Mt. Meru overviews
Mt Meru is (4566m) fifth highest mountain on the African continent and the second highest in Tanzania. About 250,000 years ago, a massive volcanic eruption blew away the entire eastern flank of the mountain and left it with the distinctive appearance it has today. The Mt Meru ascent passes through many different vegetation zones. The dry forest of the lower region changes to a dense mountain rain forest, which then turns into scrub land. Closer to the summit, vegetation becomes less and less and gives way to alpine terrain.
During the ascent, you might come across large game such as giraffes, buffaloes, baboons, colobus monkeys and antelopes. For safety purpose, it is obligatory to be accompanied by an armed park ranger on your tour.
Arrival at Kilimanjaro Airport – Arusha
After arrival at Kilimanjaro Airport, you will be picked to the Tulia Hotel and Spa Arusha. The rest of the day will be at leisure and you can just relax or explore the town of Arusha. In the evening, you will attend a briefing in preparation of your upcoming trek. Overnight at Tulia Hotel and Spa around Arusha town.Bed and breakfast includes
Day 1: Arusha (1400m) – Miriakamba Hut (2500m)
Hiking Time; 5-7h
Today expects 5-7 hours of hiking. Early in the morning, you will be collected from your hotel in Arusha and after a scenic drive through the Arusha National Park you will reach the Momella gate. Once the formalities have been sorted out you will start from here. An armed park ranger will accompany you and right from the start you might spot giraffes and buffaloes as you walk through open grasslands. After approximately 2 hours you will reach the Maio Falls – the perfect spot to rest and have a picnic. Thereafter you will continue your trek to the well-known “fig tree arch”. After about another two hours your will arrive at the Miriakamba Hut in time for afternoon tea and snacks. The night will be spent at the Miriakamba Hut. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner includes
Day 2: Miriakamba Hut (2500m) – Saddle Hut (3500m)
Hiking Time; 3-5h
After breakfast, you will start 3-5 hours of hiking 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 -3820m with your guide to further acclimate. You will be served an early dinner, so you can receive ample rest before your midnight summit attempt. Dinner includes
Day 3: Saddle Hut (3500m) – Summit Attempt (4566m) – Arusha (1400m)
Hiking Time; 12-15hh
“Big day” around 00:30 just after a small snack and some tea, you will leave the camp at night. Lighting the way with headlamps, you will follow the trail through bush land to Rhino Point – 3821m. From here the path becomes more challenging and occasionally climbing will be necessary. You will walk on volcanic ash, rocks and gravel, following the crater rim. After about 4 to 5 hours you should reach the summit, Socialist Peak. From here, you will experience the sun rising above Mt Kilimanjaro and enjoy the fantastic view of Mt Meru’s crater with its steep sides and the “ash cone” in the middle. The descent follows the same route back to Saddle Hut -3550 m where you will take a break and recuperate with hot soup and tea. Once refreshed, you will continue the descent leaving Miriakamba Hut -2500m back to Momela Gate – 1500. The descent followed a shorter route than the ascent but there is still a chance to see elephants, buffaloes, giraffes as well as the black and white colobus monkeys. At the gate, you will say farewell to your hiking crew and your driver will take you back to the Tulia Hotel and Spa –Arusha, where you will celebrate your achievement and overnight. The departure followsjust after breakfast in the next morning.Our driver will be at your door to pick you to Kilimanjaro Airport or alternatively you can extend your holiday by arranging for safari. Bed and Breakfast includes
After breakfast, you will be transferred to Kilimanjaro Airport or alternatively you can extend your trip and go on safari.
- Mount Meru trekking according to the itinerary
- Professional, English-speaking guide
- Mountain crew (cook & porters)
- Overnight stays in hotels and mountain huts
- Meals according to the itinerary
- Drinking water
- All national park fees
- All mentioned transfers
- Sleeping bag
- Alcoholic and soft drinks
- Visa fees
- Personal spending money for souvenirs etc.
- Travel insurance
Tip on Mountain Kilimanjaro is recommended as following:
- Guide $15 – $20/guide/day
- Cook $10 – $15/day
- Porters $8 – $10/porter/day.