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TanzaniaTwo weeks, two peaks

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Conquer Tanzania’s two highest mountains! The acclimatization climb to the Socialist Peak, Mt Meru’s highest point will prepare you for the actual challenge – Uhuru Peak, the roof of Africa, Mt. Kilimanjaro’s highest point. 
Trip highlights
  • Walking and trekking
    Walking and trekking
  • Volcano
  • Learning activities
    Learning activities
  • Mountain
  • Local population
    Local population

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Day 1: Arrival

Following your arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport you shall be collected and transferred to the hotel in Moshi where you can get some rest.

Night at Honey Badger Lodge (Moshi)

Day 2: Rest day and briefing

This morning you will have time to rest and prepare for your first climb. In the afternoon you will meet your mountain crew for an in-depth briefing.  

Meals : Breakfast.

Night at Honey Badger Lodge (Moshi)

Day 3: Moshi to Momela Gate to Miriakamba Hut (2,500 m)

After a hearty breakfast your guides will come to collect you and you will drive from the Lodge to Arusha National Park. Arriving at the gate, your guide will complete the registration forms before you will start your journey up Mount Meru accompanied by an armed park ranger. Walking through the grasslands towards the acacia forest on the southern route, you might spot giraffes and buffaloes lazily grazing on the lush vegetation. After roughly 2 hours you will reach the Maio Falls, where you can stretch your legs and enjoy a picnic lunch. Thereafter the journey continues through the “fig tree arch”, an unusual tree formation created by the wild fig Ficus Thonningii. Another two hours of hiking takes you to Miriakamba Hut where you will have dinner and a good night’s rest.  

Accommodation:  Miriakamba Hut. 

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Moshi, Miriakamba Hut

Day 4: Miriakamba Hut to Saddle Hut (3,550 m)

After breakfast you will continue on wooden steps along a steep track. The shift in altitude brings about a noticeable drop in temperature and walking may seem easier. The low hanging clouds often shrouds the rainforest in mist, creating a moody atmosphere in the lush vegetation. Your uphill trek will take you to “Mgongo wa Tembo” (elephant back) at a height of 3,200 m after approximately 2 hours, where you can take in the scenery and rest, before heading onward to Saddle Hut (3,550 m). On the way you will see the vegetation changing from rainforest to heather and moorland. After reaching Saddle Hut you can opt to hike to Little Meru (3,820 m), a 1 to 1,5 hours hike from where you will have a fantastic view over Arusha National Park and Mount Kilimanjaro about 80 km away. A hearty dinner and an early night awaits you back at Saddle Hut as your wake-up call will be just after midnight.  

Accommodation:  Miriakamba Hut.  

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Miriakamba Hut, Saddle Hut

Day 5: Summit Attempt: The Socialist Peak at 4,562 m

Shortly after midnight you will be awakened with a small snack and warm tea, after which you will start your final ascent. Headlamps light your way as you follow the trail through bush land to Rhino Point (3,821 m). The path becomes more challenging and occasionally climbing will be required. Following the crater rim, you will walk on frozen volcanic ash and rocks, before reaching the summit, Socialist Peak, in about 4 – 5 hours. Standing at the peak you will enjoy the breath-taking view of the sun rising above Mount Kilimanjaro as well as have a fantastic view of Mount Meru’s crater with its steep sides and the “ash cone” in the middle. After taking a few deep fresh breaths you will start your descent on the same route back to Saddle Hut (3,550 m) where you can recuperate with a snack and tea. Once rested, you will continue the descent to Miriakamba Hut (2,500 m) where you will spent the night after having a well deserved dinner. 

Accommodation:  Miriakamba Hut.  

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Saddle Hut, Miriakamba Hut

Day 6: Back to Momela Gate and Moshi

This morning you will return to Momela Gate. There you will receive your certificates and you will be picked up and brought back to Mosh for a warm welcome, a cold celebratory drink and a hearty meal at the Hotel.  

Meals : Breakfast and Lunch.

Night at Honey Badger Lodge (Moshi)

Day 7: Day of leisure and briefing

Today enjoy a couple of relaxing hours by the pool or let yourself be pampered by a relaxing massage. In the afternoon you will meet your crew for a detailed briefing of your upcoming Mt Kilimanjaro climb.  

Meals : Breakfast.

Moshi, Mount Kilimanjaro
Night at Honey Badger Lodge (Moshi)

Day 8: Moshi to Rongai Gate to First Caves Camp (2,600 m)

After a hearty Honey Badger breakfast your guides will come to collect you and you will drive 45 minutes from the lodge to Marangu village/gate. After registering at the gate, you will be transferred to the Rongai trailhead, which will take approximately 2 ½ hours. Here you will begin your hike from the Nare Moru village. The small winding path crosses maize fields before entering pine forest, and then climbs gently through a forest. The trail is gentle and the countryside is beautiful. The first night's camp is at First Cave, at about 2,600 metres. There is a toilet and a wooden table with benches, but no hut. Water can be found just down the trail below First Cave. 

Accommodation: First Caves Camp. 

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.


Day 9: First Caves Camp to Kikelewa Camp (3,600 m)

The trail continues up towards Kibo, passing Second Cave (3,450 m) en-route, and reaching Kikelwa Camp at about 3,600 metres. As the climb continues the views become more and more spectacular. You will really begin to feel the awe of the mountain. You will spend the night at 3rd Cave camp (Kikelewa Camp).  

Accommodation: Kikelewa Camp. 

​Meals : Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.


Day 10: Kikelewa Camp to Mawenzi Tarn Camp (4,330 m)

After breakfast you continue to trek, today the hike is short but steep as you climb up the grassy slopes. You are rewarded with splendid views of the wilderness. You will soon leave the vegetation behind as you move towards the Mawenzi Tarn. This is situated below the towering spokes of Mawenzi. Here you will relax and spend the afternoon acclimatizing.  

Accommodation: Mawenzi Tarn Camp.  

​Meals : Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.


Day 11: Mawenzi Tarn Camp to Kibo Hut (4,700 m)

After breakfast you continue to trek, today you will cross the mighty saddle joining Mawenzi and Kibo. After about 4 hours you will reach the Kibo Hut, where you will spend the rest of the day preparing for the final ascent. This will begin around midnight.  

Accommodation: Kibo Hut.  

​Meals : Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Kibo Hut

Day 12: Summit Attempt: Uhuru Peak – the Roof of Africa

At midnight you will be awoken to some tea and biscuits and will make a move into the night. You will head to Hans Meyer cave (5,150 m). The path then zigzags up to Gillman’s point (5,681 m) on the crater rim. Many climbers find this walk the most mentally and physically challenging aspect of the climb. From Stella Point you will normally encounter snow all the way on your 2-hour ascent to Uhuru Peak, the highest point in Africa and an achievement you will remember for the rest of your life.

The walk back to Kibo Hut from the summit, takes about 3 hours. Here you will have a well earned but short rest and collect the rest of your gear, before heading down to Horombo Hut. The route is not difficult and will take you down the rock and scree path into the moorland and eventually into the forest. Here you will rest and feel proud of your achievement.  

Accommodation: Horombo Hut. 

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Uhuru Peak

Day 13: Descent to Marangu Gate and back to Moshi

After an early and well-deserved breakfast, you will continue a 6 hour descent passing Mandara hut, and down to the Marangu Gate. Here you will receive your certificates; those climbers who reached Gillman’s point (5,681 m) are issued with green certificates and those who reached Uhuru Peak (5,895 m) receive gold certificates. You will be picked up and brought back to Honey Badger Lodge for a warm welcome, a cold celebratory drink and a hearty meal.  

Meals : Breakfast and Lunch.

Mandara Hut, Marangu, Moshi
Night at Honey Badger Lodge (Moshi)

Day 14: Goodbye

Today we will ensure that you make it to Kilimanjaro Airport in time for your flight.  

Meals : Breakfast.

MoshiMiriakamba HutSaddle HutMount KilimanjaroKibo HutUhuru PeakMandara HutMarangu

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The price reflects this specific itinerary and is designed to give you an idea of the budget required for this destination. Throughout the trip-planning process, our local agency will tailor your itinerary around your budget.

For 2 Adults
SeasonPrice Per Adult
Average trip price
All year round $3,800
  • Single Room Supplement:$150

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