In January 2019, the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada will take you deep into the African savannah. During this trek in Tanzania, which involves 11 days of walking, you will first climb Mount Meru, the country’s second-highest peak, before finally ascending the monarch of the African continent: Kilimanjaro.
During the ascent of Mount Meru, a volcano that is still considered to be active, you may encounter several kinds of wild animals, including giraffes, zebras and colobus monkeys. Don’t forget your camera! At the summit, 4,565 metres high, you’ll contemplate a breathtaking panorama; at dawn, you can watch the sun rise over Kilimanjaro, some 70 kilometres to the east.
After four days of hiking, the route will take you to the ultimate goal: the summit of Kilimanjaro. You’ll have a chance to ascend by the north face, passing by the three peaks: Shira, Mawenzi and Kibo. This route, which is not much travelled, allows you to avoid the many hikers who want to climb this emblematic mountain. You will do almost a full circuit of Kilimanjaro, giving you an opportunity to admire the incredibly diverse landscapes: forests, plantations, heathland and stone deserts.
Getting to the roof of Africa demands a real effort. Although the approach days are not really difficult and will be fairly short, the days when you climb to the summits will be very long and cold and you’ll feel the effects of altitude. However, you’ll only be carrying your daypack. A team will carry the group’s cooking and camping equipment, as well as your baggage.
Prepare to be amazed by Africa’s flora and fauna!
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