Altitude: 4720 m.a.m.s.l.
A campsite and lodge 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 may 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 ranger.
No self contained rooms are available at the campsite and all toilets are pit latrines located behind the main house.Location of Kibo huts campsite
Like its name suggests, Kibo huts are located at the eastern base of Kibo, and on the saddle connecting it with Mawenzi.
Most of the surrounding areas are dry, with very low humidity, as it is in 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 nights 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 deafeningly silent during the evening and night
Everyone you meet here would likely be anxious about the climb that is about to ensue.
The lack of animals or rustling plant leaves 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, as the rest of the path is filled with lose scree up to 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
The previous camp for the Rongai route is the Mawenzi tarn camp
while for the Marangu route it is the same Horombo huts.Abbreviations
m.a.m.s.l - metres above metric sea levelReferences
1. 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