Climbing Africa’s 5th highest mountain is a challenge unique to any other, whether as a warm up to Kilimanjaro or an experience in itself! Serving as a beautiful backdrop to Peace Matunda the mountain becomes a second home to many volunteers at Peace Matunda. Have the opportunity to look down from the summit you have looked up to everyday.
Day 1 – To Miriakampa Hut – 1,500m / 4,900 ft to 2,500m / 8,200ft (approximately 4 hours walking)
Starting from Momela Gate, the track passes through open grassland with cape buffalo and warthogs. By mid-afternoon, you will have your first close views of the towering cliffs and the Ash Cone. Miriakampa Hut, situated in idyllic grassy glade, is reached in time to enjoy the afternoon sun and beautiful views over the surrounding plains towards Kilimanjaro.
Day 2 – To Saddle Hut – 2,500m / 8,200ft to 3,500m / 11,700ft (approximately 4 hours walking)
The walk from Miriakampa Hut to Saddle Hut below Little Meru is a steep sustained climb all the way. Starting through beautiful and lush montane forest, the path continues beyond the halfway point of Elephant Back Ridge and carries on uphill through the giant heather and other moorland vegetation to reach Saddle Hut for lunch. In the afternoon, you can make the short climb to the nearby summit of Little Meru (3,820 m / 12,533 ft) for superb views. It takes about 1 hour to walk up and 30 minutes to walk down. The ascent is 1,056 m / 3,465 ft.
Day 3 – Summit down to Momella gate – 3,500m / 11,700ft to 4,566m / 14,980ft down to 1,500m / 4,900ft.
Summit day has an early start at around 12:00AM. There is a steep climb to Rhino Point (3,800m / 12,467ft), then the path continues along a ridge of ash and rock to reach Cobra Point (4,350m / 14,272ft). The summit of Socialist Peak (4,566 m) is further along a steep path with magnificent views of Kilimanjaro. Depending on your speed, you can enjoy sunrise at Cobra Point or the summit. The views are stunning: the cliffs of the Crater rim, the Ash Cone rising from the crater floor, Kilimanjaro floating on the morning clouds, and the Rift Valley. The route back to Rhino Point in the sharp morning light along a narrow ridge between the sloping outer wall of the crater and the sheer cliffs of the inner wall is one of the most dramatic and exhilarating walks in Africa. Brunch and a brief rest is taken at Saddle Hut before continuing the descent via Miriakamba Hut to Momella Gate.
$800 USD per person inclusive of:
- Transfer to and from your hotel to the Mountain Gate
- All camping and cooking equipment for the trek
- Compulsory park and rescue fees
- Camping accommodation fees for 2 nights
- Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner 3 days
- Porter Allowance
- Professional guide
- Professional mountain cook
Or Pay $600 USD per person for a group of three or more.
Exclusive of things of personal nature such as alcohol, energy snacks (trail mix, chocolate, energy bars) and tips for the expedition crews (porters, guides, cook).