Tanzania Twin Peaks Charity Challenge
This is the ultimate trekking challenge in Africa. Climb Mt. Meru, the second highest mountain in Tanzania, before ascending to the roof of Africa via the Rongai route on Kilimanjaro to experience Tanzania like few others ever will.
Meru is a very underrated mountain climb because of its close proximity to Kilimanjaro. It is a horseshoe-shaped volcanic crater with a spectacularly narrow ridge and superb allround views. The cliffs of the inner wall below the summit are over 1500 m. high, and inside the caldera is a subsidiary peak called the Ash Cone (3,670 m.) that last erupted only 100 years ago. There is an immense variety of tree and plant life, adding considerably to the interest of the trek.
Mt. Meru is part of Arusha National Park, and the lower slopes of the mountain shelter a variety of wildlife. The routes below Miriakamba Hut are more like walking safaris than mountain climbs and our guide is an informed and armed park ranger (in case we get too close to some of the animals!). You are almost certain to see buffaloes, warthogs, monkeys, and a variety of birdlife. Giraffe and elephant are also quite common.
On Meru itself, accommodation is in huts with some spectacular views of Kilimanjaro rising above the clouds nearby. The climb on Meru is very much justified on it’s own merits but is also a great way to get acclimatised for Kilimanjaro.
Kilimanjaro is Africa's highest mountain - towering 5895m (19,340 ft) over the plains below. This monolith is the highest free-standing mountain on earth and is permanently snow-capped. While no technical climbing is involved, this strenuous 33 km hike winds its way up through equatorial rainforest and across high moorland to the glacial terrain of the summit. While varying weather conditions can affect the degree of challenge the climb presents, if you are fit, you should have few problems - although, of course, the altitude can affect anyone and has little to do with one's fitness. Our ascent of Kilimanjaro includes oxygen and a valuable additional day on the mountain for acclimatisation.
|DAY 1||Fly UK to Tanzania|
|DAY 2||Arrive Tanzania, transfer to Arusha|
|DAY 3||Begin Meru ascent. Walk to Miriakamba hut|
|DAY 4||Walk to Saddle Hut|
|DAY 5||To Socialist Peak, return to Miriakamba|
|DAY 6||Descend mountain and return to Arusha|
|DAY 7||Optional Rest day|
|DAY 8||Commence Kilimanjaro climb, to Moorland Camp|
|DAY 9||Trek to Second Cave|
|DAY 10||Trek to Kikelewa Caves|
|DAY 11||Trek to Mawenzi Tarn|
|DAY 12||Walk to School Hut Campsite|
|DAY 13||Ascend to summit and descend to Horombo Hut|
|DAY 14||Descend to Marangu|
|DAY 15||Drive to Kilimanjaro International Airport, return to UK|