Mountain Trekking


1. Kilimanjaro Trekking and its Routes

Mount Kilimanjaro is the top of Africa. This mountain is located in Kilimanjaro Region in Tanzania. Raised as the result of volcano action, the mountain has the height of about 5,895 meters. Its crown is capped by snow and frequently fringed by clouds. Mountain Trekking at Mt Kilimanjaro is one of the wonderful adventure as Mt. Kilimanjaro regarded as Africa’s classic structures which attract number of tourists across nations globally.

At the height of 19,344 feet, Mt. Kilimanjaro it is the highest mountains in Africa and the highest summit in the world that can be reached by walking and overhand climbing. This Mountain Trekking adventure gives travelers the mind-blowing experience. Deciding to trek Mount Kilimanjaro, you will make your travel to Tanzania a pleasing experience ever expect to see it again in life.

GVTS guides and porters will lead amazing high-quality Mountain Trekking service as you will be climbing Mount Kilimanjaro. Apart from just climbing the mountain, with us expect to go on a wildlife safari and enjoy a beach vacation on the paradise island Zanzibar. GVTS operations office is located at Arusha and Kilimanjaro, so we will be always in full command for your hiking and safari adventures.

Mountain Kilimanjaro is a free standing mountain in the world. The mount is a dormant volcano mountain but not an extinct one. Ominous grumbles can sometimes be heard – and volcanic gases emerge from fume holes at the crater. Although just three degrees south of the Equator, the temperature being higher because of the geographical location,  the peaks of the mountain have caps of snow and ice coverage all the year round. As Kilimanjaro Mountain possesses different environmental zone, climbers will normally pass from a tropical to an attic environment in just a few days. Being among climbers, you will pass through lush rain-forest before reaching heather and open moorland where giant lobelia and huge, cactus – like plants grow. The two peaks of the mountain, KIBO and Mawenzi are separated by lunar landscape, the saddle that stretches between the two ends. The highest point on Kibo, and indeed the whole of Africa, is Uhuru Peak, with spectacular glaciers and stupendous views of the plains, five kilometers below. One of the main reasons people travel to Tanzania just to experience these unique features. The pinnacle – shaped peak of Mawenzi are for mountaineers only.

With the help of porters and a guide during mountain trekking, it is possible to walk all the way to the summit of Kibo without holding specialized mountaineering equipment – or experience – and Kilimanjaro can be captured by any reasonably fit person. The whole climb normally takes six or seven days depending on the route chosen and involves four or five overnights stays in mountain huts or tents.

Routes for Mountain Trekking at  Mount Kilimanjaro

You will be able to climb Kilimanjaro Mountain through (6) different routes; These routes are:

  • Mountain Trekking via  Lemosho route: It is the longest route to climb Kilimanjaro and considerably the beautiful routes with the best scenic views.
  • Mountain Trekking via Machame route: The route with best summit rates. It is among well-known routes on Kilimanjaro treks.
  • Mountain Trekking via Marangu routeThis route is called as Coca-cola route and it is the only route which offers permanent huts as accommodation.
  • Mountain Trekking via Rongai routeIt climbs from the north-eastern side of the mountain and has the unspoilt wilderness.
  • Mountain Trekking via Umbwe RouteThe Umbwe route is the most reputable challenging route of Mount Kilimanjaro trekking. Due to the fast ascent to high altitude right from the beginning of mountain, this route does not provide the necessary stages for clear acclimatization.
  • Mountain Trekking via Northern CircuitThis Northern Circuit is the newest longest route on Mount Kilimanjaro.  It is well-known for its excellent acclimatization and breathtaking views of the Kilimanjaro northern slopes

2. Mount Meru Trekking

Mount Meru is a dormant volcano mountain located 70 kilometres west of Mount Kilimanjaro. At an elevation of 4,562.13 metres above sea level, the Mount  is visible from Mount Kilimanjaro on clear days – days without clouds. Mount Meru is counted to be the fifth-highest of the highest mountain peaks of Africa.

This mountain has a complete standalone hike in it of itself; it serves as a great warm up for climbing the Mount Kilimanjaro. The crowds that can plague Kilimanjaro are non-existent in Mount Meru. This situation allows solitary, peaceful trek as well as taking accommodations in wood huts.

There are justifiable reasons to include Mount Meru into your Tanzania explorations package because of its unique experiences. Unfortunately, this volcano mount – the Mount Meru is often shadowed by Kilimanjaro as it is located in the immediate vicinity; it attracts the most national and international hikers by making it a secondary hiking destination or a warm-up exercise. The majority of hikers, however, ignore it altogether by opting to climb Mount Kilimanjaro. We GVTS, firmly believe that Mt Meru hiking will be a great adventure by itself because of its wonderful geological structure and beauty sceneries.

The base of Mount Meru is generally occupied by Arusha national Park –the wildlife ecosystem. Most wild animals are located at the lower base-slopes of the mountain that lead inside the park. While being at this area will be a greater chance for you to spot clusters of animals grazing freely. When start ascending the mountain, and when descending near Momella Gate you will be escorted by an armed ranger partly to protect you against any wildlife threats. The trail normally follows the north rim of the crater, along a dramatic ridgeline side. Once being at the summit, you will experience the views of Mount Kilimanjaro and down into Meru crater. This will be a really unforgettable experience in your life every thought.

GVTS offers Mount Meru trekking service in a four day private climb. We often combined climbers and operators together to walk with the armed ranger on the lower slopes.

Mount Meru is ideal for altitude acclimatization because of its physiological structure. When managed to trek Mount Meru you may elect to climb Mount Kilimanjaro with a lower number of days because of the trekking experience gained from climbing Mount Meru. Many people who climb the mountains have a quiet preference for the retiring Mount Meru. Although the Mount Meru is about 4,000 feet lower than Mount Kilimanjaro, the Mountain is still very tall. We give you this information in order for you not to underestimate the mount. Altitude acclimatization will still be the key to a successful summit Meru. GVTS is ready and available to help you climb the Mount Meru successfully.

3. Mount Ol’doinyo Lengai Trekking

Ol’doinyo Lengai by its name “means“ the Mountain of God” in the Maasai language of the native people. This mountain is also known as Mountain Lenkai.  The Mountain O’ldoinyo Lengai is located in the northern Tanzania and southern end of Lake Natron at an elevation of 9,442 feet, above the East African Rift Valley floor to a height approximately 2,880 m. Ol’doinyo Lengai is an active volcanic mountain and is part of the volcanic system of the Great Rift Valley located in Eastern Africa. Because of its unique features, visiting Mount O’ldonyo Lengai should be within tourist’s or trekker’s minds. Moreover, The Maasai people conduct prayers to God “Enkai” or “Engai” whom the Maasai believe is the Creator of all things on this active volcanic mountain.

Unlike other volcanic mountains which spew silica-rich basalts, O’ldoinyo Lengai is the only active volcano on Earth that erupts with carbonatites that are instructed into other formations as well as composition and rarely reach Earth’s surface as eruptions. It is one of the exciting Tanzania destinations that you wouldn’t want to miss.

From the records, the mountain eruptions occurred on the dates of 1883, and again get recorded in the year between 1904 and 1910 and then in the year 1913 and 1915. A major eruption took place in June 1917, which resulted in volcanic ash being deposited about 50 km away. It’s most recent, the eruption was in the year 2007 and 2008 which created a magnificent coat over the mountain and made it an amazing destination to reach during your safari in Tanzania including the great culture of the maasai people which will excite you and make this destination a wonderful location to be in Tanzania.

Ol’doinyo Lenkai is the only active volcanic mountain in the East African Rift Valley Region which attracts many geologists from all over the world to come for research. Scientifically, carbonated lava is dark brown upon extrusion, but reacts very rapidly and turns into moisture to hydrate, then to secondary modified minerals that impart a white colour to the rock. The Maasai believe that the “white rock” symbolizes the white beards of “Enkai”.

Tanzania experiences many tourists who visit and climb this mountain every year. One should not underestimate this 2,880 meters high mountain, as it needs much determination to climb because of the steeper walking. However, trekkers should know that climbing Ol’doinyo Lenkai doesn’t require technical skills and expertise to get to the peak. At the summit, the small cones formed by lava can be seen on the crater rim. Despite the fact that Ol’doinyo Lenkai’s volcano erupts frequently there are no records of injuries or deaths experienced since then. Geologists tell that Ol’doinyo Lenka’s lava is not as hot as other volcanoes’ lava recorded in other parts of the world. It takes three days to the summit of Ol’doinyo Lenkai. After a climb Ol’donyo Lengai mountain, GVTS advice tourists to spend their time and take a tour around Lake Natron. Lake Natron is the largest lake in East Africa which accommodates numerous flamingos and other birdlife which eats algae. Zebras, elephants, giraffes, can be viewed on the walking safari from Ngare-Sero, Engaruka to Loliondo accompanied by armed rangers.