Mount Kilimanjaro holds many honors: tallest volcano in the world, highest free-standing mountain, highest point on the African continent at 19,341 feet. And the best feature is that Mount Kilimanjaro is a broad shield volcano, which requires no technical skills to climb — just excellent conditioning and an excitement for remote, exotic locations. Its famous snow cap is visible from over a hundred miles away, but climate change is quickly shrinking Kilimanjaro’s glaciers.

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The clothing and equipment you have for your trek are essential to your comfort on the mountain. The following list is comprehensive and will prepare you as you pack for your trek.

Packing List and Equipment

      • 5-8 T-shirts/wicking trekking tops
      • 2 pairs walking shorts
      • 2 pairs water & windproof trekking trousers
      • 1 loose long-sleeved shirt
      • Warm jumper/good quality fleece
      • Waterproof & windproof jacket -Gore-tex or equivalent standard
      • Down jacket
      • Tracksuit bottoms – good for sleeping in or as spares to trek in
      • Thermal tops and bottoms – varying levels of warmth recommended
      • Warm hat and gloves (hand-warmers also useful)
      • 6 pair trekking socks
      • Trainers/spare footwear for the evenings (Crocs or Keens recommended)
      • Hiking boots
      • Gaiters
      • Sunscreen and Chapstick
      • After sun/skin moisturizer
      • Baseball cap
      • Sunglasses
      • Small camping towel
      • Underwear
      • 2 water bottles – 2-3 liters total (if you prefer to use a Camelbak insulate the tube)
      • Sleeping bag (4 season minimum -warm enough to sleep at -10º C)
      • Sleeping bag liner – for extra warmth (silk best for warmth and weight)
      • Light sleeping mat (Therm-a-rest style is ideal)
      • Rubber-tipped trekking poles – optional; useful if you are unsteady on uneven ground
      • Comfortable 35+ liter daypack (to carry items needed throughout the day)
      • Wash kit, including wet-wipes
      • Large plastic bags to keep things dry inside your rucksack
      • Torch and spare battery (head torch recommended)
      • Camera & film/spare batteries/memory cards
      • Roll of toilet paper and small plastic bags
      • Alarm clock
      • Snacks/energy bars/electrolyte drink powders
      • Insect repellant
      • Ear-plugs
      • Liquid hand wash

** Keep in mind that there is clothing and equipment available for rent once you arrive in Tanzania.

Personal First Aid Kit

    • Imodium (anti-diarrhea tablets)
    • Pain-relievers
    • Antihistamines
    • Plasters & blister dressings
    • Moleskin
    • Re-hydration salts
    • Any medication you regularly take or that you take while exercising

Best Routes to Kilimanjaro


Lemosho Route - 8 Days

The Lemosho Route is a remote, less commonly used and beautiful way up the mountain. Because of its length, it allows for the best opportunity for acclimatization. Lemosho starts at Londorossi Gate, below the Shira Plateau, and treks through.


Machame Route - 7 Days

Machame, known as the “Whiskey” route, is now the most popular route on the mountain. Compared with Marangu, the days on Machame are longer and the walks are steeper. However, it is considered one of the better routes for acclimatization.


Marangu Route - 6 Days

The Marangu Route approaches Kilimanjaro from the southeast. Many favor Marangu because it is considered to be the easiest route on the mountain, given its gradual slope and direct path. The minimum days required for this route is five, although


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