Mt Meru Climbing

Mount Meru

Is the second highest mountain in Tanzania and the fifth highest on the African Continent. Mt. Meru is located in the heart of Arusha National Park and it is 50 miles west of Mt. Kilimanjaro. Mt. Meru is a massive volcano reaching 14,980 feet (4,565 meters). This trek serves as an ideal warm up for Mt. 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 Mt. Meru is located in Arusha National Park, hikers must climb with an armed ranger due to the wide range of wildlife living on the mountain. On the lower slopes of the mountain, hikers are more likely to see impressive views and diverse vegetation, it also gives you the chance to see some wildlife in the form of a walking safari. On your trek you might come across large game such as giraffes, buffaloes, baboons, elephants, antelopes and colobus monkeys. As the vegetation changes from dense mountain rainforest into heather and moorland and finally alpine desert, the frequency of animals you will see becomes scarcer, shifting your focus from animals to landscape. You will be accompanied by an armed park ranger on your tour.

Route Facts: • Recommended duration: 4 days / 3 nights • Length: 38 km • Altitude gain: 3066 m • Grade: Moderate/Hard • Start: Momela Gate • End trek: Momela Gate

Day by day description:
Day 1 – Arusha to Momela Gate to Miriakamba Hut
You will be picked up after breakfast at your accommodation, then transported to the gate for an early starts of your Mount Meru Adventure. Once we reach the park gate we will proceed with a 4 to 5 hours trek through the forest, passing the sacred Fig tree arch and excellent viewpoints that show the open plains and lakes of Arusha National Park. The altitude at Miriakamba hut is 2514m.
Day 2 – Miriakamba Hut to Saddle Hut
After breakfast you hike towards Saddle hut, a 3 to 4 hours hike of about 4 km. The path winds up through the forest, passing Buffalo swamp and Elephant Ridge, and due to the short hike this day, you can choose to detour and go for climbing the Little Meru Summit at 3820 m. This will take you another hour, and give you a superb view of the summit and of Mount Kilimanjaro. Dinner and overnight at Saddle Hut 3.570 m above sea level.
Day 3 – Saddle Hut to The summit to Miriakamba Hut
Leaving Saddle hut at 2.00 AM for the 5 km climb to the summit should get you there in time to see the sunrise behind the great Kilimanjaro! You climb up and up along a narrow ridge, with sheer drops and the exposed nature of the path can even make the most experienced hiker a bit shaky. You climb steeply and reach the stunning views of the summit, Socialist Peak at 4.566 m above sea level. You decent the same rout, pass the Saddle Hut to Miriakamba Hut for your last night on the mountain.
Day 4 – Miriakamba Hut to Arusha
You leave the hut in the morning for a 2 to 3 hour hike back down to Momela Gate along the same route as when you came. Transport back to Arusha, or continuing for one of our wildlife safaris.

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