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Kilimanjaro Packing List | Trekk Preparations

Kilimanjaro Packing List | Trekk Preparations

Planning to climb Kilimanjaro? You are in for a real adventure! We have completed many of the top-rated treks around the world, so read on for a complete packing list and our tips for reaching Uhuru Peak. Mount Kilimanjaro is the highest mountain in Africa and reaching Uhuru Peak at the top is a challenging trek that can be completed by ascending various routes.

The seven summits are the highest mountains of each of the seven continents and climbing all seven is a prestigious mountaineering challenge to complete.  Kilimanjaro is the seven summit mountain in Africa and is also the world’s highest free-standing mountain at an altitude of  5895m.

The complete Mount Kilimanjaro Packing List

Kilimanjaro Packing List FAQ

About 30 to 35 liters; A medium-sized day pack, about 30 to 35 liters, is recommended. Smaller capacity, such as 20 or 25 liters, may be used but it would require careful packing each and every time you add or remove something.

The summit pack must able to carry all of the Essential Systems, including extra clothing, two or three quarts of water and, if needed, technical climbing gear including ice axe and crampons. A near empty backpack should not be used for the summit dash.

At a minimum, a first-aid kit should include gauze pads in various sizes, roller gauze, small adhesive bandages, butterfly bandages, triangular bandages, battle dressing (or Carlisle bandage), adhesive tape, scissors, cleansers or soap, latex gloves, and paper and pencil.

The typical kit required for this challenge will include mountain boots, warm clothing, ice axes, crampons, harnesses and ropes. Mountain climbing takes place in mountainous areas and requires the skills of walking, scrambling, rock and ice climbing.

Most people will find that a 60-70L pack has sufficient volume for extended weekend backpacking trips (two to three nights out). Some might need only 50L while others may need as much as 100L. As a rule, a half-full large pack is more comfortable than an overloaded small bag.

YES! The terrain of the mountain is rough and varied. … So a quality pair of hiking boots is a must. The summit of Kilimanjaro is often covered in snow, so you need well insulated, water-repellent shoes

At the summit, Uhuru Point, the night time temperatures can range between 20 and -20 degrees Fahrenheit (-7 to -29 degrees Celsius). Due to Mount Kilimanjaro’s great height, the mountain creates it’s own weather.

When you trek Mt Kilimanjaro, you sleep in one of two places: in a mountain hut or a tent. Most trekkers sleep in tented camps, as only the Marangu route offers hut accommodation. Everyone hiking one of the other seven Kilimanjaro routes must camp.

Yes and NO! Kilimanjaro’s altitude is a significant challenge, but climbers do not need supplemental oxygen to climb Kilimanjaro or reach the summit. To reach to the summit you use the acclimatization method of walking slowly “pole pole” climb high, sleep low.

Atmospheric pressure drops by about tenth for every 1000m of altitude. Thus the air pressure at the top of Kilimanjaro is approximately 40% of that found at sea level. To put it in layman’s terms, each breath inhaled at the summit still consists of 20% oxygen.

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