A SHORT STORY ABOUT THE MOUNTAIN & TREK
The second-highest peak in Tanzania, in a lot of ways Mount Meru feels like Kilimanjaro’s “little sister.” Meru looms over Arusha, reaching 14,979 feet at its summit.
Just 45 miles to the west of Kilimanjaro, Mount Meru also features multiple distinct climate zones (including a cultivated area, a forest belt, heath and moorlands, and alpine desert) as you ascend, and, like Kilimanjaro, is crowned in snow. Trekkers have spotted a wide variety of wildlife on Meru’s slopes, including black and white Colobus monkey, baboon, hundreds of bird species, warthog, and even elephant and giraffe!
Trekking Mount Meru doesn’t require any technical climbing expertise, but it is physically demanding. Because of this, and because of its altitude, it’s an ideal acclimatization climb before a Kilimanjaro trek.
Mount Meru Sample Itinerary
Day 1: Arrive in Arusha
Arrive anytime at Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO). We will arrange a private transfer from Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) to Arusha Safari Lodge, where the rest of the day is at leisure. We stay at Arusha Safari Lodge, which is beautifully located on the slope of Mt. Meru and is a perfect place to prepare for your adventure.
We will gather in the hotel for a pre-climb briefing and an equipment check.
We will also confirm you have the appropriate mandatory medical coverage and travel insurance.
Day 2: Meriakamba Hut (Full board)
We drive from Arusha safari lodge to Momela Gate. After a short registration at the Gate our walk will begin with full armed ranger escorting us, simply we can see along the way the wild animals including elephants, zebras, and giraffe , monkeys, antelope, and often elephants along the route.
Dinner and overnight night 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.
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 (Full 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) on time for sunrise there is a possibility to see Kilimanjaro Peak above the clouds. The final part of the climb is along a spectacular narrow ridge line 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 Arusha at safari lodge.
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 Arusha(None)
Arusha to Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) Private departure transfer is included
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Trekking on Mt. Meru for Charity Challenge?
The above climb can be undertaken for your own personal charity or group charity.
Price Above Includes:
All Park Fees
Hotel Lodging the night before and the night after the climb, with dinner and breakfast included (double occupancy)
Transport from the hotel to the trailhead
Transport from the trailhead back to the hotel
All meals and water on the mountain
Support personnel (guides, cooks and porters)
Guides, Porters, cook salaries and park fees
Large portions of fresh, healthy, nutritious food
Crisis management and safety procedures
Fair and ethical treatment of porters
Summit Emergency Oxygen
Flying Doctor Service
Tanzania Visa: $50 per person on arrival
Personal Expenses (e.g. laundry, telephone, beverages, etc.)
Meals not listed above
Optional Tours (short safari after your climb etc)
Tips and any items of personal nature.