Mount Meru Climb TTSL 044

5 Days

Safari & Tours Info

  • Professional 4x4 vans drives
  • Available all though the tour
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Guided by a professional English speaking driver guide
  • 5 Star Hotels and Lodges
  • Kenya or Tanzania

Mount Meru  the second highest Mountain in Tanzania and is the fifth-highest mountain in Africa, Stands at a height of 4,566 meters (14,980 ft), is a dormant stratovolcano mountain. It is found in Arusha National Park, 70 Kilometers (43 miles) west of Mount Kilimanjaro in the country of Tanzania.

Climb Mount Meru has amazing experiences of amazing wildlife as you hike past wild animals. Typically Mount Meru Climb takes four days, but it can be done in 3 days to complete a trek to the top as even on this lower peak, acclimatization is the key to success. All trekking groups take the same route up the mountain, which begins at Momella Gate.

Hikers stay in a number of huts while climbing, the hurts offers basic comfortable accommodations located at two different campsites along the summit rout, located at Socialist Peak.

Mount Meru Climbing is a great experience to offer for travelers, to have small taste of the bigger Mount Kilimanjaro climbing challenges and experience. Also for those who are looking for a short climbing adventure and for those who don’t have a lot of time in their schedule Mount Meru is the ideal mountain for you.

Overview

The starting point of your hike, unfolds some amazing wildlife, you can observe giraffes, zebras and many other animals. Because of the wildlife in the park, from the Momella Gate you will be accompanied by an armed park ranger. The route takes you across the Ngare Nanyuki River, as you then walk along the river and will see buffalo herds, baboons and other animals.

Mount Meru Climb Highlights

  • Hiking through the Arusha national park with an armed ranger to Miriakamba Hut
  • Hiking though dense rain forest with mosses and beard lichens for a detour to the summit of Little Mount Meru (3820m)
  • Watching the sun rises behind the Kilimanjaro on the way to the summit

Itinerary

After breakfast you will be picked up at your lodge. Before we leave, we have a general briefing about your ascent of Meru and check your equipment. The journey to Arusha National Park takes about an hour. Once your guide has completed the necessary paperwork at the gate, the trip continues to Momella Gate, the starting point of your hike. On the way you can observe giraffes, zebras and many other animals. Because of the wildlife in the park, from the Momella Gate you will be accompanied by an armed park ranger. The route takes you across the Ngare Nanyuki River, as you then walk along the river and will see buffalo herds, baboons and other animals. Soon the hike will take you through the forest, and after about 2 hours, you will reach the small Mayo Falls, here a meadow is an ideal place for your picnic. After you have relaxed a bit, your hike continues to the "Arched Fig Tree" - a unique tree that spans the way like a gate. After another 1.5 - 2 hours you will reach the Miriakamba Hut. Here you spend your first night on Meru.

After breakfast, the trek leads through the dense forest with mosses and beard lichens. After 2-3 hours you will reach the viewpoint of Mngongo wa Tembo (Elephant Ridge), which is at a height of about 3200 meters. The ascent takes place partly over wooden steps since the path is steep and slippery in some places. From this vantage point, you will have a magnificent view of the large, burst crater. After a short rest, the trek continues to the Saddle Hut. Just before you reach it, the landscape changes from mountain rainforest to light bushland. After lunch, you will have the opportunity to take a detour to the summit of Little Mount Meru (3820m), this 1-1.5-hour hike will reward you with a great view over the national park up to Kilimanjaro. Back to the hut it is time for your dinner, after that it is straight to bed. Tomorrow is the summit day and it starts early!

After a small snack and a hot drink, your way to the summit starts at around 2 o'clock in the morning. In the glow of your headlight, you will head up through the bushland to Rhino Point. The path becomes more and more challenging, and some passages with easy climbing will be encountered. Along the long north ridge the route continues to the summit, which you will reach around sunrise. The moment when the sun rises behind the Kilimanjaro and the plain to the Meru starts to shine in an orange-red light, will let you quickly forget the strenuous ascent. On the descent, you return to the Saddle Hut where a lunch and a hot drink will await you. Afterward you will continue to Mirikamba Hut, reaching it in the early afternoon. Here you can rest and enjoy your summit success.

Transfer to the hotel After breakfast, the trail continues down towards Momella Gate via the socalled "Northern Route". On the way, you will be able to see again buffaloes, baboons and other wild animals, and with some luck also elephants. After a 2-3 hour trek, you will arrive at the Momella Gate, where your driver will be waiting. After a farewell from your mountain team, you will be driven back to Arusha for Overnight.

After an early breakfast, transfer to Kilimanjaro airport for your departure flight back home. END OF SERVICE

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Mount Meru Climb TTSL 044