Kibo Huts campsite

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    Altitude: 4720 m.a.m.s.l.

    Kibo huts is a campsite and lodging point that is located at the eastern base of Kibo volcanic cone of mt. Kilimanjaro. It is mostly used as a resting point by climbers on the Rongai and Marangu routes, on the day before their attempt to reach the summit. The campsite is one of the few on the mountain that offer lodging inside a built structure, reducing the necessity for tents. However, those on the Rongai route would still need tents for other campsites along the route or when the lodging is full.

    The lodging at Kibo huts consists of a stone built house with dormitory style rooms and a dining room that is located at the end of a long corridor through the centre. Each room inside the house has bunk beds and is capable of housing up to 6 people, to give a total capacity of about 60 climbers. There also is a separate house for porters and guides, along with another hut next to it for the camp's resident ranger. No self contained rooms are available at the campsite and all toilets are pit latrines located behind the main house.

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    Location of Kibo Huts campsite

    Like its name suggests, Kibo huts campsite is located at the base of Kibo and on the eastern side of it. Most of the surrounding areas are dry, with very low humidity, as would be seen inside the alpine desert region of the mountain. There is little rainfall in the area, but it does snow occasionally, most of which quickly disappears into the ground. During the night and morning it may be possible to see patches of ice on the ground that was formed as a result of moisture condensation as the temperature drops below freezing.

    Apart from the noises made by a few of the people at the campsite, Kibo huts is normally deafeningly silent during the evening and night, as everyone there is almost always anxious about the climb that ensues on the next day. The lack of animals or rustling leaves (no plants) in the surrounding desert also contributes to the silence. To those attempting to reach the summit, Kibo huts may be regarded as the last point for the next five or so hours where you may find solid ground, the rest of the slopes of Kibo is filled with scree up until Gilman's point. The surroundings are also filled with rocks and large boulders.

    The next campsite after this for both climbers on the Marangu and Rongai routes is Horombo huts, however the previous camp for the Rongai route is the Mawenzi tarn camp while for the Marangu route it is the same Horombo huts.

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

    References1. By User: Bbb at wikivoyage shared, CC BY-SA 1.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=22658447 - accessed on 4th April, 2017

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