SIGNATURE MOUNTAIN CAMP
GETTING OUT THERE
There’s something about the wilderness that charges you up with an overwhelming feeling of freedom. When you camp on the slopes of Kilimanjaro, the tallest free-standing mountain in the world, you experience a mind blowing sensation. A sense of wonder engulfs you as you hike through the great diversity of Kilimanjaro’s five climate zones, each at different levels of elevation and each filled with its own enchantmentand allure. Approaching camp at the end of each day, you notice that each of the camps is strategically located with the most incredible views. Tusker’s mountain camp is your refuge during your climb, a sanctuary after the day’s challenge, with well-deserved comforts you deserved after your tough trek uphill.
WHERE WE CAMP
As you roll into camp at the end of each day, you’re struck by how the entire mountain camp has already been set up by your crew for your arrival. Your tent is up, and your cot, mattress, and personal duffel are waiting for you inside. This is the ideal time for a quick break while you air out your boots. Plop down on your cot and take a load off. Taking a short rest is a great method that works to reduce swelling and allows your body to acclimatize to the altitude, giving your system a chance to normalize. Even if you don’t feel tired, make a point of taking this recuperative break each day.
Each tented location has been mapped over time, and every site selected by Tusker owner/guide Eddie Frank, who has 45 years of experience leading climbs on Kilimanjaro. Each day is more spectacular than the last, and there’s nothing in the world quite like it. From your first camp site deep in the montane forest, surrounded by trees with the night silence is by the sounds of the Tree Hyrax, to the high slopes of Kilimanjaro at Barafu, where Kilimanjaro’s wild nature is on full display.
First great view of Kibo peak. Shira Plateau. Elevation 11,500-ft/3,505-m.
ARRIVING AT CAMP
As you roll into camp at the end of each day’s climb, you’re struck by how the entire mountain camp has already been set up by your crew for your arrival. Your tent is up, and your mattress, cot and personal duffel are waiting for you inside. This is the ideal time for a quick break while you air out your boots. Plop down on your cot and take a load off. Taking a short rest is a great method that works to reduce swelling and allows your body to acclimatize to the altitude, giving your system a chance to normalize. Even if you don’t feel tired, make a point of taking this recuperative break each day.
Usually, your clothes are wet from exertion or weather, so change into something dry. You burn a lot of calories which your body uses to stay warm, so it’s easy to get a chill. The key rule is to stay warm and dry. After a short rest, explore the beautiful area and stretch your legs a bit. Head for the mess tent and get some calories on board with a sweet cup of hot tea and a bowl of freshly popped popcorn.
Shira Camp. Porters welcoming climbers to camp with a song.
"There’s nothing like breezing into camp at the end of your day, after working up a full sweat on your uphill climb and falling onto your mattress-lined cot to take a load off."
SPECIALLY DESIGNED WALK-IN TENTS
As you arrive in camp, the first thing you notice are Tusker's custom designed full-size, walk-in/stand-up tents. They were designed by Tusker’s owner and guide, Eddie Frank, with his experience from 54 climbs. Your tent is weatherproof and so expansive, you don’t have to crawl in on your hands and knees. You can walk around inside and take sit-down meals if you like. They're designed for heavy weather and any season. The custom fly and zipper system shield you against the wind and the elements, while allowing you easy entry and exit. Two climbers share a tent, even though the tents could accommodate six comfortably. This extra space houses your duffle with customized cots and mattresses and allows you plenty of space to organize your gear, with extra room to stretch your legs.
WHAT TO DO IN CAMP
Camp is your social hub, and with camp and meals ready for you when you arrive, there is personal time on the mountain for you to enjoy the spectacular surroundings. Each climber enjoys the end of the day differently. You may want a little rest. Or you might go exploring with your camera, or just chill out and take some time to read, write or draw. But you also want to savor the moment and connect with your fellow climbers. A team spirit permeates your Kilimanjaro climb, and before you know it, you’re functioning as a tight, well-bonded group with a common goal.
A STAGGERING SKY
One of the most unforgettable experiences you will have on Kilimanjaro happens only at night. It’s the sky. And it’s unlike anything you’ve ever seen before. Many folks back home, would be jealous of your bounty right now. On Kilimanjaro it’s all on display, so make sure to look up whenever you can. It’s the greatest show on earth.
WELL DESERVED COMFORTS
A recuperative night’s rest after a long day of climbing is essential, especially after the challenges of rough terrain and increasing altitude. But you need more than a tent. You need a decent place to lay your body down. On each one of our camping routes, you get the best night of sleep on a cushy air/foam mattress that lies on top of your comfy cot. You never sleep on the ground, which means you’re above its chill and away from most of the condensation. This ensures that you stay warm, dry, and toasty through the night, leading to you getting a great sleep.
A HOT SHOWER - NO FANTASY
The most uncommon creature comfort on Kilimanjaro is the hot shower, but not on your Tusker climb. This is a rare commodity on the mountain, and highly prized by our climbers. Your Tusker shower tent is private and clean, allowing you to fully refresh after a tough day uphill. And as you know, the feeling afterwards is priceless.
As our mountain camp is always located near to a water source, our porters carry water to the kitchen, where is it heated on a gas stove. They then fill up the canvas bucket and hoist it up over the shower tent. You stand on a tarp to keep your feet from getting muddy. And voila, hot shower.
YOUR FRIEND JOHN
The national park pit-toilets are an eye-opening and nose-arousing experience where sanitation is lacking. To address these shortcomings, Tusker would like to introduce you to “John.”
“John” is a good friend to all Tusker climbers on the mountain. It is a private, sought-after place that every climber visits time and time again. It’s a place of peace and quiet, a respite far from the crowds, where you are guarantee privacy and solitude. And rightly so, it should be special. Thankfully, Tusker provides your group with this private sit-down toilet tent for your exclusive use. They are well maintained, sanitary and impeccably clean.
EVENINGS IN CAMP
Meals & Memories are Served up Here.
Some of the best times you have are at the dinner table, connecting with your fellow climbers by sharing stories of the day’s climb or recounting tales from faraway lands. At the same time, your professionally trained mountain chefs take great delight in keeping you well fueled with delicious meals.
BRIEFINGS & HEALTH CHECKS
Morning & Evening Health Checks
Your guides wake you up with a hot cup of tea or coffee so we can get an early start to the day. The chefs are preparing breakfast and it’s time to leave your warm cocoon and get some climbing in, but not before a delicious hot breakfast and your morning medical check. You leave camp behind and hit the trail while your support crew packs up camp and leapfrogs ahead to setup camp for today’s arrival. It’s a routine you’ll quickly get used to.
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