Altitude: 3050 m.a.m.s.l.
Mweka hut is an overnight camping area that is located along the Mweka route (descent only) of mount Kilimanjaro
national park. It is primarily used as the last campsite by descending hikers from 5 of the 7 Kilimanjaro routes, namely the Northern circuit, Machame, Shira, Lemosho and Umbwe routes. Most trekkers that use this route would have the option of using this camp that is a lot closer to the gate (Mweka gate
) or Millenium campsite
further up the mountain, depending on how tired they are. The campsite itself is small, as it is seldom used due to its proximity to the gate.
Despite having the name 'hut', the campsite does not have built accommodation, offering only spaces to pitch tents on and toilets. Any other facilities would have to be carried by porter. The 'hut' in its name refers to the TANAPA ranger's hut, a small green metal sheet hut like structure that has been there since the early days of Kilimanjaro trekking; However, the ranger's accommodation has since changed into a wooden cabin situated right next to it. The toilets at the campsite are pit latrines but there s talk of an possible improvement coming in the near future.