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Mountain Hiking Adventures
Tanzania’s numerous parks and reserves offer many climbing options for the passionate explorer.
The most frequent expeditions are obviously to Mt. Kilimanjaro and Mt. Meru, but there are also other destinations such as the Crater Highlands. Tadotravel will be more than happily to put together an itinerary that suits your preferences and our experienced specialist will help to make sure that you are adequately prepared. It is advisable, especially when climbing at higher altitudes, to take things slowly and allow your body to acclimatize.
Mountaineering is sport, hobby or profession of walking, hiking, backpacking and climbing mountains.
Tanzania Mountains vary in height, location, climate etc. Kilimanjaro which is the highest free standing mountain in Africa have attracted many climbers from around the globe. Mount Meru (4566m.) and Ol Donyo Lengai (active volcano) are also popular. Other mountains in Tanzania are Mt. Hanang (3417m.), Longido (2629m.), Usambara Mountains, Mt. Lemagrut, Mt. Lolmalasin, Mt Oldean, Uluguru Mountains, etc.
Every mountain is unique from each other, and this makes it important to be well informed before deciding which one to climb. In Tanzania, most climbers opt for Kilimanjaro and Mount Meru. Meru is Africa’s fifth highest peak with fabulous views of Mt. Kilimanjaro and the Momela Lakes from the summit. The challenging ascent to the crater of Ol Donyo Lengai passes through some fantastic scenery with panoramic views of the Rift Valley. The trek to the top of Lengai is very steep and a true challenge which is attempted only by hikers with good level of fitness
Kilimanjaro represents the whole magnificence of East Africa. It is not only the highest peak in Africa; it is also the highest free standing mountain in the world on this way, in the middle of the savanna. The Kilimanjaro National Park covers an area of 755 sq. km. It is located 130 km from Arusha.
Reaching the summit of Kilimanjaro is not too difficult for such an altitude. Many walkers have already reached the edge of the crater, Stella Point, just before the true summit, Uhuru Peak.
There are several paths that bring you to the top and the climb is normally done in 6-7 days / 5-6 nights.
We are specialized in the Rongai, Lemosho and Machame route (in refuge), which requires experienced guides and best logistics, but we also offer the Marangu (in refuge) and Shira (in camp) routes. Our expertise teams plus the quality of our from Europe imported equipment has much contribution on your highly success rate (over 90%).
To improve security, we optionally provide a decompression chamber and we use mobile phones to be in permanent contact with our teams. We work with French and English speaking guides, and our cooks strive to offer our guests a balanced and varied menu, prepared only with fresh products.
A quality sleeping bag (-15° C to -25°C),
Polar jacket, shirts, T-shirts,
Warm high mountain shoes (-22°C)
Warm wool socks, tights, cotton socks, underwear in goretex,
Wool hat, sun hat, gloves,
Pullovers, sweaters, hot pants, tights in goretex or equivalent (do not hesitate as it is cold!),
Sunglasses, sun cream,
A rain coat,
A field bottle or a camel bag of 2L,
A pocket knife,
A flash- or better a frontlight with spare batteries and bulb (especially for ascents at night)
Belt or bag for money and papers (always on you),
Toilet bag, towel,
Telescopic walking sticks,
Pharmacy handbag (medecine against pain, eye drops, vitamin C, care for the feet, anti-mosquito, anti-diarrhea, intestinal antiseptic, wide-spectrum antibiotic, pills again altitude sickness…etc),
Micropure tablets to purify water,
Dried fruits, energy bars…etc
3 people tents and mattresses.
All kitchen equipment, tables, chairs, mess tent for meals, expedition food with fresh local produce. Hot meals morning, noon and night.
Climbing Mount Meru (4565 m) will be a wonderful experience for all very good walkers. The mountain is near the city of Arusha.
The ascent is quite steep and needs three or four days, with accommodation in refuges. It includes several climbs and descents with a very steep final section. Technically, Mount Meru is the most difficult trek in the region, but it is an excellent preparation for the ascent of the roof of Africa, the Kilimanjaro.
Splendid views on Kilimanjaro and Lengai will reward you for your efforts.
The only active volcano in Tanzania, the Oldonyo Lengai, is the sacred mountain of the Maasai people. It is located north east of Ngorongoro Crater and south of Lake Natron.
The Ol Doinyo Lengai is the sole volcano in the world to produce lava consisting of sodium carbonate, iron and calcium, giving a black color when it is molten and white when it cools, which explains the snowy aspect of the volcano.
The volcano last erupted in September 2007 and currently undertaking the ascent of Lengai should be done with caution because the volcano is constantly active.
The climb is done at night in 5 to 7 hours walking in order to reach the summit at sunrise and enjoy a view on the Rift Valley. The area, accessible after long hours on a trail and only inhabited by Maasai, is absolutely beautiful.
The climb is steep and for experienced walkers. It is generally integrated in a safari tour.
Not far from the Ngorongoro crater are 2 other craters, less known and less visited than the previous one, but still interesting for a day of hiking off the beaten pathes.
Olmoti crater, from which the river Munger with its beautiful waterfall rises, culminates at 3290 m. On beautiful walks you will admire spectacular views. It will also be an opportunity to meet Maasai and their cattle near the village of Nainokanoka.
The Empakaai crater, partially filled by an alkaline lake, appears as an oasis. The steep trail that descends into the lush jungle is absolutely fantastic. Below, thousands of pink flamingos have found their home.
We can also organize a trek of 3 days/2 nights from Ngorongoro to Natron, via the Empakaai Crater. Naiobi ans Acacia. A local Maasai guide will escort you, as well as some donkeys to carry your luggages and all the camping equipment. A beautiful hike through the Rift Valley