Horombo Huts campsite

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    Altitude: 3720 m.a.m.s.l.

    Horombo huts campsite is an accommodation camp that is located along the Marangu route of mt. Kilimanjaro. It is one of the largest on the mountain as well as one of the few with both cabin accommodation as well as a separate area for pitching tents. It is the second campsite from the start of the route or Marangu gate, and is normally used by hikers on the Marangu route during both ascent and descent, as well as descending climbers on the Rongai route.

    There is a large supply of water at Horombo huts from a nearby stream, thus making it one of the few camps on the mountain with W.Cs and bathroom wash sinks. Its cabins are wooden A shaped huts that are capable of housing 6 to 8 people each and although no self contained rooms are available, the cabins are capable of holding up to 120 climbers. Other facilities at the campsite include a ranger's hut/office, a mess hall and separate housing for the porters and guides.





    Location of Horombo Huts campsite

    Horombo huts campsite is located on top of a one of the Mawenzi ridges in the south eastern part of mount Kilmanjaro. It also lies south of Mawenzi and near the edge of the moorland region of the mountain (near the alpine desert region), an area with sufficient rainfall and high humidity, meaning any wet clothes would have a hard time drying there. Most of the time the ground and rocks in the area are slippery. The campsite is also near Zebra rocks, normally visited as an acclimatization trek for those on the Marangu route.

    Most people would start to experience altitude sickness at this campsite, another reason for there being an acclimatization trek. The campsite location on a slope shields it from the high winds that are normally present at this altitude. The previous campsite from this is Mandara huts whereas the next is Kibo huts.

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