Mt. Meru is located in the heart of Arusha National Park and it is 50 miles west of Mt. Kilimanjaro. Mount 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. Hikers in Mount Meru 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 elephants, giraffes, and buffalo! As hikers continue their ascents, the trail follows the north rim of the volcano’s crater along a dramatic ridge line. Throughout the climb, hikers sleep in designated huts along the trail. Hikers reach the summit as the sun is rising and they will have spectacular views of Mt. Kilimanjaro and of the Mt. Meru Crater.
DAY 1: AIRPORT TO HOTEL
Pickup at Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO)/Arusha airport, Mylo Africa Safaris we will arrange a private transfer from Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) to Green Mountain hotel/Venus hotel/Rich hotel where the rest of the day is spent at leisure.
We will gather at the hotel for a pre-climb briefing and an equipment check. We will also confirm you have the appropriate mandatory medical coverage and equipment
DAY 2: MOMELLA GATE (1500m) – 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.
- Elevation (m): (1,387 m to (1,500 m).
- Elevation (ft): (4,921 ft to 3,000 ft)
- Distance: 10 km.
- Distance covered:6km / 3.5mi
- time taken:4 – 5 hours
- Meals:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included
DAY 3: SADDLE HUT (FULL BOARD)
The walk from Miriakamba Hut to the saddle below Little Meru is a short day but a steep climb. The walk will take us slowly along the ridge for a spectacular view of the Meru Crater and the impressive Ash Cone. After hot lunch at Saddle Hut we can make a short climb to the summit of Little Meru (3,820m) for superb views just before sunset.
Dinner and overnight at Saddle Hut.
- Elevation (m):2,514 m to 3,570 m
- Elevation (ft):8,250 ft to 11,712 ft
- Distance:8 km
- Hiking Time:3-5 hours
- Habitat:Forest and Moorland.
DAY 4: SUMMIT DAY (HALF BOARD)
We start early at around 1:30 a.m. to climb steeply to Rhino Point (3,800 m.) and on to Cobra Point (4350m). We reach the summit (4,566 m) for sunrise there is a possibility to see Kilimanjaro Peak above the clouds. The final part of the climb is along a spectacular narrow ridgeline between the sheer inner cliffs and the sloping outer wall of the crater. We take a short rest and brunch at Saddle Hut before continuing the descent to the Momella gate. The returning transfer will be waiting at Momella Gate to pick you to your hotel in Arusha/Moshi.
- Elevation (m):3,570 m to 4,565m to 2,514m
- Elevation (ft):14,977ft to 11,712 ft to 8,250ft
- Distance:5 km up 13 km down
- Hiking Time:12 – 14 hours
- Habitat:Alpine Desert Moorland and Montane forest.
DAY 5: DEPART TANZANIA
Day 5: Depart Tanzania
The day is left free to wind down after the trek before your flight home. Depending on flight times you could go and explore Moshi town and grab some souvenirs before heading to the airport.