Mount Kilimanjaro tents and huts

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When climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, trekkers have the option of staying in tents or huts along the various routes. Here is an overview of the accommodation options available:

Tents

  • Most climbers opt for tented accommodation, as it provides a more immersive experience of camping on the mountain.
  • Tents are typically provided by the tour operator and are included in the trekking package.
  • Modern, waterproof, and durable tents are used to ensure comfort and protection from the elements.
  • Tents are usually shared between two climbers, although some operators offer private tents for an additional fee.
  • Inside the tent, you’ll have a foam sleeping pad or mattress for insulation and comfort.
  • You are responsible for setting up and taking down your tent, although porters may assist with this task.

Huts

  • Some routes on Mount Kilimanjaro have designated mountain huts at various campsites.
  • These huts provide a more sheltered and solid accommodation option compared to tents.
  • Huts are typically made of wood or stone, with bunk beds and basic facilities such as mattresses or sleeping pads.
  • Staying in huts is generally more comfortable and convenient, especially during inclement weather.
  • Huts are shared spaces, with multiple climbers accommodated in each hut.
  • Hut accommodation may be included in the trekking package or available as an optional upgrade.

Common Campsites and Huts on Kilimanjaro

Machame Route

  • Machame Camp (Tents)
  • Shira Camp (Tents)
  • Barranco Camp (Tents)
  • Karanga Camp (Tents)
  • Barafu Camp (Tents)

Lemosho Route

  • Forest Camp (Tents)
  • Shira Camp 1 (Tents)
  • Shira Camp 2 (Tents)
  • Barranco Camp (Tents)
  • Karanga Camp (Tents)
  • Barafu Camp (Tents)

Marangu Route

  • Mandara Hut (Huts)
  • Horombo Hut (Huts)
  • Kibo Hut (Huts)

Rongai Route

  • Simba Camp (Tents)
  • Kikelewa Camp (Tents)
  • Mawenzi Tarn Camp (Tents)
  • Kibo Hut (Huts)

Northern Circuit Route

  • Simba Camp (Tents)
  • Kikelewa Camp (Tents)
  • Mawenzi Tarn Camp (Tents)
  • Kibo Hut (Huts)

Benefits of Tents

  • More privacy and personal space.
  • Closer connection to the natural surroundings.
  • Flexibility to set up camp in various terrains and locations.

Benefits of Huts

  • More sheltered and solid accommodation.
  • Protection from wind, rain, and cold.
  • Shared facilities such as dining areas and common rooms.
  • Less time spent setting up and taking down camp.

Considerations

  • The choice between tents and huts often comes down to personal preference and comfort level.
  • Tents offer a more traditional camping experience, while huts provide more comfort and protection from the elements.
  • It’s important to check with your tour operator to confirm the type of accommodation provided on your chosen route.

Whether you opt for the cozy shelter of a mountain hut or the immersive experience of camping in a tent under the stars, both options offer unique and memorable ways to experience the adventure of climbing Mount Kilimanjaro.

 

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