This 12 hour hike takes you to the peak of the only active volcano left in Tanzania (also the sacred home of the Maasai god) where- if the sky is clear- you get a perfect view of the tanzanian portion of the great rift valley. This is a difficult hike though. You start at midnight (because its too hot to do the whole hike during the day). The incline is steep the entire way- we spent most of the climb up scrambling on our hands and knees because of the incline and the surface- you're climbing on relatively fresh volcanic ash that crumbles beneath you. It's cold at the top so bring layers. Once you get to the peak around 6am you spend about 30 minutes there at the most then head down. The hike down is grueling on your knees and toes- wear good hiking boots! A walking stick is helpful for the hike down, but definitely expect to slip your way down the mountain. But the combination of the challenge, the view, and the prospect of climbing this lesser known mountain make it completely worth it!
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