Meru and Kilimanjaro Rongai6 Combo

Meru and Kilimanjaro Rongai6 Combo

This combination climb provides perfect altitude acclimatisation for Kilimanjaro on Africa's fourth highest summit - Mount Meru. Climb Meru via Miriakamba and Saddle hut over four days, with excellent views of distant Uhuru from Little Meru Peak; then on to Kilimanjaro for a 6 day climb on Rongai route via Mawenzi Tarn, Gilmans Point and Uhuru Peak, descent being on the Marangu Route.

Outline Itinerary

  1. Day 1: Arrive Arusha (1 night, Ilboru Safari Lodge)

    You will be met on arrival at the airport by our driver and transferred to Ilboru Safari Lodge for one night (half-board).

  2. Day 2: Begin Mt. Meru climb

    Depart Ilboru Lodge after breakfast and transfer approx. 90 mins to the Mt Meru trailhead in Arusha National Park.

  3. Day 3: To Saddle Hut (Mt. Meru)

    We continue on a steep track up to Saddle Hut (3,600m). The interesting geology of the area is reflected in the impressive view of the ash cone and the 1,500m cliff face leading to the summit of Mt. Meru.

  4. Day 4: Mt. Meru Summit climb

    Early AM start for the trek to the summit, taking the challenging trail up to and around the rim to the highest point on Meru – Socialist Peak (4,562m).

  5. Day 5: Off-mountain (1 night, Kilimanjaro Mountain Resort)

    Descend to the gate (3 to 4 hours). Say goodbye to the Meru climb crew and meet up with your driver who will transfer you (approx. 3hrs) to Kilimanjaro Mountain Lodge, Marangu, where you will meet with the other members of the Kilimanjaro climb party for a climb briefing, dinner and overnight.

  6. Day 6: Start of the 6 Day Rongai Route (Kilimanjaro)

    After completing the necessary registration formalities at Marangu National Park gate, we transfer by Landrover to the Rongai trailhead on Kilimanjaro’s northern slopes.

  7. Day 7: To Kikelewa Caves (Kilimanjaro)

    This morning’s walk is a steady ascent up to the ‘Second Cave’ (3,450m), with time to enjoy the superb views of Kibo and the Eastern icefields on the crater rim along the way.

  8. Day 8: To Mawenzi Tarn (Kilimanjaro)

    A short but steep climb up grassy slopes is rewarded by superb all-round views and a tangible sense of wilderness.

  9. Day 9: To Kibo Camp (Kilimanjaro)

    We cross the lunar desert of the ‘Saddle’ between Mawenzi and Kibo Peaks to reach Kibo campsite (4,700m), at the foot of the Kibo crater wall.

  10. Day 10: Summit night (Kilimanjaro)

    We start the final, and by far the steepest and most demanding part of the climb, by torchlight at around 1am. We plod very slowly in the darkness on a switchback trail through loose volcanic scree to reach the crater rim at Gillman’s Point (5,685m).

  11. Day 11: Descend mountain (1 night, Kilimanjaro Mountain Resort)

    A steady descent takes us down through moorland to Mandara Hut (2,700m.), the first stopping place on the Marangu route.

  12. Day 12: Departure

    Morning at leisure until your scheduled transfer to the airport for your homeward flight/onward transfer.

Price guide

Private climb rate based on a group size of 4-6 or more and inclusive of all transfers, climb costs, park fees, and 3 nights hotel accommodation before and after climbs.

12 days from £2876pp


12 days from £2876pp


The team who took us up Kilimanjaro were quite simply outstanding

Carrie Ross


Sarah's knowledge of the area and ability to fit the trip to my individual aspirations was outstanding

G. West