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Kilimanjaro Mountain located in North Tanzania is the tallest mountain on the African continent. This mighty mountain is a major tourist attraction in Tanzania and is a popular destination for mountain climbers and the adventurous travelers wishing to conquer the mighty mountain.
Different routes are established on the mountain that climbers / hikers take to reach Kilimanjaro’s summit at Uhuru peak. The routes have designated camping grounds where the travelers camp for each night on their way to the top. Aside from Marangu route which has permanent hut accommodation, most of the other routes use camping tents for accommodation.
Camping in Kilimanjaro Mountain
The popular routes om Mt. Kilimanjaro include the Marangu route, Machame route, Lemosho route, Rongai route, and Northern Circuit route. Search about each route to determine which one fits in your travel time and suits your preferences and fitness level.
To camp on Mt. Kilimanjaro, you much acquire a permit allowing you access the mountain from the park’s authorities.
Employ the services of reputable tour operators to help you plan and organize your experience on Mt. Kilimanjaro.
Pack the necessary equipment for your camping on Kilimanjaro including your hiking equipment.
Be prepared for varying temperatures, with increase in altitude as you will be camping at different elevations each night. Bring layered clothing that can be easily adjusted to the temperatures.
While on Kilimanjaro, you will be with a climb support crew and among these, the porters will carry your camping tents and help you set up camp and bring it down every day as you climb the mountain.
At the campsites, all meals are prepared for you by the cooks and warm water is readily available for you.
At the campsites on Kilimanjaro, there are wooden toilets.
You can carry your own camping equipment for your camping on Kilimanjaro or hire camping equipment on arrival in Tanzania. Some tour operators do provide camping tents.
Campsites on Kilimanjaro Mountain
These are found on the different Mount Kilimanjaro routes.
Lava tower camp
Buffalo camp
Shira 1 camp
Shira 2 camp
Second cave camp
Third cave camp
Umbwe cave camp
School huts camp
Mweka camp
Moir hut camp
Mti Mkubwa camp
Mawenzi tarn camp
Machame hut camp
Mandara huts camp
Barranco camp
Barafu hut camp
Karanga hut camp
Kibo crater camp
Kibo huts camp
Kikelelwa camp
Horombo huts camp
Arrow glacier camp
Millenium camp
Simba camp
Shira cave camp
What to pack for camping in Kilimanjaro Mountain;
Sleeping bag
Sleeping mat
Head torch / flash light
Beanie / warm hat
Layered clothing
Hydration bottles
Energy bar snacks
Comfortable hiking boots / trekking shoes
Campsite sandals
Personal portable first aid kit
Gloves (light and heavy)
Sunglasses, sunhats and scarfs
Fleece jackets
Day back pack
Camping on Kilimanjaro Mountain is an exciting adventurous experience and reaching the top at Uhuru peak is a once in a life time unforgettable accomplishment. Follow your climbing support team guidelines for a smooth, safe and enjoyable time of Kilimanjaro Mountain.

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