Tanzania is best-known in mountain trekking having the highest mountain in Africa Mt Kilimanjaro with its peak at 5,895 m dominates the landscape of the East African savannah. It beckons every trekker and mountaineer to rise to the challenge of scaling its lofty, towering summits that consist of three extinct volcanoes: Kibo, Mawenzi and Shira. This stunningly majestic mountain captures the imagination of everyone who sees it.
Mt. Kilimanjaro isn’t the only choice trekkers have in the north of Tanzania. From the dramatic scenery of Mt Meru to the rolling hills of the Ngorongoro Crater Highlands and the active Oldonyo Lengai rising out of the Great Rift Valley, there is a trek or hike to suit every adventurous traveler.
Whilst reasonable fitness is required, the schedule, trails and accommodation are designed to allow visitors to acclimatize easily.
INFORMATION ON CLIMBING
A superb traverse offering fine panoramas of the southern icefields and visiting some of the mountains most beautiful locations.
A very remote and rather tedious walk over endless screes. Fine panoramas northwards to Mount Kenya. Allow 3 hours from the Shira Hut to the Moir Hut. The next section to the Kibo, Mawenzi or Horombo Huts is best done in two days. Very limited water en-route.
REUSCH CRATER AND ASH PIT
Easily reached from the East. Sulphur deposits and fumaroles are found inside this crater. To look into the Ash Pit it is best to go down into the crater. Descending into the Ash Pit involves scrambling over steep scree and poor rock.
NORTHERN AND EASTERN ICE-FIELDS
Though far from the main routes there is some magnificent ice scenery is to be seen here - well worth the effort and time.
• Guides Professional guides accompany the climbing safaris and provide excellent service including cooking of meals provided by professional chefs.
• Health & Fitness Any form of mountain climbing requires an acceptable level of fitness. Before attempting these climbing expeditions please consult your doctor and have a physical check-up. In case you are unfit, a one-month training programme prior to the climbing is recommended.
• Climbing Seasons The best seasons for climbing are middle December to end of March and from middle of June to end of September.
• Equipment & Clothing Provision of any personal climbing equipment is not included for in the rates, and may be hired directly by the client from the base hotel. Clothing ought to be warm, light and preferably weather proof.
• Self-service options- Self-catering packages are available please contact us for details on these.
• Caution Mountain climbing in any form is dangerous, and adequate safety precautions are necessary. If you are vulnerable to high altitude sickness, even after acclimatization, you are advised to opt for shorter, low altitude climbing trips.