6 Days Climb Umbwe Route
7 Days Climb Machame Route
5 Days Climb Marangu Route
7 Days Climb Rongai Route
8 Days Climb Lemosho Route
8 Days Climb Shira Route
9 Days Northern Circuit
Climbing Mount Meru
- Hotel lodging the night before and the night after the climb (dinner and breakfast included) (double occupancy).
- Quality, waterproof, four-season private mountain sleeping tents
- Professional, experienced, mountain guides:
- All Park fees
- Rescue fees
- All meals while on the Mountain
- Arrival and Departure transfers
- Guides, Porters, cook salaries and park fees
- Quality Mess tents with table and chairs
- Large portions of fresh, healthy, nutritious food
- Clean, purified drinking water
- Private, portable chemical flush toilets
- Crisis management and safety procedures
- Fair and ethical treatment of porters
- Summit Emergency Oxygen
- Walking Poles
- Sleeping Mattress
- Flying Doctor Service
- Tanzania Visa: $50 per person on arrival
- Personal Expenses (e.g. laundry, telephone, beverages, etc.)
- Meals not listed above
- Optional Tours (short safari after your climb etc)
- Tips and any items of personal nature.
Day 1: Arrive in Marangu
Arrive anytime at Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO). We will arrange a private transfer from Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO). To Marangu at Kilimanjaro Mountain Resort, where the rest of the day is at leisure. We stay at Kilimanjaro Mountain Resort, which is beautifully located on the lower slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro and is a perfect place to prepare for your adventure.
We will gather in the hotel for a pre-climb briefing and an equipment check. We will also confirm you have the appropriate mandatory medical coverage and travel insurance.
Dinner and overnight at Kilimanjaro Mountain Resort: Half board.
Day 2: Mandara Hut (2,700 m); 3-5 Hours Walking
After completing the entrance formalities at the National Park gate (1,830 m.) we climb up through attractive and unspoilt forest to reach the clearing containing (2,700 m.). The volcanic remains of Maundi Crater are nearby, and make a good afternoon excursion. Alternatively, you can explore the beautiful dense forest that’s surrounding. Camp setting at the Mandara Hut.
Day 3: Horombo Hut (3,720 m); 4-6 hours walking
The first part of the walk is a steep ascent through forest, but the path soon opens out into grassy moorland and, in clear weather, there are good views of Kibo and Mawenzi peaks. We climb steadily through the moorland zone, containing giant heather and occasional stands of groundsel, to eventually reach the hut complex at Horombo (3,720 m.). Sunrises and sunsets here are often very spectacular, the site is close to the glaciated dome of Kibo, and there is a real sense of being above the clouds.
Day 4: Horombo Hut to further improve our acclimatization
The day is spent making an excursion towards the base of the seldom visited Mawenzi peak, which affords excellent views of Kibo and our route up to the crater rim at Gillman’s Point. As compared to Kibo, Mawenzi is older and has eroded further into a jagged ridge. The landscape seems more alpine in nature and hence the peacefulness of this place is high than in any other location in the route. We’ll be spending our second night at Horombo Hut to better acclimatize ourselves. 4-5 hours walking.
Day 5: Kibo Hut (4,700 m.); 4-6 hours walking
We climb very gradually towards the lunar desert of the Saddle between Mawenzi and Kibo. The terrain changes to scree and there is a palpable sense of high altitude wilderness. We’ll be reaching the Kibo Hut which is at an elevation of 4,700 meters at the bottom of the crater wall by midday. You’ll be having the entire afternoon as free time to contemplate about your summit ascent or to rest in the hut to prepare for the final climb the next day.
Day 6: : Kibo to Horombo Hut
We will start our ascent by torchlight at about 1 a.m. so that we can be up at Gillman’s Point by sunrise. The initial climb is steep over loose volcanic scree, but there are some well-graded zig-zags and a slow but steady pace will have us up to Gillman’s (5,685 m.) in about five or six hours. We’ll rest at this place for some time and the sunrise from up above. If you opt to, you can make a three hour round trip along the crater rim passing close to the glacial-fed streams and see the sunrise from the Uhuru Peak which is the highest point in Africa at an elevation of 5,896 meters. The descent is surprisingly fast and we return to Horombo Hut for the night. 11-15 hours walking.