MOUNT MERU TREKKING 3 DAYS
Mount Meru is an active volcano of 4566 metres about 70 kilometres west of Mount Kilimanjaro. It is an excellent stand alone trip or a pre-climb for Kilimanjaro itself. Some people say that Meru is actually more challenging, and for sure it is much more quiete. Therefore there is a lot more Wildlife to be seen and the sense of remoteness and solitude is much stronger than on the more famous peak nearby.
The mountain is in the centre of Arusha National Park and its fertile slopes rise above the surrounding Savanna and support a forest that hosts diverse Wildlife, including nearly 400 species of Birds, Elephants and also Monkeys and Leopards. Trekkers have the opportunity to see a lot of Wildlife as they approach and climb the mountain.
The ascent is quite steep in places and the route to the summit passes over a number of streams, moving through grasslands, tropical rainforest, alpine meadows, moorlands and desert uplands to snow and ice. The summit is reached by a narrow, barren ridge, which provides stunning views of the Ash Cone lying several hundred feet below in the crater.
Arrival in Tanzania
Upon arrival to Kilimanjaro International Airport, one of our staff will pick you up for transfer to your hotel as per the programme booked. After some rest at the hotel, your head guide will meet you for your briefing, gear check and arrange for you to hire any equipment you may need.
MOSHI -MIRIAKAMABA HUT
We drive from Moshi to Momela Gate. After a short registration at the Gate our hike will begin with full armed rangers escorting us, simply we can see along the way the wild animals including Zebras, and Giraffes, Monkeys, Antelopes, and often Elephants along the route.
Dinner and overnight at Miriakamba Hut.
Elevation (m): (1,387 m to (1,500 m)
Elevation (ft.): 4,921 ft.) to 3,000 ft.)
Distance: 10 km
Hiking, Time: 4-6 hours
Habitat: Montane Forest.
The hike from Miriakamba Hut to the saddle below Little Meru is a short day but a steep climb. The hike mainly consists of slow walks along the ridge from where we will get a spectacular view of the Meru Crater and the Ash Cone. Hot lunch will be provided at the Saddle Hut following which we will take a short climb to the summit of Little Meru, which stands at 3,820 meters. If you can make it before sunset, you will be rewarded with another spectacular view.
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 3 :
THE SUMMIT DAY
We’ll be starting off the trek at around 1:30 am and have a steep climb to the Rhino Point (3800m) and then to the Cobra Point (4350m). If we make it on time, we will have the chance of seeing the sunrise from Mount Kilimanjaro above the clouds. Towards the final part of the journey, you will be trekking between the inner cliffs and outer walls of the crater through a narrow ridgeline. Our path then drops down again in altitude along couple of short sections and along a rocky path that then climbs up and up around the stunning crater rim to the highest point of Socialist Peak. The view from the top is amazing!
After some time on the summit we make our descent back to the Saddle Hut for a brief rest and brunch afterwards we continue trekking back to Momella Gate.
Our driver will meet us and drive us back to the Hotel in 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
PRICE ITEM INCLUDED:
• 2 transfers from Moshi/Arusha to Mount Meru park gate -return
• all meals while trekking -Vegetarian/Non-Vegetarian
• 3 days Mount Meru trekking
• 2 nights accommodation in Huts while trekking
• 2 nights hotel accommodation in Moshi B&B (1 before and 1 after the climb)
• All park entrance fees and government levies
• English speaking mountain guide and assistant guides
• Porters and Cooks
PRICE ITEM EXCLUDED:
• International Flights
• Optional activities
• Alcoholic and soft drinks
• Visa fees
• Tips to Driver/Guide
• Personal spending money on souvenirs etc.
• Travel insurance
• Airport transfers
• Sleeping bag or other missing equipment