So we all need a wee and a poo, but strangely it’s a topic that’s never really gets mentioned in day-to-day life. However, on Kilimanjaro, and any mountain, there’s this amazing shift in hot topics of conversation which more often than not include a person’s daily movements or toilet adventures. No doubt questions regarding mountain toilets will come to mind before your climb. Then, after a quick Google search, you’ll be horrified by tales of filth and concern about the lack of privacy.
It used to be the case on Kilimanjaro that the toilets were wooden huts with holes in the very slippy wooden floor for your business to drop down into vast bottomless pits, or if it’s an old, well-used loo, then the drop was just a few inches! These toilets were famed for not having doors (loo with a view) and if windy, when your bits are out, well let’s just say the draft wasn't great – though the wind would dissipate the smell! The original toilets do still exist and are used by the staff, so if you would like to experience them, it’s still possible, but do take a clothes peg!
So what has replaced them? Well, there are two options – use the new improved toilets which are at each camp. Or use a Private Toilet Tents On Kilimanjaro carried up by our Kilimanjaro Porters. Usually, people prefer us to carry up a private toilet. For this there is a cost to cover the toilet attendant, who carries, pitches, cleans, and empties the loo, which currently costs circa £100 per group per climb. This is not covered in our trip fee as some group’s request a loo and others don’t.
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