Karanga Camp Elevation/Altitude of the Karanga Hut Campsite: 4040 m.a.m.s.l.

The Karanga Camp or Karanga Hut Campsite, having got its name from the Karanga Valley which cuts across Kibo’s Southern side cutting through Kilimanjaro national park, the Karanga hut campsite is an overnight resting point used by climbers via the Lemosho, Shira, Umbwe, and Machame routes, climbing towards Mount Kilimanjaro’s  summit

Karanga Camp/Karanga Hut campsite can be used as a point to rest for lunch or for an overnight stay depending on your route itinerary and sometimes duration.

In the event that it is to be used as a stopover for lunch, then Barranco (before) and Barafu (after) camps are used for overnight stays. No matter which route you choose though, they all pass through the Karanga valley.

Here at Karanga Camp cabin accommodations are not present, leaving you with the only option of pitching tents.

The only structures present at the Karanga huts campsite are pit latrines otherwise known as dry toilets a wooden hut that serves as the Rangers hut located on the western side of the campsite just near the Karanga valley.

Climbers using this campsite for accommodation are required to have their own accommodation in the form of tents

Location of Karanga Campsite

Karanga Campsite also known as Karanga Hut Camp or simply, Karanga Camp is situated on the edge of the Karanga valley, south of the Kibo volcanic cone and along the edge of the moorland zone of Mount Kilimanjaro.

When climbing Kilimanjaro while heading to the Karanga huts campsite, you have to go through the Karanga valley itself.

Karanga Huts campsite receives an average amount of precipitation in the form of rainfall and humidity The Campsite itself is surrounded by vegetation. The Next campsite after the Karanga huts campsite is the Barafu hut Camp.

Distance from Karanga Camp to Barafu Camp

Karanga Camp at an elevation of 3,963 m is only 3 km or 1.9 miles away from Barafu Camp and it takes about 3 hours to trek on foot from Karanga to Barafu campsite. Barafu camp itself is not far away from Stella Point and Uhuru Peak.

Karanga Camp

Karanga Valley

The Karanga Valley is a low-lying land between some hills on Mount Kilimanjaro with a stream flowing through it which also happens to be the last point that porters fetch water to drink and use for cooking after treating it. This Valley game the Camp next to it, the Karanga Camp, its name.

The Karanga Valley


Location of the Karanga Valley

The Karanga Valley is located at an altitude of about 4,100 m and to get to Karanga Camp you have to cross the Karanga Valley. This valley can be found just after the Baranco Wall and right before the Karanga Camp, south of Uhuru Peak on Kibo.

Branco Wall to Karanga ValleyDescending the Barranco Wall to Karanga Valley

In order for you to reach Karanga Valley, you have to climb the Barranco Wall where you cross a number of hills and valleys that lead you to descend into the Karanga Valley. Among the routes that pass through the Karanga Valley include, the Machame Route and the Lemosho Route. When you pitch camp in the Karanga Valley just know that it is the last step before summiting the peak of Mount Kilimanjaro.

Additional information

RoutesLemosho, Shira, Umbwe and Machame routes
AmenitiesHuts/Cabins , Mess hall, Ranger’s office hut, Kitchen hut, W.C Toilets
VegetationHeath & Moorland

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Karanga Camp
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Karanga Camp
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