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What type of gear/equipment do I need to trek Kilimanjaro ?

Getting the right Kilimanjaro equipment will increase the chances for your summit attempt.

The truth is, you need good gear for Kilimanjaro summit attempt. Being cold, wet and miserable does not increase your summit chances. Trust us based on 20+years of guiding in this field.

Our Kilimanjaro equipment list has all the essential gear that you need for your Kilimanjaro climb.

How fit do I have to be to trek Kilimanjaro ?

You certainly don’t need to be an Olympic athlete, fitness fanatic or young individual in the prime of your life to climb Kilimanjaro.

So how fit do you have to be?”

Really, the question is “what kind of fitness do you need?”

Mt. Kilimanjaro, with a summit of 19,340 feet, Kilimanjaro is the highest point in Africa, and climbers heading to the top will need to be prepared for the rigors of high-altitude trekking. As you prepare for your trip to Africa, start training for the Mt. Kilimanjaro climb as early as possible; quality preparation can make the difficult hike more comfortable and will reduce your likelihood of getting injured on the mountain.

The type of fitness is more important than the degree of fitness.

The Kilimanjaro climb involves multiple days of hiking and climbing if you don’t already follow a regular exercise schedule, start today. Aerobic and yoga exercise improves the function of your heart, lungs and muscles, which will help your body handle the physical stress of the Kilimanjaro hike

Kilimanjaro is a longer walk; one of the easiest and best activities you can do to prepare is walking/hiking.

While running does helps to some degree, it does not fully prepare your muscles for this type of fitness/hike.

I, as a professional guide, suggest that you spend some of your training time by simply doing, 2-3 day local hiking trails in your area; pick a friend, a dog, if not, grab some (MUSIC) and enjoy your walk/hike. This has proven to be the most excellent way to prepare.

Your hiking must have some uphill and downhill sections! This is a MUST in order to prepare for the Kilimanjaro summit attempt. Regular gym workouts are also an effective way to prepare.

The more you prepare the better. Also it is advisable during your hikes that you should start getting to know how to use your equipment. Do this by using/wearing them so they get used to your body. Wear your boots to avoid blisters, walk with your poles, daypacks, and try to put some weigh in your backpack. Remember to bring at least 4+ liters of water/kg with you (and drink as much as you can during your hike) . This is also been proven to be a successful way to prep for any long lengthy hike.

Terminate your hiking schedule at least 4 days before you start your summit attempt to ensure sufficient rest before the climb.

You probably know about this, but Summit-Trails adventure would kindly like to remind, that you should always warm up your muscles before any exercising routine.

This means putting your body through a variety of stretches to warm up and strengthen tendons, ligaments, joints and muscles. Stretching is very important; it’s the best way to prepare yourself for an injury-free workout.

For those of you that don’t know anything about climbing the African peak and the only free standing mountain in the world:

First thing you should know is that climbing/trekking Kilimanjaro requires NO technical climbing skills and is essentially a long hike. We therefore believe that anyone with a basic fitness level and some determination can trek to Uhuru Peak-Summit and all of our successful clients attest to this! We have taken old, young, overweight, underweight, blind, also people with Asthma, panic attack, smokers, low blood pressure, and high blood pressure to the top of Kilimanjaro and all of them enjoyed it and create life-time memories.

That being said, Kilimanjaro is not an easy mountain to climb and there are a number of key factors to consider before attempting it such as route itinerary, length, altitude/attitude and type of training. These factors will help you determine whether you think you’re up to the challenge or not, all being said, you can contact us for more details for your preps.

How much does it cost to trek Kilimanjaro ?

Climbing Kilimanjaro can cost you anything from $1,600 to more than $10,000. Read our Kilimanjaro pricing guide to learn more.


Any expeditions equipment always cost more than you can imagine: Taking part in a Kilimanjaro climb can soon be way more than expected, with flight, visas, travel insurance, vaccinations, and your full personal equipment’s, however, we have somehow come up with a solution that can save you hundreds of dollars. So, yes you can rent everything that we recommended in our pack-list, Go through it and let us know what we can possibly prepare for you before arriving, or we can take you to our storage and choose what you need for your expedition when you arrive. Get our rental prices her

Where would I sleep when climbing Kilimanjaro ?

At Summit-Trails Adventure: We uses 4 seasons tents only to all five camping routes which is Lemosho, Shira, Umbwe, Machame and Rongai route, unless you are on the Marangu Route, accommodation on Kilimanjaro will be in tents brought up by our porters. The sleeping arrangements in these huts are usually dormitory-style, with anything from four to twenty beds per room. We aslo uses big mess tent for eating, cooking, playing games and hanging out in the afternoon, evening and morning. Tents are big enough for 6feet person to stand and about 15-20 feet wide. Sleeping tents are large enough for three adults, but we never sleep more than two in a tent. Attached vestibules provide space for your gear. Expanded height tents with cot beds and plush mattresses are available on some routes

On the Marangu Route, camping is forbidden and instead people have to sleep in huts along the route. (You will see people camping on this route, but they are trekkers who took the Rongai Route to ascend and are now descending on Marangu.)