CLIMB MT MERU

Mount Meru is one of Africa's highest and most beautiful volcanoes, with a route which passes through a wide range of vegetation up into a moorland. The summit of Mt Meru at 4,565m, is reached by walking along a very narrow, barren ridge, affording one views of Ash Cone thousands of feet below in the crater and Kilimanjaro across the vast plains in Moshi.

Mt  Meru is located in the Arusha National Park about 80km/50 miles west of Kilimanjaro. This trek is great as either a stand alone trek, or as a warm up for Kilimanjaro due to its altitude acclimatization and hiking distances. This trek is also geared towards hikers that prefer less crowds and a challenging ascent.

Because it is located in a national park, Mount Meru Tanzania is home to over 400 species of birds as well as large herds of elephant, buffalo, rhino, giraffe, baboon, warthog, monkey and monkey. Accommodation is in mountain huts. The climb is fully portered and one walks with a guide and armed mountain game guide

Note that on the mountain you have the option of a 3 or 4 trek, plus one day pre and post accommodation

 

Fast Facts

Altitude: 4565m

All year

Best: June to October

Tour: From 3-4 days

Hotels, Huts

Trek Grade: 2c (FP)

A combination of long days with steep paths and some mountain scrambling. The route follows reasonable paths through thick vegetation, up hillsides, slippery shale surfaces. Snow and or ice may be encountered along the route. There is no need for technical climbing equipment. Altitude levels up to and around to 4700m. Medium risk of altitude sickness. A general level of fitness is required e.g. hill walking for about 12km/day. Daypacks will weight about 4kg.

Fully portered

 According to the national park authorities, children under the age of 10 years are only allowed to hike until Miriakamba Hut (2500m) whereas children between 10 and 16 years are allowed to go until Saddle Hut (3550m). Children over 16 years of age are allowed to trek to the summit.

 

3 Day Trek

Day-1: Kilimanjaro International Airport arrival and transfer to hotel..

Day-2: Drive to Arusha National Park and begin the trek.

Elevation: 1,500 m to 2,500 m
Distance: 10 km
Hiking Time: 4-6 hours
Habitat: Rain Forest
We arrive after about a 2 hr drive, at the Momella Gate (1,500 m) where we meet up with our porters and game ranger, and head off through the lush forest, crossing the Ngare Nanyuki river.  to reach Miriakamba Hut at 8337ft / 2541m for overnight taking 4 to 5 hours. En route up, we will get views of buffalo grazing in the lush fields below us, and in the far distance, Kilimanjaro. Over night Miriakamba Hut

Day-3

Elevation: 2,500m to 3,570m
Distance: 8 km
Hiking Time: 3-5 hours
Habitat: Heath Zone
Today we ascend steeply for about 2 to 3 hours, through the lush forests full of bird song, toward Saddle Hut at 3570m. We may be fortunate to see a couple of buffalo grazing nearby as we start out.   We take in an afternoon trek to Little Meru, at 3794 and return to Saddle Hut for overnight.

Day-4

Elevation: 3,570m to 4,565m to 1,500m
Distance: 18 km
Hiking Time: 8-12 hours
Habitat: Alpine Desert to Forest
We start out around 02h00 to Rhino Point and then Cobra Point up very steep and slippery sections. The last hour of the trek is something of a scramble on a rocky ridge between the crater and inner cliffs of Meru to the summit of Meru, also known as Socialist Peak at 4565m, just in time to watch the to see the sun rise behind Mount Kilimanjaro. We then descend all the way back to the park Gate to be met and transferred back to our Hotel and overnight.

Day-5: Depart

After breakfast, transfer to Kilimanjaro airport for your departure flight home.

 

4 Day Trek

Day-1: Arrive Kilimanjaro International Airport and transfer to hotel.

Day-2: Drive to Arusha National Park and begin the trek.

Elevation: 1,500 m to 2,541 m
Distance: 10 km
Hiking Time: 4-6 hours
Habitat: Rain Forest
We arrive after about a 2 hr drive, at the gate where we meet up with our porters and game ranger, and head off through the lush forest, crossing the Ngare Nanyuki river to reach Miriakamba Hut at 8337ft / 2541m for overnight taking 4 to 5 hours. En route up, we will get views of buffalo grazing in the lush fields below us, and in the far distance, Kilimanjaro. Overnight Miriakamba Hut

Day-3

Elevation: 2,541m to 3,570m
Distance: 8 km
Hiking Time: 3-5 hours
Habitat: Heath Zone
Today we ascend steeply for about 2 to 3 hours, through the lush forests full of bird song, toward Saddle Hut at 3570m. We may be fortunate to see a couple of buffalo grazing nearby as we start out.   We take in an afternoon trek to Little Meru, at 3794 and return to Saddle Hut for overnight.

Day-4

Elevation: 3,570m to 4,565m to 2,541m
Distance: 8 km
Hiking Time: 4-6 hours
Habitat: Alpine Desert to Heath Zone
We start out around 02h00 to Rhino Point and then Cobra Point up very steep and slippery sections. The last hour of the trek is something of a scramble on a rocky ridge between the crater and inner cliffs of Meru to the summit of Meru, also known as Socialist Peak at 4565m, just in time to watch the to see the sun rise behind Mount Kilimanjaro. We then descend all the way back to Miriakamba Hut at 8337ft / 2541m for overnight taking

Day-5:

Elevation: 2,541m to 1,500m
Distance: 10 km
Hiking Time: 4-6 hours
Habitat: Heath Zone to Forest

After breakfast, you retrace your steps down the trail past the waterfall and back down to the park gate. You are then transferred back to Moshi.

Day-6: Depart

After breakfast, transfer to Kilimanjaro airport for your departure flight home.

 

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