What do you need to climb Kilimanjaro?
Climbing Kilimanjaro is like hiking from the Equator to the North Pole in a matter of days.
What's provided by Follow Alice
Tents. We provide clients with high-quality, four-season mountain tents. Each tent sleeps two people, so please note that you'll be sharing your tent with one other. We also supply a toilet tent. Sleeping bag. You need a bag that can handle very cold conditions. We provide The North Face four-season sleeping bags suitable for at least -20° C (-4° F). A sleeping mat. We provide you with a padded mat that provides further insulation as well as a comfy sleeping spot. Down jacket. We supply high-quality down jackets that can withstand temperatures up to -20° C (-4° F). These can be rented from Follow Alice at $40 per jacket. We highly recommend these! Trekking poles. We can rent you high-quality, collapsible trekking poles for $15.
1 daypack (between 35 and 45 litres) 1 daypack rain cover 1 duffel bag (between 65 and 100 litres) 1 water bladder 1+ water bottle
Day pack rain cover
Your daypack should contain drinking water, snacks, your camera and any extra clothes you might need that day. Everything else goes in your duffel bag, which is carried by a porter.
Built-in hydration pack with drinking hose (ideal, but not essential) 2+ water bottles
Water helps to ease the symptoms of altitude sickness.
Hiking boots Gym shoes or sneakers Gaiters (optional)
A pair of comfortable, worn-in hiking boots is the most important item on your Kilimanjaro packing list.
Gym shoes or sneakers
2+ base layers 1 summit base layer 1 middle layer 3+ sports underwear 2 thermal underwear 2+ pairs of hiking socks 1 pair summit socks 1+ pair of sock liners (optional)
Summit base layer
You experience five distinct climate zones during a Kilimanjaro climb.
Summit day socks
Down jacket Waterproof jacket and trousers Windbreaker Hiking trousers
Follow Alice's down jackets have been designed and produced specifically for the climate on Kilimanjaro.
Waterproof jacket and trousers
Sunhat Warm hat (beanie) Balaclava Head torch and batteries Gloves or mittens Sunglasses
Head torch and batteries
Gloves or mittens
Toiletries and medicine
Toilet paper Toothbrush and toothpaste Wet wipes (you can't shower on the mountain) Small, quick-drying towel Lip balm Small moisturiser (the air is very dry higher up the mountain) Sunscreen Regular plasters Blister plasters or sports tape Mosquito repellent Malaria tablets (Tanzania is in a malaria zone) Diarrhoea tablets (diarrhoea is a common symptom of altitude sickness) Painkillers (headaches are another common symptom of altitude sickness)
Head torch and extra batteries Camera Cellphone Powerbank Binoculars
Passport Visa Vaccinations
Don't forget your passport!
Favourite snacks Flavour sachets* Playing cards or other games Book or e-reader Journal and pen
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