Pack for Kilimanjaro


We went to several sites for this information and compiled the lists.   If you are thinking of taking on the trek, we recommend Abercrombie & Kent or Indagare.   This is not a trip to take lightly and you will want to go with a reliable travel company. For a description of our favorite items, please go to Kilamanjaro Part 1 and Kilamanjaro Part 2.


Three warm layers of wool, synthetic or pile for the upper body.   Make sure all layers fit comfortably over each other and supply good insulation.
2 Sports bras
2 Undershirts, either tank or Tee’s of a wicking fabric
2 Thin polarfleece or wool half zips
1  Lightweight down vest
1 Waterproof “seam sealed”  jacket

7 Pairs of quick drying undies
1 Pair Hiking Shorts for hiking at lower elevations
1 Pair Lycra or polypropelene tights for cooler hiking, providing warmth and sun protection
1 Pair of “seam sealed” Rain Pants, Gortex or nylon

1  Pair thermal underwear, tops and bottoms
1  Pair Polarfleece pants
1  Heavy wool or polarfleece pullover
1  Down Jacket with hood

1  Warm cap that covers the ears
2  Baclava
1  Shade hat  for protection from the sun
1 Pair Sunglasses with an IREX protection rating of 100. Attachable side shields or  glacier glasses
1 Pair of Gloves or Mittens
1 Pair of glove liners
1 Pair of mitten shells to use against the winds.
1 Neck gator or bandana for sun protection and filtering dust

2  Pairs of synthetic socks to wear under heavy wool socks. These help to prevent blisters and keep feet dry.
4  Pairs of  heavy wool or synthetic socks to wear for warmth with hiking boots.
1  Pair of Hiking Boots.  Make sure they are well worn in.
1  Pair of Gaiters to keep dirt and snow out of your boots.
1  Pair of warm and coy boots, like UGGs, or comfortable shoes to wear in camp after hiking.

The daypack should fit properly and have a good waist belt. Side pockets are recommended for soft packs. Personal loads with camera gear, water for the day and warm clothes are often between 15 and 20 pounds.
1 Pair Sunglasses, protection rating of 100
1  Sunscreen
1  Lip Balm
1  Waterbottle and Flavored Drink Mix
1 Camera and Waterproof bag
1 Cellphone and Waterproof Bag
1 ShadeHat
1 Friction Stick
1 Pack of Hand Wipes
1 Pair Water Proof Pants and Jacket
1 Insect Repellent
1 Sanitizing Spray
1 Waterproof pack cover or poncho
Bandaid and Blister pads

 Check with your outfitter, to see what they will be supplying.
1  Sleeping Bag built for below freezing temperatures
1  Sleeping pad
1  Silk liner for sleeping bag

All your clothing that you are not wearing to hike, or taking in your day pack
Plastic Bags to stash dirty clothes
Toiletries, kept  to the minimum, plenty of moisture
1 Baby Powder  for removing grit from skin
Flashlight and Headlamp with spare batteries
Lighted mirror
Swiss Army type with scissors.
Quick Drying Towel for wash up in camp
Towelettes  for general hygiene
Spare glasses
Umbrella which is useful against sun and rain

1  Back Pack
1  Waterproof Medium Duffle Bag that the porters will carry ahead of you on the hike
1  Bag for you non-mountain gear.  This will not go with you but will meet you when you descend.

Consult the Center for Disease Control for any current inoculations that are recommended.   Find out from your trek organizer, which medications they will be bringing and which you should pack.

These drugs are recommended by Peter H. Hackett, M.D., in his American Alpine Club publication “Mountain Sickness Prevention, Recognition and Treatment.”   Consult your physician accordingly:

• 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 effective first stage treatment.• Infections: Antibiotic ointment for cuts and abrasions.Erythromycin or Amoxacillin tablets for skin or soft tissue infections.
• Blisters: It is wise to bring your own small supply of blister treatment items to insure that you 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 is a light sleeping pill, we do not 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.

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