
  • General medications (Paracetamol, Imodium)
  • Pee bottle (optional)


  • Camera
  • GoPro (optional)
  • Solar Backpack Charger (optional)
  • Spare batteries and camera memory card
  • Kindle with backlight (optional)

Other Bits and Bobs

  • Energy bars
  • Energy drink supplement
  • Ziplock bags for important possessions (passport, money, phone, etc.)
  • Trekking towel
  • Toiletries, including one roll of toilet paper
  • Passport, visa, insurance, yellow fever card (if applicable)
  • Small lock for your duffle bag

What Our Client Says

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Lisa Kelly

We were amazed by the service of climbing /trekking Kilimanjaro Mountain we made a great adventure with the best tour operator hence we got the experience beyond our expectations since the day 1 via Machame Route . We made several things and never complained .The whole crew was very polite and hard working ,we really made a bond with all the best with them, especially our guide was very educated and gave us alot of amazing story about how Kilimanjaro mountain began

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David Corriea

Fantastic Tour. Protea Kilimanjaro adventures is the best tour company in Tanzania. They arranged my safari well, and my tour was fantastic and memorable . I did a Tanzania Safari in Serengeti National Park at a reasonable price but with perfect services; everything was super. I would highly recommend Fredrick and his team.

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Todd Martin

Wonderful experience walking the machame route up the kilimanjaro with experienced and knowledgeable guides! Thank you whole team of Protea Kilimanjaro Adventures.I cannot recommend Protea Kilimanjaro Adventures enough for your Tanzania Safaris and Kilimanjaro hiking tour.