Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro is an exhilarating adventure that offers various activities and experiences during your time at camp. Here are 10 things to do while at camp on Kilimanjaro.
1. Rest and Acclimatize
Each campsite on the Kilimanjaro trek is strategically placed to allow for proper acclimatization. Spending time at the camps allows your body to adjust to the altitude and reduce the risk of altitude sickness.
2. Enjoy the Scenery
Kilimanjaro is renowned for its breathtaking natural beauty. From the lush rainforest at the lower altitudes to the stunning alpine desert and glaciers higher up, there are plenty of scenic vistas to enjoy.
3. Wildlife Viewing
While on the lower slopes of Kilimanjaro, you may encounter various wildlife, including monkeys, birds, and other small animals. Keep an eye out for the unique flora and fauna in the region.
The diverse landscapes and stunning views make Kilimanjaro a photographer’s paradise. Capture memories of your trek and the beautiful surroundings.
5. Star Gazing
At higher altitudes, away from the tall rainforest trees, the night sky on Kilimanjaro offers a magnificent display of stars. Take time to appreciate the celestial wonders during clear nights.
6. Socialize with Fellow Trekkers
Kilimanjaro attracts adventurers from all around the world. At the campsites, you’ll have the opportunity to meet and interact with fellow trekkers. You can swap stories and make new friends.
7. Eat and Drink
We bring plenty of food. So eat to your heart’s content. We will make sure you drank plenty of water throughout the day. But if you are wanting something different. We offer hot tea, chocolate, and coffee. If you brought powders like Gatorade, Nuun, or Skratch Labs you can add them to the provided water for flavor and electrolytes.
8. Wash Your Clothes and Body
We provide warm water. for you to wash up with. You can combine it with wipes and bathe yourself.
9. Learn About the Local Culture
Interact with your guides and porters to learn about the local culture and traditions of the Chagga people who live in the foothills of Kilimanjaro. Read more here: Tribes of Tanzania
10. Tend to Any First Aid Items
If you have scrapes, hot spots, or blisters, let the guides know. They can help you clean and wrap or treat any injuries. Read more here: 8 Foot Care Tips While Hiking Kilimanjaro
Remember that your time at each campsite is limited until the next morning. The main focus of the Kilimanjaro trek is the climb itself, and the camps serve as resting points and acclimatization stations. Enjoy these activities responsibly while keeping in mind the overall objective of reaching the summit safely and respecting the environment.