Altitude: 2780 m.a.m.s.l.
An overnight camping or resting point along the Lemosho hiking trail of mount Kilimanjaro
It's name comes from the Swahili word for 'big tree', a name given because of its location in the rain forest and all the big trees around it.
It is the first campsite encountered after entering the park, and is normally reached on the first day of the climb.
Mti mkubwa campsite is exclusively used by hikers on the Lemosho route heading towards the summit, as the route's descent uses different campsites.
Mti Mkubwa is a tents only campsite, i.e. there are no built accommodation structures and all persons intending to use the campsite have to bring their own tents.
There is however, a hut for the campsite's ranger and the all toilets at the campsite are long drop, pit latrines.
Location of Mti Mkubwa campsite
Mti Mkubwa campsite lies next to a valley, and in the rain forest region of mt. Kilimanjaro — a short distance from the Londorosi gate
The hike from the start of the trail
to the campsite usually takes less than three hours and the campsite really is more of a small clearing among huge trees, with a lot of left over shade.
It sits on the north western side of the mountain and is relatively small in size due to the lower traffic of the Lemosho route when compared to others like the Marangu route
There almost always are no high winds at the site, probably due to the trees around, however there are frequent showers.Abbreviations
m.a.m.s.l. - metres above mean sea level