4 Days Mount Meru Climbing
4 Days Mount Meru Climbing: Located 70 kilometers west of Mount Kilimanjaro, in Arusha National Park. The mountain stands at an altitude of 4,566m. The mountain is located in Tanzania ranking the second highest mountain. Mount Meru is a beautiful, classically shaped volcano. While it last saw serious activity 100 years ago, it is thought to have lost the bulk of its size in a super-eruption some 8,000 years ago. The nutrient-rich soils support a wide range of flora and fauna. These 4 days trekking mount meru will give you an opportunity to have a walking safari within Arusha National Park.
Upon arriving at the Arusha National Park gate you will do all the formalities and start trekking. Your commencing 4 days trekking mount meru will be accompanied by armed ranger the first day and last day. This is another amazing tour as you will cross between wildlife and numerous birds.
Surrounded by plains, the mountains slopes rise typically through montane forest, a large region of heather and then moorlands, which, after a few thousand feet, pass into volcanic desert. These different habitats are home to a variety of animals, including giraffe, monkey, baboon, klipspringer, warthog, duiker and leopard. Arusha National Park boasts up to 400 species of birds. Climbing Meru can also take 3 Days without an acclimatization day.
Day by Day Program
Day 1: Arusha (1400 m) – Miriakamba Hut (2500 m)
Duration: 5-7 hours of hiking
After early morning breakfast in Arusha (1400 m), 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 at Miriakamba Hut (2500 m), your chef will prepare a hot dinner and washing water for you. Enjoy the beautiful sunset and overnight.
Day 2: Miriakamba Hut (2500 m) – Saddle Hut (3500 m)
Duration: 3-5 hours of hiking
After breakfast, you will start ascending up the steep trail along the ridge of the saddle. You may see various wildlife along the way! The trail has views of Mt. Meru Crater and the Ash Tray. When you arrive at camp, you have the option of hiking Little Mt. Meru (3820 m) with your guide to further acclimate. You will be served an early dinner, so you can receive ample rest before your midnight summit attempt. Get to sleep by 19h00!
Day 3: Saddle Hut (3500 m) – Summit Attempt (4566 m) – Miriakamba Hut (2500 m)
Duration: 10-12 hours of hiking
Your guide will wake you at 00:30 for tea and biscuits. You will then begin your summit attempt at 1:30 am. The trail starts off on a steep grade from Rhino Point (3800 m) to Cobra Point (4350 m). In the last hour of the hike, you will scamble on a rocky ridge between the crater and inner cliffs of Meru. You will reach the summit of Meru (4565 m) at sunrise with spectacular views of Mt. Meru Ash Tray and Mt. Kilimanjaro. Enjoy your views then descend to Saddle Hut for a short break. You will then continue descending to Miriakamba Hut (2500 m) for dinner and overnight.
Day 4: Miriakamba Hut (2500 m) – Arusha (1400 m)
Duration: 2-3 hours of hiking
After a long rest and breakfast, we will begin our final descent to Momella gate. We will hike through forests and meadows where it is likely to spot wildlife. At the base of Mt. Meru, you will be greeted by our driver who will take you back to Arusha.
- Pick up and drop off at Kilimanjaro International Airport.
- Pre & Post Trek accommodation
- Park fees,
- camping fees,
- rescue fees
- 18% VAT
- Sleeping Mats
- Transportation to & from the mountain gate
- Professional mountain guides, cooks and porters
- 3 meals daily while on the mountain
- Filtered water throughout the trek
- Fair wages for the mountain crew as approved by the Kilimanjaro National Park Authority (KINAPA),
- Kilimanjaro Association of Tour Operators (KIATO)
- Local and international flights
- Other meals at hotel in Arusha
- Personal interests/needs