Mount Meru & Kilimanjaro Mountain Tour, Tanzania:
+ Two very different mountains
+ Small safari included
+ Away from the masses on the Kibo
+ Lemosho Route with Western Breach and Crater Camp
+ Super value for money, experienced team

Technical skills: Hiking

Stamina - Endurance

A mountain athlete needs endurance above any other specific fitness skill. Cardiovascular fitness is of course always subject to the movement (as climbing rocks or steep ice, you will not be able to transfer your triathlete or running fitness to mountains without being solid in the required mountaineering skills).

1 - Active Tour
Easy treks to EBC or on top of Kilimanjaro. You should be an active person.
 
2 - Sportive Tour
More demanding treks, simple climbs, like the climb of Elbrus. You should be a sportive person regularly exercising (at least 2-3x per week).
 
3 - Demanding Trek / Expedition
Very demanding treks like to the top of Aconcagua, or expeditions at the physical lower level like Ama Dablam. You should be an endurance athlete wit mountaineering experience. You should train endurance at least 3x/week.
 
4 - High Endurance - Expedition
To climb Everest (with oxygen-support) or some of the "easier" 8000m peaks you need a strong endurance. You should train specifically at least 4-5x per week.
 
5 - Very high Endurance - Expedition
Some of our special self-supported 8000m+ peak climbs as on Makalu, or to climb Everest (without oxygen-support) fit into this category. Your endurance should be near the level of a professional mountain athlete. 

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Mount Meru & Kilimanjaro Trekking - Services

  • Organization and SummitClimb leadership:
    - Leadership by KiNaPa-certified mountain guide for groups of 2-7 participants
    - SummitClimb expedition leader starting from 8 participants
  • International flight (economy) to Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO):
    - flexible departure location: most major hubs in the EU and UK
    - other airports on request, individual travel arrangements possible
    - at least 30 kg free baggage allowance for check-in and 8 kg hand baggage
  • Airport Transfers from / to Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO)
  • 2-3x overnight stays in Moshi in a ***hotel with breakfast (double room)
  • All transfers in bus and 4x4
  • All national park fees in Arushua National Park
  • Mount Meru Trekking Permit (3 days)
  • Overnight stays in huts at Mount Meru
  • Overnight stays at Kilimanjaro in 2-person tent
  • One night lodge accommodation in Arusha National Park full board
  • Professional Safari Driver
  • All national park fees in Kilimanjaro National Park
  • Group equipment: tents, kitchen tent and cook
  • All meals (breakfast, packed lunch and dinner) on the mountain
  • Water (filtered and boiled) on the mountain
  • Medical equipment and first aid kit
  • Local guides, KiNaPa-certified
  • Experienced cook and kitchen staff
  • Personal porter (up to 18 kg) per participant

Not included:

  • Travel insurance
  • Visa fee Tanzania (US$ 50.- for citizens of  EU, US$ 100.- for US-citizens)
  • Snacks, alcoholic beverages, other personal expenses
  • Tips (approx. USD 250.-)
  • Personal equipment (rental equipment is possible, more information under Service).

Meru & Kilimanjaro - Itinerary

Day 1 • Travel to Tanzania
Departure from Europe in the evening or early the next morning.

Day 2 •  Arrival in Tanzania
Arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) and transfer to the hotel. Full day to relax at the hotel, for sightseeing or last purchases (snacks, batteries, etc.). In the evening the group and the expedition leader meet for dinner together. Overnight stay in ***hotel with breakfast.

Day 3 •  Mount Meru trekking 
A hike along a river, past herds of buffalo and giraffes, brings us to the beautiful acacia forest at the foot of the mountain. Along the way we see Maio Falls, the "Arched Fig Tree" and reach the Miriakamba Hut (2500m), ascent: approx. 1000m, 3-4 hours.

Day 4 •  Mount Meru trekking
The forestation thins out during the ascent, from dense jungle to scrubland, as we initially climb steeply over wooden steps, then reach the "Mgongo wa Tembo" (Elephant Ridge) at about 3200m and finally the Saddle Hut (3550m), ascent: about 1050m, 3-4 hours.

Day 5 •  Mount Meru ascent
we set off Early in the morning and hike through bush land to Rhinopoint (3820m), where the trail becomes more exposed and technical. We reach the summit of Mount Meru, the Socialist Peak (4562m) via the north ridge. The guide will plan the start of the tour so that we can enjoy the sunrise on the summit ridge. The magnificent views of Kilimanjaro, across the vast savannah and into the volcanic crater of Mount Meru reward all the efforts of the ascent, about 5-6 hours to the summit. After the summit we descend to Miriakamba Hut (2500m). A short descent from the Miriakamba Hut along an alternative route leads us past a beautiful waterfall to the pick-up point, about 4-6 hours descent. We then drive to the lodge to relax for the rest of the day. Lodge: Overnight/full board.

Meru Trekking: team at the waterfall (c) Felix BergComfortable lodge at Arusha National Park
Photos: waterfall during Mount Meru trekking, comfortable lodge in Arusha National Park.

Day 6 • Arusha National Park
Today we have a whole day to explore the Arusha National Park. We go on an early morning game drive to see antelopes, buffalos, giraffes, the diverse bird species and other wildlife. With a bit of luck we will see elephants, which often hide in the forest in this park. The Ngurdoto Crater offers a great view of an old caldera, which is now sheltered by animals. In the evening we drive back to the beautifully situated lodge, bed and breakfast / full board.

Day 7 • Off to Kilimanjaro
We drive to the Londorossi Gate (2250m). The drive over a mostly very bumpy road brings us to the gate, where we are registered and our trekking begins. We hike through dense rainforest, where we might see wild animals such as elephants and buffalo, and soon reach the Lemosho lowlands. Our destination is the Forest Camp at 2750 m. Ascent: 500m, 7 km, 3 - 4 hours.
PS: If you only want to trek Mount Meru, you can go on safari through Tanzania or to another mountain in Africa on this day (please ask).

Day 8 • Kilimanjaro trekking
We leave the woods and take steeper and steeper paths into heath and moorland. After crossing the Shira ridge (3600 m) we reach Shira Camp 1, situated in a beautiful landscape at 3500 m. After a rest, we hike across the plateau to Shira Camp 2 (3850 m) with a view of Kibo, Shira and Mt Meru. Ascent: 1100m, 10km, 5-6 hours.

Day 9 • Kilimanjaro trekking
If the Breach Wall is open for trekking, we ascend to the Lava Tower at the foot of the Breach Wall. The ascent leads from moorland meadows up to a scree and stone landscape. The camp lies behind an old, long extinct Lava Tower (approx. 4600m). Ascent: 800m, 8km, 3-4 hours.

Kilimanjaro Summit - Team (c) SummitClimb
Team together with the expedition leader Felix Berg on the summit of Kibo (5895m).

Day 10 • Kilimanjaro​​​​​​​ crossing - Crater Camp
Ascent via the Western Breach Wall: Light boulder terrain and gravel slopes lead us to the crater rim of Kilimanjaro at 5650m altitude, where we set up our unique camp (at the crater) and spend the night. The prerequisite for this is that the National Park has the route open (usually possible with a special permit) and that the participants are well acclimatized. Participants with lack of acclimatization can climb the summit on this day, then descend via the Mweka route to wait at the Millennium Camp (approx. 4000m). The route via the Western Breach is exposed to rockfall in some places (due to melting glaciers), so a helmet is recommended for the ascent. The ascent has some small climbing passages (easy block terrain up to UIAA1), but you don't need any technical skills like roping up and belaying. Ascent: 950m, 4-5 hours. 

Day 11 • Kilimanjaro​​​​​​​ ascent
The summit day from Crater Camp is very short. We can either take a steep trail directly up to Uhuru Peak (5895m) or cross the plateau and then take the standard hiking trail from Stella Point to the summit (about 1-2 hours to the summit). With an early ascent we have best chances for a good view over the savannahs of Africa - at sunrise we plan to be at the summit.  On this day, there are several possibilities to explore the crater: to the home glacier, to the Reusch crater, the Kibo Plateau. Afterwards, we descend southeast via the Mweka Route to Barafu Camp, then on to Millennium Camp (approx. 4000m). Ascent: 250m, 1-2 hours, descent: 2000m, 15km, 3-5 hours.

Day 12 • Kilimanjaro​​​​​​​ trekking
Despite the long descent there is still time to admire and photograph the landscape and plants. Back at the Mweka Gate we sign out the control book. It is time to say goodbye to guides and porters and - provided you are satisfied - to show your appreciation for guidance, care and support with a tip. Afterwards we drive to the hotel, where we can relax. The summit success will be rewarded with a certificate of the National Park. Final dinner and overnight stay in Moshi.

Day 13 • Departure / further travel - Tanzania
From Kilimanjaro International Airpoirt (JRO) flight home or onward journey in Tanzania. Possible options: beaches of Zanzibar or safari.

Day 14 • Arrival home
Arrival at home in the morning at the latest.

 

For the participation in the SummitClimb Meru & Kilimanjaro trekking every participant needs the personal equipment recommended by us.

Rental: We run a rental service in Moshi, where high-quality equipment can be rented (sleeping bags and warm insulation jackets).
We can provide crampons for Western Breach from our camp in Nairobi, Kenya. Please inquire in time!

Temperatures

down to - 15°C

with wind chill factor down to - 25°C

General conditions of the climb: 

Hike, 6000m, mostly dry.

Interesting and varied trekking:
Meru & Kilimanjaro!

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Meru & Kilimanjaro - Participation

Requirements: Although the Kilimanjaro is almost 6,000 meters high, you don't need any mountaineering skills to climb it. An average physical condition and a strong will are sufficient to reach the summit. Daily stages are a maximum of 6-8 hours for this program, but the ascent is steep and good fitness is a prerequisite for the crossing.

Technical requirements: The summit stages on Mount Meru and Kilimanjaro (Western Breach) have some exposed sections (UIAA difficulty level I/II). These can be particularly tricky in wet or icy conditions. You should have experience in hiking in pathless terrain.

 

 

"Hat mir alles super gefallen! Ich verstand mich auch sehr gut mit Julian, er ist sehr kompetent und wusste viel interessantes zu erzählen. Die Erlebnisse mit der schönen Natur am Mount Meru und der Kratertour am Kilimanjaro waren einmalig, das Bergsteigen sehr abwechslungsreich und interessant."

(Pirmin aus Egolzwil, CH - 05. April 2011 )

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