Mount Meru is a dormant stratovolcano located 70 kilometres west of Mount Kilimanjaro in the country of Tanzania. At a height of 4,562.13 meters, it is visible from Mount Kilimanjaro on a clear day, and is the fifth-highest of the highest mountain peaks of Africa, dependent on definition.
Mt. Meru Climbing-3 Nights/4 Days
Best time: All year round
Duration: 4 days
DAY 1: ARUSHA (1400m) – MIRIAKAMBA HUT (2500m)
Duration: 5-7 hours of hiking
After an early morning breakfast in Arusha (1400m), you will be picked up from your hotel and brought to the Momella Gate in Arusha National Park. At this time, the porters will organize and pack the belongings for the hike while you and your guide register with the Tanzania National Park (TANAPA). You will then begin your ascent in Arusha National Park. The first day of hiking is similar to a walking safari; you should expect to see giraffes, zebras, antelope, buffalo, and potentially elephants near the trail. Due to the high possibility of spotting wildlife, an armed ranger, hired through the National Park, is required to hike with our team for the duration of the hike. As you continue hiking, you will pass the Ngarenanyuki River and a beautiful waterfall at the base of Mt. Meru. Upon arriving to Miriakamba Hut (2500m), your chef will prepare a hot dinner and washing water for you. Enjoy the beautiful sunset and overnight.
DAY 2: MIRIAKAMBA HUT (2500m) – SADDLE HUT (3500m)
Duration: 3-5 hours of hiking
After breakfast, you will start ascending up the steep trail along the ridge of the saddle. You may see various wildlife along the way! The trail has views of Mt. Meru Crater and the Ash Tray. When you arrive at camp, you have the option of hiking Little Mt. Meru (3820m) with your guide to further acclimatization. You will be served an early dinner, so you can receive ample rest before your midnight summit attempt. Get to sleep by 1900!
DAY 3: SADDLE HUT (3500m) – SUMMIT ATTEMPT (4566m) – MIRIAKAMBA HUT (2500m)
Duration: 10-12 hours of hiking
Your guide will wake you at 00:30 for tea and snacks.You will then begin your summit attempt at 1:30am. The trail starts off on a steep grade to Rhino Point (3800m) to Cobra Point (4350m). The last hour of the hike you will scamble on a rocky ridge between the crater and inner cliffs of Meru. You will reach the summit of Meru (4565m) at sunrise with spectacular views of Mt. Meru Ash Tray and Mt. Kilimanjaro. Enjoy your views then descend to Saddle Hut for a short break. You will then continue descending to Miriakamba Hut (2500m) for dinner and overnight.
DAY 4: MIRIAKAMBA HUT (2500m) – ARUSHA (1400m)
Duration: 2-3 hours of hiking
After a long rest and breakfast, we will begin our final descent to Momella gate. We will hike through forest and meadows where it is likely to spot wildlife. At the base of Mt. Meru, you will be greeted by our driver who will take you back to Arusha.
DAY 4: LAKE MANYARA -ARUSHA
07:00 We depart for Arusha today with picnic lunches brief shopping then proceed towards your hotel or resident in Arusha.
Transfer to/from Arusha National Park
Overnight stays in Mountain Huts
Professional, experienced, mountain guides
All Park fees
All meals while on the Mountain
Guides, Porters, cook salaries and park fees
Large portions of fresh, healthy nutritious food
Clean, purified drinking water
Crisis management and safety procedures
Fair and ethical treatment of porters
COST DOES NOT INCLUDE:
Accommodation in Arusha ( Can be arranged upon request )
Personal Expenses (e.g. laundry, telephone, beverages, etc.)
Meals not listed above