you are on a really unique adventure when you can stay tucked in your sleeping
bag while everybody else sets off up Kilimanjaro just after midnight. Instead
you get a full night’s sleep, have a good breakfast and climb to the summit
without all the crowds.
everyone else is heading back down with little time to explore, you can enjoy
the summit before dropping just 150m down into the crater where your camp will
have been set up. You will then have time to explore the remaining glaciers in
the crater and visit the still smoking ash pit before getting to the Western
ridge to watch the sunset. Next morning you then have a short hike to the
Eastern ridge to be there before anyone else to see the sunrise.
Be warned though, if you choose
the Crater Camp option you do run a real risk of getting altitude sickness
and it is therefore only suitable if you know you acclimatise well. Most
climbers on Kilimanjaro will suffer some degree of altitude sickness but they
descend quickly after summiting before any condition deteriorates. When
you sleep overnight in Crater Camp you stay high for a full 24 hours and this
can cause problems.
To minimise the dangers we only
offer the option of sleeping in Crater Camp on the Machame route, Lemosho route and Northern Circuit routes.
You will also spend more time at the summit itself before descending down
into the crater to sleep, following the golden rule of acclimatisation - 'climb
high, sleep low'.
should know that some climbers who have booked the Crater Camp option have
changed their minds while on the mountain having decided that they have not
acclimatised enough to make the overnight stay safe and comfortable. Remember
always, sleeping in Crater Camp is optional: getting down safely is mandatory.