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Mount Kilimanjaro & Meru Trek

This is a challenging trip that takes in the highest and fifth mountains in Africa.

Mount Meru (4566-m) is a spectacular classic volcanic cone and its eastern cliff face that rises 1500m is one of the tallest of its type in the world. From a biological point of view, Meru is just as interesting as Kilimanjaro but is completely overshadowed by its more famous neighbor. A trek to the summit is well worth a visit in its own right. Trekkers will be accompanied by an armed park ranger for protection against free-roaming wildlife.

Part of the prized 'Seven Summits' - series of the highest mountains on each of the seven continents - Kilimanjaro ranks highly on the 'must-do' list of almost every earnest trekker and mountaineer in the world. A trip to the summit of Kilmanjaro - one of the highest peaks in the world that's accessible to hikers - is analogous to travelling from the Equator to the Arctic. Most of the routes on the mountain involve no technical climbing skills at all and the summit can be reached by a person reasonably fit and determined in mind. Regardless of the route taken, the vistas are magnificent and the flora and fauna of the different eco-zones fascinating. Due to the debilitating high altitude which is underestimated by many trekkers, only about a quarter to half of all climbers managed to make the summit each year.

Highlights

  • Trekking Mount Meru, one of the most elegant volcanoes in Africa
  • Topping out at the highest point on the Africa Continent - Uhuru Peak - via the Marangu or Machame Route, an achievement you'll remember for life
  • Option to extend to take in the fabulous Tanzanian Northern Safari Circuit

What is Included

  • Transport from Nairobi to Moshi / Arusha
  • Transport from Moshi / Arusha to starting point on mountain and return to Moshi
  • National Park gate fees
  • Hut / camping fees and tents
  • Certified, experienced, English-speaking guides for all routes
  • Porters' salaries
  • Rescue fees (required by national park)
  • All meals on the mountain
  • Two nights accommodation in Moshi / Arusha bed and breakfast, double or triple occupancy
  • Tents, foam sleeping pads, cooking equipment, and eating utensils

What is Not Included:

  • International return airfares between Singapore and East Africa + applicable airport taxes and fuel surcharges
  • Tips for guides and porters
  • Lunches and dinners in town ( Moshi / Arusha / Nairobi )
  • Extra days spend on the mountain and extra nights in town
  • Visa fees, personal travel insurance, immunisations, and personal spendings / shopping.

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Duration : 15 days

Maximum Altitude : 5,895-m Uhuru Peak

Group Size : minimum 4 persons

Group Size  
11 persons & more  
9 - 10 persons  
7 - 8 persons  
5 - 6 persons  
3 - 4 persons  
2 persons  
   
3 Day Safari  
* Price above is land cost only and does not includes international return air fares on Emirates Air (estimated at $1600) or Qatar Airway (estimated at $1300) before taxes.

Grading :



Day 1
Singapore - Nairobi - Arusha / Moshi
Day 2 - 13

Mount Meru - 4 Days
The route to the summit passes through parkland, montane forest, a giant heather zone and moorland, plus a dramatic and exhilarating section along the knife-edge rim of the horseshoe crater. Once on top, weather permitting, we will be rewarded with stunning views of both its Ash Cone lying in the crater several thousand feet below and on a good day, Kilimanjaro can be seen rising above the clouds in the background.

Mount Kilimanjaro - Machame Route - 7 Days
There are several routes leading to the summit. One can ascend either via the Marangu route ( most popular, easy, straight forward, and with comfort of hutted accommodation ) or the Machame route ( more challenging, rugged, indirect, and tented camping accommodation ). The Machame route is preferred and will be our choice.
Day 14 - 15 Arusha / Moshi - Nairobi - Singapore

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The Meru trek is not an easy one as the uphill slog through muddy trails is tiring and unrelentless. This is possibly a harder trek than Mount Kenya.

The extreme altitude and cold make Kilimanjaro a challenging preposition. Although a high level of physical fitness is required, it is the ability to acclimatize to the thin air that will determine your success on the mountain. With the right mental attitude and determination coupled with adequate preparation, a successful climb is a possibility - as long as you can acclimatize to the thin air.

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