Kilimanjaro & Meru trekking holiday
Description of Kilimanjaro & Meru trekking holiday
On this Kilimanjaro and Meru trekking holiday, you climb smaller Mount Meru first – providing the ideal preparation for Kilimanjaro. Don’t be fooled by the smaller size of Meru (4,565m), though; scaling Socialist Peak is actually the more challenging summit attempt. Before you take on Kilimanjaro you’ll get a quick stop to recuperate and catch your breath in Arusha. Finally, you set off to tackle the tallest free-standing mountain in the world, Kilimanjaro (5,895m), trekking the remote and beautiful Lemosho Route to the pinnacle of your adventure: Uhuru Peak, the rooftop of Africa.
En route, you’ll come across some spectacular and unexpected landscapes. Your guide will be able to tell you the stories behind the Arched Fig Tree, describe the formation of the alpine desert of the Karanga Valley, and teach you how to spot giraffes in the rainforest above Momella Gate.
This trek to Kilimanjaro and Meru is designed by a tailor made holiday specialist with exacting standards. They’ll ensure that your national park fees go towards the conservation of Tanzania’s national parks, that guides are local and fairly paid, and that accommodation is locally owned where possible.
PlanetThe contribution of National Park fees supports the outstanding conservation efforts of the Tanzanian National Parks.
To ensure that we are offering ground-breaking itineraries and are always keeping up-to-date with the latest developments abroad, our UK staff travel regularly to our destinations.
Our UK office takes a leading role in setting the standards for an environmentally friendly work environment. We work with local government to recycle our waste and continually look for new ways to be greener.
PeopleAn intrepid undertaking, you will share this African adventure with your local team of professional staff all of whom receive unrivalled, fair salaries and are not reliant on tipping. You will gain a deeper appreciation of the mountains and the local people who make their living from them. We pay our porters the highest salaries in the history of Tanzanian trekking expeditions. Ask us for more details.
We employ local support staff who we pay fair wages, often exceeding government standards which we still consider too low, and thereby remove the reliance on tipping from travellers for livelihoods.
Our accommodation choices make use of locally owned properties where possible and often include adventurous, authentic choices such as local homestays which therefore involve local people and their communities in the very fabric of our holidays.
We encourage all our travellers to research local customs and read your trip notes before you depart to ensure you are conscientious and respectful in a different culture.
In most cases we strongly recommend that you do not give money to children beggars. If begging is a successful enterprise, parents are encouraged to forsake their children’s education in pursuit of this opportunity.
Talk to us about packing for a purpose and see if you can get involved by making a small material contribution to the communities you are visiting. We have developed partnerships with charities and accommodations throughout Tanzania and are constantly working to extend our reach with the help of our travellers.