Kilimanjaro Gear Backpack List | Miyar Adventures


All trip members get 20% discount on gear purchased from Miyar Store for Kilimanjaro Gear Backpack list trip. Discount code will be sent out in the confirmation email.

PLEASE NOTE: The products linked below are recommendations/examples of items that work well for the trip/course but sometimes they may be out of stock. Please reach out to for alternative recommendations or visit our retail store Ascent Outdoors. The Ascent Outdoors staff are very knowledgeable and can help find you an equivalent product that will work well for your trip!

All trip members get 20% discount on gear purchased from Miyar Adventures online store Or Ascent Outdoors retail store in Ballard. Discount code will be sent out in the confirmation email after trip registration.


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Day Pack
  • 15-30 Liters. Lighter the better.
  • A pocket for a hydration bladder (Platypus) is helpful but not necessary
  • Few good options (We recommend Tempest or Talon)
Duffle Bag
  • 85-100 liters
  • Tough waterproof and Rugged Material


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Hydration bladder (Platypus)
  • 2 Liter capacity.
  • Will be used while trekking to maintain proper hydration
Nalgene Water Bottles
  • Will be used for filling/filtering water. Can also be used as hot water bottles to be placed in your sleeping bag at night.

Sleeping Gear

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Sleeping Bag
  • 750-800 fill down bag rated to 0-20 degrees Fahrenheit is recommended.
  • Just enough room to accommodate wearing a puffy coat and puffy pants inside the bag if you sleep cold.


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Baseball Cap (optional to protect from sun)
  • Packable, light colored, with a dark under-brim is best, but any will work
Warm hat/Balaclava
  • Fleece, wool, or synthetic.
  • Be sure it covers ears well, and will not easily blow away.
Silk/Nylon Neck Gaiter/Buff
  • A tube of fabric with open ends. Light color
  • Will be used as a light-weight balaclava, for keeping dust out of nasal passages, and for sun protection


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  • Bright, spot-light setting, and low, economy setting
  • Black Diamond, Petzl.

Sunglasses/glacier goggles

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Sunglasses/glacier goggles
  • Full UV protection
  • Dark, mirrored lenses preferred
  • Julbo makes very good glacier glasses.
  • Cocoons (OTG) work very well over the eye glasses. We have all sizes in stock at our store. They retail for $49.95, you can get them discounted for $39.95.


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Hand Warmers
  • 4-6 pair.
  • the longer lasting, the better
  • Will be used under wrist cuff of liner gloves, or in socks for added warmth
Liner Gloves (1 pair)
  • Windstopper fleece, Mid-weight
  • Will be used when trekking, or under mittens when more warmth is needed
Mittens/Thicker Gloves ( 1 Pair)
  • Outer mitten of a waterproof, breathable fabric (like goretex)
  • Inner mitten (removable) of synthetic fill, down, or wool
  • Outer mitten can be worn over liner gloves, or over inner mittens depending upon need for warmth and dexterity
  • Or you could buy a pair of thicker insulated gloves with waterproof come with an inbuilt liner


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Trekking shoes/Hiking boots
  • Sticky rubber sole that works well on rock is nice, but not necessary
  • Comfortable for the long approach and trek back (more than 50 miles).. Stiff, heavy backpacking boots are not necessary with the light loads we will be carrying.
  • Goretex is best for added warmth and waterproofing.
  • La Sportiva, Scarpa, North Face
  • A durable pair of gaiters is helpful if we encounter much snow along the route.
  • Three pairs of mid-weight hiking socks (wool) to be used while hiking.
  • Two pairs of heavy-weight mountaineering socks

Upper Body

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  • Two smart wool or synthetic t-shirts (running shirts work great).
  • Smartwool doesn’t smell and is very light.
  • One cotton shirt can be used as a towel after showering
Baselayer Top
  • One medium weight, one expedition weight/micro-fleece
  • Synthetic or smartwool.
  • Will be used for layering, as well as for an outer layer while trekking
  • Smartwool has better heat regulation and doesn't smell after multi day use
  • To be used as part of your layering system when temperatures are just above freezing, but don’t warrant using a warmer coat
Down or synthetic Parka/Coat
  • 700-850 fill down or synthetic fiber-fill, with 1.5-2.5 Lbs of weight.
  • This should be bigger in size as it generally goes over rain jacket and other layers.
Waterproof Rain Jacket
  • Pac-lite Gore-tex, e-vent, pertex, or another light-weight waterproof/breathable fabric
  • Chest pocket is nice to have so you have pocket access while wearing your pack Choose lightweight over heavy (often more expensive) alternatives
  • Be sure the jacket is roomy enough to accommodate a few layers underneath

Lower Body

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Underwear (4 to 6 pr.)
  • Synthetic or smartwool, fast drying, with few seams to prevent chafing. Women should bring at least a couple cotton pair.
Baselayer Bottoms
  • One pair medium weight. Synthetic or wool
Hiking Pants
  • Lightweight and packable
  • Zip-off useful for low elevations where temps are warm
Softshell Pants
  • Water resistant, warm and with stretchable hiking pants that allow you to hike comfortably while protecting you from the elements.
Waterproof Rain Pants
  • Rain Pants to protect your lower body from Rain, Snow and Wind.


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Trekking Poles
  • These are knee saving, and excellent for the approach

Self Care

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Self Care
  • (SPF 30 or greater) with UVA and UVB protection.