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Mount Meru & 6-day Machame route

Enosa Expeditions - 9 days

  • Mount Meru & 6-day Machame route
  • 9 days / 8 nights
  • Max. group: 0 Persons
  • Difficulty: Medium
Overview
Route
What's Included?
Accommodation
FAQ
Packing List
Safety
Enosa Expeditions
How to Book

Overview

> Enjoy unique views of Kilimanjaro from the top of Mount Meru
> Help your body acclimatize before your Kilimanjaro climb
> Reach Uhuru Peak through the Machame Route

The Machame Route is the most popular route nowadays because of its high success rates and because of the beauty of highlights on the trail such as the Shira Plateau, the Lava Tower, and the Barranco Wall. 

If you are looking for a good warm-up before your Kilimanjaro climb, reaching Mount Meru's summit is the best option. During this trek, you will not only discover unique flora and fauna, and enjoy amazing views of the Kilimanjaro. During this trek, you will also get your body moving before your Kilimanjaro climb and you will also be acclimatizing in advance, which will help you to prevent AMS.

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 at a hotel.

Meals: meals in Moshi are not included

Day 4: Machame Gate (1,790m) – Machame Camp (3,010m)

After breakfast you will be picked up at hotel and make the 45-min drive to the Kilimanjaro National park gate. After completion of all the necessary paper work, your adventure commences. You destination for today is the Machame Camp, a 5 – 6 hour hike. Soon you will be hiking through the lush rainforest with its large ancient trees, primeval ferns and endemic flowers, like the Impatiens Kilimanjaro. You might also spot black and white thumb less colobus monkeys, peeking through the leaves. Reaching the campsite you will have time to relax, stretch your legs and enjoy a hearty meal, before snuggling into your tent for the night.

Accommodation: Tent
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included

Day 5: Machame Camp (3,010m) – Shira Camp (3,845m)

Today’s early start is not due to a long stretch, but rather to allow you to reach Shira Camp at around mid-afternoon. As you walk you will notice the dramatic change in the landscape – from lush and green rainforest to dry moor and heath land. Arriving at your campsite a beautiful view of the mountain range opens up before you. The glaciers of Kibo glistens in the golden hue of the setting sun as you enjoy another lovingly cooked meal before climbing into your tent.

Accommodation: Tent
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included

Day 6: Shira Camp (3,845m) – Lava Tower Hut (4,640m) – Barranco Camp (3,960m)

Acclimatization is on today’s menu, where you will climb roughly 700 m, but sleep on a level not much higher than the previous night. Starting at Shira Plateau, you will make your way up to Lava Tower (4,640m), where you will rest a while, before continuing through the Barranco Valley to the beautiful Barranco Camp. The trek will take approximately 6 – 7 hours, but the various distractions of the alpine desert as well as the Barranco Valley with its small lobelia plants and giant senecios, will keep your mind off the stretch still ahead. A well-deserved dinner and overnight awaits you at Barranco Camp.

Accommodation: Tent
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included

Day 7: Barranco Camp (3960 m) – Barafu Camp (4640 m)

Today you will climb the Barranco Wall, where you will need a firm grip. Luckily, the guides will be nearby to give you a hand and assist you whenever you need it. We leave Barranco, and at the top of the Barranco wall, wonderful views await us. Then we descend through the Karanga Valley, where we stop for lunch. After a 2-3 hour hike, we arrive at Barafu camp (4640 m). In the camp you will be able to rest, have dinner and go to bed early. You have earned it.

Accommodation: Tent
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included

Day 8: Barafu Camp (4,640m) – Uhuru Peak (5,895m) – Mweka Camp (3,080m)

At around midnight you will be awoken by your guide with a warm cup of tea and biscuits to get you ready for your final ascent. The moon and your headlamps will be your only source of light as you make your way up to Stella Point, reaching the crater rim in about 5 – 7 hours. Another 1 – 2 hours will take you to Uhuru Peak (5,895m), where you can enjoy the sun rising over the African landscape, casting a pink hue over the snowy peak and making the glaciers sparkle like diamonds around you. After capturing this incredible view and achievement on film, you will start your descent along the same route back to Barafu Camp, where your team awaits you with some snacks and refreshments. Rested and relaxed you will make your way to Mweka Camp for your last night on the highest mountain in Africa.

Accommodation: Tent
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included

Day 9: Mweka Camp (3,080m) – Mweka Gate (1,630m)

A scrumptious breakfast is followed by a traditional farewell ceremony from your mountain crew, before you start your final stretch down the mountain. You will once more trek through the rainforest, giving you another opportunity to spot the cheeky colobus monkeys, finally reaching the Mweka gate in about 2 – 3 hours. You will be met at the gate and taken back to hotel for a long shower. The rest of the day is for you to enjoy at leisure and giving yourself a pat on the back for conquering the famous Kilimanjaro!

Meals: Breakfast, 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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