Barranco campsite

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Barranco camp, tents pitched (near) with Barranco wall in the distance on a rainy day [1]
Barranco camp, tents pitched (near) with Barranco wall in the distance on a rainy day [1]


Altitude: 3950 m.a.m.s.l.

The Barranco campsite is an overnight resting point on mt. Kilimanjaro that is located near the base of the Barranco wall. It is used exclusively by climbers on the Machame, Umbwe, Shira and Lemosho routes on their way to the summit, as the descent from the mountain takes a different route.

The Barranco campsite has no cabin accommodation, meaning all of climbers who use it sleep in tents that are carried up the mountain by porters. There is however, a ranger's hut at the northern end of the campsite and near the wall, where climbers are required to check in on arriving at the campsite. The toilets are located inside one building at the centre of the campsite, a few W.Cs - some of the few available on the mountain as other campsite use pit latrines.

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Location of Barranco campsite

The Barranco campsite is located near the base of the Barranco wall on the south of Kibo, on of Kilimanjaro's three peaks. It is also at the edge of the moorland zone of vegetation, with the alpine desert starting less that 1km away at the base of Kibo, giving the area enough rainfall and humidity to keep the plants and animals going. The campsite also lies in a valley, with the Barranco wall on the east, a hill to the west, Kibo to the north and a valley south, giving it some protection from the high winds of the area. The next campsite after this is Karanga hut.

Abbreviationsm.a.m.s.l. - metres above metric sea level

References1. By KpokeJlJla - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=54980147 - accessed on 28th October, 2017

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