Best Hiking Gloves for Kilimanjaro

There is nothing worse than freezing cold hands when you are trudging along ever closer to the summit. I had a bad experience when I climbed Kala Patar in Nepal and I forgot my outer gloves. I very nearly turned back as my hands could barely grip the poles they were so cold. It was pretty miserable. Getting the best hiking gloves for Kilimanjaro is easy and pretty cheap.

You’ll need warmth, and you’ll need them to stay dry.

So with gloves it’s the same story as with clothing – you need layers.

From our Kit List, which you can download here:

Gloves for Kilimanjaro

“Base” layer, or Thin Glove


No cotton! A good wool, silk or synthetic glove that will keep your hands warm and protected on a dry day. I like them to be thin thermal gloves that wick moisture away from your hands. Nothing nice about sweaty palms!

If you opt for silk liner glove, this can also be used to protect your hands from the sun when it’s not cold enough for the winter gloves.

The Icebreaker Apex liner glove is merino wool glove that is very thin and fits under most ski gloves. If you prefer a synthetic glove, then North Face Power Stretch Glove are a good option or something similar. They should be thin enough to fit inside your waterproof, winter gloves. You can also buy a combination “inner and outer” glove.

When selecting your base layer glove, just make sure you try it on with your outer glove to ensure a comfortable fit.

Outer Glove/Mitten

Best hiking gloves

I’m not a fan of mittens, as I like to have use of my fingers. Others I’ve spoken to love the cosy feeling of mittens. Either way, they need to be fully waterproof and able to be layered with your inner or liner glove. Having two layers of insulation ensures that you never have to endure freezing cold hands!

Do not be tempted to save money and omit the outer glove. You will need this on summit night. They must be waterproof and heavily insulated. If you’ve got a pair of ski gloves already, then these should do just fine.

Most outer gloves feature a long wrist cover, which can easily be tucked in under your jacket, so the cold can’t sneak in.

The Outdoor Research shown above are a good choice. You don’t need to spend a fortune on gloves, particularly if you are unlikely to use them again.

Further Reading:

Kilimanjaro kit list

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