Transfer from Moshi to Arusha National Park, check in with park personnel, and in the late morning, walk under the Momella Gate to begin your trek. You soon pass some open grassland where you can view buffalo, warthogs, and elephants. Then, you continue a steady climb through montane forest. You can pause for your lunch at the famous Fig Tree.

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It is often clear in the morning, so if you want a view of Kilimanjaro, get up early. From the Miriakamba Huts, you climb steeply to the crater rim, which is called Elephant Ridge at this point. Then, you follow a steep path through attractive open lush Montane Forest to reach the giant heather in the Moorland near the saddle between Little Meru and Meru.

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Start early at 2 AM, and climb steeply for an hour to Rhino Point (3,800 m/12,467 ft). In icy conditions or in strong winds, it may be unreasonable to progress beyond Rhino Point, but sunrise from here is equally as spectacular as from Cobra Point. If the weather is fine, descend slightly and continue along or near a rough undulating ridge of ash and rock to reach Cobra Point (4,350 m/14,271 ft) near sunrise.

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About Mt Meru

Mount Meru is an active stratovolcano located 70 kilometres (43 mi) west of Mount Kilimanjaro in the nation of Tanzania. At a height of 4,566 metres (14,980 ft), it is visible from Mt Kilimanjaro on a clear day and is the tenth highest mountain in Africa. Much of its bulk was lost about 8,000 years ago due to an eastward volcanic blast, similar to the 1980 eruption of Mount St. Helens in the U.S. state of Washington. Mount Meru most recently had a minor eruption in 1910. The several small cones and craters seen in the vicinity probably reflect numerous episodes of volcanic activity.

Mount Meru is the topographic centerpiece of Arusha National Park. Its fertile slopes rise above the surrounding savanna and support a forest that hosts diverse wildlife, including nearly 400 species of birds, and also monkeys and leopards.

At the summit, one can find a two metre high flag of Tanzania in metal and also a milestone in concrete with “Socialist Peak 4562.13M” written.

Kilimanjaro can be climbed any time of the year but the best time is considered to be from August to October and January to March. It is wet in the rainforest from April to June and November. December through to February is the warmest months. Climate

Kilimanjaro Tipping Policy

Tips will vary depending on the length and complexity of the trip, the number of staff on the trip and the number of clients on the trip. Generally, groups like to meet together before the end of the trek to discuss how much they would like to tip each staff member based on their individual trek experience.

Tips should not be dependent on whether you summit or not, but rather whether your guides and porters were professional and had your best interests in mind. Do not pay tips on the mountain nor should you pay for any extra services while you are on the mountain other than for the purpose of refreshments (only regularly available on the Marangu Route).

It is also worth bearing in mind that items of clothing and footwear, for children or adults, used or new, are also highly valued and can be given as well as money tips.

Tipping can either be in Euros or US Dollars. The following are the daily rates as recommended to tip per staff member:

Guide 20 $

Assistant guide 15 $

Cook 10 $

Porter 10 $

For all Kilimanjaro routes except Marangu, you will have:

1 climber: > 1 guide, 3 porters, 1 cook

2 climbers: > 1 guide, 6 porters, 1 extra assistance guide, 1 cook

3 climbers: > 1 guide, 9 porters, 1 extra assistance guide, 1 cook

4 climbers: > 2 guides, 9 porters, 1 extra assistance guide, 1 cook, 1 waiter

For Marangu you will have: 1 guide and 1 cook for each 8 climbers, 1 extra assistant guide per each 3 climbers, 2 porters per climber

Note: Each client should expect to tip between US$ 200 – US$ 250

Additional notes: To avoid confusion, on the first day of your climb, please confirm with your guide the correct total number of staff that you or your group have.


Mountain Equipment

Please remember to gear up appropriately.


Mountain Tips

Please read our mountain tips very carefully.


Camping Tips

Please be careful when you are out in the wild.

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