Route Overview

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.

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DAY 1: ARRIVAL

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: MIRIAKAMBA HU(2500m) TO SADDLE HUT (3500m)

Today’s trek takes you through the steep path along the ridge of the saddle. Amazing views of the Meru crater, the ash cone and little Meru can be seen along the way. While trekking through the forest keep your eyes peeled for wildlife and the attractive wild flowers. Common animals include buffaloes and the black and white Colobus monkey. Your trek will end up at Saddle hut where you will be spending the night. After resting at the camp you will set off on an hour acclimatization trek to little Meru (3810m) then head back down to Saddle hut.

  • Distance covered: 5km / 4mi
  • time taken:3 – 4 hours
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included
DAY 4: SADDLE HUT (3500m) TO SOCIALIST PEAK (4562m) TO MIRIKAMBA HUT(2500m)

You will wake up just after midnight for a light meal then start your final ascent to Socialist Peak at the top of big Meru. The trail to the summit is steep and you will be climbing through gravel and rocky ridges. While at the summit you will enjoy breathtaking views of the Meru crater and ash cone. Occasionally, animals such as Klipspringers and mountain reedbucks can be seen over the rocky terrain. After the summit, you will then descend to Miriakamba Hut where you will be spending the night.

  • Distance covered:19 km / 12mi
  • time taken:10 – 12 hours
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included
DAY 5: MIRIKAMBA HUT (2500m) TO MOMELLA GATE -ARUSHA/MOSHI 

After breakfast you will begin your final descent to Momella gate. You will be using the southern route to descend. During your descent you will pass through the montane forest where you will pass the amazing Fig Tree Arch. Upon arrival at the Momella gate, you will be picked up and transferred to your hotel.

  • Distance covered: 14km / 8.5mi
  • time taken: 4 – 5 hours
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included
DAY 6: 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.

The price for 2 adult private is $1700 covers::

The price includes:

  • Two nights accommodation in Moshi/Arusha bed and breakfast.
  • Return transportation from Moshi/Arusha to/from the starting/finishing point on the mountain
  • Huts accommodations
  • Professional, experienced, mountain guides
  • Park fees
  • Rescue fees
  • Boiled water on the mountain
  • All meals on the mountain (breakfast, lunch & dinner)
  • Cutlery / Crockery / Eating utensils
  • Guides, Porters, cook
  • Large portions of fresh, healthy nutritious food
  • Clean, purified drinking water
  • Safety procedures
  • Fair and ethical treatment of porters
  • Armed Ranger Fee

The price excludes:

  • Airport transfers
  • Guides, Porters, Cook & Waiters tips
  • Meals and drinks not specified
  • Gear for your climb
  • Items of personal nature
  • Additional nights beyond the two standard hotel nights included
  • Visas

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