Gladys Adventure & Safaris
Equipment Rentals

Gladys Adventure features an equipment collection unmatched on Mt. Kilimanjaro. In fact, Gladys operated as an equipment rental shop for some years before offering their own tours. Our very comprehensive stock list omits nothing that you could possibly need. Most equipment is of numerous brands and models. Brands represented include Patagonia, North Face, Mountian Hardwear, Columbia, Vaude, Marmot and many others. We request that you reserve your equipment in advance. If on arrival your guide deems that you need additional items, we will try our best to accommodate last minute needs. If your trip is through Gladys Adventure, no deposit is required. If you are using another company, we request an advance deposit of $50 or 100% of the rental fee (whichever amount is smaller). This amount is non-refundable in the event you cancel your rental.

Gladys Adventure's standard procedure has always been to clean & disinfect all rental gear upon return.

Our shop is open 7 days a week. If you are traveling with another company, arrangements can be made for delivery to your hotel in Moshi or Arusha (additional charge for deliveries outside of Moshi). We accept payment in cash or credit/debit card (with added bank fee). For rentals made to clients of other tour companies we request a form of collareral to hold while you have the equipment (drivers license for example). For Gladys Adventure clients we will go through an equipment check with you before your climb/safari and any rental items needed can be obtained at that time. Gladys Adventure clients receive a 30% discount from the prices listed below.

Here are some exerpts from Tripadvisor reviews of our equipment rentals:

  • We were part of a 20 person group that needed a lot of gear. Many of us rented jackets, pants, poles, sleeping bags, etc., and their rental gear was exceptional.
    Reviewed November 2023
  • The rental store had a ton of lightly used name-brand items, including my rented -15 degree F sleeping bag that I will worship to this day. The gear check/info session made me a lot more confident, and it was a nice way to meet everyone in our open group trek.
    Reviewed October 2023
  • Fortunately for me (!!), this company provides and plans literally everything. You can rent anything you'll need for the climb from their rental shop, and the logistics are so well thought out and organized.
    Reviewed October 2023
  • The briefing and gear check on the day prior to our trek with our guides was so informative and gave us the confidence we were ready for our week on the mountain. They had every item you could possibly need for the hike to rent at the office if you needed. We rented our sleeping bags and it worked out great.
    Reviewed September 2023
  • The quality of gears I rented, equipment provided for the trek (sleeping bags, sleeping and toilet tent, mattress) were top notch (brand names, excellent quality - held up to the changing weather with no obvious signs of use, looked / smelled / felt clean) so much so that during my safari (different company), I kept wishing I rented sleeping bags/tents from Gladys instead of using the safari company's.
    Reviewed February 2023

If you are climbing with Gladys Adventure, you will not need many the items listed below since we provide the tents, sleeping mats, oxygen cylinders, oxmeter as standard equipment. For Gladys Adventure climbs your suggested packing list can be found as an article on the right hand side of this page as an article found further below on this page. If you are traveling through another tour operator check with them to see what they provide.

Rental List

All prices listed in USD, prices are inclusive of all tax

  • Balaclava $10 per trip
  • Bandana $2 per trip
  • Binoculars $30 per trip
  • Camelback Water Bag $15 per trip
  • Camping Bed $15 per day
  • Chair $20 per trip
  • Crampons $30 per trip
  • Day Pack $35 per trip
  • Day Pack Cover $5 per trip
  • Down Jackets $25 per trip
  • Duffel Bag (waterproof 85L) $30 per trip
  • Fleece $10 per trip
  • Fleece Jacket (Thick) $10 per trip
  • Fleece Trousers $10 per trip
  • Gaiters $15 per trip
  • Gloves $10 per trip
  • Glove Liners $5 per trip
  • Head Torch $15 per trip
  • Hiking Boots $40 per trip
  • Mess Tent $30 per day
  • Mountain Tent (2 person) $10 per day
  • Neck Warmer $5 per trip
  • Oxygen $20 per day
  • Oxymeter $50 per trip
  • Pillow $10 per trip
  • Poncho $15 per trip
  • Rucksack 70Ltr $70 per trip
  • Rucksack Cover $10 per trip
  • Safari Tent (2 person) $20 per day
  • Scarf $5 per trip
  • Sleeping Bag $40 per trip
  • Sleeping Bag Liner $10 per trip
  • Socks $5 per trip
  • Summit Pants (Ski Pants) $25 per trip
  • Sun hat $10 per trip
  • Sunglasses $20 per trip
  • Table $30 per trip
  • Thermal Rest Style Mat $40 per trip
  • Thermal Tops $10 per trip
  • Thermal T-Shirt $10 per trip
  • Thermal Underwear $10 per trip
  • Walking Poles (pair) $20 per trip
  • Walking T-Shirt $10 per trip
  • Walking Trousers $10 per trip
  • Warm Hat $5 per trip
  • Water Bottle 1 ltr $10 per trip
  • Waterproof Jacket $15 per trip
  • Waterproof Trousers (Windbreak) $20 per trip

Mountain Packing List

What you need for a safe and comfortable trek...


Mountain Packing List

mountain packing list items

Before your climb we will go through a piece by piece equipment check with you. Any item that you need can be rented at our shop. Even though we have a large amount of rental equipment, if you know in advance that you will want to rent some items let us know so we can reserve them for your dates. If you have chosen Gladys Adventure as your climb tour company, you will receive a 30% discount from our listed prices.


  • 1 - Sleeping Bag -- we suggest a comfort rating of at least 0 °C (32 °F) plus a liner.
  • 1 - Trekking Poles, collapsible
  • 1 - Head lamp, with extra batteries
  • 1 - Duffel bag - waterproof, 85L capacity or larger, for porters to carry your equipment
  • 1 - Daypack, 30-35L capacity, for you to carry your personal gear


  • 1 - Sunglasses or Goggles ---important to be polarized
  • 1 - Backpack Cover, waterproof
  • 1 - 3 - Water Bottle(s) (Nalgene, 32 oz.)----you will need to carry 3L of water with you each day. It is best that not all water is in a Camelbak since too much chance of system breakdown or line freezing so best that at least some of your water is in a bottle. The park will not allow disposable bottles on the mountain.
  • 1 - Water Bladder (Camelbak type, 3 liters)--or carry 3L in water bottles as an alternative
  • 1 - Towel, lightweight, quick-dry (optional)
  • 1 - Pee Bottle, to avoid leaving tent at night (recommended - not as important if you have a private toilet tent)
  • Stuff Sacks, Dry Bags or Plastic Bags*, various sizes, to keep gear dry and separate. * Important Update: Disposable plastic bags are no longer permitted in Tanzania. But "zip-lock" style bags are exempted since they are expected to leave the country with you.

Technical Clothing

  • 1 - Waterproof Jacket/Poncho, breathable with hood
  • 1 - Insulated Jacket, synthetic or down
  • 1 - Soft Jacket, fleece or soft-shell
  • 2 - Long Sleeve Shirt, light-weight, moisture-wicking fabric
  • 1 - Short Sleeve Shirt, light-weight, moisture-wicking fabric
  • 1 - Waterproof Pants, breathable (side zipper is ideal)
  • 2 - Hiking Pants
  • 1 - Fleece Pants
  • 1 - Shorts (optional)
  • 1 - Long Underwear, moisture-wicking fabric
  • 5 - Underwear, moisture-wicking fabric recommended
  • 2 - Sport Bra (women)


  • 1 - Brimmed Hat, for sun/rain protection
  • 1 - Knit Hat, for warmth
  • 1 - Balaclava, scarf or Buff


  • 1 - Gloves/mittens, warm and waterproof
  • 1 - Gloves (liner gloves)


  • 1 - Hiking Boots, warm, waterproof, broken-in
  • 1 - Comfort Shoes, to wear at camp (optional)
  • 5 - Socks, wool or synthetic -- cotton does not dry quickly enough
  • 1 - Gaiters, waterproof
  • 5 - liner socks (optional)
  • 1 - crampons Note: These are only needed during periods of heavy precipitation. They were last needed in 2020. But it is best to check with us before your trek if you are having an April, May, or early June trek date.


  • Toiletries
  • Prescription medicine -- if using Diamox, this is readily available in Moshi.
  • Sunscreen -- the UV is quite strong so this is important even if you do not typically use this
  • Lip Balm -- important to have UV protection
  • Insect Repellent, containing DEET -- not in pressurized can. This is only needed at lower altitudes
  • First Aid Kit -- your guide will have a first aid kit also but some basic items for blisters, upset stomach/nausea/diarrhea and headache is a good idea
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Toilet Paper -- some will be brought along but best to bring an extra roll
  • Wet Wipes (optional but recommended)
  • Dry wipes (optional)
  • Snacks, light-weight, high calorie, high energy (optional but can be a big help on summit day) -- these are not available locally
  • Electrolytes, powder or tablets (optional)
  • Camera/phone (optional) -- there is no charging capabilities on the mountain unless you bring a solar charger. Extra batteries/memory card are a good idea.


You will not take these on the mountain

  • Passport
  • Visa (available at JRO Airport upon arrival)
  • Immunization Papers --no immunization is needed unless you are coming from a Yellow Fever risk area.
  • Insurance Documents
  • Emergency contacts

Equipment Provided by Gladys Adventure:

  • sleeping tents (for clients and staff)*
  • mess tent*
  • cooking tent*
  • sleeping mattress (for clients and staff)*
  • folding table*
  • folding chairs*
  • cooking utensils
  • dining utensils
  • cooking fuel
  • food
  • water purification tablets
  • emergency oxygen cylinder(s)
  • portable stretcher
  • first aid kit
  • walkie talkie to communicate with Gladys Adventure office (we have our own private channel for this)

* indicates equipment not used for Marangu Route or Mt Meru

Packing for Safari

What you need for a safe and comfortable safari...


Packing for Safari

During the safari you will be in a comfortable vehicle during the days. The temperatures can vary a fair amount from early morning to mid afternoon though. Dressing comfortably in light layers that can be easily added/removed is best. It is better to avoid wearing bright colors - especially black and bright blue, since this can attract unwanted insects such as tse tse flies. Although the safari vehicle has a protective pop up roof you will want some sun protection (hat, sunblock, sunglasses) and insect protection (repellent). If your itinerary a visit with the Hadzabe you will want good shoes for moving quickly through the bush and also long pants and long sleeves to avoid scrapes. During game drives, each vehicle will have binoculars but you may want to rent extras. The vehicles will have small electronic charging ports so bring any plugs/cables that you may want to use. Once at your night's accommodations, the lodges and tented camps are furnished already and there will be electricity either by generator or solar panels. The showers will be in your room/tent. If your safari includes a flight, keep in mind that Coastal Aviation flights with standard fare only allows 15kg luggage (including carry-on). Precision Air flights (flights from safari to Zanzibar) allow one 23kg bag. Overnights at Ngorongoro Conservation Area near the rim can be cold and windy - normally 5℃ colder than other campsites. Especially if you want to be outside in the evening or early morning you might want a jacket, light gloves and knit cap just in case.

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