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Kilimanjaro Climb Accommodations

Campsite or huts

Hut Reservations
You will need hut reservations only for the huts on the Marangu Route. The huts on the other routes (Mweka, Umbwe, Machame, Shira Plateau—there are none on the Rongai Route) are merely burned-out metal shells often filled with trash. Most non-Tanzanians who use these other routes bring a tent, and the huts are used only by the guides and porters, who don’t seem to mind their state of disrepair. If you do decide to use the huts on these other routes, it’s a matter of first come, first served.

Marangu route is the only route with dormitory style mountain huts to sleep in at night. There are 60 bunk beds each at Mandara and Kibo Huts, and 120 bunk beds at Horombo Hut. There are communal dining areas and basic toilet and washing facilities.
Rongai route climbers who join Marangu route for the summit attempt and for desent will not have access to the huts for sleeping. Sorry! but this is KINAPA policy.

If you don’t have a tent and really must stay in huts as you ascend the mountain, the ones on the Marangu Route are in good condition. There are three main huts (Mandara Hut, Horombo Hut, and Kibo Hut), spaced a day’s walk apart. However, each of these huts is surrounded by a virtual village of buildings, and the names refer to the old huts that existed long before the other structures were built. Some of the additional buildings are for porters and guides to sleep in, others are for park officials, others for small shops. Tourists generally sleep in the original huts.

Reservations must be made at the park offices at the Marangu Gate. Your outfitter will arrange these reservations for you as part of your climb.

When you arrive at each hut complex on the Marangu Route, you or your guide must go straight to the caretaker’s office and show your reservations to park officials, who will help you find your hut and sleeping quarters. As with most other things, your guide will take care of this for you.

There are no facilities in the huts except for bunks, so you will need to bring a sleeping bag and sleeping pad. Cooking must be done outside. At both Horombo and Mandara Huts, there are separate facilities for washing—small bathroom buildings, with cold showers and toilets. The toilets at Kibo Hut are like toilets on other routes on the mountain—big earthen pits. There is no natural water supply at Kibo Hut, so there are no showers.

All other routes are camping only with long drop toilets and water that is carried and delivered by porters.The campsite areas make the most of the available terrain, with some having precarious 'drops' for the unsuspecting hiker. It is advisable that you familiarize yourself with the location of toilets etc before dusk. 

Water is provided for personal washing but please remember to use conservatively, as someone has to carry and heat it for you. Better still, bring a box of wet wipes.There is no place no where on any route to dump rubbish. All rubbish is carried back down to the gate by the porters. This amounts to a large volume for each group. The mountain crews do their best, but can not be expected to counteract climbers bad litter habits.It is helpful if climbers carry a small plastic bag to collect personal rubbish ready to hand over to porters at the end of the day.

Huts on Mount Kilimanjaro

  • Mandara Hut
    Capacity / Beds: 84 Beds
    Owner: TANAPA
  • Horombo Hut
    Capacity / Beds: 84 Beds
    Owner: TANAPA
  • Kibo Hut
    Capacity / Beds: 58 Beds
    Owner: TANAPA



Campsites on the Mount Kilimanjaro:

  • Big Forest
  • Simba
  • Shira
  • Machame Moir
  • Buffalo
  • Lava Tower
  • Arrow Glacier
  • Barranco
  • Umbwe
  • Millenium
  • Mweka
  • Horombo
  • Mandara
  • Kibo
  • Barafu
  • School
  • Rongai Cave
  • Rongai Second Cave
  • Rongai Third Cave
  • Kikelewa Caves
  • Mawenzi Tarn