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Kilimanjaro & Mt Meru

Maximise your chances for success up the tallest mountain in Africa with this trip

Kilimanjaro is undeniably one of the most popular mountains in the world! It is one of the '7 summits' as it is the tallest mountain in Africa (5,895m), and also the tallest Freestanding mountain in the world (4,900m prominence from its base).  On this expedition, we prelude our climb up Kilimanjaro with an ascent of Mt Meru - the 5th tallest mountain in Africa (4,566m). The ascent up Mt Meru is deemed by many to be an amazing experience in itself, with incredible views and beautiful trails to be enjoyed. Our ascent of Mt Meru is however strategic as it will offer a gentler acclimatisation profile than what you'd experience on Kilimanjaro, as well as offering some vital pre-acclimatisation before heading for the summit of Kilimanjaro afterwards. 

In Summary

Dates 2025 - 6th - 17th January 2025

Trip Duration: 11 Days - 9 Trekking Days

Difficulty: Moderate / Hard

Price: Market Rate £3, 200 per person - (Land only) 

Our Price: £2850 for this inaugural trip    Click to Read More

Bespoke Date Option: Organised upon request.

Inclusions: 

  • Internal Transfers 

  • Accommodation throughout - Hotel, Huts & Camping

  • All food whilst on the trek

  • Trekking & Park Permits

  • Trekking Staff

  • LMG Trek Manager

  • Team t-shirt 

Your Trip  (ASL= Above Sea Level)

 

Day 0 of your trip will be spent leaving your home country, and by Day 1 you'll have arrived in Tanzania. We will be picked up by our in-country team and transferred 1 hour to Moshi Town. We will conduct a trek brief and then get a good nights sleep ahead of our first day on the trail. 

Mt Meru 

Days 2-4 will be spent completing Mt Meru, during which the accommodation is mountain huts.  On Day 2 we head from the Marangu gate (1,500m ASL) into the acacia forest on the southern route. On the way there is every chance you will see a wide range of wildlife, from Elephants, Wildebeest, Giraffes and Zebras through to various primates and a wide range of bird species. After a picnic lunch, the trek continues to the well known 'Fig Tree Arch', and soon after we reach the Miriakamba Hut (2,500m ASL) where we'll spend the night, duration of 4-5 Hours. 

Day 3 will see you leave the rainforest environment for moorland. The trails are steep, but this aids progress getting up the peak at least. After a couple of hours trekking we reach a great viewpoint known as Mgongo Wa Tembo (3,200m ASL) where we take a good rest. By midday Saddle Hut (3,550m ASL) is reached. The afternoon will see us push the height a little higher as we hike to the top of Little Meru (3,820m ASL) which will aid our acclimatisation, and provide some fantastic views of the National Park, and Kilimanjaro itself. We return back to Saddle Hut and spend our last night on Meru. Duration 3-4 Hours

Day 4 is a big day, and will be the first test of your fitness and resolve. A 2am departure from Saddle Hut sees us first head for Rhino Point (3,821 ASL), after which the trail gets more challenging. After 4-5 Hours we'll finally reach Socialist Peak, the true summit of Mt Meru. If we're lucky we'll be able to witness the sun rising beyond Kilimanjaro. From the summit we descend the same route back to Saddle Hut, and then after a short break we continue down to the Momella Gate. This day could be anywhere from 11 to 15 hours long. From the gate we will be transferred to our hotel for the night where we can grab some much needed rest before Phase 2 of the expedition begins. 

Kilimanjaro via the Machame Route

Day 5 will start by us being transported to the Machame Gate. Once through the entry point we trek for between 5-7 hours to the Machame Camp (3,026m ASL)

Throughout Day 6 we leave the rainforest behind and ascend steeply onto the Shira Plateau. Looking back we'll be able to see our previous objective of Mt Meru rising above Arusha Town. We spend the night at the Shira Cave Camp (3,840m ASL). This day involves 5-7 hours hiking.

The character of the trek is changed on day 7 as the terrain becomes far more desolate. We climb high, passing the Lava Tower and crossing the last part of the Western Breach. Much of the day is spent walking above 4,500m, By the time we get to Baranco Camp you'll be sleeping just below 4,000m ASL. This day involves 6-8 hours walking. 

Day 8 is all about getting set for the summit bid that occurs on day 9. The day involves steep trails across scree up to Barafu Camp (4,673m ASL). You'll get an early dinner and then it's time to rest ahead of the big day. This day has 8-10 hours hiking. 

Day 9 begins at midnight. The summit attempt starts steeply and you'll climb to the crater rim over the course of 4-5 hours. We have aligned the summit night with the full moon too, which should make it all pretty spectacular. As sun breaks the horizon you will hopefully be at Stella Point (5,739m ASL). The effort is rewarded with fantastic views, particularly of the ice cliffs within the crater, and also the jagged Mawenzi Peak. Another hour of hiking will get you to the true summit of Kilimanjaro, known as Uhuru Peak (5,895m). 

From the summit we'll first return to Stella Point, and then turn down the scree to Barafu Camp for breakfast. After this break, the hiking continues as we continue our descent down to Millenium Camp (3,800 ASL).  This day can take anywhere between 8-12 hours, and involves roughly 1200m ascent, and 2000m descent!

Day 10 is the final day on the trail, and thankfully after 8 days of hiking a relatively gentle one. We re-enter the rainforest and head back to the Mweka Gate over the course of 5-7 hours. We are met by our transfers and taken back to the hotel in Moshi where we can shower and celebrate the expedition. 

Day 11 is the final day of the trip and we'll get you transferred back to the airport in time for your departure. Should you want to extend your trip with a Safari do let us know and we can help arrange this for you. 

Please be aware, this will be our first commercial expedition to Kilimanjaro. We are working closely with an experienced and well respected in-country agent to pull this trip together, but your LMG Trek Manager will not have been on the route before. We do however have access to the knowledge required to adequately prepare you for this expedition.

Our price for this inaugural trek up Kilimanjaro & Mt Meru reflects the nature of this. 

 

Frequently Asked Questions

What about Altitude Sickness?

Having concerns about AMS is very natural and it is unfortunately unpredictable. Even the experienced could struggle to get over 5,000m if they get ill. We have however designed our itinerary to help us best acclimatise. This combined with walking slowly, drinking lots and eating well all give you the best possible chance. On all our expeditions above 4,500m we ensure we also have a 'Portable Altitude Chamber' to help in the event of serious AMS. 

How fit do I really need to be and what skills do I require?

The fitter you are the more you will enjoy it, and the more chance you'll have of getting to the top. Being able to complete 2-3 days of big hill walks in the UK is a good gauge that you're ready. This trip involves a good few big days that will demand good levels of hillwalking fitness, not to mention the fact there are eight days of hiking in a row. It certainly isn't the easiest itinerary up the mountain - but we feel it is one that will have a high success rate. There is a section on the route called the Barranco Wall which entails some easy scrambling and mild exposure. 

Matt is a qualified Personal Trainer so if you want some formal training just get in touch with us via LMG Personal Training

What Technical Kit do I require?

There is no technical kit required for this trip. All you need is a good sleeping bag! 

What about the Food and Accommodation?

The food ranges from Porridge, Toast with Jams and Sausage / Eggs for breakfast. Lunch is often sandwiches, maybe some meat, fruit and a cold drink. Dinner usually starts with a soup, followed by a meat option with pasta, potatoes or rice. 

The accommodation comes in three distinct portions. There is a hotel at the start and end of the trip, basic huts on Mt Meru, and then camping on Kilimanjaro. 

Why should I trek with LMG Treks & Expeditions?

Join our trek if you want a personal experience right from the start. We will help you get ready for this trip here in the UK, both physically and mentally. We'll do what we can to get you prepared (hints, tips, forums) and you'll then have our friendly faces to lead you through the experience once in country. We work closely with an agent in Kilimanjaro to ensure we have the best possible service throughout. 

Are there any hidden costs?

At the top of this page you will see what is included in the trek. The main exclusions are:

  • International Flights

  • Personal Trekking Insurance - To cover trekking to over to the height of 5,895m. Likely cost of £150.

  • Trips for the trekking team - Roughly £50pp

  • Any Meals whilst not on the mountain. 

  • Souvenirs

  • Personal trekking kit (Boots,rucksacks etc)

This trip needs a minimum number of participants to run (6). There are a maximum of 14 places available. 

Please Contact Us for more information on this trip or to secure your place with a £300 non-refundable deposit. Our trip terms and conditions can be viewed upon request. Private / Bespoke trips also available.