4 Day Mt Meru Trekking + 2 nights hotel stay
Mt. Meru overviews
Mt Meru is elevated about4566mfifth 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 rainforest, which then turns into scrubland. 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 the Tulia Hotel and Spa around Arusha town. Bed and breakfast includes
Day 1 Arusha – Momella Gate (1500m) – Miriakamba Hut (2500 m)
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 included
Day 2 Miriakamba Hut (2500 m) – Saddle Hut (3550 m)
Today the walking may seem easier. The clouds often hang low in the rainforest, creating a moody morning you will follow wooden steps along a steep track. Due to the gain in altitude, it will be noticeably cooler than the previous atmosphere in the lush vegetation. After going uphill for about two hours, you will reach the vantage point “Mgongo wa Tembo” (elephant back) at a height of 3200m, where you will enjoy a well-earned break. The vegetation now changes from rainforest to heather and moorland and you should reach Saddle Hut – 3550m at around midday. During the afternoon, you have the option to hike to Little Meru – 3820m which should take about one-two hours. Now you will enjoy wonderful views of Arusha National Park and Mt Kilimanjaro about 80 km away. Back at Saddle Hut you will have a warm meal before you retire to bed early as your wake-up call with be just after midnight. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included
Day 3 Saddle Hut (3550m – Socialist Peak (4562m) – Miriakamba Hut (2500m)
Around 400hours 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 and in the afternoon you reach Miriakamba Hut -2500m tired but happy.
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 4 Miriakamba Hut (2,500 m) – Momella Gate (1,500 m) – Arusha
After breakfast, you will follow the so-called “northern route” – a two to three hour trek back to the Momella gate. The descent follows 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 spend your overnight.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 recommended for group sharing as following:
- Guide $15 – $20/guide/day
- Cook $10 – $15/day
- Porters $8 – $10/porter/day.