A Climber’s Guide To Personal Hygiene During Kilimanjaro Climb

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Mount Kilimanjaro, the tallest mountain in Africa attracts a large number of climbers throughout the world. There are so many things to consider while choosing to Climb Kilimanjaro.

A Lot of people actually talk about a lot of things. But the most important topic is “how to go about maintaining personal hygiene during days-long hikes”. It is quite vital to keep yourself fresh during the climb and that is only achievable if one follows the basic hygiene rules.

Kilimanjaro Travel Guides

Kilimanjaro Travel Guides advises hikers to limit the pair of clothes that they may carry along. Therefore, one can opt to carry several pairs of base layers that can be used fresh each day and the same upper layer can be repeated for a few days in a row. But one has to make sure to carry a required number of undergarments as this is quite important for maintaining healthy hygiene. Comfortable cotton underwear is mostly preferred to avoid unnecessary friction due to sweat while Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro.

The availability of toilets is a major concern. Though, there are facilities throughout the way to the peak of Kilimanjaro.

It is easier to locate a public toilet, and facilities within vary greatly with the location of the campsites. Those at the base are flush toilets whereas at the higher altitudes there are more chances of spotting a basic wooden toilet without a seat. The cleanliness of such toilets is a little discouraging. Therefore, Kilimanjaro Private Toilet Tents are becoming more popular.

They are tall-sized tents with a chemical toilet unit that has a flush. These toilets can be dismantled and carried along by a porter.  They are more likely to be hygienic, clean, convenient, and comfortable. This comes with an additional cost. If you opt for it, this goes into your hiking package.

Accessing Private Toilets during Climbing

Private toilet tents cannot be used during your Climbing. It can only be set up at the site of camping and you can access it as soon as you reach the campsite. However, if you are stopping by at any location for a long time then your porter can set up the toilet tent for your use.

Spotting Bathrooms & Showers

There are no such permanent bathroom and shower facilities and it may be tough to take showers at the end of every day but the least you can do is use dampen cloth like a handkerchief or a tissue to wipe away the sweat and dirt from the body. In all the campsites during Mount Kilimanjaro Climbing you will be provided with the requisite quantity of water for basic needs like brushing and washing your face and hands.

Portable Shower for Climbers

However, the demand for a portable shower is not that prominent during the Kilimanjaro hike. But if you wish to pay and opt for such a service, your Kilimanjaro Guide will be happy to help. They even provide hot water and you can flexibly use the portable showers on days you feel like using them. Sachets of eco-friendly shampoo and soaps can be packed along so that it is easier to carry, use and dispose of without polluting the Kilimanjaro Routes.


With the right precaution and guidance from the Kilimanjaro Climbing Guide team, you are most likely to have an adventurous and successful trek that may be full of fun, thrill, and enjoyment. So, what are you waiting for?

Contact us and prepare yourself for the moment of your lifetime by accomplishing your dream of reaching the peak of Mount Kilimanjaro! For further information, please feel free to contact African Scenic Safaris via email at info@africanscenicsafaris.com.

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