Equipment for Climbing the Rwenzoris

We recommend the following clothing and equipment if you’re hiking the Rwenzori Mountains:


  • Mountain gloves or mittens, or overmitts for climbing; light pair of gloves for camp
  • Hats for sun/rain; warm hat for high altitude climbing
  • Mountain jacket and raingear
  • Fleece jacket and sweater; ‘moisture-wicking ‘ T-shirts and long-sleeve trekking shirts
  • Hiking or climbing trousers; shorts
  • Lightweight long underwear


  • Camp shoes or sandals
  • Walking shoes (runners)
  • Gaiters (a set for low and high altitudes)
  • Mountain boots that can fit crampons


  • Climbing rope and climbing harness
  • Crampons and ice axe
  • Carabiners; slings
  • Day pack/climbing pack
  • Tent, sleeping bag and sleeping mat. Waterproof sacks, such as large canoe bags (Ortleib) for packing tent, climbing gear, sleeping bag and clothes


  • Malaria prophylaxis
  • Diamox (helps acclimatisation and reduces risk of edema)
  • Non-prescription painkillers (like panadol). Avoid aspirin
  • Sleeping pills (for those who find it hard to sleep at altitude)
  • First aid kit
  • Your personal medication
  • Sun screen (about SPF 45 or 60); dark sunglasses