Encounter African Trails Trekking Trip Options
- Mt. Kilimanjaro
- Mt. Meru
- Mt. Oldonyo Lengai
- Mt. Longido
MOUNT KILIMANJARO & MOUNT MERU TREKKING
One of the more popular activities in Northern Tanzania is climbing Kilimanjaro and Meru. Reaching the summit of either of these mountains can be the achievement of a lifetime! However, it requires preparation, determination and a skilled guide to reach the top.
Mt. Kilimanjaro (5895 m)
There are six different routes up Mt. Kilimanjaro. It is important to choose the route that fits you best. For the average climber, each route will require five to eight days. Marangu route has huts for overnight and all other routes are camping. Your climbing party will be accompanied by professional guides, porters and a cook. All of our guides are experienced professionals and are first and foremost concerned that your climb be a safe one. Besides, they also have a splendid success rate for reaching the summit. It is a great experience to begin your trek walking through a forest, seeing the landscape change as you ascend in altitude and finally summiting on the glaciers of Kilimanjaro.
For many people their ability to reach the summit depends on how they are affected by altitude. Some people experience little altitude sickness and others are so affected they turn back for safety reasons. Consult your doctor to make sure you are fit enough to climb the mountain and for advice on taking altitude sickness medication.
Mt. Meru (4566 m)
Although Mt. Meru shorter in elevation than Mt. Kilimanjaro, it is still a difficult trek. It is possible to climb Mt. Meru in 3-4 days. All overnighting on Meru is in huts. In addition, few people experience altitude sickness on Meru. Due to its lower elevation, the summit of Meru is not as cold as that of Kilimanjaro. While walking on Meru it is also common to see wildlife such as buffalo, giraffe, warthogs, antelopes, and Colobus monkeys.
For climbing Meru and Kilimanjaro we advise you to bring the following gear:
- Clothing layers (the climate changes as you ascend)
- Hiking boots
- Thick hiking socks
- Wind- and waterproof trousers and jacket
- Balaclava hat (ski mask)
- Heavy winter jacket
- Small backpack
- Headlamp type flashlight
- Water bottle
- Water purification tablets
- Sun block
- Lip balm
- Energy bars
- Sleeping bag and inflatable pillow
Sunrise on Stella Point, Kilimanjaro
Joining routes in Shira Plateau, Kilimanjaro
Valley of Barranco, and we're still having fun!
Changing vegetation in the alpine desert, Kilimanjaro
Sunrise near the summit of Kilimanjaro
Trail leading up to the last camp at Saddle Hut, Mt. Meru
OLDONYO LENGAI ( 2878 m)
Located approximately five hours from Arusha near the Tanzania / Kenya border, Oldonyo Lengai is the only active volcano in Tanzania. It is possible to make trekking to the summit of this volcano a stand alone trip or add-on to a safari. After arriving at camp, you will rest until it is time to drive to the base of the mountain to start the climb. Leaving at midnight makes sure you reach the summit for sunrise. It takes about six hours to make summit and this is no easy climb scrambling through volcanic ash! After the decent, you will arrive back in camp at approximately 9:00 am.
MOUNT LONGIDO (2629 m)
Mt. Longido is located 80 m north of Arusha. You will arrive the afternoon before trekking and will have time to visit a boma and learn about Maasai culture. Camping at the base of the mountain allows for you to set off at 6:00 am in order to reach the summit and decent before dark. After reaching the bottom, you will travel back to Arusha. See Cultural Trails page for more information on cultural tours to Longido village.