Kilimanjaro Crater Camp
Kilimanjaro is renowned for its beauty and a night spent in Crater Camp, the highest campsite on the mountain, is one of those experiences that is more likely to stay with adventurers forever. Crater Camp is located within the depression at the top of Kilimanjaro’s highest volcanic cone, at 5,750 meters (18,865 ft) above sea level, where trekkers can enjoy a special and unique experience.
What Makes Crater Camp Special
Crater Camp is an exceptional way to enjoy Kilimanjaro’s grandeur, as temperatures can be quite pleasant in the daytime, enabling climbers to explore the crater at their leisure. Those visiting Kibo Crater are treated to sights that are not experienced by many, such as Furtwangler Glacier, the Northern Ice Field, and the steep sides of the Ash Pit. In addition, the following morning brings the opportunity for a delightful and one of kind sunrise from the crater rim.
Kilimanjaro Ice Fields and Glaciers
Though snow above the campsite comes and goes with seasons, the ice fields and glaciers exist year round, enduring the bitter cold and fierce winds of the mountain. Unfortunately, these iconic features have shrunk in size by roughly 80% between 1912 and now.
While all Kilimanjaro climbers get amazing views of the Southern Ice Field, those staying at Crater Camp get to witness up close the Northern Ice Field and Furtwangler Glacier, a landmark that is beautiful with its icy blue and white patterning.
Hiking to Reusch Crater and the Ash Pit
The Ash Pit refers to the mountain’s vent in Reusch Crater, a powerful sight that speaks to Kilimanjaro’s volcanic history. Confident climbers can undertake a two to three-hour round trip to the Ash Pit for unparalleled views and exceptional photo opportunities.
Ensuring the Proper Experience for Crater Camp
The obvious health risks associated with spending a night in such a desolate and high-altitude environment cannot be overstated. Cold temperatures at night can easily drop below -10°C (14°F), and even as low as -20°C (-4°F), while the effects of altitude can include dizziness, nausea, headaches, and difficulty breathing. Those staying at Crater Camp often have difficulty sleeping and suffer from severe headaches.
Therefore, we recommend that clients climbing Kilimanjaro who wish to stay at Crater Camp have previous experience trekking and sleeping at high altitude. Those already living at high altitude also have an advantage. Finally, it is important to choose an ascent route that promotes good acclimatisation in order to have the best experience at Crater Camp.
For the brave adventurers who intend to spend a night in Crater Camp, they will be rewarded with an extraordinary experience and rare views unlike any other.
Kilimanjaro Crater Map
Below is the location of Kilimanjaro Crater Map on a Map
Crater Camp on Kilimanjaro is an exciting addition for those seeking an adventure. It may not be for every Kilimanjaro climber but for those up for a challenge, it is an unforgettably beautiful experience with incredible views. There is a certain risk involved as the cold nights and effects of altitude can be harsh but the magical atmosphere and opportunity to explore the unique geological features make it a worthwhile decision for some.