Kilimanjaro and Mount Meru

Rated 4.75 out of 5 based on 4 customer ratings
(4 customer reviews)

Altitude 5895m, Grade T5

The ascent of Mount Meru before Kilimanjaro helps to ensure success on Kilimanjaro with 10 days on the mountains


Kilimanjaro and Mount Meru combine to make an excellent trek with plenty of acclimatisation. The ascent of Mount Meru (4566m), Kili’s little sister, makes for a superb training and acclimatising trip before the main ascent of Kilimanjaro. It is a four day round-trip and a wonderful climb in its own right. It is far, far less crowded than any of the routes on Kilimanjaro. You can also expect to see wildlife on the lower slopes and in the Arusha National Park which we pass through after the climb. After a night in Moshi, where you will meet any clients joining just for Kilimanjaro, we head off to the start of the Machame route.

The Machame route approaches from the wetter south side of the mountain, initially through dense, lush montane cloud forest and on up to the eastern side of the Shira plateau to Shira 2 campsite. Shortly beyond here the route merges with Lemosho route as it passes the Lava Tower (4600m) on the acclimatisation day en route to Barranco. From this point on the trail can get very busy, but there is never any need to rush on our itineraries. Descent is via the Mweka route.

All flights are to Kilimanjaro airport, avoiding the overland journey to and from Nairobi. And finally we include ALL PARK FEES in our prices.

The departure date is based on an overnight flight departing the UK in the evening and arriving the following day at Kilimanjaro International Airport. Some same-day flights may be available but the overnight flight allows you to arrive earlier in the day giving you more time to recover from the flight before heading up the mountain.

The Kilimanjaro and Mount Meru trek can be extended with visits to Zanzibar or a safari. Please see our Trip Dossier download tab or contact us for further details.

  • Estimated International flights from London (flight inclusive package
  • Accommodation – 2 night hotels, 3 nights huts, 5 nights camping
  • Meals – 10 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 8 evening meals
  • Park fees as appropriate
  • All road transfers in country (unless indicated in exclusions)
  • Transfers to and from the in-country airport if flights booked with Adventure Peaks
  • British Group leader or Qualified Tanzanian guide for small groups
  • Local trekking staff to assist (cook and porters)
  • All camping equipment (excl. personal kit)
  • Adventure Peaks kitbag. A logoed top will be provided for repeat clients or non-UK customers
  • 24hr back-up and support from our UK staff
  • 15% Discount off the RRP on clothing and equipment purchased at the Adventure Peaks shop.
  • Travel to and from UK airport (unless otherwise specified).
  • Transfers to and from Kilimanjaro airport if flights NOT booked with Adventure Peaks
  • Personal equipment
  • Travel Insurance
  • Drinks and personal spending
  • Tips for local staff
  • Meals if not indicated in inclusions
  • Visas (if required)
  • Excess baggage.
  • Museum and monument entry fees

Previous trip reports from Kilimanjaro

Kili-rongai-jan-22 (7) Kilimanjaro 6th Jan 2022 - Kili summit success!
kilimanjaro-lemosho33 Kilimanjaro 3rd January 2020 Lemosho Route - 11th January Summit Success! The entire team are over the moon to have been on the Summit with such perfect views.
Kili-Rongai-RR-July-19 (14) Kilimanjaro Rongai 11 July 2019 - 18th July Summit success on Kili, the team are now back down at their final camp.
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Kilimanjaro Kili & Meru 18th December 2018 - 28th December Summit success on Kilimanjaro!
Kilimanjaro Kili Machame 8 Sept 18 - 14th September 2018 Summit Success
P1000176a Kilimanjaro Rongai 31 Aug 18 - 6th September 100% summit success on Kilimanjaro! Great effort all round - congratulations to the team
Kilimanjaro Kili Lemosho 15 Aug 18 - 23rd August Summit success on Kilimanjaro, photos now here!
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It is vitally important that you have adequate travel insurance for your trip with Adventure Peaks. We recognise the complexity and variety of choice in the insurance market and know that many of you either have your own preferred insurer or have annual multi trip cover in place already. If this is the case, please ensure that your insurer is aware of your Adventure Peaks itinerary and can agree to cover the activities being undertaken.

Adventure Peaks do not provide any advice on travel insurance, although it is a requirement of our booking conditions that you have travel insurance which covers the activities which you are likely to be undertaking on your holiday. Cover must include emergency medical, helicopter evacuation, repatriation and rescue expenses.

It is strongly recommended that suitable cancellation insurance is purchased at the time of booking as all deposits are non-refundable and non-transferable.

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4 reviews for Kilimanjaro and Mount Meru

  1. Rated 4 out of 5

    Adam H

    Gary Daines was our English Guide on Meru and Kili. I understand that this was the first time that Adventure Peaks have worked with Gary. I would like to make clear: Gary is an absolute credit to Adventure Peaks. As a company director myself, that uses subcontracted staff, I know how difficult it can be to find the right people to represent your business in a positive and professional manner. Let me say that with Gary, you have a friendly, knowledgeable, supportive and professional mountain guide. I cannot recommend him highly enough! He made our trek a delight. Five stars!
    The choice of hotel in Arusha was perfect. The choice of hotel for the safari extension was even better! I highly recommend both places for organising future trips.

  2. Rated 5 out of 5


    I thought the in-country and British guides were excellent and made the trip very enjoyable, fun and safe – they were all very experienced, especially Gary who I cannot fault, he was great!

    I really like that Adventure Peaks is a small independent company, and the training weekend in the Lake District was brilliant. All food and accommodation was superb and overall I loved the trip.

    The in-country guides were brilliant!!!!! They were very helpful, welcoming, fun to be around and some of them (especially the assistant guides) had very good knowledge of flora and fauna, the food was fantastic and quite astounding considering where we were and the facilities the cook had! The accommodation in Arusha was lovely and so nice to come back to after trekking, and the accommodation on the safari was even better, just a fantastic way to end the trip and so relaxing, we were very grateful for it! Our safari guide (Steven) was absolutely brilliant, and so knowledgeable about all of the animals and history – he made the safari even more fantastic and I cannot thank him enough.

    Gary was incredible and made the trip both fun and safe, I cannot thank him enough. He was so approachable and didn’t make me feel silly for any small worry, especially considering myself and my partner had never been to altitude before and therefore were experiencing symptoms for the first time. I trusted his judgement on the mountain and I was incredibly thankful to have Gary there keeping me safe – for that he is worth his weight in gold. He was always positive, and encouraging, with an interest in the flora and fauna which I personally really liked because I am also interested in these. He was obviously very experienced and I was extremely glad to have him there, not to mention the fact that he was really good fun and kept everyone’s spirits up. He really did make the trip brilliant!

    Ngorongoro crater was my favourite day, the animal life was incredible and our guide was fantastic! I also loved Mt Meru, more than Kilimanjaro, it was a stunningly beautiful mountain, and I would have liked some more time to complete this at a slightly more leisurely pace in order to be able to take it all in.

  3. Rated 5 out of 5

    Andy F

    Overall the trip was very good. All info sent out before the trip was very professional and clear. While in the country there was a few questions that could have been an issue, but handled superbly by the UK guide. The porters/kitchen staff were all so helpful.
    Highlights: reaching Stella Point and then the summit after a 6/7 hour plod, then it hitting home and getting quite emotional realising what we had achieved a few hours later after falling into the tent for an hour ‘recovery nap’…and meeting and making six new friends, it’s amazing how close you all get after a few meals in a tiny mess tent. Looking forward to the already planned cycle trips, climbing sessions and walks in the lakes with the group.

  4. Rated 5 out of 5


    The local guides were absolutely fantastic and went above and beyond to ensure that I successfully made it to both summits. The food and general organisation were also superb.
    The camp on the Shira plateau is wonderful. We arrived in heavy fog only for it to lift right before sunset, giving us an amazing view over the clouds to Mount Meru.

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Lodge based safari - £1995 Extend your stay with a 3 day lodge based safari. We visit Lake Manyara, the Ngorongoro Crater and Tarangire park which offer a variety of landscapes and wildlife including the big five of lion, leopard, rhino, elephant & cape buffalo. Minimum of 2 people with a local guide. Single supplement applies.
Camping based safari - £1445 Extend your stay with a 3 day camping safari. We visit Lake Manyara, the Ngorongoro Crater and Tarangire National Park which offer a variety of landscapes and wildlife including the big five of lion, leopard, rhino, elephant & cape buffalo. Minimum of 2 people with a local guide. Single supplement applies.
Single Supplement - Kilimanjaro - £120 Single supplement for the duration of the trip, single tent on trek and single room at the hotel.


The Initial Deposits for this booking will be :£400 per Person

Land Only Availability Days Price Book
13th Jul 2022 - 23rd Jul 2022
7th Sep 2022 - 17th Sep 2022
13th Oct 2022 - 23rd Oct 2022
21st Dec 2022 - 31st Dec 2022
12th Jul 2023 - 22nd Jul 2023
6th Sep 2023 - 16th Sep 2023
12th Oct 2023 - 22nd Oct 2023
20th Dec 2023 - 30th Dec 2023
With UK Flight dates Availability Days Price Book
12th Jul 2022 - 24th Jul 2022
6th Sep 2022 - 18th Sep 2022
12th Oct 2022 - 24th Oct 2022
20th Dec 2022 - 1st Jan 2023
11th Jul 2023 - 23rd Jul 2023
5th Sep 2023 - 17th Sep 2023
11th Oct 2023 - 23rd Oct 2023
19th Dec 2023 - 31st Dec 2023

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