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Renting Gear for Climbing Kilimanjaro

A number of travelers – usually backpackers – show up in Tanzania, thinking they can purchase trekking gear for climbing on the mountain. Unlike Nepal, where you can purchase jackets, hats, gloves, boots, and thermal underwear, Tanzania isn’t a mountain community and therefore doesn’t have gear readily available. Much of Tanzania is very hot and since most of the locals never climb the mountains, and many tourists bring there own gear, there isn’t much of market for renting sleeping bags and other gear.

If you do show up in Tanzania with limited gear and need to find something, here are a few strategies.

1. Talk to trekking companies. Sometimes they might have gear that you can rent. Usually they have trekking poles and sleeping mats. If you look for a sleeping bag, or a coat, you might find something, but it’s not guaranteed to be in that great of condition. Make sure to check condition before you rent it.

2. There are some used clothing markets that sell all sorts of clothes. You can usually find some old boots and maybe a descent jacket, but it’s a crapshoot.

3. Go to a village like Marangu, and ask around. Marangu is much more of a mountain community and is much colder than other parts of Tanzania. Since many tourists pass through this village, you might find some used gear to rent.

4. If you are in desperate need, talk to the Kilimanjaro Porters Assistance Project, located in Moshi Town. They lend clothes to porters, but might be able to find some gear for you.

By Peter Baxter | Permalink | 2 comments | December 2nd, 2005
Tags: Kilimanjaro Gear
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By Dalva Moraes | November 24th, 2006

i recently went to Kilimanjaro with berg Adventures, contrary to what you said, they rent top of the line north american sleeping bags, -20 and excellent condition.I think you need to reveiw carefully your recommendations.

By Michelle | February 26th, 2008

I climbed Kili in the fall of 2007 and we brought all of our gear. African Bro’s, our outfitter, provided tents and sleeping mats but we had all of our gear. Glad we did, because I didn’t see any places in town selling camping/hiking gear. They could’ve found some gear if we needed it, but they certainly aren’t an REI. I agree with everything the author said to you bring what you need. I’ve heard many stories about people being unprepared and paying for it.


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