Mt Kilimanjaro is the tallest mountain that can be climbed without technical skills or equipment. It is termed a 'walk up mountian'. Does that mean that it is easy? NO! Far from it. Does that mean that it has no danger? NO! Kilimanjaro can be deadly but with a skilled, well trained guide it can be conquered by many people, even you. In fact the guide is so important that the park will not allow climbs without a certified guide. What it takes is determination and a bit of luck how your body reacts to the altitude. And indeed it does help to be well prepared physically, mentally and with the right gear. The biggest obstacle is the altitude. At the summit, the available oxygen is only half that as at sea level. Listen to your guides instructions and be transparent with him about how your body is handling the conditions and you will have a good chance of success.
Mt Meru is Kilimanjaro's little sister. Located in nearby Arusha Nationa Park, it is the second highest mountain in Tanzania. It is much less climbed but often used as an acclimmatization climb before attempting Kilimanjaro. But Mt Meru is a great climb in its own right. Meru is a great preparation hike for climbing Kilimanjaro, or a spectacular trek for those not compelled to do Kilimanjaro. You will hike past wildlife and on the summit, witness the towering Mt. Kilimanjaro on the horizon. While typically done in only 4 days, it is not an easy peak to summit. To reach the top, there is some scrambling on rocks in the dark and at high altitude. You should be prepared for at least 10 hours of hiking on summit day. For an easier hike, you can climb just to Rhino Point for sunrise, and then descend (just ask us.) Mt. Meru is in Arusha National Park. The park requires all groups to be accompanied by a park ranger. This ranger is employed directly by the national park. He will carry a rifle, which is available to scare away any advancing animals such as elephant or cape buffalo. You will also have your own guide, who is managing the crew and watching out for your safety. There is only one route and overnights in dormitory style huts are the only option for this climb.
**Also available as a Day Trip excursion.