Mountain Climbing

Tanzania is rich and gifted with many highlands that offer spectacular topology in various areas of the country which made our country to become one of the attracting places in the world and Africa for:-

  • mountain climbing
  • trekking
  • hiking
  • flower watching
  • bird watching
  • picnic sites
  • viewing points
  • culture tourism



Tanzania has worlds first class and famous mountains which make it become the roof of Africa. These mountains includes the following:-

  • Mt Kilimanjaro
  • Ol Donyo Lengai
  • Mt Meru
  • Pare Mountains
  • Livingstone Mountains
  • Udzungwa Mountains
  • Eastern Arc Mountain Range
  • Uluguru Mountains
  • Monduli Mountains
  • Mount Hanang
  • Usambara Mountains
  • Crater Highlands

For the details of the climbing Tanzania mountains please view the links below.

| Mt. Kilimanjaro | Mt. Meru |

Mt. Kilimanjaro

Crowned by an eternal snowcap throughout the year, Mt. Kilimanjaro is the highest mountain in Africa [the roof top of Africa] and the tallest freestanding mountain on in the world at 5,895 metres above sea level located on 005.00 degrees south and 036 degrees east. With its three volcanic cones, Kibo, Mawenzi and Shira, is a dormant volcanic mountain in Tanzania.

The first ascender was Ludwig Purtscheller in 1849, an Austrian mountaineer and teacher who in the 19th century did all the route finding and lead climbing, and the followed by Hans Heinrich Josef Meyer in 1889, a German geographer from Hildburghausen, credited with being the first European to reach the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro. The major routes to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro includes the Marangu, Machame, Umbwe, Mweka, Shira, Lemosho, Rongai (Nalemoru), and Arrow Glacier routes.

Kilimanjaro is a worlds most accessible high summits, with climbers plan to reach the Crater rim, Uhuru [Freedom] Point, the actual summit, or Gillman's Point on the lip of the crater to earn their climbing certificates and their memories. Key attraction when climbing Mt Kilimanjaro includes the following features:-

  • Reaching its summits
  • Climatic world tour ranging from the tropics to the Arctic
  • Lush montane forest inhabited by animals
  • Moorland zone
  • Surreal alpine desert above 4, 000m supporting to mosses and lichen
  • Vestigial vegetation gives way to a winter wonderland of ice and snow
  • the magnificent beauty of the roof of the continent

Size

1668 sq km 641 sq miles [Kilimanjaro Nationa Park]

Location & Getting There

Located on the Northern Tourism Circuit of Tanzania, near Moshi town.Accessibility is by road to the main gates, about 128 km (80 miles) from Arusha, 1 hours drive from Kilimanjaro airport, and .





What to do

  • Hiking or trekking to the summit
  • Day or overnight hikes on the Shira plateau
  • Nature trails on the lower reaches
  • Trout fishing

When to go

  • December to February, clearest and warmest conditions
  • July to September, dry (and colder)

For the details of the each trekking routes to the top of Mt. Kilimanjaro please view below.

Marangu | Machame | Umbwe | Mweka | Shira | Lemosho | Rongai | Arrow Glacier |

Marangu Route

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Key attraction when climbing Mt Kilimanjaro via Marangu route includes the following features:-

  • Reaching its summits
  • Climatic world tour ranging from the tropics to the Arctic
  • Lush montane forest inhabited by animals
  • Moorland zone
  • Surreal alpine desert above 4, 000m supporting to mosses and lichen
  • Vestigial vegetation gives way to a winter wonderland of ice and snow
  • the magnificent beauty of the roof of the continent

Length of hiking/trekking:

5 days, 3 ascending and 2 descending

Location & Getting There

Located on eastern side of Moshi town about 33 km, about 1 hour drive to Marangu main gate from Moshi.Accessibility is by road to the main gate



What to do

  • Hiking or trekking to the summit
  • Day or overnight hikes on the Shira plateau
  • Nature trails on the lower reaches
  • Trout fishing

When to go

  • December to February, clearest and warmest conditions
  • July to September, dry (and colder)

Accommodation While Trekking:

  • Sleeping in Huts within the National Park

Machame Route

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Key attraction when climbing Mt Kilimanjaro via Machame route includes the following features:-

  • Reaching its summits
  • Climatic world tour ranging from the tropics to the Arctic
  • Lush montane forest inhabited by animals
  • Moorland zone
  • Surreal alpine desert above 4, 000m supporting to mosses and lichen
  • Vestigial vegetation gives way to a winter wonderland of ice and snow
  • the magnificent beauty of the roof of the continent

Length of hiking/trekking:

6 days, 4 ascending and 2 descending

Location & Getting There

Located on eastern side of Moshi town about 33 km, about 1 hour drive to Marangu main gate from Moshi.Accessibility is by road to the main gate



What to do

  • Hiking or trekking to the summit
  • Day or overnight hikes on the Shira plateau
  • Nature trails on the lower reaches
  • Trout fishing

When to go

  • December to February, clearest and warmest conditions
  • July to September, dry (and colder)

Accommodation While Trekking:

  • Sleeping in Campsites within the National Park

Shira Route

Key attraction when climbing Mt Kilimanjaro via Machame route includes the following features:-

  • Reaching its summits
  • Climatic world tour ranging from the tropics to the Arctic
  • Lush montane forest inhabited by animals
  • Moorland zone
  • Surreal alpine desert above 4, 000m supporting to mosses and lichen
  • Vestigial vegetation gives way to a winter wonderland of ice and snow
  • the magnificent beauty of the roof of the continent

Length of hiking/trekking:

5 days, 3 ascending and 2 descending

Location & Getting There

Located on eastern side of Moshi town about 33 km, about 1 hour drive to Marangu main gate from Moshi.Accessibility is by road to the main gate


What to do

  • Hiking or trekking to the summit
  • Day or overnight hikes on the Shira plateau
  • Nature trails on the lower reaches
  • Trout fishing

When to go

  • December to February, clearest and warmest conditions
  • July to September, dry (and colder)

Accommodation While Trekking:

  • Sleeping in Campsites within the National Park

Lemosho Route

Key attraction when climbing Mt Kilimanjaro via Machame route includes the following features:-

  • Reaching its summits
  • Climatic world tour ranging from the tropics to the Arctic
  • Lush montane forest inhabited by animals
  • Moorland zone
  • Surreal alpine desert above 4, 000m supporting to mosses and lichen
  • Vestigial vegetation gives way to a winter wonderland of ice and snow
  • the magnificent beauty of the roof of the continent

Length of hiking/trekking:

5 days, 3 ascending and 2 descending

Location & Getting There

Located on eastern side of Moshi town about 33 km, about 1 hour drive to Marangu main gate from Moshi.Accessibility is by road to the main gate



What to do

  • Hiking or trekking to the summit
  • Day or overnight hikes on the Shira plateau
  • Nature trails on the lower reaches
  • Trout fishing

When to go

  • December to February, clearest and warmest conditions
  • July to September, dry (and colder)

Accommodation While Trekking:

  • Sleeping in Campsites within the National Park

Rongai Route

Key attraction when climbing Mt Kilimanjaro via Machame route includes the following features:-

  • Reaching its summits
  • Climatic world tour ranging from the tropics to the Arctic
  • Lush montane forest inhabited by animals
  • Moorland zone
  • Surreal alpine desert above 4, 000m supporting to mosses and lichen
  • Vestigial vegetation gives way to a winter wonderland of ice and snow
  • the magnificent beauty of the roof of the continent

Length of hiking/trekking:

5 days, 3 ascending and 2 descending

Location & Getting There

Located on eastern side of Moshi town about 33 km, about 1 hour drive to Marangu main gate from Moshi.Accessibility is by road to the main gate



What to do

  • Hiking or trekking to the summit
  • Day or overnight hikes on the Shira plateau
  • Nature trails on the lower reaches
  • Trout fishing

When to go

  • December to February, clearest and warmest conditions
  • July to September, dry (and colder)

Accommodation While Trekking:

  • Sleeping in Campsites within the National Park

Umbwe Route

Key attraction when climbing Mt Kilimanjaro via Machame route includes the following features:-

  • Reaching its summits
  • Climatic world tour ranging from the tropics to the Arctic
  • Lush montane forest inhabited by animals
  • Moorland zone
  • Surreal alpine desert above 4, 000m supporting to mosses and lichen
  • Vestigial vegetation gives way to a winter wonderland of ice and snow
  • the magnificent beauty of the roof of the continent

Length of hiking/trekking:

5 days, 3 ascending and 2 descending

Location & Getting There

Located on eastern side of Moshi town about 33 km, about 1 hour drive to Marangu main gate from Moshi.Accessibility is by road to the main gate



What to do

  • Hiking or trekking to the summit
  • Day or overnight hikes on the Shira plateau
  • Nature trails on the lower reaches
  • Trout fishing

When to go

  • December to February, clearest and warmest conditions
  • July to September, dry (and colder)

Accommodation While Trekking:

  • Sleeping in Campsites within the National Park

Mweka Route

Key attraction when climbing Mt Kilimanjaro via Machame route includes the following features:-

  • Reaching its summits
  • Climatic world tour ranging from the tropics to the Arctic
  • Lush montane forest inhabited by animals
  • Moorland zone
  • Surreal alpine desert above 4, 000m supporting to mosses and lichen
  • Vestigial vegetation gives way to a winter wonderland of ice and snow
  • the magnificent beauty of the roof of the continent

Length of hiking/trekking:

5 days, 3 ascending and 2 descending

Location & Getting There

Located on eastern side of Moshi town about 33 km, about 1 hour drive to Marangu main gate from Moshi.Accessibility is by road to the main gate



What to do

  • Hiking or trekking to the summit
  • Day or overnight hikes on the Shira plateau
  • Nature trails on the lower reaches
  • Trout fishing

When to go

  • December to February, clearest and warmest conditions
  • July to September, dry (and colder)

Accommodation While Trekking:

  • Sleeping in Campsites within the National Park

Arrow Glacier Route

Key attraction when climbing Mt Kilimanjaro via Machame route includes the following features:-

  • Reaching its summits
  • Climatic world tour ranging from the tropics to the Arctic
  • Lush montane forest inhabited by animals
  • Moorland zone
  • Surreal alpine desert above 4, 000m supporting to mosses and lichen
  • Vestigial vegetation gives way to a winter wonderland of ice and snow
  • the magnificent beauty of the roof of the continent

Length of hiking/trekking:

5 days, 3 ascending and 2 descending

Location & Getting There

Located on eastern side of Moshi town about 33 km, about 1 hour drive to Marangu main gate from Moshi.Accessibility is by road to the main gate



What to do

  • Hiking or trekking to the summit
  • Day or overnight hikes on the Shira plateau
  • Nature trails on the lower reaches
  • Trout fishing

When to go

  • December to February, clearest and warmest conditions
  • July to September, dry (and colder)

Accommodation While Trekking:

  • Sleeping in Campsites within the National Park

Mt. Meru

Mount Meru situated within the Arusha National Park is located about 70 kilometers west of MtKilimanjaro in the Northern Tourism Circuit of Tanzania. Mount Meru is an active stratovolcano with approximately an altitude of 4566m above the sea level. Mount Meru is the fifth highest mountain on the African continent and the second highest in Tanzania. The first ascent was Fritz Jager in 1904.

The Mt. Meru ascent passes through many different vegetation zones which makes its most wonderful and beauty contributing to attractions to many visitors to include the following:-

  • The dry forest of the lower region with dense mountain rainforest
  • Heath and moorland vegetation towards the top of the mountain
  • Stunning baron alpine deserts
  • Large game of elephants and buffalos during the ascent which makes it being the only armed park in Tanzania

The Mt Meru summit is accessible high, with climbers plan to reach the top, Socialist Peak (4562m) to earn their climbing certificates and their memories. Key attraction when climbing Mt Meru includes the following features:-

  • Reaching its summits
  • Climatic world tour
  • Hike with the chance to see wild animals
  • Beautiful view of Arusha National Park
  • Midday ascent to Little Mt. Meru (3820m)
  • Fantastic views and light climbing passages
  • Magnificent beauty of the roof of the continent

Size:

542 sq Km [205.96 sq miles] [Arusha National Park]

Location & Getting There

Located on the Northern Tourism Circuit of Tanzania, near Arusha town.
Accessibility is by road to the main gates, about 60 km (35 miles) from Arusha, 1.5 hours drive from Kilimanjaro airport.





What to do

  • Hiking or trekking to the summit
  • Game view
  • Nature trails on the lower reaches

When to go

  • December to February, clearest and warmest conditions
  • July to September, dry (and colder)

Accommodation While Trekking:

  • Sleeping in Campsites within the National Park