Kilimanjaro climbing can be done by anyone who is physically fit. It is a free-standing mountain that can be accessed through different routes. Afromaxx will be your best partner if you are planning to conquer the Mount Kilimanjaro.  Here is a brief information on what you should consider putting on your packing list. Most Kilimanjaro Routes (Lemosho, Machame, Umbwe and Rongai) you will be sleeping in campsite tents during your mountain climb.  Unlike the Marangu Route provides simple huts to overnight.  Afromaxx Tours as we are Mountaineering experts, on this article we have gathered for you some of the information for your climb.

The best time to conquer Kilimanjaro

Mount Kilimanjaro can be accessed all year around. Although weather can range from warm and tropical at the base of the mountain to freezing on the summit.  However, we advise you not to climb during the heavy rainy season from April to May because of hard weather conditions. The best time for your climb is in January, February, June, July, August, September and October. It is advisable that before you attempt the journey, you must be prepared. Packing for such an adventure can be an overwhelming task if you don’t know what gear is needed to survive. If you are wondering how should you even pack for something like this?  We are here to assist you know how.

Clothing Packing List for Mount Kilimanjaro

First you should be aware that trekking on Mount Kilimanjaro climb leads you through five climates and vegetation zones in just a few days. Therefore, we advise you to be ready with lots of layers and some rain gears like poncho, Gaiters and proper trekking boots before departure on a change to Mount Kilimanjaro. We suggest that you test your items particularly clothing to make sure that you can be comfortable with your equipment. We are happy to share our equipment list with you while prepares you Kilimanjaro Trekking.

What to Wear on Mount Kilimanjaro Climbing
Good choice of a proper clothes will boost your day by day trekking routines.  So remember not to pack cotton clothes because it does not dry on high altitudes and can scratch your skin. The following are the best choice of clothes you should consider.

  • A pair of Moisture long sleeve tee-shirts,
  • A pair Moisture tee-shirt,
  • at least one Moisture sports bra tank – two-in-one is a space savor;
  • One Moisture sports bra one (for Ladies),
  • one Long underwear pants,
  • Two moisture Underwear. As you approach the upper reaches of the mountain you will need to wear a lightweight base layer or next-to-skin layer over your underwear. You will not need to wear this layer for the first few days on the mountain unless it is very cold. On summit night this is uncertainly the most important layer as it is the one that comes in contact with your skin.
  • For the ladies bring two pairs of sports bras, we recommendIcebreaker sports bras Icebreaker or Smartwool Lightweight Base Layers are excellent both for ladies and men.
  • Alternatively, any sporting brand underwear will work for you for example Adidas. You can find this wear from online Amazon Stores or any other online stores of your choice.

Clothing Middle & Outer Layers of your body

The good mix of different hiking clothes will also give you confidence on each day trekking activities, so you should pack a mid-weight,

  • at least a moisture long sleeve shirt; a Sweatshirt for warmer sleeping;
  • a Fleece jacket;
  • a Waterproof hard shell jacket with hood;
  • a breathable water-resistant Fleece pants: We recommend that you wore these on summit night over long underwear and under your waterproof pants;
  • a Convertible shorts-to-pants hiking pants; of course you will wear these on a daily routine;
  • a Waterproof pants; worn over fleece pants summit night;
  • warm waterproof Gloves or mittens;
  • Medium gloves; something warmer than glove liners
  • Glove liners; thin and synthetic, to be worn under gloves for added warm and protection from frostbite;
  • Knit hat which covering ears;
  • Balaclava;
  • Sun hat with brim or bandana.
  • You will also need to bring one to two pairs of hiking trousers – for a seven days trek one pairs trouser is fine, an additional pair is ideal for treks greater than seven days. However if you like wearing shorts then one additional pair of trekking shorts is worth bringing as well

Footwear and Trekking Poles:
Trekking footwear you take on the mountain is very important and the best way to break boots in are to wear them as often as possible before your hiking date. During that time, you should undertake two or three long distance treks for about four to five hours a day in your boots. Also, we highly recommend using trekking poles as an essential hiking accessory on Kilimanjaro Mountain, as they offer better balance on trails and reduce stress on joints during ascents and descents; The best way to reduce the impact of long-distance trekking on your knees and joints is by using trekking poles can help reducing the impact on your knees.

  • Ankle high supportive hiking boots;
  • Thermal socks; Trekking socks;
  • Gaiters;
  • Shoes for relaxing around camp: you’ll want to give your feet a break from the boots;
  • Spare plastic bag to hold your dirty camp shoes
  • Hiking socks
  • Sock liners
  • Thin, Insulated down parka
  • Warm Sleeping bag;
  • Sleeping mattress pad
  • Duffel bag
  • Walking poles

Hiring Climbing Gears

Of course we provide all the other Kilimanjaro Trekking gears like the Sleeping Tents, Mess Tent, Kitchen Tent, Cookers, Utensils as well as Filtered treated drinking water.  With our unmatched provision of services from our English speaking certified Mountain Guides, Mountain Porters, as well as professional Cook.  However we have some trekking gears for hire, should require to hire any gear please indicated it on your booking request to get a quote included on your climbing packages.

Why Travel with Afromaxx

We understand that getting the best price is great, but getting the best value is even better. We are indigenous Destination Management Company with best knowledge of the wildlife, environment, and culture and we are always attention to details.  Our local offices are in Tanzania (Kilimanjaro) and Uganda (Entebbe) to make sure we provide you with personalized support and services you may expect even beyond your expectations.