The seldom-visited Pare Mountains, divided into northern and southern ranges, lie southeast of Kilimanjaro and northwest of the Usambara range. With the Usambaras, they form part of the ancient Eastern Arc chain, and their steep cliffs and forested slopes host a number of unique birds and plants. The Pares are densely populated, with many small villages linked by a network of paths and tracks. The main ethnic group here is the Pare (also called the Asu). While there are some historical and linguistic differences among various Pare groups, socially they are considered to be a single ethnic entity.
The Pare Mountains are not well developed for tourism. There is no major base from where you can take a series of hikes, and you’ll be mostly on your own when exploring. Yet, thanks to the relative isolation, the traditions and folklore of the Pare have remained largely untouched.