Karanga Hut campsite

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Karanga hut campsite of Kilimanjaro national park, tents pitched (near) with Kibo in the background [1]
Karanga hut campsite of Kilimanjaro national park, tents pitched (near) with Kibo in the background [1]


Altitude: 4040 m.a.m.s.l.

Karanga hut campsite is an overnight resting point that is located next to the Karanga valley, on the southern side of Kibo and in Kilimanjaro national park. It is primarily used by hikers on the Lemosho, Shira, Umbwe and Machame routes, during their ascent to the summit, either as a lunch point or as a campsite for the night - depending on the duration or timetable of the route. In cases where it is used as a rest stop during lunch, then the Barranco (before) and Barafu (after) camps are used for the nights. However, all of these routes take you through the Karanga valley itself.

Karanga huts campsite has no cabin accommodations, providing only spaces for tent pitching along with dry toilets in the form of pit latrines. Apart from the toilets, the only other built structure is the ranger's hut, a wooden house on the western edge of the campsite, next to the valley itself. All persons intending to use the campsite would have to carry their own tents.





Location of Karanga Hut campsite

Karanga campsite is located next to the Karanga valley, requiring most people to go through it, before reaching the campsite from the west (during ascent). It is also south of the Kibo volcanic cone and along the edge of the moorland zone of the mountain, an area with average rainfall and humidity. Most of the vegetation is located to the west, east and south of the camp, emphasizing the camp's position at the border. The Next campsite after this is usually the Barafu hut.

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

References1. By Phase9 - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=22596545 - accessed on 28th October, 2017
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