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Mount Meru & 7-day Lemosho route trek

Enosa Expeditions - 11 days

  • Mount Meru & 7-day Lemosho route trek
  • 11 days / 10 nights
  • Max. group: 0 Persons
  • Difficulty: Medium
Overview
Route
What's Included
Accommodation
FAQ
Packing List
Safety
Enosa Expeditions
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Overview

> Conquer Tanzania's highest summits
> Enjoy spectacular views of Kilimanjaro from Mount Meru's summit
> Climb Kilimanjaro through the Lemosho Route

If you are looking for a true Tanzanian adventure, look no further. Combining Mount Meru and Kilimanjaro is the best choice when trekking in Tanzania. Mount Meru, usually referred to as Kilimanjaro's little brother, is the best warm-up for your Kilimanjaro climb. Enjoy the unique flora and fauna surrounding this massif, reach the top, and admire the amazing views of the Kilimanjaro from the Top of Mount Meru. After conquering the younger sibling, it is time to face the older one: Mount Kilimanjaro.

A good option for the second part of this journey is the Lemosho Route. This is one of the newest routes on the Kilimanjaro and was built in the days when the mountain started to rise above itself in terms of popularity. In earlier years it was already very busy on routes like the Marangu and the Machame. In order to meet the increasing demand, the authorities have built the Lemosho. When constructing the trails, acclimatization and elevation were taken into consideration.

Route

What's the plan?

Day 1:  Miriakamba Hut (2500m)

Duration: 5-7 hours of hiking

After an early morning breakfast in Moshi, you will be picked up from your hotel and brought to the Momella Gate in Arusha National Park. At this time, the porters will organize and pack the belongings for the hike while you and your guide register with the Tanzania National Park (TANAPA). You will then begin your ascent in Arusha National Park. The first day of hiking is similar to a walking safari; you should expect to see giraffes, zebras, antelope, buffalo, and potentially elephants near the trail. Due to the high possibility of spotting wildlife, an armed ranger, hired through the National Park, is required to hike with our team for the duration of the hike. As you continue hiking, you will pass the Ngarenanyuki River and a beautiful waterfall at the base of Mt. Meru. Upon arriving to Miriakamba Hut (2500m), your chef will prepare a hot dinner and washing water for you. Enjoy the beautiful sunset and overnight.

Day 2: Miriakamba Hut (2500m) – Saddle Hut (3500m)

Duration: 3-5 hours of hiking

After breakfast, you will start ascending up the steep trail along the ridge of the saddle. You may see various wildlife along the way! The trail has views of Mt. Meru Crater and the Ash Tray. When you arrive at camp, you have the option of hiking Little Mt. Meru (3820m) with your guide to further acclimate. You will be served an early dinner, so you can receive ample rest before your midnight summit attempt. Get to sleep by 1900!

Day 3: Saddle Hut (3500m) – Summit Attempt (4566m) – Arusha (1400m)

Duration: 12-14 hours of hiking

Your guide will wake you at 00:30 for tea and biscuits. You will then begin your summit attempt at 1:30 am. The trail starts off on a steep grade to Rhino Point (3800m) to Cobra Point (4350m). The last hour of the hike you will scamble on a rocky ridge between the crater and inner cliffs of Meru. You will reach the summit of Meru (4565m) at sunrise with spectacular views of Mt. Meru Ash Tray and Mt. Kilimanjaro. Enjoy your views then descend to Momella Gate and return to Moshi, where you will spend the night.

Meals: meals in Moshi are not included

Day 4: Moshi – Starting point – Mkubwa camp (2,780 m)

Early in the morning our driver will pick you up and take you to Londorossi Gate (2,250 m), an approximate two and a half hour drive away. After registration at the gate you will be driven up to a bumpy track that will take you into the dense rainforest to the drop-off point where your trek begins. You will follow a moderately steep track, which leads you through an amazing and unspoilt natural forest to Mkubwa Camp (2,800 m). As this region is also home to wild game, you will be accompanied by an armed ranger during the first 2 days of your trek.

Accommodation: Tent
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included

Day 5: Mkubwa camp (2,780 m) – Shira Camp 2 (3,900 m)

Today’s trek will starts on a small trail that passes through the rainforest. As you climb, the forest gradually thins out and the landscape changes into heath and moorland where plants like Erica and lobelia start to dominate the landscape. You now find yourself in the third climate zone of Mount Kilimanjaro. You will cross the Shira Ridge and after 4 to 5 hours of trekking, you will reach Shira Camp 1. Here you will stop for a lunch, relax a bit and enjoy the fantastic views of Mount Meru and the Rift Valley. For the last part of the climb, you will climb another 400 m in altitude. The landscape will change again and at Shira Camp 2 (approximately 4 hours). Shira camp 2 is the final destination for today and you will spend your evening and night there.

Accommodation: Tent
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included

Day 6: Shira Camp 2 (3,900 m) – Lava Tower (4,640 m) – Barranco Camp (3,960 m)

Today you will climb approximately 740 m but you will spend the night at an elevation only slightly higher than the previous night. This will allow your body to cope with the changes in altitude, as a height of over 4,600m will be reached before descending again. The trek begins with a long ascent above the Shira Plateau in the direction of the Lava Tower (4,640 m). The climb passes through the wide Barranco Valley with its beautiful flora. After 6 to 7 hours trekking, you will arrive at Barranco Camp – perhaps the most beautiful camp on Kilimanjaro.

Accommodation: Tent
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included

Day 7: Barranco Camp (3,960 m) – Karanga Camp (4,035 m)

After breakfast, we leave Barranco and continue on a steep ridge passing the Barranco Wall, en route to the Karanga Valley campsite. Then, we leave Karanga and hit the junction which connects with the Mweka Trail. Karanga camp is situated at an altitude of 4,640 m and will be reached in about 3 to 4 hours. In the afternoon you can relax and stretch your legs in preparation for the night in which we will push for the summit.

Accommodation: Tent
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included

Day 8: Karanga Camp (4,035 m) – Barafu Camp (4,640 m)

Today we trek to Barafu Camp. At this point, you have completed the South Circuit, which offers views of the summit from many different angles. Here we make camp, rest, enjoy dinner, and prepare for the summit day. The two peaks of Mawenzi and Kibo can be seen from this side.

Accommodation: Tent
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included

Day 9: Barafu Camp (4,640 m) – Uhuru Peak (5,895 m) – Mweka Camp (3,080 m)

You will be woken up at 11:00 pm and we will provide you with a light snack and a steaming cup of tea before you begin your 5km trek to the summit. This is an extended hike that lasts approximately 16 hours making this the most challenging day on the 8 day Lemosho Route. Temperatures typically range between -5°C and -10°C. The gradual incline of the valley located near the eerily tranquil scree fields traverses amongst the Rebmann and Ratzel Glaciers – the view is so astonishing that the freezing temperatures will be forgotten. At Stella’s Point (5,672m) brilliant gold and orange hues bleed like fire over the rocks. The first slither of the sun peeks over the skyline in a radiant, white form and the snow turns liquid gold and silver.

After about an hour you will reach the highest point in Africa, Uhuru Peak (5,89m). You will have the chance to take some photos and marvel at the surrounding scenery, glinting ice cliffs and the jagged Mawenzi Peak. Our descent requires us to turn around and embark on the trail to Barafu Camp where we will rest for a while. The spectacular, vast plains of the Kilimanjaro are so enchanting that the 9km route to Mweka Camp (3,100m) feels rapid. The route is moderate and takes us around five hours. As you venture on the declining rocky spree trail, the scenery will start to sprout and the ice will melt away. The barren landscapes of the moorland will be the first milestone, dense vegetation and exotic wildlife will begin to radiate as we approach lower climate zones. We will proceed to the campsite where you can scoff down a scrumptious, piping hot dinner whilst seizing the last opportunity to see the Milky Way without any light pollution.

Accommodation: Tent
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included

Day 10: Mweka Camp (3,080 m) – Mweka Gate (1,630 m) – Moshi

After breakfast, we continue our descent to Mweka Park Gate to receive your summit certificates. At lower elevation, it can be wet and muddy. Gaiters and trekking poles will help. Shorts and t-shirts will probably be plenty to wear but it will be good to keep rain gear and warmer clothes handy. From the gate, you continue another hour to Mweka Village. A vehicle will meet you at Mweka village to drive you back to hotel in Moshi.

Accommodation: Tent
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included

What's Included

Included:

√ Private transport to and from Kilimanjaro International Airport to your hotel
Your trekking company is able to pick you up from the airport and bring your to your hotel in Moshi, if needed. A transfer back to the airport can also be arranged. 

√ Transportation to and from Mount Meru and Mount Kilimanjaro 
The transport from Moshi to Mount Meru and to the gate of Kilimanjaro National Park is taken care off. This also applies to the way back. 

√ Accommodation
Accommodations in Mount Meru are in mountain huts. There are two very well-appointed, big huts: ‘Miriakamba Huts’ (at 2514 Metres) and ‘Saddle Huts’ (at 3570 Metres). These huts are well equipped, they have bathrooms and solar energy. Showers, however, are not available. You must bring your own sleeping bag for the nights in the huts.

Unless you are doing the Marangu Route, you’re staying in our strong and well maintained four-season mountain tents during your Kilimanjaro climb. Every time you arrive at your camp the tent has already been set up. 

Between the two treks, you will spend the night at the Altezza Lodge in Moshi, in a double room accommodation.

√ Double Layered Sleeping Mats
Double layered mats provided by your trekking company will put you to sleep in no time. 

√ Hot meals daily while on the mountain
Breakfast, lunch and dinner are prepared during the trek. Your trekking company is bringing their own cook. Don’t be surprised when you see an exclusive three course dinner on your plate. 

√ Treated and filtered water
During the trek you won’t have a shortage on drinking water. 

√ Hot water for washing
Don’t expect an extensive shower, but there will be the possibility to use hot water for a decent wash. 

√ Altitude Sickness & First Aid Kit
The guides carry an altitude sickness kit to monitor your pulse rate, oxygen saturation and heart rate twice a day (very useful for monitoring the symptoms of altitude sickness (AMS) at altitude).  Also emergency portable oxygen is carried along. On top of that the guides are qualified Wilderness First Responders. 

√ KINAPA Rescue Fee
The fees for the Kilimanjaro Rescue Team are covered. This is managed by KINAPA, Kilimanjaro National Parks. Interesting fact: Kinapa means “We carry each other” in Swahili. 

√ Park fee, camping fee, VAT and other taxes
The parks entry fees, the crater fee, camping fee and value-added tax are included in the price. 

√ Fair salary, food, insurance and accommodation for guide and porter(s)
The total amount covers not only your own basics, but also those of your guide and porter. No unpleasant surprises. 

√ Your own team of porters and guides
Per person you generally have a team of 1 guide, 1 cook and 3 porters who will support you in your climb. If you are part of a group of four, you will be able to enjoy 2 guides, 1 cook and 12 porters. Although there will always be enough hands on deck, the exact amount of support staff varies per trekking company. 

Excluded:

× Visa for Tanzania
Visas are required for all visitors, and cost about $50. For most nationalities it is possible to get a visa upon arrival when you arrive at the airport in Tanzania. Check with your local Tanzanian embassy or consulate to see what the requirements are. 

× Flights to and from Moshi
The total amount is also exclusive of flights to and from Tanzania. To get an idea of which airlines are visiting Kilimanjaro International Airport (KIA), it is best to have a look at their website. 

× Personal expenses
All personal expenses such as drinks at the bar, washing and other similar expenses are for your own account. 

× Travel Insurance Including Repatriation
Your international travel insurance is your own responsibility. It is important that your travel insurance also covers adventures at a high altitude. Discuss your itinerary with the insurance company before you travel to Tanzania. 

× Tipping
Tips for guides and porters are exclusive. You decide what you want to tip, but be generous and read our blog post about tipping when you are planning go trekking in Tanzania. 

× Portable flush toilet
Portable flush toilet with a toilet tent is available for USD 70 for the entire trek.

× Accommodation before and after the trek
Whether you stay in Moshi, Arusha or anywhere else, before and after the trek you have to take care of your own accommodation and meals.

Accommodation

Accommodation on Mount Meru

Accommodations in Mount Meru are in mountain huts. There are two very well-appointed, big huts: ‘Miriakamba Huts’ (at 2514 Metres) and ‘Saddle Huts’ (at 3570 Metres). These huts are well equipped, they have bathrooms and solar energy. Showers, however, are not available. You must bring your own sleeping bag for the nights in the huts.



Accommodation on Kilimanjaro

Unless you are choosing the Marangu Route, you will be staying in durable tents that are equipped for all-weather situations. A few porters will always trek ahead of you to make sure that your tent is ready when you arrive. There will also be tables and chairs. Accommodation comes with freshly prepared meals. Every campsite has a long drop toilet. Along the trek, you can find your private space behind a rock. Read all about camping on the Kilimanjaro here.

Between the two treks, you will spend the night at the Altezza Lodge in Moshi, in a double room accommodation.

FAQ

FAQ

Best Season
Because Mount Kilimanjaro covers a relatively large surface area and a lot of elevation, the mountain has more or less its own climate. Responsible for the weather patterns around Mount Kilimanjaro are trade winds that bring along moist from the Indian Ocean. Because of these trade winds, the months of March, April, May and November are the wettest. The southern mountain slopes are especially rainy in these months. From January to March there is a greater chance to see snow on and around the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro. This can be experienced as negative, but it will any case be much quieter on the trails. Although these are the coldest months, snowfall and cold temperatures can be expected from December to May. The most suitable and most popular season for climbing Kilimanjaro is from June to October. In these months you can choose any route without having to worry about rain too much. If you want a comfortable route during the rainy season, you best choose the Rongai Route, approaching Kilimanjaro from the North. Due to the differences in altitude and the associated climate zones, it is difficult to estimate the temperatures.

Kili's Little brother, Mount Meru, can be climbed all year round, just like Mount Kilimanjaro. However, if what you are looking for are clear views of the plains below and the Kilimanjaro massif, climbing between June and February is most advisable. If you can trek between December and February, even better!

Porters
Trekking on Kilimanjaro and Mount Meru is hard, both for yourself and your support staff. Per person you have a team who will support you in both climbs. This team usually consists of a guide, three porters and a cook. This way you don't have to carry your full gear yourself. The guide speaks English and usually the rest of the team speaks English as well. You can make things more interesting by learning a few words of Swahili in advance. 

Bookatrekking.com strives to only work with providers who treat porters in a fair manner. Without porters, there is no trekking on Tanzania's highest peaks. They are the heart and soul of your adventure and every day, they carry part of your gear. Bookatrekking.com always tries to find a balance between an affordable trekking adventure and the fair treatment of porters. Read everything about porters on Kilimanjaro here

Training
Do you reach Uhuru Peak or not? There is a chance that you won’t. Often this depends on the unpredictable weather on the mountain. However, it can also depend on your own physical condition. 

Do you enjoy hiking, have you gone trekking at higher altitudes and do you exercise twice a week on average? With a little extra training, you are soon fit to challenge the siblings: Mount Meru and Mount Kilimanjaro.

Is this the first time that you are trekking at altitude? Make sure you are well prepared. This is important for your safety, but also for that of your team. Make sure you start six months in advance with an hour's walk or hike twice a week. Read this blog post and get fit for your Kilimanjaro ascent.

Tipping
It is impossible to reach both summits solo. This means that every climber has his or her own team. Both the guide, the assistant guide, the porter and the cook expect a tip. Tipping is per climber, which means that the amount will not be smaller if the group is larger. Be generous. Read our extensive blog about tipping on Mount Kilimanjaro to get an idea on how much to tip your crew. The suggested amounts by the trekking companies in Tanzania are:

• Guides: USD 20/day/guide
• Cook: USD15/day
• Porter: USD10/day/porter

Currency and Payment Methods
The currency of Tanzania is the Shilling. We recommend you bring US dollars or Euros to cover the costs of your visa, extra travel, and other. It is easiest to travel in Tanzania with US dollars, but credit cards are also accepted in most places. Before you travel, check with your bank whether your credit or debit card can also be used in Tanzania. 

Visa Tanzania
Visa are required for all visitors, and cost about $50. It is possible to get a visa-on arrival when you arrive at the airport in Tanzania. Look here at the website of the embassy for arranging your visa.  

Vaccinations
Tanzania is an area where yellow fever occurs and therefore we recommend you to be vaccinated. We also recommend that you have all other vaccinations such as Tetanus, Diphtheria, Polio and Hepatitis A & B up to date. Malaria is present in Tanzania but there are no mosquitoes at high altitude. Always consult your health professional 90 days ahead of departure.

Packing List

Packing List

Trekking in Kilimanjaro and Mount Meru requires decent gear. Especially the basics like an 80-90l backpack and quality trekking socks. Also make sure to check our ultimate packing list for trekking Kilimanjaro.

Technical Clothing
- Waterproof Jacket, breathable with hood
- Insulated Jacket, synthetic or down
- Soft Jacket, fleece or soft-shell
- 2 Long Sleeve Shirts, light-weight, moisture-wicking fabric
- Short Sleeve Shirt, light-weight, moisture-wicking fabric
- Waterproof Pants, breathable (side-zipper recommended)
- 2 Hiking Pants (convertible to shorts recommended)
- Fleece Pants
- Shorts (optional)
- Long Underwear (moisture-wicking fabric recommended)
- 3 Underwear, briefs (moisture-wicking fabric recommended)
- 2 Sport Bra (women)

Headwear
- Brimmed Hat, for sun protection
- Knit Hat, for warmth
- Balaclava, for face coverage (optional)
- Bandana (optional)

Handwear
- Gloves, warm (waterproof recommended)
- Glove Liners, thin, synthetic, worn under gloves for added warmth (optional)

Footwear
- Hiking Boots, warm, waterproof, broken-in, with spare laces
- Gym Shoes, to wear at camp (optional)
- 3 Socks, thick, wool or synthetic
- 3 Sock Liners, tight, thin, synthetic, worn under socks to prevent blisters (optional)
- Gaiters, waterproof (optional)

Accessories
- Sunglasses or Goggles
- Backpack Cover, waterproof (optional)
- Poncho, during rainy season (optional)
- Water Bottle (Nalgene, 32 oz. recommended
- Water Bladder, Camelback type (recommended)
- Towel, lightweight, quick-dry (optional)
- Stuff Sacks or Plastic Bags, various sizes, to keep gear dry and separate

Equipment
- Sleeping Bag, warm, four seasons
- Sleeping Bag Liner, for added warmth (optional)
- Trekking Poles (recommended) 
- Head lamp, with extra batteries
- Duffel bag, (waterproof recommended) for porters to carry your equipment.
- Daypack, for you to carry your personal gear

Other
- Toiletries (Option)
- Prescriptions
- Sunscreen
- Lip Balm 
- Insect Repellent, containing DEET
- First Aid Kit
- Hand Sanitizer
- Toilet Paper (To be provided)
- Wet Wipes (recommended)
- Snacks, light-weight, high calorie, high energy (optional)
- Pencil and Notebook, miniature, for trip log (optional)
- Camera, with extra batteries (optional)

Safety

Safety

Safety is of the utmost importance to us. That is why this is an area in which we simply do not compromise when it comes to keeping the cost of our trekkings low. Our guides have been selected on the basis of their technical competence, proven safety performance, impeccable judgment, friendly attitude and ability to provide useful and expert instructions. They are also very professional and well trained in first aid and personal protection equipment. First aid kits are available on all treks. In addition, the routes are ideally designed to give you enough time to acclimatize. 

While the intention is to stick to the described route, a certain degree of flexibility is built in. In some cases it may be necessary to change the route here and there. The mountains are full of surprises, and the weather on Mount Kilimanjaro is unpredictable. The guides continuously carry out risk assessments throughout the expedition. It is therefore best to plan a number of extra days in Tanzania to cover for possible unforeseen circumstances. Read all about altitude sickness here.

Enosa Expeditions

Enosa Expeditions

Our team in Moshi is equally diverse and responsible for all Tanzania-Experience mountain treks and climbs, be it Mount Meru, Mount Kilimanjaro or the Ngorongoro Highlands. All in all, Enosa Expeditions in Moshi ensures seamless and safe trekking, from the start to the summit and back.

Prior to every trekking, our guests receive a full briefing by our operations team. The route, safety procedures and health issues will be discussed in detail and there will be time for asking questions. Furthermore, the trekking gear will be inspected carefully to ensure that everything is ready and safe.

Other duties for our operations team include the allocation of our mountain crews. Currently we have 18 teams, each consisting of a head guide, assistant guide, cook and porters. Experience and team spirit of the crew is essential for a successful trekking tour on Kilimanjaro and we are very proud of our well-rehearsed and passionate teams. They know how to motivate you when you are in exhaustion and their good mood is infectious.

Our mountain guides are experienced hikers who know the mountains like their backyards – brilliantly! Some of them have been with the company from the start. Our guides receive regular trainings in English and first aid as well as in oxygen and altitude. They are responsible for your safety and will decide when a trek should be called off due to weather, altitude sickness or injury.

The cooks are the miracle workers. With simple gas cookers they conjure up 3-course feasts, hot drinks and snacks to revive and nourish all mountain climbers.

The porters are responsible for carrying food, gear and guests’ backpacks. They will fetch and boil water and assist the cook. On camping routes, they will also set-up the camp.

The operations team in Moshi not only gets you on the mountain and back safely, but is also on call at all hours of the day to assist with emergencies and rescues from the mountain. Our operations manager speaks English fluently.

Mountain tents, camping gear and cooking equipment are stored in our Moshi office after being thoroughly checked and washed by our maintenance team. They ensure that the right gear is ready for each trekking group and that enough food, utensils, tools and equipment are packed.

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The trekking company will also receive your details and can therefore always contact you and provide you with extra information.

Cancellation Policy
You wish you didn’t have to, but there is no other way: You find yourself having to cancel your plans. In this case, you lose your deposit, but since you haven’t paid the large sum yet, you at least save that. Please do let us know if you cannot make it. A no-show can be a small disaster for your trekking provider, who did its best to block your dates. View our complete cancellation policy here.
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