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Mountain tents are the most reliable form of accommodation on the mountain. Inside the sleeping tents, there is a thick and oversized closed-cell foam pad that is basically a mattress that is insulated to resist the cold. It is possible to hire an extra mattress early to make your stay on the mountain more comfortable.

You will also need a good sleeping bag which we can provide, you can hire or you bring your own. Either way, a good sleeping bag should have a fleece liner

The camp setup is done by your camp crew, the same crew that includes porters to carry your tents, a cook to prepare your fresh and hot meals when you reach camp after a long day of trekking, and breakfast in the morning at the camp. Your crew will also include a guide and assistant guide to assist with your day-to-day activities and well-being. For security reasons, you will be equipped with two-way radios and mobile telephones for communication with the base camp crew.

For private guided climbs you might opt to have your own private toilets, this can also be arranged before you begin your adventure.

Types of Mountaineering tents

Kilimanjaro campsites

Sleeping Tent

For sleeping tents on the mountain in case you are using a route that doesn’t require you to sleep in huts, Mountain Hardwear Trango 3 tents are mostly preferred. The tents we use for sleeping are tough and built to withstand even harsh alpine conditions. Trango 3 tents are the standard type for mountaineering adventures all over the world.

The sleeping tent is capable of accommodating 3 people but to be more comfortable it will house two people plus their mountain climbing gear.

Inside the tent

The interior floor space is 48 square feet or about 4.5 square meters, with a large room, two doors, and internal mesh pockets. The corners of the tent are bonded making it completely waterproof as they also have fully taped seams.

A 4 cm thick foam(1.5 inch) sleeping pad is issued to all climbers. These custom made and locally produced sleeping pads are more comfortable, warmer and thicker than any other sleeping pads. To maintain great hygiene standards, their removable covers are washable.

How many people do I need to share my tent with on Kilimanjaro?

Unless otherwise specified, one or two people will share a 3-4 person tent with plenty of room for you and your belongings. Please keep in mind that high-quality tents intended to withstand harsh circumstances don’t provide many areas to stand up and wander about in. It is possible that sleeping alone or renting a walk-in tent would cost more, but this is dependent on the tour operator. If you choose this option, be sure to mention it during the signup process in the “Customize Your Experience” area.

Can I get my own, solo tent?

Can I select my own tent by myself for the Kilimanjaro climb? Yes, you most certainly can with Tranquil Kilimanjaro. Even if having a walk-in tent or sleeping alone may cost more. Our Kilimanjaro Travel Guide will assist you in selecting the ideal Kilimanjaro Packages based on your preferences.


  • Each of our Kilimanjaro tents offers pristine seclusion.
  • Portable, hygienic, pump-flush toilets are available from Tranquil Kilimanjaro.
  • A hand sanitizer is available to preserve cleanliness and health.
  • All high tents are clean and comfartable.
  • In our exclusive mess tent, we provide three meals each day.
  • We choose remote locations for our campsites so that you may peacefully take in the most stunning views from Africa’s tallest peak.

What to expect from Kilimanjaro tents

  • Nights will be colder than usual.
  • Be ready to wear layers even on your first night of sleep. Additionally, pack a warm sleeping bag liner to go with the provided bag.
  • There will always be squat toilets accessible in a covered building of some type, typically segregated by gender and occasionally divided by “tourists” and “porters.” However, don’t expect the squat toilet restrooms to be clean.
  • At each campsite, trekkers are expected to sign their names in a book with their names, ages, vocations, nationalities, the number of people they are traveling with, the name of their guides, and their signatures.
  • Your breakfast and dinner will be served by one of the assistant guides or cooks in the “mess tent.”
  • Your Kilimanjaro Guide will replenish your empty water bottles and camel packs if you bring them to the mess tent at breakfast or supper.
  • Your assistant guide will wake you up each morning 30 minutes prior to breakfast.
  • You’ll be given a bowl of warm water to wash yourself in every day, roughly 30 minutes before supper and breakfast.
  • Once supper is over and everyone is back at camp, don’t pass up the chance to see the stars.
  • For a quick, restful night’s sleep, bring hand warmers, foot warmers, and body warmers.

Important tips for a good night’s sleep on Mount Kilimanjaro

Below are the top advice and tips for climbers camping on Mount Kilimanjaro

  • Avoid consuming too much water before going to bed.
  • Just before you hit the hay, use the restroom.
  • Always wear layers of garments to bed.
  • Put on earplugs to block out background sounds.
  • Bring a warm, cozy, and soft hat with you.
  • Give your sleeping bag a quick shake before entering to remove any inside clumping.

Additional information

MountainsMount Kilimanjaro, Mount Kenya, Mount Rwenzori, Mount Elgon, Mount Longonot, Oldonyo Lengai
SizeSmall, Medium, Large, X Large
Mount Kilimanjaro accommodation tent
Mount Kilimanjaro accommodation tent
Mount Kilimanjaro tents
Shira 1 campsite

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