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Conquering the highest peak in Africa is on many travellers’ bucket lists. Mount Kilimanjaro rises 5,895 m (19,341 ft) above the Tanzanian plains, giving it the added distinction of being the highest free-standing mountain in the world.

Your first day sees you spend the night at Meru View Lodge in Arusha near the slopes of Mount Meru. Depending on your schedule, you may want to head out to explore Arusha’s nature reserves or pop in at a popular hot spring.

The next day is the big one: your departure for Kilimanjaro. Setting off from Lemosho, on Kili’s western side, you will traverse some of the less-visited and most incredible part of the mountain, under the watchful eye of trained guides and a full logistics team. For over a week, you will hike through indigenous afromontane forest, the Shira plateau, tremendous glacial valleys, the alpine desert and along the Kilimanjaro crater rim until that exhilarating moment when you summit! Celebrate your achievement at Uhuru Peak before descending to Mweka Camp.

This 9-day tour—which sees the hike book-ended by overnight stays at Meru View Lodge—is ideal for those seeking a challenging yet rewarding experience. Join this extraordinary journey and fulfill your dream of standing atop Africa’s majestic Mount Kilimanjaro.

Highlights & Activities

What's on offer whilst on this itinerary?
  • Logistics team that sets up full camp, including mess & toilet tents
  • Cosy guest tents with sleeping mats
  • Incredible views of Mount Mawenzi & Kibo Cone
  • Trek through lush rainforests, glacial valleys, and alpine deserts
  • Expert guidance from highly trained professional guides
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Tour Duration: 4 Days
Start: Arusha, Tanzania
End: Arusha, Tanzania

Destinations visited

Accommodations visited


Arusha, Tanzania

Meru View Lodge
1 Nights
Big Tree Camp
1 Nights

Arusha, Tanzania

Meru View Lodge
1 Nights


Day to day

After jetting into Kilimanjaro International Airport, you will be met and driven to Meru View Lodge, a charming collection of cottages amid manicured gardens on the outskirts of Arusha and foothills of Mount Meru.

Its laid-back atmosphere is perfect to unwind from your journey and to prepare for tackling Africa’s highest peak. Depending on your schedule, you could spend the afternoon exploring Arusha, known for its aromatic coffee plantations, take a game drive in the nearby Arusha National Park and Ngurdoto Crater, or head to Chekma Hot Spring, a beautiful geothermal spring and popular playground for locals and international visitors alike. If you don’t feel up to a day out walking or driving, there is always the option of just relaxing at the lodge pool with a well-stocked bar nearby.

In the evening, attend a briefing to prepare for your upcoming trek before a wholesome dinner. Remember to stretch out those muscles and get a good rest, as tomorrow you begin your trek!

What's Included?

  • All national park fees
  • Camping equipment (tents, sleeping mats, chairs, tables etc)
  • Drinking water
  • Mountain crew (cook & porters)
  • Professional, English-speaking Guide

What's Excluded?

  • International flights
  • Airport taxes
  • All meals and drinks not specified
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature

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