A SIMPLY STUNNING COMBINATION OF MT MERU AND MOUNTAIN KILIMANJARO
• Acclimatization trek on lovely Mount Meru
• Game drive in the Arusha National Park
• Trek the scenic Machame route on Kilimanjaro
• Great value – Kilimanjaro park fees and all meals included.
On this double peak holiday, we acclimatize with a trek to the summit of Mount Meru before moving on to climb Africa’s highest mountain, Kilimanjaro. As well as being a worthy objective in its own right, the ascent of Mount Meru prior to tackling Kilimanjaro means that you will be well acclimatized and this will ensure that your experience in Tanzania is remembered as a holiday rather than a feat of endurance. Flying into Kilimanjaro Airport in Tanzania gives us speedy access to Mount Meru (4566m). Our ascent of this dormant volcano involves a wonderful 4-day trek, leading through pleasant game-filled parkland and then bamboo forest and moorland, to the dramatic crater rim. Here, we can look across with a sense of anticipation to snow-capped Kilimanjaro, 70 kilometers away to the east. Before transferring to Kilimanjaro, we enjoy a game drive in the Arusha National Park, an outstandingly beautiful nature reserve where we can expect to see elephant, buffalo, giraffe, antelope and numerous bird species. Having acclimatized on Meru, we will be in good shape to enjoy the ascent of Kilimanjaro (5895m), following the picturesque Machame route to the Shira Plateau from where we make our final ascent directly to the ‘Roof of Africa’.
We offer a variety of options for climbing Kilimanjaro including an 8-day ascent of Kilimanjaro via the Rongai Route. It is also possible to combine an ascent of Kilimanjaro with a 3-day big game safari or with some added time relaxing on a beach in the exotic spice islands of Zanzibar.
Day 1: Arrive Kilimanjaro and Transfer to hotel in Moshi
Arrive at Kilimanjaro Airport (IATA code: JRO). Eco-Africa Climbing representative will be there to collect and transfer you to your hotel in Moshi. That night or early the next morning you will meet the rest of the group and the Eco-Africa Climbing crew. Your Eco-Africa Climbing guide will provide a full pre-trek briefing.
Day 2: Moshi – Arusha National Park-Momella Gate.
After an early morning breakfast, you will be picked up from your hotel and brought to the Momella Gate in Arusha National Park. At this time, the porters will organize and pack the belongings for the hike while you and your guide register with the Tanzania National Park (TANAPA). You will then begin your ascent in Arusha National Park. The first day of hiking is similar to a walking safari; you should expect to see giraffes, zebras, antelope, buffalo, and potentially elephants near the trail. Due to the high possibility of spotting wildlife, an armed ranger, hired through the National Park, is required to hike with our team for the duration of the hike. As you continue hiking, you will pass the Ngarenanyuki River and a beautiful waterfall at the base of Mt. Meru. Upon arriving at Miriakamba Hut (2500m), your chef will prepare a hot dinner and washing water for you. Enjoy the beautiful sunset and overnight.
Elevation(m): (1,387 m to (1,500 m) | Distance: 10 km | Hiking Time: 5-7 hours | Habitat: Montane Forest.
Day 3: Mariakamba – Saddle
After breakfast, you will start ascending up the steep trail along the ridge of the saddle. You may see various wildlife along the way! The trail has views of Mt. Meru Crater and the Ash Tray. When you arrive at camp, you have the option of hiking Little Mt. Meru (3820m) with your guide to further acclimate. You will be served an early dinner, so you can receive ample rest before your midnight summit attempt. Get to sleep by 1900.
Elevation (m): 2,514 m to 3,570 m | Distance: 8 km | Hiking Time: 3-5 hours | Habitat: Forest and Moorland.
Day 4: Saddle – Summit – Mariakamba
Your guide will wake you at 00:30 for tea and biscuits. You will then begin your summit attempt at 1:30 am. The trail starts off on a steep grade to Rhino Point (3800m) to Cobra Point (4350m). The last hour of the hike you will scramble on a rocky ridge between the crater and inner cliffs of Meru. You will reach the summit of Meru (4565m) at sunrise with spectacular views of Mt. Meru Ash Tray and Mt. Kilimanjaro. Enjoy your views then descend to Saddle Hut for a short break. You will then continue descending to Miriakamba Hut (2500m) for dinner and overnight.
Elevation (m): 3,570 m to 4,565m to 2,514m | Distance: 5 km up 13 km down | Hiking Time: 10 – 12 hours | Habitat: Alpine Desert Moorland and Montane forest.
Day 5: Mariakamba – Momella Gate
After a long rest and breakfast, we will begin our final descent to Momella gate. We will hike through forest and meadows where it is likely to spot wildlife. At the base of Mt. Meru, you will be greeted by our driver who will take you back to the Hotel.
Elevation (m): 2,514 m to 1,500 m to 1,387 m | Distance: 10 km | Hiking time: 2-3 hours | Habitat: Montane Forest
Day 6: Hotel Relaxing
Spend a relaxing day by the pool or have a stroll around. A walk to this small town of Moshi with view of the mountain is as good as it reveals. Dinner and overnight at hotel.
A one-hour drive from Moshi lays the gate to the Machame route, where you will complete park formalities, meet your crew of porters and start to climb! The first section of the route climbs steadily and involves real jungle bashing through magnificent forest. This path is less well trodden and is often wet and muddy underfoot.Camping at Machame Hut(3100m).
Trekking Time: 4-6 hours ⎟Distance: 9 km⎟Altitude Gain: 1210 m.
Day8:Machame Hut–Shira Caves
The route continues on up through the forest until reaching the steep ascent on the Shira Plateau, where there are rewarding views of the mountain. Looking back, you will be able to see Mt. Meru rising high above Arusha town. Camping at Shira Caves (3840 m).
Trekking Time: 4-6 hours ⎟ Distance: 5 km ⎟ Altitude Gain: 740 m
Day 9: Shira Caves – Barranco Camp
Walking now on high moorland, the landscape changes the entire character of the trek. You will traverse the southwest side of Kilimanjaro, passing underneath the Lava Tower and the final section of the Western Breach, finally reaching Barranco Camp (3900 m). The day has been spent at altitude (up to 4600 m), but you will have followed the mountaineering code of ‘walk high, sleep low’ to avoid altitude sickness by aiding your bodies in acclimatization.
Trekking Time: 6 – 7 hours ⎟ Distance: 10 km⎟ Altitude Gain: 60 m
Day 10: Barranco Camp -Karanga Valley
Start the day by descending into the start of the Great Barranco, a huge ravine. Then exit steeply, up what has been termed the Breakfast Wall, which divides you from the southeastern slopes of Kibo. It is a climb over rocks, although not technical. Passing underneath the Heim and Kersten glaciers, head towards the Karanga Valley (4000 m) for overnight.
Trekking Time: 4-5 hours ⎟ Distance: 5 km ⎟ Altitude Gain: 100 m
Day 11: Karanga Valley – Barafu Camp
The day is characterized by a short hike on terrain formed by scree. Walk through arid land towards Barafu Camp (4600 m) where you have the entire afternoon to rest before ascending towards the summit.
Trekking Time: 2-4 hours ⎟ Distance: 4 km ⎟ Altitude Gain: 600 m
Day 12: Barafu Camp – Uhuru Peak – Millennium Camp
We avoid walking too long in the heat of the sun today by starting around midnight, walking steeply upwards to the summit glaciers. You will be climbing scree for 5 to 6 hours but you gain incredible height over a short distance. The views are spectacular. You should be on the crater rim at Stella Point (5750 m) as the first rays of the sun emerge. Spectacular ice cliffs within the crater surround you and the views to Mawenzi peak and beyond are breathtaking. Another hour’s walk takes you to your goal, the summit of Uhuru (5896 m), the highest point; Uhuru means freedom in Swahili.
Trekking Time: 6-8 hours ⎟ Distance: 7 km⎟ Altitude Gain: 1296 m
After a quick celebration and photos at the top, you will begin the descent by returning to Stella Point and then descending on scree slope back to Barafu Camp for breakfast and a short rest before finally heading down to Millennium Camp (3000 m) for a well-earned rest. On the descent, you will have fabulous views of the plains and Mawenzi peak.
Trekking Time: 6-8 hours ⎟ Distance: 12 km ⎟ Altitude Loss: 2896
Day 13: Millennium Camp – Moshi
A gentle trek takes you down through the rainforest to the Mweka Gate (1640 m), where park formalities will be completed, you will be met by our vehicles, and receive your certificate of ascent courtesy of the Kilimanjaro National Park Authority. Thereafter, drive back to Moshi where you can treat yourself to a well-earned shower and a cold beer or two.
Trekking Time: 4-5 hours ⎟ Distance: 10 km ⎟ Altitude Loss: 1360
DAY 14: Departure day in Tanzania
We will transfer you from the hotel to Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) where you will fly back home.If you will have more time you can extend your tour to wildlife safari in northern circuit to Serengeti ,and Zanzibar, but additional cost will be required.
$ 5300 per person for group join minimum 2 People to departure and maximum 12 People
Our package includes the following
2 transfers to and from the Kilimanjaro airport.
Carbon offset with Certificate
Tanzania VAT on tourism activities and park fees.
Adequate and appropriate number of guides, porters, and cooks for your group.
All park fees, camping fees, rescue fees and team fees.
Transfers to and from the route gate(s) (4 transfers)
Sleeping mattress pad(s), dining tent(s), sleeping tent(s), and crew’s equipment– Dining tent and sleeping tent for Kilimanjaro trek.
4 nights in a hotel in Moshi on a Bed & Breakfast basis and Double Occupancy (1 before trekking & 1 after trekking).
3 full fresh meals daily. We provide fresh food on the mountain in plentiful and well prepared by skilled professional cooker (we also consider your choice of food that you would prefer -Vegetarian and Non Vegetarian). Menu especially designed for climbers.
Hot drinks on the mountain and Hot water for washing will be provided everyday on the mountain.
3-4 liters of mineral (per Climber) provided daily during the climb
Portable toilet for the trek with the tent for Kilimanjaro trek.
Emergency evacuation covers with AMREF Flying Doctors for Kilimanjaro trek.
Hotel accommodation includes storage facilities for excess luggage during hikes.
Kilimanjaro National Park rescue fees (Kilimanjaro Rescue Team) and Arusha National Park rescue fees.
Chief guide carries a Pulse Ox meter, used to take blood-oxygen level readings of clients twice a day.
Emergency oxygen (for use in emergencies only – not as summiting aid)
Basic first aid kit (for use in emergencies only).
Salaries for mountain support crew, as per required KINAPA and KPAP.
Breakfast, lunch and dinner, as well as hot drinks on the mountain.
Porter to carry your duffel bag, with maximum weight of 15kg / 32 lbs, from one camp to the next camp.
Kilimanjaro National Park and Arusha National Park certificate for your successful summit attempt.
Excluded from Package rates:
Flights and airport taxes.
Items of a personal nature.
Compulsory tips for guides, porters and cook.
Entry visa for Tanzania (US$50 per passport holder for most nationalities / US $ 100 per visa for USA passport holders).
Health requirements (Yellow Fever – only compulsory if you travel to Tanzania via a Yellow Fever infected country, Meningitis & Hepatitis A remains optional, but comes recommended).
Optional but highly recommended travel and medical insurance.
Personal hiking/trekking gear – you could rent some of the gear in Tanzania.
Snacks, personal medicine and water purifying tablets.
Meals and drinks not specified.
Costs of additional services:
Single supplement, for single tent/room, per trip $250.
Extra porter, for excess gear, $30 per day.
Extra hotel night in Moshi, check in 11AM, check out 10AM, per double room $180.
Sleeping bag rental, Mountain Hardware Lamina, synthetic -30F, per trip $50.
Trekking poles rental, telescopic, per trip $20.
Materuni Waterfall (1 day trip), cost $50 per person.
Marangu Coffee Tour (1 day trip), cost $75 per person.
3 Days Serengeti Safari for $1572 per person sharing- Minimum 4pax (Double room or Twin room)