Training for Mount Kilimanjaro is no easy task, especially if you live in a city, but you could do a trial run by climbing Mount Meru the week before your planned ascent.
Mount Meru is the 5th highest mountain in Africa and the 2nd highest mountain in Tanzania, so it is great ‘training’ for those who have had little time or opportunity to train at home, and as it is right next door to Mount Kilimanjaro in Arusha National Park, it offers spectacular views of Kili and its snow-capped peak.
At 4,566metres above sea level, Mount Meru is no walk in the park, and most respected climbing companies ask you to allow at least 4-days to climb Kilimanjaro’s little sister. During those four days, you will have the opportunity to test out your climbing gear, get a feel for climbing at high altitude, and take the most amazing photos of Kilimanjaro on a clear day – a highlight for any photographer.
As Mount Meru is situated in Arusha National Park, there is every chance that you will see Elephants, Giraffe, Buffaloes, Warthogs, Monkeys and Bird life as you make your way to the bottom of this mighty mountain. Your ascent passes through a variety of different vegetation zones too, so you will get a real feel of what life is like on Mount Kilimanjaro.
While not everyone has time to climb both Mount Meru and Mount Kilimanjaro, a few extra days in Tanzania could make all the difference to your success, and by climbing Kilimanjaro’s little sister in preparation for your ‘big’ African adventure, there will be no surprises on the way to Uhuru Peak!