Karagwe Tours & Safaris

Kilimanjaro packing List


Kilimanjaro packing list Items on this list are chosen to maximize your comfort and safety while hiking on the mountain. If you have any questions about Kilimanjaro packing list items on the list, or about the suitability of your own equipment, please contact us, or a reputable mountaineering equipment dealer.


Pile or Wool hat: Bring one that covers ears, a balaclava type is superb.
Shade Hat: Visor hats with good brims are essential for cover from the equatorial sun.
Sunglasses: Essential for eye protection within the tropics, at altitude. Bring an honest quality pair, preferably with an IREX protection rating of 100. Attachable side shields are essential, or bring glacier glasses.
Sunscreen: Bring many complete sun blocks with a protection factor of 15 or more. Unless you’ve got hung out in equatorial sun you’ll probably underestimate the quantity necessary, so bring lots.
Lip Balm: With SPF rating of 15 or more.
Bandanas: Tied around neck they provide good sun protection. Cleaning glasses, as wash clothes, etc. They dry very quickly.


For climbing the mountain we recommend you’ve got three warm layers for the upper body. Items must be made from wool, synthetic or pile. Make sure all layers fit comfortably over each other and supply good insulation. A good combination may be a union suit top, a sweater, and a pile jacket or heavy wool shirt. Cotton items don’t provide adequate insulation and are completely useless when damp.
T-Shirts: Two T-shirts that you simply don’t mind getting dirty while on the mountain. Synthetic is best.
Rain Parka: Afternoon showers are common in East Africa, especially on the mountain. Bring an honest parka of Gortex or waterproof nylon that has been “seam sealed”.
Wind Shirt: (optional if you’ve got Gortex rain gear) A nylon wind shell (not waterproof), roomy enough to sit comfortably over all upper body layers. Gortex is sweet for both this wind shirt and for the rain coat.
Poncho: Fast and handy protection for body and rucksack. Poor protection in windy rain.
Gloves or Mittens: Wool or pile. One pair of heavy mittens and a light-weight pair of gloves work well.
Mitten Shells: One pair to travel over your mittens. These are for use against the winds sometimes encountered in the crater and on the way to the summit.


Quick Dry Trekking Shorts: 1 pair. Good for trekking at lower altitudes on the mountain.
Long Underclothing Feet: One pair. Wool or synthetic.
Wool, Bunting or Pile Pants: One pair that fit lightly and is comfy. These are vital to be worn over the long john bottoms.
Rain Pants: Bring an honest pair of rain pants of Gortex or waterproof nylon that has been “seam sealed”.
Wind Pants: (optional if you have Gortex rain pants.) One pair. These are used often on the mountain for cover against wind. They should be breathable nylon and roomy enough to suit comfortably over wool or pile pants.
Tights: Lycra or polypropylenes type are comfortable to hike in, provide good warmth on cool misty days, dry fast and stop sunburn.
Undergarments: Enough for the duration of the trek.


Thin Socks: Two pair of synthetic socks to wear in weighty wool socks. These supports to stop sores and keep feet dry.
Thick Socks: 6 pair of weighty wool or synthetic socks to wear for warmth with trekking boots.
Trekking Boots: One pair medium weight hiking boots large enough to be comfortable with one liner sock and one heavy wool or synthetic sock.
Gaiters: One pair of either high or low gaiters made from breathable material to stay dirt and snow out of your boots.
Tennis Shoes or sandals: These are to wear in camp after each day of hiking.


Sleeping Bag and Stuff Sac: On the mountain temperatures can get right down to zero degrees Fahrenheit in the dark so bring a warm bag.
Sleeping pad: A closed cell foam camping mattress is ok. An inflatable Therma-Rest type is more comfortable.


Water Bottle: Two, one liter wide-mouthed plastic bottles a minimum of .
Water Treatment: we’ll filter your water with a Katydyne filter . For emergencies we recommend you bring two bottles of “Potable Aqua” or a “Polar Pure”, crystal iodine in a bottle, to treat drinking water. Filtration pumps are also effective, but costly and rather bulky.
Water Flavoring: Wyler’s lemonade, Tang, Gatoraid, etc. These mixes are hard to come by in Tanzania and encourage you to drink.


Frame less Pack: A medium size comfortable pack with some support is capable carry personal gear. The pack should fit properly and have an honest waist belt. Side pockets are recommended for soft packs. Personal loads with camera stuff, water for the daytime and warm dresses are regularly between 15 and 20 pounds.
Pack Cover: Something waterproof to hide your pack with when hiking within the rain. Otherwise, bring an outsized bag to line the within.
Duffle/zip Bag: Medium size for mountain gear. This will enter our mountain bag that the porters will carry.
Duffle/zip Bag: Large enough to carry your non-mountain gear. This will encounter you at the hotel after the hike.
Plastic Bags: Several, to double bag your bag and garments on the mountain. It can rain every afternoon.


Toiletries: Bring enough for entire trip. Keep simple and light. Few toiletries are available in Tanzania. Bring enough for all your needs.
Flashlight and/or Headlamp: Important on summit meeting day and handy in camp. Sufficiently of batteries.
Personal First Aid and Drug Kit: Please see attached recommended list above.
Trail Munchies: Although many dish is provided, trekkers like that taste of range in their pack. Touted as a crucial accessory by those that have brought them within the past!
Hot Drink Mixes: we’ll provide many coffee, cocoa and tea, but non-caffeinated drinks aren’t readily available here. Bring a supply of your favorite herbal teas.
Towel: For ruin in camp, alittle one is ok , otherwise you can use a bandana.
Towelettes: like “Wash ‘n’ Dries” for general hygiene.
Spare Glasses: For interaction wearers in sandy conditions and any eye glass wearer while on trip.
Umbrella: Very useful against rain and sun. Most guides use one.
We will have gauze, tape, aspirin, medicated soap, antibiotic ointment, antacid tablets, some antibiotics, pain killers, eye treatments, anaphylaxis kit, Imodium, compazine and Diamox. Because of liability problems, prescribed drugs will only be dispensed in emergencies. We suggest you bring the following medical items. Please discuss this with your physician.
Intestinal disorders: Compazine, 25mg rectal suppositories; for severe nausea, vomiting. Imodium, to decrease diarrhea and cramping. Tetracycline, Cipro or Bactrim antibiotics: for initial treatment of severe diarrhea. Activated charcoal has proven to be an efficient first stage treatment.
Cuts and scrapes: It knows bring a supply of “Bandaids” to treat those abrasions that sometimes occur.
Infections: Antibiotic ointment for cuts and abrasions.Erythromycin or Amoxacillin tablets for skin or soft tissue infections.
Blisters: it’s knowing bring your own small supply of blister treatment items to insure that you simply avoid letting any blister get out of hand. “Second Skin” and moleskin are recommended
Headaches: Tylenol and Tylenol with codeine** to help relieve possible altitude headaches. Nothing stronger than codeine should be taken for fear of masking potential severe altitude problems while on the mountain.
Insomnia: Halcion** 15mg tablets. In high altitude mountaineering restlessness is not uncommon and sleep is very important. Halcion may be a light sleeping tablet; we don’t recommend using any sleeping pills above 15,000 feet. We have also found Melatonin to be very helpful for jet lag.

High Altitude Sickness: Diamox (acetazolamide) 250mg tablets to be taken twice a day from 13,000 feet to the top. This drug is widely used in high altitude mountaineering and is highly recommended. Those are Kilimanjaro packing list