Camp

Barafu Camp

The critical staging point for Kilimanjaro's summit attempts, offering stark, moon-like landscapes.

Tanzania
Location
Year-round
Best Time to Visit
4,670 m
Altitude

About Barafu Camp

Barafu Camp, perched at an elevation of approximately 4,670 meters on Mount Kilimanjaro, serves as the final campsite before climbers embark on their summit attempt to Uhuru Peak. Its name, meaning "ice" in Swahili, aptly describes the cold, barren environment climbers face at this altitude. Despite its minimal facilities, Barafu Camp is a place of...

What to know

Safety & Vaccinations
Climbing Kilimanjaro requires physical preparation and acclimatization to altitude. Vaccinations for Yellow Fever, Hepatitis A, and Typhoid, as well as Diamox for altitude sickness, are advised. Ensuring proper gear and following guides' advice is critical for safety.
For more information regarding vaccinations and health notices, view the CDC’s page :
CDC Travelers' Health
CDC Travel health notices and vaccination recommendations
Getting There
Access to Barafu Camp is achieved through climbing routes like Machame, Lemosho, Shira, and Umbwe, with climbers starting their journey from Kilimanjaro's gateways such as Machame Gate.
Getting Around
Movement within the camp and to the summit is on foot, with guides leading climbers on established paths.
Visas
Visitors to Tanzania, including those climbing Kilimanjaro, must obtain a visa or an Electronic Travel Authorisation (eTA) in advance, with specific exemptions for certain countries.
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