Mount Kilimanjaro Camping & Hiking Trails in Tanzania

Camping and trails at Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania

Hiking Trails on Mount Kilimanjaro are most famous known as Kilimanjaro routes. Kilimanjaro routes are Marangu, Rongai, Machame, Lemosho, Shira, Thomas Glacier route, Shira and Northern circuit- these are used to ascend up summit. Mweka is Kilimanjaro trail used to descend down when climbers use Machame, Lemosho, Shira, Northern circuit route and Thomas Glacier

Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro scores high on countless ultimate to do lists on Mountaineering trip in Africa. Mount Kilimanjaro is Africa snow giant which rise from savannah to alpine height of 5895m. Mount Kilimanjaro is a strato volcano with vivid 3 Volcano peaks of Kibo 5895m, Mawenzi 5149 m and Shira plateau 3962m.

Shira, Mawenzi and Kibo peak forms Mount Kilimanjaro. Kibo is highest peak having height 5895 m above sea level, hence makes Kiilimanjaro highest mountain in Africa

The first attempt to climb Kilimanjaro was in 1861 but failed, however 1889 German Geographer and mountaineer did it well to summit, and was first foreigner to summit Kilimanjaro. Reaching the summit, Kibo peak feels like being on top of Africa because Mount Kilimanjaro is the highest Mountain in Africa to date.

Adults and children from 12 above can climb Kilimanjaro; just have normal health and average fitness. Kilimanjaro trekking is not just reaching the top but Kilimanjaro is a journey from tropics to the arctic and back. The high you ascend, the colder it gets. Mount Kilimanjaro has several major climatic zones. Tropical region, dense and montane forest with primates, antelopes, birds and even elephants. After forest you get this zone Bush, grass heath and moorland, then alpine desert.

Beautiful Mount Kilimanjaro view inspire travelers to book Kilimanjaro trekking deals

There are nature trails which lead you to summit Kilimanjaro, the alpine desert. These nature trails have been studied and approved to be safe for climbers and all tourists. Walking distance and altitude ranges are calculated to make sure mountaineers are comfort and safe, hence there are established stations for accommodation, rest and meals. These stations can be well developed Mountain huts or Camp grounds which needs tents as a cover. In Mountaineering term, station can also be known as base camp. Marangu is one of these trails which lead to summit of Kilimanjaro and are well known as Kilimanjaro routes. Marangu route is only Kilimanjaro route which have Mountain huts for accommodation in each station.

Hans Meyer used Oldest trail up to Kilimanjaro Summit, known as Marangu route or nicknamed Coca Cola route.  However will not recommend or talk about Marangu route because has high traffic tourists. Furthermore, the alternative trails are fewer crowds and have more beautiful scenery, which is why many Travel Agencies recommend.

Camping and Camping grounds in Mount Kilimanjaro, for these trails below are: –

Other Kilimanjaro routes which lead you to Kilimanjaro summit Kibo peak are Machame, Rongai, Thomas Glacier, Umbwe, Lemosho/Londorosi and Northern circuit. These are used to ascend up top Kilimanjaro while Mweka trail is used as descent path for Machame, Lemosho, Northern circuit and Umbwe. Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro is the challenging hiking and oxygen content of the air decreases as you hike up, note that oxygen level at top is 40% of that at Sea level.

Main Base camps which will be shared by all routes above are Shira Camp and Baranco camp, also these are used as base camps for acclimatization.

Each trail begins from different area, with varying altitude and vegetation/wildlife, how ever they can converge in 2 or 3 day.

Shira Camp:

Shira Camp is one of Kilimanjaro camp located in Machame and Lemosho nature trails

Barranco Camp:

Kilimanjaro trails Machame and Lemosho share barranco camp as stop over overnight and rest before proceed to base camp Barafu

Climbing to the Summit of Mount Kilimanjaro

Trekking to Kibo peak takes 5, 6, 7 or more days depending on the route and choice of climber. The more days the higher possibility to conquer the summit. An extra day in any station above 3000m a.s.l during the climb is highly recommended for adequate acclimatization. That is Why Machame route 7 days, Lemosho route 8 days; Northern circuit route and Rongai route 7 days have high success rates, almost 99%.

If you want to make tour and explore beautiful natural wonder attractions of Mount Kilimanjaro, you have to choose one of those routes. Now here we choose Lemosho/Londorosi route and hence you can read 6 campgrounds for 6 nights you will spend in Mount Kilimanjaro. Your ground handling tour Operator or Travel Agency will take care of tents, mattresses, food, water drink, mess tent, table, chairs, and all support team.

People planning to climb Kilimanjaro, can do training which will enhance lung capacity to breath and store oxygen. Climbing training ideas are useful to people whom their lifestyle is office works or lives near sea level. LINK on Kilimanjaro Agency – climbing trips (

Mount Kilimanjaro Crater Camping

Camping in the Volcano crater provides unique experience to visitors. During stay at the crater, tourists can visit the unique bench –shaped glaciers, these glaciers are formation which can only be found at Mount Kilimanjaro.

Adventure trip climbing and overnight at Crater camp is exciting to see Volcano and glaciers at base of Snow kibo peak

Credit to Kilimanjaro climbing Agency, based in Tanzania – East Africa

Kilimanjaro Travel Adventure Safaris Ltd


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