The best accomodations when you climb Kilimanjaro .

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Accommodations in Kilimanjaro

There is something truly special about just being out there in a tropical landscape. Soaking in all of the sounds of the night on the mountain gives you one of the best feelings in the world.

There are times when getting a good night’s sleep is naturally more difficult on Kilimanjaro. This is

particularly the case when you reach the high-altitude zones.

The good news is that with a little bit of foresight and knowledge beforehand, you can make your

accommodation more comfortable during your climb.

However, it is also worth noting that the type of accommodation available will depend upon the route you

take. It will also depend on your budget and what type of tour you take.

So, we wanted to make sure you have all the information you need to choose the best accommodation.

You can also find more general tips and information about how to plan your perfect trip to Kilimanjaro on our Climb Kilimanjaro Experience Page.

Where do i sleep on Kilimanjaro

Where you sleep on Mount Kilimanjaro depends on your hiking route and climbing package. On all but the

Marangu route, you will sleep in tents at designated campsites. Your tour operator will typically organize your sleeping tent and mattress, whereby the quality of tents ranges from cheap locally produced to high-

quality imported winter mountaineering tents or luxurious walk-in size tents with proper frame beds

The Marangu Route offers shared hut accommodation with dormitory-style bunk beds. This means you’ll have a firm roof, but it also reduces your level of privacy. High-quality tents may feel more luxurious and

comfortable than the Marangu Huts.

What are the facilities on the marangu route like?

All hiking routes on Mount Kilimanjaro are roughly similar in terms of facilities, or lack thereof. You will sleep in designated campsites with basic public toilet facilities.

There are flush toilets and running water at lower altitudes, but only long drop toilets at higher altitude, and no toilets along the path.

Only the Marangu Route offers accommodation in huts and some more facilities, but they are not necessarily more comfortable than the other routes.

For a more comfortable experience, it’s best to book with a high-quality tour operator and upgrade your

climbing package. Mess dining tents with tables and chairs are fairly standard for all mid-range offers, and

private toilet tents have become very popular.

For a true VIP experience. we can add luxuries such as a walk-in size tent with frame beds, a portable

mountain shower, or even a comfortable lounge tent with a heater to your climbing package.

Less popular routes such as the Northern Circuit, Grand Traverse or Rongai Route may also feel more

comfortable as you’ll get to enjoy more privacy, quiet campsites and unspoilt wilderness.

What is the accommodation on the Marangu route like?

The Marangu route is the only route with hut accommodation. This includes 60 bunk beds each at the

Mandara and Kibo Huts and 120 bunk beds at Horombo Hut.

The Marangu Huts offer dormitory-style accommodation of between 4 — 20 bunk beds per room. It is not

possible to rent a private room. Moreover, the allocation of beds is on a first-come-first-served basis.

Therefore, expect to be sharing your hut with strangers.

However, it is worth noting that the huts do not come with mattresses and pillows — tour operators provide

that. You’ll need to bring your own sleeping bags.

The first hut you will stay in will be the Mandara A-frame Huts, which include solar lighting, flush toilets and

piped water.

marangu route huts

What are the tents on kilimanjaro like ?

If you are not planning to take the Marangu route, then your next question may be ‘what are the tents on

Kilimanjaro like?’

This really depends on the type of tent that you get for your trip.

For example, if you are on a standard tour, tents are generally smaller and more confined than you would

get on a VIP tour. You will need a sleeping bag, as cots are not included in a standard tour.

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Is it worth getting a cot?

This leads us on to a second point: is it worth getting a cot on


Few can deny the comfort and luxury of a cot and walk-in tent.

But should you invest in one? Much of this depends on what

your preferences and accommodation requirements are.

How many people will I need to share my tent with on a standard tour?

Standard tents are usually shared, if you don’t have other arrangements.

Unless otherwise stated, I or 2 people will share a 3-4 person tent, with plenty of space for you and your

gear. But please note, high-grade tents designed to cope with extreme conditions don’t allow much room to

stand up and walk around in your Kilimanjaro tent.

For more space and comfort, you may want to upgrade your climb to have a sleeping tent for you alone so

you do not need to share. or a bigger walk-in size tent to share with your travel companion.

What are the campsites like on kilimanjaro?

All routes on Kilimanjaro use specifically designated campsites. Most campsites have a registration office

and basic toilet facilities. They are safe, provide a good way to meet fellow climbers, and almost always

have spectacular views. Your meals will be provided by your tour operator in a separate mess tent where you will be able to sit comfortably.

Apart from the Marangu Route, there are no shops on Kilimanjaro. Furthermore, there are no charging

facilities, and there is no heating (except for luxurious offers that can be upgraded to include a mess tent(heater).

Few Kilimanjaro campsites have running water, and there are no water sources near the base camps at high altitudes.

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