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While not as big as Kilimanjaro in terms of height (at 4566m) or popularity, trekking Mount Meru provides a good acclimatisation for a subsequent climb of Kili as well as a worthwhile climb in itself. The summit provides magnificent views of the forest and plains below and Kili's peak in the distance.


Location: Tanzania

Travel to Mount Meru

Organised group tours: The following tours for Mount Meru are available:


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Tour Map of Mount Meru Ascent (4556m)

Mount Meru Ascent (4556m)

£890

excl. flights

4 days

Since the early days we have maintained that trekking is ideally suited to exploring villages and monasteries in remote regions and getting close up to inspiring mountain scenery. We design trekking holidays to perfection as so many of our past trekkers will testify. Our treks help you discover the remote trails of the Himalaya in Nepal, Tibet, India, Sikkim and Bhutan; the dramatic Karakoram in Pakistan; the Andes from Patagonia to Peru; the Table Mountains of Venezuela; the Rockies and National Parks of North America; the High Atlas of Morocco; the Simien Mountains of Ethiopia; Kilimanjaro, Mount Kenya and Mount Meru in East Africa; along the Great Wall of China and ancient pilgrim trails in Japan; hill tribe country in Vietnam and Thailand; Turgen Mountain in Mongolia; the; the European Alps and Dolomites; Iceland’s rugged wilderness; the Southern Alps of New Zealand, Australia’s remote outback and Tasmanian trails.

Mount Meru Ascent (4556m)

Mount Meru is often seen solely as an acclimatisation ascent before attempting Kilimanjaro, yet most climbers come away exhilarated by the experience of ascending a steep ridge line, with a crater rim that rivals Kilimanjaro. Its slopes are home to a large wildlife population including elephants and mountain reedbuck. This option can be taken on its own or combined with a Kilimanjaro climb.


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Tour Map of Tanzania on Foot

Tanzania on Foot

£3290

excl. flights

16 days

Since the early days we have maintained that trekking is ideally suited to exploring villages and monasteries in remote regions and getting close up to inspiring mountain scenery. We design trekking holidays to perfection as so many of our past trekkers will testify. Our treks help you discover the remote trails of the Himalaya in Nepal, Tibet, India, Sikkim and Bhutan; the dramatic Karakoram in Pakistan; the Andes from Patagonia to Peru; the Table Mountains of Venezuela; the Rockies and National Parks of North America; the High Atlas of Morocco; the Simien Mountains of Ethiopia; Kilimanjaro, Mount Kenya and Mount Meru in East Africa; along the Great Wall of China and ancient pilgrim trails in Japan; hill tribe country in Vietnam and Thailand; Turgen Mountain in Mongolia; the; the European Alps and Dolomites; Iceland’s rugged wilderness; the Southern Alps of New Zealand, Australia’s remote outback and Tasmanian trails.

Whether it be in Nepal's Chitwan National Park spotting the Asian Rhino or Bengal Tiger; in Tanzania's Ngorongoro Crater admiring the plethora of pink flamingo; in Costa Rica's Corcovado National Park viewing the two-toed sloth; in Antarctica getting up-close to penguins; or in Rwanda witnessing the impressive mountain gorillas, World Expeditions takes you to some of the world's best wildlife sanctuaries. Depending on the location, a Wildlife Safari requires a keen eye and patience! At all wildlife viewing opportunities you will have an experienced guide along with you to provide commentary and insight. Bring your binoculars!

Tanzania on Foot

On this exceptional itinerary we enjoy a combination of a walking and vehicle safari in the Serengeti National Park and the Ngorongoro Crater with an ascent of Mount Meru (4566m) and an ascent via the Rongai Route to the summit of Mt Kilimanjaro (5895m). We spend time on the vast Serengeti savannah where herds of plains animals, including migratory wildebeest, can be seen. In the Ngorongoro Crater prepare for unsurpassed game viewing as many species of East African wildlife, including the rare Black Rhino and large prides of lion, inhabit it. High above the crater rim our Masai guides lead us on a climb up Mt Lemagrut (3100m) which is a good training run for our next objective, an ascent of Mt Meru. Mt Meru is the best way to acclimatise for 'Kili' and is a steep and demanding climb in itself. On summit day the steep ridgeline ascent is spectacular with views to Kilimanjaro. Its slopes are home to a large wildlife population including elephants and Mountain Reedbuck. Fit and acclimatised, and in the company of our experienced guides and crew we follow the relatively remote Rongai Route via Kibo and hope to enjoy spectacular sunrise views from the summit of Africa. The East African Rift has created some of the greatest volcanoes on earth, and this truly unique walking itinerary offers the opportunity to climb three of the best.


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Trekking to Mount Meru and Kilimanjaro

£2695

excl. flights

11 days

With over 200 holidays to choose from, KE Adventure Travel has one of the very best collections of trekking and walking holidays worldwide. Graded on a scale from 1 to 12, we have holidays to suit everyone. Our tougher treks are likely to involve multi-day hikes through wilderness regions, with porter support and tented accommodation. Whilst at the other end of the scale, our softer walking holidays are more likely to be hotel or lodge-based with a day-walk format and an emphasis on uncovering the area's history, culture and cuisine. From our earliest days we've developed a range of treks that include celebrated classics such as Peru's Inca Trail trek, the ascent of Tanzania's Kilimanjaro and the ever popular Everest Base Camp trek in Nepal. Alongside these, we have always made it a priority to seek out distinctive and unique itineraries in less familiar areas such as Armenia, Cameroon, Madagascar and Burma. Whichever of our trekking or walking holidays you choose to undertake, you can be sure you'll enjoy breaking out of your day-to-day routine and exploring exotic landscapes on foot, with the chance to experience different cultures.

Trekking to Mount Meru and Kilimanjaro

On this double peak holiday we acclimatise with a trek to the summit of Mount Meru before moving on to climb Africa's highest mountain, Kilimanjaro. As well as being a worthy objective in its own right, the ascent of Mount Meru prior to tackling Kilimanjaro means that you will be well acclimatised and this will ensure that your experience in Tanzania is remembered as a holiday rather than a feat of endurance. Flying in to Kilimanjaro Airport in Tanzania, gives us speedy access to Mount Meru (4566m). Our ascent of this dormant volcano involves a wonderful 4-day trek, leading through pleasant game-filled parkland and then bamboo forest and moorland, to the dramatic crater rim. Here, we can look across with a sense of anticipation to snow-capped Kilimanjaro, 70 kilometres away to the east. Before transferring to Kilimanjaro, we enjoy a game drive in the Arusha National Park, an outstandingly beautiful nature reserve where we can expect to see elephant, buffalo, giraffe, antelope and numerous bird species. Having acclimatised on Meru, we will be in good shape to enjoy the ascent of Kilimanjaro, following the picturesque Machame route to the Shira Plateau from where we make our final ascent directly to the 'Roof of Africa'.