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Nairobi - Arusha - Marangu - Mandara ?Horombo - Kibo - Uhuru Peak - Marangu : 6 NIGHTS/7 DAYS

Tour Type - Mountain Trekking in Tanzania, Destination - Tanzania

The Itinerary:

Ever wonder what it must be like to climb to the roof of Africa? Can you imagine the view from 19', 340 feet. Any reasonably fit person can experience this with a trek up the highest mountain in Africa - Mount Kilimanjaro.

Or climb a dormant volcano! Mount Meru,
a wonderful trek into alpine Africa. With lush forests, bare rock, a spectacular crater, an abundance of wildlife and a snow capped peak at 14,979 feet.


SCHEDULE: Mt Meru Momella ­Mariakamba - Saddle - Summit - Momella

Day 1: Arusha - Momella Gate ­Mariakamba Hut

Depart Arusha and drive for Momella Gate and trek for 10 km,4 - 5 hrs, 1000m ascent, Alt: 2516. Dinner and overnight Mariakamba Hut. (B,L,D)

Day 2:
Mariakamba Hut - Saddle Hut Trek for 4km, 2 - 3 hrs, 1 050m ascent, Alt: 3566 Dinner and overnight stay at Saddle Hut. (B,L,D)

Day 3 A:
Saddle Hut - Meru Summit Trek for 5km, 4 - 5 hrs, 1000m ascent, Alt 4566 to Meru Summit. (B,L)

Day 3b: Meru Summit - Saddle Hut Trek for 5kms, 2-3 hrs, 1O00m descent, Alt 3566 Dinner and overnight stay at Saddle Hut. (D)

Day 4: Saddle Hut - Momella Gate ­ Arusha

Trek for 9km, 4 - 5hrs, 2050m descent, Alt: 1516 anddrivefor 1 hrtoArusha. (B,L)

SideTrek:- Little Meru or Rhino point, two hours return for each, and can be done after stage 2 from Saddle Hut.


Marangu - Mandara - Horombo - Kibo - Uhuru Peak- Marangu

Day 1: Arusha - Marangu - Mandara Hut
Depart Arusha from your base hotel and drive for 2hrs to Marangu . Trek to Mandara for 7 kms, 4-5 hrs, Ascent nOm, Alt: 270Om . Dinner and overnight stay at Mandara Hut (B,L,D)

Day 2: Mandara Hut - Horombo

Day 1: Nairobi Arusha/Moshi
Depart Nairobi viaArusha arriving Moshi late afternoon. Overnight stay at Spring lands Hotel.

Day 2: Moshi - Mandara Hut
Depart from your hotel, drive straight to Marangu National Park gate, where the climb begins (1860m on the edge of the mountain forest. Walk through the semitropical dense rain forest, with camphor, cedar, juniper, wild olive and pillar trees festooned with lianas lichens and Spanish moss. Flowers of various species delight the eyes, while monkeys shake trees and tour across and other colorful forest birds sing in the forest profusion. The walking takes 4 hours covering 9 km to Mandara Hut, at 2733m near Maundi Crater. Dinner and overnight at Mandara Hut.

Day 3: Mandara Hut - Horombo Hut
Starting early in the morning towards Horombo Hut you walk 5 hours, to cover the first 4 km or so, the dense rain forest now gives way to the rolling moorland clothed in knee- high gross tussocks dotted here and there with giant heather trees, some standing up to 9 m high. Here is perhaps the most pleasant point where the landscape looks nice with flowers etc. , and the sun is refi-eshingly warm. From here, both Kibo and Mawenzi Peaks are magnificently viewed. Some animal species are found here, i.e. bush duikers etc. The landscape becomes more rugged and rocky, now you arrive at Horombo Hut and at 3761 m above sea level. Dinner and overnight at the Horombo Hut. You should have warm clothes due to strong winds here.

Day 4: Horombo Hut - Kibo Hut
Mter breakfast, continue to Kibo Hut through the euphorbia trees and here high altitude causes difficulty in breathing and tiredness is felt. The path leading you to Kibo Hut passes the water streams and skirts MA WEZI before opening out the Lunar Landscape of the Saddle. It forms a "U"between MAWENZI and KIBO Peaks.You will have covered 13 km walking 6 Hours from Horombo Hut, and you will be 4732 m above sea level. You will experience the winter night as cold and icy winds encircle the huts accompanied by frost and snow. Dinner and overnight at Kibo Hut.

Day 5: Kibo Hut - Horombo Hut
Walk up earl - after midnight for the final attempt on the summit, walk for about 5 hours, the steepest and most difficult part of the route, to GILLMAN'S POINT, at 5681 m above sea level, on the Crater rim. Try again, if your stamina allows, for UHURU Peak, reached in about 2 hours. This is the highest point inAITica. After Signing the ,isitors book, descend to Horombo Hut, for dinner and overnight.

Day 6: Horombo Hut - Marangu Gate/ Moshi
After breakfast, descend to the MARANGU back to Moshi. Overnight at Spring lands Hotel.

Day 7: Moshi Nairobi
After breakfast depart for Nairobi by shuttle bus arriving Nairobi at around 18.30 hrs.

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