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What’s included

  • A Local Leader
  • Economy class return air fares from the UK & UK Departure Tax (flight inclusive only)
  • Carbon offset flights (flight inclusive only)
  • Good standard hotel accommodation (usually 4 star)
  • All mountain hut facilities on Meru
  • All camping facilities and all meals on trek
  • Camp staff to carry out all camp work
  • All road transport by private vehicles
  • Full board throughout
  • All National Park fees
  • Costs of all porterage and their insurance
  • A free high-quality Mountain Kingdoms kit bag

Summits of Meru & Kilimanjaro 5,895m/19,340ft Trekking Peaks

Trekking Peak

Tanzania, Kilimanjaro | Trekking Peak

Summits of Meru & Kilimanjaro 5,895m/19,340ft
Strenuous

Suitable for fit individuals who have regular experience of mountain walking.

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Grade: Strenuous ? Strenuous
Duration:  15 days from the UK  
On trek: 11 days

Flight inclusive from £3,965,
Land only from £3,045

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The ultimate Mount Kilimanjaro trek giving the best possible chance of reaching the elusive summit.

Highlights

  • All park fees included in the trip price
  • The best possible acclimatisation with an initial trek up Mount Meru and the longer Lemosho route on Kilimanjaro
  • Close up views of wildlife on the trek in to Mount Meru
  • First rate camping experience on trek and good quality hotels of character before and after the Kilimanjaro trek

Reviews          

The holiday ran like clockwork. The add on safari and Zanzibar was outstanding. You did us proud. We appreciated this.
Mr & Mrs W, Buckinghamshire

This was excellent in every respect, from accommodation to the guides knowledge and friendliness.
Mr MG, Lancashire

I loved the group experience, being with and trekking with other people. We had 11 on our trek - just the right number. It was constantly interesting and entertaining. I loved the camping (without having to think about it)
Mr H, Ireland

We feel we can trust and rely on MK. You use excellent local guides and hotels.
Mr & Mrs T, Nottinghamshire

Climbing Kilimanjaro was a fantastic experience, the guides were supportive, friendly and organised everything perfectly. Summiting Kilimanjaro is a memory that I and my fellow trekkers will cherish for a long time to come.
Harry Gray, Mountain Kingdoms

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A successful ascent of Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa, is achievable by any fit trekker. The key to reaching the top is good acclimatisation which we begin with a trek up Tanzania’s second highest peak, Mount Meru, 4,556m/14,947ft. This trek takes us through different vegetation zones, with an abundance of wildlife at lower levels and wonderful views across to our ultimate goal.

Leaving Meru we truly begin our Kilimanjaro trekking holiday on the varied and lesser trekked Lemosho route. This path climbs through beautiful, peaceful forest to reach Shira plateau from where a steady ascent will take us to Stella Point before the final push to the summit of Kilimanjaro. Trekking to Uhuru Peak amongst the vast glaciers and watching the sun rise over the African plains is a magical experience – the perfect conclusion to your Kilimanjaro trekking holiday.

Thousands of mountain lovers undertake a Kilimanjaro trek (affectionately known as “Kili”) on holiday every year, and Mountain Kingdoms provides a Kilimanjaro trek that gives you the best possible chance of reaching the summit.


At a glance

Grade: Strenuous
Strenuous

Duration:  15 days from the UK  
On trek: 11 days

Max. Altitude: 5,895m/19,340ft

Guaranteed to run for a minimum of 4 clients

Maximum group size: 12

Land only joining city: Kilimanjaro

Accommodation types: Hotels, Camping, Mountain Huts

Meal arrangements: 04/12

Itinerary overview
DayActivity
1-2
Fly to Kilimanjaro International Airport.
3
Drive to Arusha National Park. Start trek up Mount Meru, 2,514m/8,248ft - 5 hours.
4
Ascend to Saddle Hut, 3,570m/11,713ft - 5 hours.
5
Summit Mount Meru for sunrise, 4,556m/14,947ft - 8 hours. Descend to Miriakamba Hut, 2,514m/8,248ft.
6
Descend to Park Gate, 1,514m/4,960ft - 3 hours.
7
Drive to Kilimanjaro. Trek to Big Tree Camp, 2,650m/8,745ft - 5 hours.
8-9
Trek Shira Plateau, 3,480m/11,410ft - 5 hours. Trek to Shira 2 via ‘Cathedral’, 3,840m/12,590ft - 4 hours.
10
Trek to Great Barranco Valley, 3,985m/13,150ft - 5 hours.
11
Trek to Barafu, 4,681m/15,350ft - 7 hours.
12
Ascend Mount Kilimanjaro, 5,892m/19,330ft - 10 hours. Descend to Mweka Camp, 3,090m/10,137ft
13-15
Trek to park gate - 3-4 hours. Return to hotel and fly to London.
Leader: Local leader, Tanzania
Local leader, Tanzania

Our Tanzania trips are led by experienced, English-speaking local guides. In addition, whilst on Mount Meru you will also be accompanied by an armed national park ranger.


  1. Day 1 - Depart London.

    Depart UK for your overnight flight to Kilimanjaro International Airport.

    Overnight iconOvernight: In flight
  2. Day 2 - Arrive in Kilimanjaro.

    You will be met on arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport and transferred to your hotel, about an hour's drive from the airport. The hotel is set is stunningly beautiful gardens, and there are extensive grounds. Weather permitting you should get good views of Mount Meru from the lodge.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Moivaro Coffee Lodge
  3. Day 3 - Drive to Arusha National Park. Start trek up Mount Meru, 2,514m/8,248ft - 5 hours.
    summits of meru and kilimanjaro fig tree arch arusha national park church.

    You will be picked up in the morning by your guide for the one hour drive to the entrance of the Arusha National Park. There is an excellent view of your objective, the dramatic and rocky, Mount Meru from this spot. The half hour drive from here to the Momella Gate should give you glimpses of some of the diverse range of animals that you will be seeing over the next few days, including zebra, buffalo, giraffe and warthogs. At the Momella gate (1514m/ 4975ft) you will meet your ranger and start the trek. The path is a well-graded track, winding gently uphill through pristine forest, with clearings, waterfalls and hopefully with plentiful sightings of animals. You will stop for lunch, possibly at Fig Tree Arch before continuing uphill to the Kitoto viewpoint, with amazing views of the Momella Lakes to the east and the Ngurdoto crater. This area is home to giraffe and leopards. After a short descent you reach the Miriakamba hut.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Mountain Hut
  4. Day 4 - Ascend to Saddle Hut, 3,570m/11,713ft - 5 hours.

    The start of your walk today is uphill through beautiful forest. The path is very well maintained and after a couple of hours (and hopefully spectacular views of Kilimanjaro) you reach Elephant Point. This is an excellent place to stop and admire the views of the crater plain that you crossed yesterday and which is now way below. The path continues to zigzag up the ridge and then the flank of the mountain, with gradual changes in vegetation as you reach the alpine zone. You will get your first sightings of heather, senecio and if you are lucky chameleons, in this region. After a break at the Saddle Hut, you can walk to the top of Little Meru 3,820m/12,533ft, improving your acclimatisation. It will be an early night before your very early morning start up Mount Meru tomorrow.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Mountain Hut
  5. Day 5 - Summit Mount Meru, 4,556m/14,947ft - 8 hours. Descend to Miriakamba Hut, 2,514m/8,248ft.
    summits of meru and kilimanjaro meru summit s greenwood.

    Your guide will wake you up in the very early hours for your start up Mount Meru. (This is excellent practice for Kilimanjaro). The aim will be to reach a good viewpoint on Mount Meru for the sunrise. The trek starts gradually, crossing the saddle before reaching a ridge at Rhino Point. The path then climbs to follow the edge of the crater rim. After 3 or 4 hours you reach the first of several false summits, and the final scramble to the top comes not a minute too soon. You return by the same route to the mountain hut, where you will have lunch before descending to 2,514m/8,248ft for the night.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Mountain Hut
  6. Day 6 - Descend to Park Gate, 1,514m/4,960ft - 3 hours.

    After the efforts of the previous 3 days, today you have a pleasant walk back down to the park gate. This follows a different route from the ascent and is a stunningly beautiful walk through parkland hopefully containing much wildlife. Amongst the many animals you may well see close by are baboons, giraffe, warthogs, and buffalo. A short detour takes you to the Tululusia Falls for a break before you walk across the plain at the bottom of the mountain. Your vehicle will meet you at the park gate before your one hour drive back to the hotel.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Moivaro Coffee Lodge
  7. Day 7 - Drive to Kilimanjaro. Trek to Big Tree Camp, 2,650m/8,745ft - 5 hours.

    You will be picked up in the morning for the 3 hour drive to the Londorossi Gate. The gate is set right on the edge of beautiful forest and it is here that you will meet your trek crew and porters. After signing the book, it is a short drive up a muddy track, past fields of potatoes and carrots, to the start of the trek. The path sets off climbing gradually through thick forest, full of birds and black and white Colobus monkey and the more common blue monkeys. It is a 3-4 hour walk to tonight's campsite at Big Tree Camp (aka Mti Mkubwa).

    Overnight iconOvernight: Camp
  8. Day 8 - Trek Shira Plateau, 3,480m/11,410ft - 5 hours.

    Today you set off through thick forest on a narrow trail, with the trail undulating and eventually reaching the bottom of a ridge. The vegetation gradually changes as you ascend up the shoulder of a hill, the big trees are left behind and the vegetation becomes like moorland as you reach the Shira Plateau, a vast rock strewn area. Ahead will be the first views of the snow covered peak of Kibo.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Camp
  9. Day 9 - Trek to Shira 2 via ‘Cathedral’, 3,840m/12,590ft - 4 hours.
    summits of meru and kilimanjaro trek on shira_plateau church.

    There are a variety of routes that you can take today to reach the next campsite. All are designed to maximise your chances of acclimatising well. The route via the 'Cathedral' 3715m/12,275ft takes you through heather and lobelias, with distant panoramic views of Kibo.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Camp
  10. Day 10 - Trek to Great Barranco Valley, 3,985m/13,150ft - 5 hours.

    The route to the Great Barranco Valley is via the Lava Tower. It is a steady walk uphill, around huge lava blocks and through sparse vegetation to reach the Lava tower 4640m/15,230ft, a huge block on the end of a cliff. There is a cold and windswept campsite here, but you will just have a lunch stop before descending to the Great Barranco Valley. This is a lovely spot, with giant lobelia and senecio and the magnificent views of the Heim glacier, Kili's southern face and the western breach. You will also be able to view your route up the Great Barranco wall tomorrow.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Camp
  11. Day 11 - Trek to Barafu, 4,681m/15,350ft - 7 hours.

    The start of today's trek is one of the most exciting, as you ascend the wall. This is an easy scramble and at the top you are rewarded with views of your route ahead and the Southern Icefields. After another short descent and ascent and a lunch break at Karanga, the path leads upwards across volcanic scree to the campsite at Barafu. The rest of the day is spent in preparation for the very early start tomorrow.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Camp
  12. Day 12 - Ascend Mount Kilimanjaro, 5,892m/19,330ft - 10 hours. Descend to Mweka Camp, 3,090m/10,137ft.
    summits of meru and kilimanjaro sunrise from kilimanjaro summit s patel.

    You will set off at about midnight in order to hopefully reach the crater rim for sunrise. The path climbs gradually before reaching a steeper section and then well-graded and seemingly unending zigzags up the main face. Your guide will advise you to walk very slowly and if you do so, you greatly increase your chances of reaching your goal. Reaching the crater rim at Stella Point is a huge achievement and it is a great relief to know that the hardest part of the climb is now over. The final gradual trek from Stella Point to the Uhuru summit takes about 45 minutes. The effort for this final push is well rewarded, with superb 360º views of the Southern Icefield, the Ice Cathedral, the Northern Icefield and down into the crater and ash pit. It is well worth staying on the summit for as long as you can, before starting the descent. The walk back down the scree to the campsite is wonderfully quick, and you can marvel at what you have climbed a few hours previously. After a rest and lunch at Barafu, you descend via the Millenium Camp to the Mweka Camp at 3090m/10,137ft.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Camp
  13. Day 13 - Trek to park gate - 3-4 hours. Return to hotel.

    Your final day on trek is down a well maintained path, with the vegetation becoming gradually more extensive, with big trees appearing for the first time since you approached the Shira Plateau on day 9. The forest is full of tree ferns, impatiens and monkeys. After 3-4 hours walk you reach the park gate and say a sad farewell to your trek crew and porters. A vehicle will meet you to drive you to your hotel and a welcome shower.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Kia Lodge or Similar
  14. Day 14 - Morning at leisure. Fly to London.

    The morning is free for you to relax in your hotel before transferring to Kilimanjaro airport where you will fly back to London.

    Overnight iconOvernight: In flight
  15. Day 15 - Arrive in London.

    Today you will arrive back in the UK.

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2018

DatesAvailabilityLand OnlyFlight Inclusive from
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2019

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What’s included

  • A Local Leader
  • Economy class return air fares from the UK & UK Departure Tax (flight inclusive only)
  • Carbon offset flights (flight inclusive only)
  • Good standard hotel accommodation (usually 4 star)
  • All mountain hut facilities on Meru
  • All camping facilities and all meals on trek
  • Camp staff to carry out all camp work
  • All road transport by private vehicles
  • Full board throughout
  • All National Park fees
  • Costs of all porterage and their insurance
  • A free high-quality Mountain Kingdoms kit bag

What’s not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Visa fees
  • Airport departure taxes, except UK Departure Tax
  • Tips


Review your holiday

Reviews

Read holiday reviews by Mountain Kingdoms travellers.

Overall score:           (Based on 3 reviews)

Reliable          

We feel we can trust and rely on MK. You use excellent local guides and hotels.

Ultimate achievement          

Climbing Kilimanjaro was a personal goal. On reaching the summit we were rewarded with fantastic views and a great sense of achievement.

Brilliant          

A brilliant holiday, ran very smoothly. Our leader was excellent in every way and I would recommend him without hesitation.


Extend your holiday

Tanzania Safari & Zanzibar extension

Tanzania Safari & Zanzibar extension
  • Game drives to spot giraffe, zebra and lions
  • Tarangire National Park, Ngorongoro Crater & Lake Manyara
  • White sand beach & coral reef on Zanzibar

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If the view from the summit of Kilimanjaro was not reward enough for your efforts, combine your trek some relaxation time on a thrilling wildlife safari and then chill out on the spice island of Zanzibar.


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