We all need to urinate and poop, however oddly enough, this is a subject that is rarely brought up in day-to-day conversation. On Kilimanjaro, as on any mountain, however, there is an incredible shift in the popular conversational subjects, which frequently center on someone’s daily activities or bathroom exploits. You’ll undoubtedly have concerns about mountain latrines before your climb. A fast google search will then make you outraged by stories of filth and worry about the invasion of privacy. First things first, then.

Toilets at the campsites on Kilimanjaro

The campsite’s brand-new Kilimanjaro restrooms, which were reconstructed and repaired from 2015, are excellent. They are spacious, secluded, and routinely cleaned. They also don’t have drafts. Both the sit-down toilets in the western style and the traditional hole-in-the-ground are available a.k.a the asian toilets. The floors and walls are tiled. If the campgrounds are crowded, they may not be spotless, but they are still quite decent.


As previously indicated, some groups choose to set up a private restroom on Kilimanjaro, and other individuals prefer to use one there. However, fairly frequently, after a few days, people start to move toward the new restrooms at the Kilimanjaro campground. People who use these restrooms also tend to switch from western-style sit-down toilets to the hole-in-the-ground variety since they are cleaner because you aren’t actually touching anything.

Due to excessive fluid intake, individuals sometimes merely stop behind a rock between campgrounds to relieve themselves. Ladies may opt to use a shewee; just remember to pack a bag for any toilet rolls. It’s uncommon to need a bathroom break between camps, but it might happen, especially if someone has a stomach ache. We do have a shovel that may be used to bury it, and any used toilet paper needs to be put in a plastic bag and thrown away at camp.

Of course, what you use is a matter of personal preference, but be assured that visiting the restroom on Kilimanjaro is no longer anything to be feared!

That’s how you use the restroom on Kilimanjaro; just remember your toilet paper! Just kidding, we have it. However, some individuals like to bring their own kitten-soft triple-ply.

Loo with a View no longer exists

On Kilimanjaro, the restrooms used to be made of wooden huts with holes in the very slippery floor where your waste would fall into enormous bottomless pits, or just a few inches if it was an old, well-used restroom. These restrooms were infamous for not having doors (loo with a view), and when it was windy and you were wearing your underwear, let’s just say the draft wasn’t fantastic – though the wind would blow the stench away! If you want to use the traditional restrooms, you may still do so as long as you bring a clothes peg because the staff still uses them.

What then has taken their place? There are basically two options: either that or using the newly upgraded restrooms that are located at each camp. Or utilize a private restroom that our porters will carry up.


People often prefer that we carry up a private restroom. For this, there is a fee to cover the expense of the restroom attendant, who now charges around £100 per group per climb and carries, pitches, cleans, and empties the restroom. Our trip cost does not include this because some groups require restrooms while others do not.

What does a private restroom look like on Kilimanjaro then? Well, they are little and if it’s windy a little uncomfortable since they are within little toilet tents, but they are clean, they don’t smell, and they are private.

They are composed of plastic, feature a seat, a flush system, and a sliding door that opens to let your items fall into a container that the attendant empties.


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MountainsMount Kilimanjaro, Mount Kenya, Mount Rwenzori, Mount Elgon, Mount Longonot, Oldonyo Lengai
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