Tanzania is a very popular as a mountain trekking destination since it is home to the impressive Kilimanjaro and Mount Meru. These famous peaks attract thousands of people, who come to Tanzania every year with the goal to conquer its summit. Each mountain has its own beauty, character and challenge.

Mountain trekking: Kilimanjaro

Kilimanjaro rises imposingly from the savannah in Tanzania. This is the highest mountain in Africa (19,341 ft, 5,895 m) and one of the largest volcanoes in the world. Therefore it inspires thousands of adventurers each year to climb and stand at its ice-capped summit. Because of the mountains extreme height and location it has five climate zones, from rainforest to the arctic. The biggest challenge with climbing Kilimanjaro is the rate of ascent and the altitude. If you are ready for a physical and mental challenge, climbing Kilimanjaro is a once in a lifetime experience! Apart from being physically fit, one of the keys to your success on Kili is choosing the route that fits you best. We created 4 Kilimanjaro itineraries to give you an idea of the options.

Mount Meru

Located in the heart of Arusha National Park is Tanzania’s second highest mountain (4566m, 12,000 ft), Mount Meru. This volcanic mountain is just 50 miles west from Kilimanjaro and towers high above Arusha town. On the lower slopes you can see buffaloes, giraffes, zebras and monkeys. Climbing Mount Meru is often considered as warm-up for big brother Kilimanjaro. However, don’t underestimate this trekking since it is steeper and technically more difficult. Therefore it is quite a challenge, but definitely worth it. The surroundings are awe-inspiring with a stunning display of wildlife. Moreover, at the summit the panoramic views of Kilimanjaro and the Rift Valley are spectacular as well as the sunrise over Kilimanjaro.