What do you need to climb Kilimanjaro?
Climbing Kilimanjaro is like hiking from the Equator to the North Pole in a matter of days.
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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 person (unless you request a single supplement). Follow Alice toilet. We supply our climbers with a private toilet that's housed in a little tent. This is more hygienic than using the communal ablutions. Sleeping bag. You need a bag that can handle very cold conditions. We provide clients with four-season sleeping bags suitable for at least -18°C (-4°F). A sleeping mat. We provide you with a padded mat that provides a comfy, more insulated sleeping spot. Down jacket. We supply high-quality down jackets that can withstand temperatures as low as -20°C (-4°F). These can be rented from Follow Alice for $40 for the duration of the climb. We highly recommend these! Trekking poles. We can rent you high-quality, collapsible trekking poles for US$15 for the trip.
1 backpack (between 35 and 50 litres) 1 backpack rain cover Dry bags 1 duffel bag (between 65 and 100 litres) 1 hydration pack (water bladder) 2 water bottles
Do training hikes with your backpack
Backpack rain cover
You're not allowed to bring single-use plastic bags into Tanzania.
protecting clothes in case there's a leak in your bag storing worn, sweaty clothes
Please note that your pillow, sleeping bag and sleeping mat must fit into your duffel bag.
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.
We recommend that you and your trusty boots cover at least 100 km together before your Kilimanjaro climb.
Gym shoes or sneakers
keeping your calves and feet dry preventing sticks and stones getting into your shoes (super annoying!) protecting you from ticks, snakebites and other such nasties keeping you dry should you walk through snow on summit day
2+ base layers 1 summit base layer 1 middle layer 3+ sports underwear 2 thermal underwear Socks
Summit base layer
You experience five distinct climate zones during a Kilimanjaro climb.
Hiking socks Thermal socks Sock liners
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 Balaclava or snood Head torch and batteries Gloves or mittens Glove inners Sunglasses
Balaclava or snood
Head torch and batteries
Gloves or mittens
Toiletries and first aid
Toilet paper Tissues Toothbrush and eco toothpaste Wet wipes (you can't shower on the mountain) Small, quick-drying towel (like a microfibre towel) SPF lip balm Small moisturiser (the air is very dry high up the mountain) Sunscreen Eye drops (the air is dry at high altitude) Regular plasters and antiseptic cream Blister plasters or sports tape Insect repellent Malaria tablets (Tanzania is in a malaria zone) Altitude meds (like Diamox – speak to your GP) Diarrhoea tablets (diarrhoea is a common symptom of altitude sickness) Painkillers (headaches are another common symptom of altitude sickness)
Toiletries for women
Camera Cellphone (Solar) power bank Small binoculars
Passport Visa Vaccinations
Don't forget your passport!
Small pillow Pillow case (this could be stuffed with clothes and then you don't even need a pillow) Hot water bottle (your crew will fill this for you at night) or hand warmer Favourite snacks Flavour sachets* Playing cards or other games Book or e-reader Journal and pen Safety pins, gaffer tape and cable ties** Plug adapter (can be stored at hotel during your climb)
Top Kilimanjaro packing tips
1. Keep important gear with you during flights
2. Have a pen and cash to hand