Hanang Mountain Treks
Standing at 3,418mhigh and located in the Manyara region, about 242kms west of Arusha in northern Tanzania. Mt Hanang is the fourth highest mountain in Tanzania.
The Hanang district is inhabited by two major ethnic groups, namely theBarbaig and the Iraqw and both have rich and interesting cultures. The Barbaig women are usually clad in goatskin skirts and cotton blanket. Men are usually dressed in black cloth, and walk about carrying spears. The Iraqw people are usually attire in colourful cotton blankets.
The main economic activities in Hanang district is subsistence and commercial farming. This is predominantly practiced by the Iraqw. The Barbaigs are predominantly pastoralists. The Iraqw also keep livestock though they are not highly dependent on them as the Barbaigs.
If you are interested in bird watching, over 400 species will welcome you on your walks in the area.
Mount Hanang can be climbed in one day (6 hours up and 4 hours down) or can be taken as a 2-day trek.
The shortest and most popular ascent is the Katesh Route. From Katesh up the south-western ridge takes 5 to 6 hours to summit followed by a 3 to 4 hour descent. If you wish you can camp overnight at 3,000m and descent the following day.
To vary the scenery, descending via the Ngendabi Route is recommended, or alternatively ascending along it and descending to Katesh. The route starts 16km northwest from Katesh at Ngendabi Village.
The main alternative to the Katesh and Ngendabi Routes is the Giting Route, from Giting village on the northeast side of the mountain.