One of the most frequently asked questions is where one will poop when hiking on Mount Kilimanjaro, and the question is always directed at us. Before we look at the different options you can choose from, we are going to describe the different types of toilets found on Mount Kilimanjaro.
The first thing you need to note is that every campsite along all routes of Mount Kilimanjaro has long drop toilets. Long drops public toilets on Mount Kilimanjaro are basically, just holes drilled in the ground with a shelter built around them. Also known as latrines, you can either squat or stand, but squatting is more convenient, especially if you are going to do number two. The latrines are under the management of the Kilimanjaro National Park Authority when it comes to cleaning, but don’t expect them to be clean all the time. Sometimes the toilets are dilapidated and you might find, the toilets with broken doors.
The portable private toilets offer all the privacy that you need and have a flushing system and toilet cover.
Toilets on Mount Kilimanjaro – Options to choose from
Expect to find a lot of toilets scattered all over the different camp stops along Mount Kilimanjaro, but do not expect to get luxurious washrooms with warm running water and marble sinks, you might find that some do not even have doors. There are three options that you can use while hiking on Mount Kilimanjaro, and these include the following:
The native way
This might sound weird, but we need have the need to go, they use the bushes along the route. If you are to use the bushes to go while trekking before you get to the next camp, do not leave your toilet paper lying around to keep the mountain clean. Instead, carry a plastic bag with you and dispose of it when you get to the camp. You need to carry some biodegradable plastic bags to keep Mount Kilimanjaro clean for other trekkers to safely use. The reason why you should use biodegradable plastic bags is that there is a restriction on the importation of single-use plastic bags.
Use the toilets on Mount Kilimanjaro
Many hikers use this option since it is cheaper, and that is why you will find that sometimes they are dirty or there is no toilet paper to use. Do not raise your standards if you are planning on using public toilets, but we suggest that you carry personal wipes and enough toilet paper. These toilets consist of a deep hole in the ground surrounded by a hut. The toilets are usually smelly, but the guides usually make sure that they are clean enough to use.
Hire a portable toilet:
Portable toilets come with their private tent and fall into the luxury category. A portable toilet is small, fits in a mini tent, and is the best option to use if you have the extra money to spend. They can go for around $150, which comes off as expensive, but if they will make your journey more comfortable, then pay and hike in comfort. The beauty of using these toilets is that you have privacy while taking nature’s call. Unlike the public restrooms, they are usually set up at each camp you go to and exclusively used by those that paid for them. They are also well-maintained and clean.
How do ladies pee in between treks?
This is one of the most frequently asked questions, and the only way to go about it is to use the bushes along the route. To avoid squatting, use a Shewee that allows you to urinate while standing. You can also get a similar gadget that is worn inside your pants, and when the need to urinate arises, you just have to pull it aside and urinate (the urine will drop a few meters from your feet).
Note that due to the high altitude and frequent water intake, peeing will be frequent, and this is the only way to avoid squatting. Read more about
Will I be able to shower while climbing Mount Kilimanjaro?
No, unfortunately, there are no shower facilities or even bathrooms on Mount Kilimanjaro, and you will have to use other alternatives.
In conclusion, nature’s call can happen anywhere and at any time, so you will need to go at any given time using the different options stated above to be able to continue hiking peacefully without any inconvenience.