What to pack for Mount Kilimanjaro

Gears checklist for Mount Kilimanjaro

In order to have a successful climb on Kilimanjaro,  we remind you to bring quality personal climbing gear. Proper layering is necessary to keep you dry, warm and comfortable. Blessing Safaris will be responsible to provide quality camping equipment like Sleeping Tents, Mess Tents, Kitchen Tents and Mattress. 

Important things to consider before packing for Kilimanjaro

Before packing, makes sure your gears selection depends on the weather of the season you plan to climb however, the weather on Kilimanjaro is unpredictable. Mid-March, May and early June is the long rainy season, the short rainy season is from November to early December so, make sure your outermost layer must be warm and made of waterproof materials to protect you from rain, wind and sometimes snow

Below is our recommended gears to bring for your climb

Rain Geers

  • Poncho
  • Waterproof Jackets
  • Waterproof trousers
  • Rucksack rain cover
  • Waterproof gaiters

Warm Clothing 

  • Head, neck &  face Covering: Buff,  Balaclava, Mask, Hat
  •  Body covering: underwear, fleece jackets, down jackets, fleece trousers, hiking pants, shorts, t-shirts, flees shirts 
  • Hands covering: fleece gloves, waterproof mittens 
  • Feet covering: pairs of wool socks, gaiters, waterproof hiking boots, sneakers 

Other important  Hiking Equipment and accessories

  •  Sleeping bag 
  • Sunglass
  • Sun cream
  • Sun hat 
  • Headlamp
  • Trekking Poles
  • Water bottle
  • Camel bag 
  • Camera and spare battery 
  • Towel
  • Backpack for day hiking use 
  •  Duffle bag/kit bag for porters to carry your staffs 
  • Snacks for high energy and calorie gain 
  • Passport
  • Visa:  it is available at the Kilimanjaro Airport or you can apply it online through Tanzania Electronic Visa application 

Helpful Tips
Make sure all your gears are warm and lite, avoid cotton as cotton material traps moisture. Keep in mind that, porters will carry your luggage however, you will carry a daypack yourself in order to keep all your important documents, drinking water, lunch box if any and some clothes just in case you need to change on the way.

Avoid overweight packing, will help to decrease the unnecessary number of porters. Kilimanjaro porters are limited to carry only 20 kg as the top weight arranged by the park authorities. We recommend packing the useful gears for the mountain only, you may leave the rest of unwanted staff for the mountain at your hotel or feel free to leave at our office. We remind you to pack everything you will need to use on the way because the porters who carry your duffle bag are always fast than you.

One day before the climb, you will meet your head guide at the hotel for the briefing and equipment checking. He will bring the Kilimanjaro map to show and explain the trail which you will use for your Kilimanjaro trip. He will explain everything about Kilimanjaro as well as answering all the questions you have about Kilimanjaro. 

Our advice
Kindly listen and follow the instruction from your guides. All our guides have a long-time guiding experience, they are well trained and licensed by Kilimanjaro National Park. If you want a successful climb, please follow the instruction and the advice, they know much about Kilimanjaro than you do. Thank you for choosing Blessing Safaris. Request for Quote 

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