Kilimanjaro Shira Route

Just got back from Mt. Kilimanjaro with my son (we both made it to the peak) and the experience exceeded my expectations in every regard. It was better that I had hoped for and I want to thank you very much for all the assistance, hand holding, and help before the trip. I had never done anything like this, but I can't wait to try it again.

Kurt Welton | USA

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.

Brief Itinerary

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

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Trip Code: TWPCC
Trip Grading: Challenging
Duration:  15 days
Activities:  Charity Challenges Trekking
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