If you love the idea of Climbing Kilimanjaro in 2018, but hate the thought of camping, you’ll be pleased to know that it is not nearly as bad as it seems! The ground is hard – yes, and you can expect zero temperatures from day one, but the campsites are extremely well organised on Africa’s highest mountain, and providing your book your Kilimanjaro expedition with a reputable company, you can expect all the creature comforts of home… well, almost!
If there is one item that is essential on Kilimanjaro, it is an inflatable mattress. Forget foam pads – they simply don’t work, you need some air between you and the cold, hard floor, and a Thermarest (or similar) does just the job. When you combine that with a super toasty sleeping bag and a set of thermal sleepwear that your grandad would be proud of, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t get a good night’s sleep – even if you are in bed by 8pm!
If you book your climb with a good company, you will also be provided with a private WC tent, fondly referred to as the Internet Café, a mess tent for meal times (including lunch), and all the hot water you could possibly need to wash away the dust of the day before heading to the tent for your 3-course meal – it’s quite glamorous really, for 5,000 meters above sea-level at least!
Here’s a brief glimpse of what you can expect when camping on Kilimanjaro…