Kilimanjaro Kitlist

Tim Jasper shares some really useful information on Rohantime regarding his own kit list for a recent trip to Kilimanjaro. The comprehensive list is also broken down by climate zones. We hope this may prove to be helpful when researching what to take on your next trip. Read more about Tim’s Kilimanjaro Adventure.

We have also added a photo record of the trip through the different climate zones.

Any questions to Tim on the trip and his kit, please use the comments form at the bottom of this post.

The Kilimanjaro Kitlist

CLOTHING:

ON TREK CLOTHING:
Pinnacle Jacket
Cloudbase Overtrousers
Inner Flame Jacket
Microgrid Stowaway Zip
Expedition Shirt Long Sleeve
Essential Trousers
Superfine Merino Crew Long Sleeve
Superfine Merino Leggings
Cool Silver Trunks X3
Cool & Cold Socks X3
Weather System Control Gloves
Weather System Waterproof Gloves
Rohan Fleece Hat
Fleece Balaclava (unspecified…)
Rohan Buff
Pilkington Hat Medium Brim
Nightfall Jacket – carried for emergency use on summit day

AFTER TREK CLOTHING (left at town base):
Worldview Shirt Long Sleeve
Travel Jeans
High Ground Hoody
Essential Trousers – spare pair
Inner and Hot Socks X2                                                                                         
Spare underwear
Swim shorts (vintage Rohan…)

FOOTWEAR:
3-season, waterproof, walking boots – well broken in
Winter mountaineering boots – for snow during rainy season
AFTER TREK FOOTWEAR (left at base):
Sandals or light, active shoes

Read about the clothes for Kilimanjaro in action

EQUIPMENT:

ON TREK GEAR EACH DAY:
40 litre daypack
Hydration pack, 2 litre, with insulated tube cover
Pair of trekking poles (Rohan prototypes)                                                  
Rohan Trekking Umbrella
Sunglasses (Rohan prototype)
Head torch – Black Diamond Ion
Whistle

MEDICAL & TOILETRIES:
First Aid Kit suitable for mountain use
Suncream, Factor 50
UV lipsalve
Water purification tablets – iodine
Insect repellent – 100% DEET
Insect bite relief
Paracetamol
Wide spectrum antibiotic, eg Ciproxin
Anti-nausea tablets                                                                                                
Indigestion remedy
Diamox – for acclimatisation
Full strength anti malarials, eg Malaron
Blister treatment
Loo roll
Wet Wipes
Personal medication as needed
Personal toiletries as needed, eg toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, sanitary items, etc

SLEEPING & CAMP GEAR:
4-season down sleeping bag Mountain Hardwear Phantom
Sleeping Mat – Thermarest 4 season
Waterproof stuffsacks for all gear                                                                    
Tent lantern – Black Diamond Apollo
Spare batteries
Waterproof holdall/duffle, 100 litre

NUTRITION:
For trail snacks and summit day:
Power Bars, Energy Gel, cereal bars or similar

TECHNICAL GEAR:
Step-in crampons – according to snow conditions
Ice Axe – ditto

CAMERA GEAR:
Nikon D40 with 18-200 lens
Spare batteries
Spare memory cards                                                                                           
Filters, cleaning equipment
Lowepro camera bag with rain/dust cover

PERSONAL EFFECTS:
Mobile phone
iPod and headphones
Wallet
Passport and travel documents
Cash
Book, diary, travel games, cards, etc

Read Tim’s detailed Kilimanjaro Trek Report

Kilmanjaro Clothing
by Climate Zone

Kilimanjaro is unique for its wide range of climate zones.

The speed that you transition from one zone
to the next is also remarkable.
If acclimatisation were not an issue it would be
possible to move from one zone to the next each day.
Trekking on the mountain is at times strenuous. Summit day is extremely strenuous.
All this means that you need a very versatile and comprehensive set of clothing to accommodate all needs.

Luckily Rohan clothing, correctly chosen and worn, is ideal.

Here are the climate zones you will encounter on trek. Prior to this you pass through a cultivation zone:

1.Tropical rainforest
2.Heather moorland
3.High altitude desert
4.Alpine to arctic

This places dramatic requirements on all the
gear you take. Clothing has to be extremely
flexible in use and also specialised.
For summit day in particular the right clothing is essential for success and even survival.

On this trip we travelled in the rainy season, which is low season on the mountain.
The wet weather brings its own requirements. Waterproof clothing to wear and proper waterproof protection for all your gear are obviously essential.
On the lower slopes of the mountain though the humidity will be high – so waterproof/breathables do not work as well – yet we found the temperatures still low.

On the other hand, during this season temperatures on the summit will be less cold – although still severe – with less chance of high winds, but there will be much more snowcover on the ground. We ran into snow from about 5000m, though it had recently been much lower on the mountain.

Here is my clothing list by climate zone. 

1. APPROACH & TROPICAL RAINFOREST:
One of the major challenges here is humidity. Clothing should be able to cope with heavy perspiration and be rapid drying after wear. Despite this the temperatures were low under the forest canopy, so it was easy to chill, despite sweating. Insect repellency was also a high consideration.

BY DAY:
Expedition Shirt Long Sleeve
Essential Trousers
Pilkington Hat
Cool Silver Trunks
Cool & Cold Socks
Pinnacle Jacket or Trekking Umbrella if raining                                                                     

AT CAMP:
Superfine Merino Crew Long Sleeve to replace shirt
Microgrid Stowaway Top
Dry change of underwear
Dry change of socks

2. HEATHER MOORLAND:
This is more akin to upland UK conditions, but with the effects of increasing altitude added. On this section we had both heavy rain and very intense sunshine. Temperatures fell as we
ascended, which became particularly noticeable around camp.

BY DAY:
As before
Microgrid Stowaway carried for warmth when stopped 
Pinnacle Jacket worn more frequently
Cloudbase Overtrousers now carried and worn in rain and for warmth

AT CAMP:
As before
Superfine Merino Leggings
Inner Flame Jacket

3. HIGH ALTITUDE DESERT:
This zone is characterised by much lower temperatures when under cloudcover and when raining. When clear the sun is very intense and you burn very rapidly. Winds will be cold, which disguises the sun’s power.
I should have packed gloves to wear during the day when it was wet.

BY DAY:                                                                                                                     
As before
Pilkington Hat essential sun protection when weather was clear
Fleece hat now carried and worn at stops
Pinnacle now worn more or less constantly
Cloudbase OT’s worn more frequently

AT CAMP:
As before
Plus fleece hat
Plus Control Gloves
A Nightfall Jacket would have been a warmer
option than the Inner Flame, but would have
needed protection from damp and rain.

4. ALPINE & ARCTIC:

Suddenly your clothing needs become much more acute.

You leave for the summit at midnight, when
your metabolism is at a low ebb, and ascend through the night with only short breaks. During the rainy season we found the initial temperature reasonably mild, but the temperature soon dropped as height was gained and wind speed increased. The summit was challenging. It was essential to be properly layered against the cold, with all extremities covered.
On descent if the weather is clear the temperature will quickly increase as you lose height and the sun climbs. Most of your ascent
clothing will be stripped off by the time you
return to high camp 10 or so hours later.

FOR THE CLIMB (all worn):
Superfine Merino Crew Long Sleeve
Microgrid Stowaway Top
Inner Flame Jacket – added during ascent                                                 
Pinnacle Jacket
Control Gloves initially, later replaced by -
Weather System Waterproof Gloves
Fleece hat, worn over -
Fleece Balaclava
Cool Silver Trunks
Superfine Merino Leggings
Essential Trousers
Cloudbase Overtrousers

CARRIED:
Nightfall Jacket – for emergency use

Tim Jasper

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