Magnificent Moshi

Trekking Moshi, Tanzania

Ascend into magnificence and marvels in Moshi. Nestled at the feet of Mount Kilimanjaro is the beautiful district of Moshi. Surrounded by myths, legends and mountains you will find the ideal place to begin exploring the rooftop of Africa. Clean, prosperous, filled with aspirational mountaineers and serious safari adventurers Moshi has plenty to keep you occupied. Enjoy marvellous markets, fabulous food, excellent restaurants, awesome pubs, and great accommodation choices.

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Packages at this location

Gods Throne – Mt Kenya – 4 Days Naro Moru Route Trekking

Ascend into the realm of the Gods as you tackle the vertical challenge of the ‘Mountain of Whiteness’ the ‘Place of Light’ - Mount Kenya. Feed your soul and your imagination as you rise up into the home of Ngai the omnipotent deity of the Kikuyu people. Or sit upon ‘Gods Throne’ as it is known by the Gikuyu tribe. Climb the second highest peak in Africa and the mountain that gave Kenya its name. The Naro Moru route is the quickest route up Mt Kenya and includes the challenge of the notoriously treacherous vertical bog. This climb departs and finishes in Nairobi.

  • On completion, successful climb Certificate

  • Treated water on the trek

  • Service of an English speaking professional guide, porters and skilled cook

  • All park entrance fees to include government taxes

  • Meal plan as detailed in itinerary

  • Full board accommodation whilst on the trek

  • Transfer to and from the base of the mountain

Stay in huts or camping as per the itinerary.

Day 1: Nairobi/Meteorological Station 3-4 hrs, 10km, 400m ascent
Transfer to Naromoru Park Gate for registration and where the hike starts, 2600m from the gate, keep to the park track, which follows the crest of a board ridge between the Northern and Southern Naromoru valleys. The going is easy and it’s a pleasant walking through the forest. About two-thirds of the way up after the bridge there are good views to the left north down into the Northern Naromoru valley. The trek ends at Met station 3,000m.

Day 2: Met Station/Mackinders Camp 5-6 hrs, 10km, 1200m ascent
Head uphill on the track to pass the radio must on your right after about half an hour. The trek runs into a path and after another 30 minutes, you will reach the end of the forest belt and enter the moorland. This is the vertical bog conditions range from damp to glutinous depending on when it last rained. Continue through until the going improves and you reach a fork overlooking Teleki Valley to reach Mackinders Camp, 4,200m.

Day 3: Mackinders Camp/Point Lenana/Met Station 8-10 hrs, 11km, 785m ascent
The normal approach is to start at 2 am in order to reach point Lenana taking about 4 hr walk by sunrise at 6:30am. After sunrise, descend down to Mackinders Camp for breakfast, 2hrs and walk further 4hrs, way back to Met Station for dinner and overnight.

Day 4: Met Station/Naromoru/Nairobi 3hrs, 9km, 400m
After breakfast, descend through the rainforest which is 9km to Naromoru Park Gate at 2,600m where you will connect with your transport back to Nairobi. Breakfast & Lunch provided.

All year round.

The following items and services are not included in your package:

* Laundry, sleeping bags, beverages/Drinks, accommodation before the trek and climbing gears
* International flights
* Visas to Kenya
* Items of personal nature
* Any other extras not detailed in the above itinerary

Marvellous Mt Meru – 3 Days Trekking

Summit the centrepiece of the Arusha National Park as you ascend the marvellous Mt Meru. Marvel at the fertile slopes rising out of the broad African savannah. Discover an amazing diversity of wildlife as you - 'move it with monkeys', 'get languid with leopards' or simply count the 400 species of birds. In Arusha National Park all hikers must be accompanied by an armed ranger. This ranger is employed directly by the national park. To top it all off – be dazzled by a spectacular sunrise from the summit with Kilimanjaro as the backdrop. Climb Mt Meru for the sheer joy of the mountain or use it as a warm-up for Mt Kilimanjaro.

  • Cooking equipment and eating utensils

  • All meals on the mountain

  • Porters’ salaries

  • National Park ranger (required by Arusha National Park)

  • Certified, experienced, English-speaking guides

  • Services in Arusha/Moshi before/after the trek (accommodations, meals, airport transfers)

  • Hut fees

  • Transport from Arusha/Moshi to trail head and return

  • National Park gate fees

Stay in budget huts that guarantee you a level of comfort and protection from the vagaries of weather and climate.

Day 1: Drive from Arusha/Moshi to Momela Gate, hike to Miriakampa Hut
Starting from Momela Gate, the track passes through open grassland with cape buffalo and warthogs. With luck, you may also see giraffe and elephants. Continue a steady climb through montane forest. You can have your lunch at the famous “Fig tree”. After lunch, the trek continues through less dense forest, where there are lots of birds and monkeys including the black and white colobus. By mid-afternoon, you will have your first close views of the towering cliffs and the Ash Cone. Miriakampa Hut, situated in an idyllic grassy glade, is reached in time to enjoy the afternoon sun and beautiful views over the surrounding plains towards Kilimanjaro.

Meals: Lunch & Dinner
Budget Lodging: Miriakampa Hut.

Day 2: Hike Miriakampa Hut to Saddle Hut, afternoon hike up Little Meru
The walk from Miriakampa Hut to the saddle 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.

Meals: Breakfast Lunch & Dinner
Budget Lodging: Saddle Hut.

Day 3: Hike to Summit then down to trailhead, return to Moshi/Arusha
Summit day has an early start at around 12:00 AM. There is a 1-hour 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 an hour further on 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 are taken at Saddle Hut before continuing the descent to Miriakamba Hut. NOTE: For an easier climb, you can start the trek at 05:00 A.M., hike for about 1 hour, and enjoy sunrise at Rhino Point before going back to Saddle Hut for breakfast and then descending. NOTE: In icy conditions or in strong winds, it may be impossible for anyone to progress beyond Rhino Point. There are two ways down from here. You can descend the route you came up or walk down the jeep road, which descends to the lower crater floor. You pass through the well-known Fig Tree Arch and can visit an impressive waterfall hidden in a ravine not far from the road.

A fast descent through open grassland and mixed forest, with good chances of seeing wildlife. This trail has excellent views back towards the crater and over the plains of the National Park. We’ll have lunch on the way down. Momela Gate is reached by mid-day or afternoon.

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch.

All year round

The assigned park ranger has the authority to make decisions such as trail choices, pace, etc. Arusha National Park may combine groups of people to hike with one park ranger, therefore, we cannot guarantee a completely private Meru trek. Arusha National Park requires the hire of porters specific to Arusha National Park, who will be assigned once you arrive at the trail registration.

The following items and services are not included in the package:

* Tips for guides, ranger, and porters
* Add $250/person/day for an extra day on the mountain
* Sleeping bag and personal items

Conquer Kilimanjaro – 5 Days Marangu Route Trekking

Test your mettle, challenge your body and soul – conquer Kilimanjaro and stride across the rooftop of Africa. Ascend one of the world’s most significant walkable mountains and the highest mountain in Africa. Broaden your Horizons as you stand upon the worlds highest free-standing mountain with unlimited views of Africa. Scale Kilimanjaro on the well-known Marangu Route sometimes referred to as the Coca Cola or tourist route. With a reasonably easy and short route to the summit and the luxury of built huts, comfortable beds and solar lights.

  • Emergency first-aid kit

  • Fair wages for the mountain crew as approved by the Kilimanjaro National Park Authority (KINAPA), Kilimanjaro Association of Tour Operators (KIATO)

  • Enough treated & filtered drinking water throughout the trek

  • 3 hot meals daily while on the mountain

  • Friendly and professional mountain guides, cook and porters

  • 18% VAT on tour fees & services

  • Team Kilimanjaro Rescue fees

  • Transportation to & from the Kilimanjaro gate

  • Hut fees

  • Park entry fees

  • 2 night’s accommodation in Moshi or Arusha is included

You will enjoy sleeping huts at all overnight stops. The Marangu route is the only route up Kilimanjaro with accommodation at all stops. The huts are communal, and the bunks have a sponge mattress and pillow. Bathrooms and running water are available at the two lower huts. Mens’ and ladies’ latrines are available at the last camp but are very basic.

Relish the experience of shared meals - as climbing groups from various countries come together in the dining huts - providing a jovial and energetic atmosphere.

Day 1 Drive to Kilimanjaro National Park Marangu Gate, Hike to Mandara Hut
After breakfast and briefing, drive to the Kilimanjaro National Park Gate (about 1 hour). Register and commence the climb. Walk through the rainforest to the Mandara encampment. A side trip to Maundi Crater is an excellent opportunity to see vistas of Northern Tanzania and Kenya. In the rainforest, look for towering Eucalyptus trees, bird life, and Colobus monkeys.

Elevation: 1860m/6100ft to 2700m/8875ft
Distance: 8km/5mi
Hiking Time: 3-4 hours
Habitat: Montane Forest
Meals: Lunch and Dinner

Day 2 Hike Mandara Hut to Horombo Hut
Today you leave the glades of the rain-forest and follow an ascending path on the open moorlands to the Horombo encampment. Enjoy amazing views of Mawenzi and the summit of Kibo. Look for giant lobelias and groundsels. You may begin to feel the effects of the altitude.

Elevation: 2700m/8875ft to 3700m/12,200ft
Distance: 12km/7.5mi
Hiking Time: 5-6 hours
Habitat: Heathland
Meals: Breakfast Lunch & Dinner

Day 3 Hike Horombo Hut to Kibo Hut
Ascending, we now pass the last watering point, walking onto the saddle of Kilimanjaro between the peaks of Kibo and Mawenzi. Vegetation changes to upper heathland and then transforms into “moonscape”.

Elevation: 3700m/12,200ft to 4700m/15,500ft
Distance: 9km/5.5mi
Hiking Time: 5-6 hours
Habitat: Alpine Desert
Meals: Breakfast Lunch & Dinner.

Day 4 Hike Kibo Hut to Summit, and down to Horombo Hut
Awake very early in the morning (midnight to 2 am), commence the climb to the summit on steep and heavy scree or snow up to Gilman’s point located on the crater rim. Continuing, we now ascend to Uhuru Peak, which is the highest point in Africa. There are unbelievable views at every turn. From here we descend, stopping for lunch and a rest at Kibo before continuing on to the Horombo encampment. The beginning of this climb is done in the dark and requires headlamps or torches. It will be very cold until you start descending, so you will need all of your warm layers. This is by far the most difficult part of the trek with many switchbacks. Going slowly with an optimistic attitude will get you there!

Elevation: 4700m/15,500ft to 5895m/19,340ft
Down to 3700m/12,200ft
Distance: 6km/4mi up / 15km/9mi down
Hiking Time: 6-8 hours up / 15km/9mi down
Habitat: Alpine Desert
Meals: Breakfast Lunch & Dinner

Day 5 Hike Horombo Hut to trailhead, drive to Moshi
After breakfast, a steady descent takes us down through moorland to the Mandara Hut. Continue descending through the lush forest path to the National Park gate at Marangu. At lower elevations, it can be wet and muddy. Gaiters and trekking poles will help. Shorts and t-shirts will probably be plenty to wear (keep rain gear and warmer clothing handy). A vehicle will be waiting for you at Marangu gate to drive you back to your hotel in Moshi (about 1 hour).

Elevation: 3700m/12,200ft to 1700m/5500ft
Distance: 20km/12.5mi
Hiking Time: 4-5 hours
Habitat: Forest
Meals: Breakfast

All year round

This route is usually done in 5 days but can be done in 6 days for better acclimatization. The extra day can be spent resting at Horombo or climbing the small peak of Mawenzi. The following items and services are not included in your package. * Airfare Tips for porters, Guide, Cook and Assistant Guide * Flights or overland transfers to Kilimanjaro International Airport or Arusha town * Visas * Tips to the mountain staff * Meals other than breakfast while in Arusha or Moshi * Additional nights beyond the two standard hotel nights included * Hotel upgrade costs if you decide to request an alternative hotel to the standard * Items considered to be non-essential, such as alcohol, beverages, cigarettes, snacks, etc

About the location

Accommodation

You will be spoilt for choice when seeking accommodation in Moshi, with a range of lodges, hotels, hostels, backpackers and B&B’s. On your mountain climb or safari, you will have a choice of accommodation according to the package - ranging from tents, huts or lodges.

Location

Make the most of Moshi a Tanzanian municipality situated on the lower slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro. Now a tourist hub for those starting or completing a climb of the nearby mountains including Mount Meru, Mount Kilimanjaro and Mount Kenya. Enjoy a sense of history as you explore the town – originally a German military camp (Neu-Moschi) established in 1893. Apart from the mountains, there is so much more that Moshi has to offer. You can choose to explore multiple national parks or conservation areas including the Serengeti, Ngorongoro, Tarangire, Lake Manyara, Arusha, Lake Natron, or Lake Eyasi. Explore the most iconic safari locations in Africa, with each conservation estate adding a new dimension to the startling array of wildlife and botanical wonders that you will experience. For the anthropologically minded take this opportunity to participate in cultural activities amongst the Maasai people, or to observe the vanishing lifestyle of the Hadzabe a remarkable group of true hunter-gatherers. Modern Moshi is driven by tourism and the large coffee estates, with an appealing blend of Asian and African influence renowned for its cleanliness and sense of prosperity. Much of the population identify as belonging to the Chagga people - known for their excellent hospitality, shrewd business skills, and love of a good drink. You will have no problem finding excellent lodgings and carefully crafted local beer. Do not forget to visit the old Moshi railway station which is no longer operational. Sit and enjoy a drink at the small bar in the converted booking office, where you can watch the local people commuting by foot along the old railway tracks. Moshi has national and international flight connections through the Kilimanjaro International Airport.

Food

Be pleasantly surprised at the dining experiences available in Moshi - often modest yet tasty, with plenty of options. You will find food cuisines from India, Asia and Europe with marvellous vegetarian options. For self-catering make sure you visit the local markets which sell a wonderful variety of fresh fruits and vegetables - there are also well-stocked grocery shops in the town centre. You will undoubtedly want to try some local options like Chipsi mayai, which is basically a hot chip omelette. The beauty is in the simplicity, and it has become a favourite comfort food in Tanzania, available at food stands and many cafes and restaurants. If you are looking for the unofficial national dish of Tanzania, then try some Ugali. Easy to cook and affordable, prepared with maize flour and water, it is cooked into a dough like consistency, which should be neither to dry nor too sticky. Usually served with a sauce containing either meat, or vegetables, or grilled meat such as nyama choma. Whilst climbing your chosen mountain you will enjoy 3 hot meals each day you are on the mountain.

Activities

Well planned guided mountain ascents of Mt Kilimanjaro, Mt Meru and Mt Kenya. Excellent package deals to the wonderful beaches of Zanzibar. Fabulous safari at iconic locations.

Amenities

  • Guides

  • Dinner

  • Lunch

  • Breakfast

Available activities

  • Climbing

  • Hiking