Mountain Climbing

Mount Meru is an active stratovolcano located 70 kilometres (43 mi) west of Mount Kilimanjaro in the nation of Tanzania. At a height of 4,565 metres (14,977 ft), it is visible from Mt Kilimanjaro on a clear day,[4] and is the ninth or tenth highest mountain in Africa, dependent on definition. Much of its bulk was lost about 8,000[citation needed] years ago due to an eastward volcanic blast, similar to the 1980 eruption of Mount St. Helens in the U.S. state of Washington. Mount Meru most recently had a minor eruption in 1910.[2] The several small cones and craters seen in the vicinity probably reflect numerous episodes of volcanic activity.

Mount Meru is the topographic centerpiece of Arusha National Park. Its fertile slopes rise above the surrounding savanna and support a forest that hosts diversewildlife, including nearly 400 species of birds, and also monkeys and leopards.

Location and size

The Park is located on the Northern Tanzania, near the town of Moshi. Its size is 1668 sq km 641 sq miles).

Getting there

It is just 128 km (80 miles) from Arusha; about one hour’s drive from Kilimanjaro airport.

Interesting features

Kilimanjaro, by any name, is a metaphor for the compelling beauty of East Africa. When you see it, you understand why. Not only is this the highest peak on the African continent; it is also the tallest free-standing mountain in the world, rising in breathtaking isolation from the surrounding coastal scrubland – elevation around 900 metres – to an imperious 5,895 metres (19,336 feet).

Kilimanjaro, the name itself is a mystery wreathed in clouds. It might mean Mountain of Light, Mountain of Greatness or Mountain of Caravans. Or it might not. The local people, the Wachagga, don’t even have a name for the whole massif, only Kipoo (now known as Kibo) for the familiar snowy peak that stands imperious, overseer of the continent, and the summit of Africa. Kilimanjaro is one of the world’s most accessible high summits, a beacon for visitors from around the world. Most climbers reach the crater rim with little more than a walking stick, proper clothing and determination. And those who reach Uhuru Point, the actual summit, or Gillman’s Point on the lip of the crater, will have earned their climbing certificates.

What to do

Six usual trekking routes to the summit and other more-demanding mountaineering routes, day or overnight hikes on the Shira plateau; nature trails on the lower reaches; trout fishing; visit the beautiful Chala crater lake on the mountain’s southeastern slopes.

When to go

During the clearest and warmest conditions from December to February; but also dry (and colder) from July-September.

Accommodation

There is huts and campsites on the mountain; several hotels and campsites outside the park in the village of Marangu and town of Moshi.

NOTE:

Climb slowly to increase your acclimatization time and maximize your chances of reaching the summit.

To avoid altitude sickness, allow a minimum of five nights, preferably even more for the climb. Take your time and enjoy the beauty of the mountainKili

Safaris in Tanzania- Mountain climbing-Kilimanjaro Machame route – 7 days

Kilimanjaro Machame Route

Kilimanjaro Machame route is the second most popular route, 26 km long, and it is considered the most beautiful route up Kilimanjaro. With a gradual ascend through the forest you emerge to see wide views of the moorland on Shira plateau, Kibo and western breach. The different kinds of vegetation found along the route make it the most scenery route. We are approaching the summit with an acclimatization day by walking in the same heights (we are one of few tour Valley Camp), and another day by stopping at karranga Valley camp (we are one of few tour operators offering this). There are no mountain huts on this route; the accommodation is in mountain tents. Yes, this I want to experience. Contact me.

Kilimanjaro Machame route done in six days is physically challenging for most people. The last two days (the trek from Barafu and then the overnight trek to the summit) require mental and physical toughness, due to the altitude and short amount of time to rest before the overnight summit attempt.

Please Note: that we only organize private treks, there will be only yourself and your travel partner(s) on the tour!

This itinerary starts and ends in Arusha or Moshi. An additional day’s stay in Arusha can be booked for an extra $200

Day 1: Arrival

You will be met at the International Airport of by your driver/guide and our representative. We will take you to the Country inn lodge. This charming lodge is situated at the sole of majestic Mt Meru and provides wonderful views. Watch wild animals in their natural habitat at the lodge’s attached game sanctuary. Our Kilimanjaro expert will come to meet you and to provide you with a briefing on your climb. Dinner included

Day 2: Kilimanjaro Machame Route

Arusha –Machame Gate – Machame camp

After breakfast we’ll transfer you to the Machame Park Gate (5,870 ft. /1,790 mt.). After registering with the park authority, we’ll begin our climb through the lush forest. Trekkers will likely hear the many exotic birds in the canopy above, and many even black and white colobus monkeys and Sykes monkeys as they hike along the knotted roots we’ll continue on to some heath land before reaching our overnight camp at Machame camp(9,875 feet, 5-7 hours of walking), just above the forest zone. The trek is quite long, thus not steep. All meals included

Day 3: Mt Kilimanjaro – Machame Camp to Shira camp

Today’s segment of the ascent will continue across beautiful heath land and afro-alpine moorland with magnificent views of Kilimanjaro peak. We begin up the steep track through a savannah of tall grasses, and trees of Giant Heather and Erica. Scramble around large boulders as you enter the moorland zone, marked by lobelia and senecia plants, and volcanic rocks draped with lichen beards, which protect wild alpine flowers growing at their bases. We’ll overnight at Shira Camp (12,615 feet, 4-5 hours of walking). All meals included

Day 4: Mt Kilimanjaro- Shira Camp to Barranco Camp

We’ll draw nearer the peak as we get closer to the Lava Tower. The trek becomes a bit more strenuous as the trail steepens on the approach to the lava Tower, a 300 foot tall volcanic plug which marks an exposed pass at 15,000 feet. In the afternoon, descend the steep track into the Great Barranco Valley. Barranco Camp is set on a cold (flat area) enclosed on three sides with steep valley walls and the Kibo massif itself. Hanging glaciers glint in the sunshine above, amidst the eerie landscape of plants such as the giant groundsels (Senecio Kilimanjari), and the uniquely endemic Giant Lobelia. Then slowly ascent to our overnight stops at Barranco Camp (12,990 feet, 5-6 hours of walking). All meals included

Day 05: Mt Kilimanjaro- Barranco Camp to Barafu Camp

The day will begin with a descent into Gorge, before we climb its eastern wall where we will enjoy views of Kilimanjaro ice fields, an equatorial anomaly. We will continue trekking following the lava ridge to the Barafu Camp. The temperature will grow colder and the landscape more sparse as we nearBarafu Camp. Barafu camp is set on small, exposed flat area on a ridge, acting as a base camp from which you will make your summit attempt at midnight tonight. Barafu Camp (15,225 feet, 6-7 hours of walking)

Day 6: Mt Kilimanjaro- Barafu Camp summit to Mweka Camp

Just after midnight we start of challenging trek (12-17 hours of trekking). You begin trekking at 12:00 to 1am, passing between the Rebmann and Tarzel glaciers to the rim at Stella Point. The temperatures range from just below freezing at midnight, to between 10 deg. F (-12 deg. C) to 10 F (-23 deg. C) just before dawn at the summit. As drawn nears, we’ll summit at Uhuru Peak, the highest point in Africa at 19,340 feet. Uhuru will be the culimination of of- and the reward for 6-7 hours of strenuous hiking. We’ll then descend back to Barafu Camp, resting for a while before continuing our descent to Mweka (10,105 feet, 3-4 hours of hours of walking on the descent). All meals included

Day 7: Mt Kilimanjaro – Mweka to Park Gate – Arusha

We’ll make our final descent to the park gate, a walk of about 2 to 3 hours. After bidding our farewells to our guide and porters, we’ll take you to Arusha or Moshi for extension.

Price per person on request

Included

  • All transfers in private car
  • 6 days private Kilimanjaro Climb / Machame  Route
  • Professional well experienced Kilimanjaro Team with English speaking Mountain guide, 2 porters per person and cook
  • Mountain Hut accommodation (pls bring your own sleeping bag and gears equipment )
  • All wildlife reserve entry fees, rescue fees, Climbing Certificates
  • Meals and accommodation as per itinerary
  • ‘Flying doctor’ insurance

Not included

  • All items of a personal nature
  • Gratuities for safari guide and mountain teams
  • Airport departure tax
  • Travel insurance
  • Visa fee (50 US$ – to be paid upon arrival)
  • Sleeping bag (rental fee 15 US$)
  • Any nights prior or after the climb

Kilimanjaro Marangu Route

This Kilimanjaro Marangu route has a moderate slope, making it less difficult to climb. It is the most popular way up Mountain Kilimanjaro, and is the only route with emergency evacuation service. Also, it is the only route with huts, having dormitory and simple dining rooms.

Please Note: That we only organise private treks, there will be only yourself and your travel partner(s) on the tour!

This itinerary starts and ends in Arusha or Moshi. An additional days stay in Arusha can be booked for an extra $200.

Day 1:Arrival

You will be met at the International Airport of by your Driver/Guide and our representative. We will take you to the River trees country  Lodge (or any other suitable hotel depending on your arrival time)Our Kilimanjaro Expert will come to meet you and to provide you with a briefing on your climb. Dinner.

Day 2: Transfer to Mandara Hut

Pick up at your  hotel in Arusha or Moshi and drive to Marangu gate, we will spend about two hours for registration, payments of fees and final parking. Start climbing through dense semi-tropical to the first hut- Mandara hut (9,000ft).

Dinner and an overnight stay at Mandara HutAll meals included.

Day 3: Mandara Hut to Horombo Hut

Breakfast, ascend through the alpine meadow, and grassland and moorland to Horombo hut (12,000ft). Both Mawenzi and Kibo peaks can be viewed easily on the way.

Dinner and overnight at Horombo HutAll meals included.

Day 4: Acclimatization at Horombo Hut

Breakfast. One day for resting and acclimatization at Horombo Hut. Soft Trecking around Horombo. Option to walk to Zebra Rock or to East Lava Hill.

Dinner & overnight at Horombo HutAll meals included.

Day 5: Horombo Hut to Kibo Hut

Breakfast, further ascending to Kibo hut (15,000ft). The landscape becomes very stony and eroded. Spectacular mountain vegetation like giant cactus, groundswell and lobelia appear on the way.

Dinner & overnight at Kibo HutAll meals included.

Day 6: Kibo Hut to Uhuru Peak

Wake up at midnight, and after a snack, proceed to the summit through Gilman’s point (18,640ft). It is about 5-6hours and 1-2 hours from Kibo hut to Gilman’s point and from Gilman’s point to Uhuru Peak (19,340ft) respectively. Thus reaching the peak in the early morning of the fifth day and start descending after picture taking on the top to Horombo Hut for diner and an overnight after a short break at Kibo HutAll meals included.

Day 7: Kibo Hut to Marangu Gate

Breakfast, Descend from Horombo Hut to Marangu gate. The waiting car will take you to Arusha or Moshi for extension

*price per Person on request

Included

  • All transfers in private car
  • 6 days private Kilimanjaro Climb / Marangu Route
  • Professional well experienced Kilimanjaro Team with English speaking Mountain guide, 2 porters per person and cook
  • Mountain Hut accommodation (pls bring your own sleeping bag)
  • All wildlife reserve entry fees, rescue fees, Climbing Certificates
  • Meals and accommodation as per itinerary
  • ‘Flying doctor’ insurance

Not included

  • All items of a personal nature
  • Gratuities for safari guide and mountain teams
  • Airport departure tax
  • Travel insurance
  • Visa fee (50 US$ – to be paid upon arrival)
  • Sleeping bag (rental fee 15 US$)
  • Any nights prior or after the climb

Kilimanjaro Rongai Route

The Kilimanjaro Rongai Route retains a sense of untouched wilderness lost on the crowded Marangu and Machame trails. This route approaches the mountain from the north not far from the Kenyan border.

This route is the easiest of all the routes, it has a relatively gentle gradient and short daily stages as it winds its way from the starting point just south of the Kenya-Tanzania border through attractive farmland and delightful forest to several other climate zones, adding considerably to the interest of the trek.

There are magnificent views over the Amboseli Plains and genuine possibilities for wildlife viewing. An extra day is added to the standard 5-day itinerary to hike to the beautiful Mawenzi Tarn beneath the towering spires of Mawenzi; this also ensures maximum acclimatisation for the climb to the summit.

The final ascent is arduous and made in darkness starting around midnight but the reward is a spectacular dawn view of the glaciers and ice cliffs of the summit, and across the East African plains far below. Descending through lush forest, there is a final day to relax and recover before the flight home.

Kilimanjaro Rongai Route is much drier than the other routes and you might even encounter an elephant on the way. Accommodation in tents.

Please Note: That we only organise private treks, there will be only yourself and your travel partner(s) on the tour!

Day 1: Arrival

You will be met at the International Airport of by your Driver/Guide and our representative. We will take you to the Marangu  Hotel (or any other suitable hotel depending on your arrival time). Our Kilimanjaro Expert will come to meet you and to provide you with a briefing on your climb. Dinner.

Day 2: Kilimanjaro Rongai Route
Hike up through the Rongai Forest
Approx. 2625 m

In the morning we pick you from your hotel in Arusha, Moshi or Machame and drive to the town of Nalemoru on the lower slopes of Kilimanjaro and the trailhead five miles outside of town. From the Park entrance you start the climb passing through pine forest and a short stretch of mountainous rainforest until we reach the heather and moorlands. It is about a 4-5 hour walk to Sekimba camp at approx 2625m but we advise people to go very slowly. The forest teems with bird life and colobus and other monkeys may be seen. We should arrive late afternoon so the rest of the day will be used to relax and recheck your equipment.

Overnight at a campsiteAll meals included.

Day 3: First Camp to Kikelewa Moorland
(3630 m)

Continue through the forest (on this side is no such forest belt), eventually encountering the moorlands just below a large lava overhang known as Second Cave . Here we have lunch, then traverse the open moorlands toward the spectacular peak of Mawenzi, Kilimanjaro’s second major peak rising. Our second camp is at Kikelewa, (relative) shortly before reaching the saddle that connects Mawenzi to Kibo and Uhuru peaks. (5-6 hours hiking.)

Overnight at a campsiteAll meals included.

Day 4: Mawenzi Tarn Hut

Rising early you climb steadily to craggy jugged peaks of Mawenzi.(one of the volcanic peaks) camp beneath Mawenzi at approx 4,300m. Some climbers take an alternative route away from Mawenzi and camp on the north side of the saddle (Mawenzi Tarn Hut is in the north)

Overnight at a campsiteAll meals included.

Day 5: Outward School Hut
(School Hut or preferably Kibo Hut)

Trek to the Outward Bound Hut (School Hut or preferably Kibo Hut) at 4,715m between the peaks of Kibo and Mawenzi. Mountain vistas are fabulous as we emerge onto the saddle between glacier-covered Kibo and rock-crowned Mawenzi (these mountain views alone are worth the effort of the trek!). We’ll arrive by lunchtime, and have the afternoon to organize and rest up for the summit attempt. We’ll turn in early (since we’ll be arising before midnight).

Overnight at a campsiteAll meals included.

Day 6: Kibo Camp to Gilman’s Point to
Uhuru Peak – Horombo Hut

This is the hardest day of the climb and an early start before midnight or one, where it is dark cold and where you use your head torch for the first few hours. You will pass (rest and have coffee at) Hans Meyers cave after about 3hours climbing. Depending on weather conditions the temperature can be as low as -25 c. At dawn you should reach Gilman’s point and usually see a spectacular sunrise as you stand above the clouds. From here if you have enough energy left a further 1 and a half hours walk before you are standing on the highest part of the African continent- Uhuru Peak. A quick photo session and then you descend down to Kibo and then on to Horombo at 3700m – now a well earned dinner (beer!! – no permanent kiosk or provided)  and good sleep.  (11-12 hours hiking.)

Overnight at a campsite or Horombo HutAll meals included.

Day 7: Horombo –to Park Gate –
End or Extension

Descending across the moorland and into the forest to Mandara hut, where a meal is served, a walk of about 3 or 4 hours and the last stretch of 2 hours trough the rain forest to Marangu Gate. After bidding our farewells to our guide and porters, we’ll take you to  Arusha or Moshi for extension

Price  ON REQUEST

Included

  • All transfers in private car
  • 7 days private Kilimanjaro Climb / Rongai  Route
  • Professional well experienced Kilimanjaro Team with English speaking Mountain guide, 3 porters per person and cook
  • Mountain Hut accommodation (pls bring your own sleeping bag)
  • All wildlife reserve entry fees, rescue fees, Climbing Certificates
  • Meals and accommodation as per itinerary
  • ‘Flying doctor’ insurance

Not included

  • All items of a personal nature
  • Gratuities for safari guide and mountain teams
  • Airport departure tax
  • Travel insurance
  • Visa fee (50 US$ – to be paid upon arrival)
  • Sleeping bag (rental fee 15 US$)
  • Any nights prior or after the climb

Kilimanjaro Umbwe Route

The Kilimanjaro Umbwe Route provides the shortest route, and toughest, to the Southern Glaciers of Kilimanjaro and Western Breach of Kibo. An ascent of Kibo by Umbwe route is one of the finest non-technical mountaineering expeditions. It is a challenging route, unsuitable for the solitary or the inexperienced, and a route off the beaten track.

Please Note: That we only organise private treks, there will be only yourself and your travel partner(s) on the tour!

This itinerary starts and ends in Arusha or Moshi. An additional days stay in Arusha can be booked for an extra $250.

Day 1:Arrival

You will be met at the International Airport of by your Driver/Guide and our representative. We will take you to the IMPALA HOTEL MOSHI  (or any other suitable hotel depending on your arrival time). Our Kilimanjaro Expert will come to meet you and to provide you with a briefing on your climb. Dinner

Day 2: Kilimanjaro Umbwe Route
Umbwe Gate to Umbwe Cave

At 7:30 a.m., we’ll transfer you to the Umbwe Park Gate at 2,100m. The path begins an a narrow ridge crest between the Lonzo River to the West and the Umbwe River to the East. It is easy to follow as it continues up through the dense forest. The path continues to follow the ridge, rising steadily with some steep sections and scramble rocks. The route takes you to the first tented camp Umbwe Cave (at 2,940m) in 5 to 6 hrs

All meals included.

Day 3: Umbwe Cave to Barranco

We follow the trail through steep and scramble rock across rainforest to moorland. The path proceed steep to the Southern Glacier Branches, at 4000m we reach our campsite, Barranco, were we overnight. (6-7 hrs)

All meals included.

Day 4: Barranco Camp to Karanga Valley Camp

The day will begin with a descent into the Gorge, before we climb its eastern wall where we will enjoy views of Kilimanjaro’s ice fields, an equatorial anomaly. We will continue trekking until we reach our camp in Karanga Valley (13,900 feet, 4-5 hours of walking).

All meals included.

Day 5: Karanga Valley Camp to Barafu Camp

We’ll trek up through the Karanga Valley, the trail turns steadily uphill, following the lava ridge to the Barafu camp. The temperature will grow colder and the landscape more sparse as we near Barafu Camp. Barafu Camp is set on a small, exposed flat area on a ridge, acting as a base camp from which you will make your summit attempt at midnight tonight. Barafu camp (15,200 feet, 6-7 hours of walking).

All meals included.

Day 6: Barafu Camp to Summit to Mweka Camp

Just after midnight we start of a challenging trek (12-17 hours of trekking). You begin trekking at 12:30 to 1am, passing between the Rebmann and Tarzel glaciers to the rim at Stella Point. The temperatures range from just below freezing at midnight, to between 10 deg. F (-12 deg. C) to –10 F. (-23 deg. C) just before dawn at the summit. As dawn nears, we’ll summit at Uhuru Peak, the highest point in Africa at 19,340 feet. Uhuru will be the culmination of – and the reward for – 6-7 hours of strenuous hiking. We’ll then descend back to Barafu Camp, resting for a while before continuing our descent to Mweka Camp (9,840 feet, 3-4 hours of walking on the descent).

All meals included.

Day 7: Mweka Hut to Mweka Gate- Arusha

After breakfast descend steeply through the forest on a narrow path, after 3 – 4 hours walking we will reach Mweka Gate at 1400m. From here we will bring you to Moshi or Arusha  for extension. Breakfast included.

Price ON REQUEST 
Included

  • All transfers in private car
  • 7 days private Kilimanjaro Climb / UMBWE  Route
  • Professional well experienced Kilimanjaro Team with English speaking Mountain guide, 2 porters per person and cook
  • Mountain Camping accommodation (pls bring your own sleeping bag and gears equipment  for climb)
  • All wildlife reserve entry fees, rescue fees, Climbing Certificates
  • Meals and accommodation as per itinerary
  • ‘Flying doctor’ insurance

Not included

  • All items of a personal nature
  • Gratuities for safari guide and mountain teams
  • Airport departure tax
  • Travel insurance
  • Visa fee (50 US$ – to be paid upon arrival)
  • Sleeping bag (rental fee 15 US$)
  • Any nights prior or after the climb