Altitude / Arrow Glacier Camp Elevation: 4860 m.a.m.s.l.

The Arrow Glacier campsite is mainly used as overnight accommodation by climbers scaling Mount Kilimanjaro via the Western Breach Route. The western breach route is a vertical wall on Kilimanjaro.

The name Arrow Glacier comes from Arrow Glacier on Kilimanjaro Mountain. This Arrow Glacier has so far become extinct and no longer exists on the mountain.

Routes that use the Arrow Glacier Camp

Most routes namely the Shira route, Lemosho route, and Northern Circuit pass through this campsite but they do not necessarily use it as accommodation apart from the Western Breach Route.

Like most of the campsites, Arrow glacier lacks any structures apart from pit latrine toilets built like small wooden structures.

This campsite is rarely used because climbers depend on it as accommodation only when ascending with descent taking another totally different route and also when using the seldom-used Western breach Route which requires special permission to use it to climb Mount Kilimanjaro.

Location of Arrow Glacier campsite

The Arrow Glacier campsite is situated on the eastern side of Kibo, which is the highest point on Kilimanjaro Mountain. This campsite is only a stone’s throw away from the Western Breach wall which was formed as a result of a large landmass that plunged from the sides of Kibo peak, leaving a blanket of scree to form an almost vertical wall measuring about 100m high.

The campsite is located within the alpine desert vegetation of Kilimanjaro, an area characterized by high winds, and very little rainfall and humidity.

Arrow glacier campsite is one of the few to experience snowfall. Apart from a few insects like spiders, this area doesn’t support any wildlife or plant life whatsoever.

Additional information

RoutesRongai route, Northern Circuit Route
AmenitiesLunch and Picnic Site
VegetationHeath vegetation Zone

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