4 DAYS MOUNT MERU
Mount Meru is the third highest peak in Africa and is the second highest mountain in Tanzania at 4,568m. The mountain is located within Arusha National Park, Tanzania’s gem. This prime location gives trekkers the chance to spot some of wildlife that inhabits the area. This Mountain is the best mountain for acclimatization prior to Mount Kilimanjaro.
DAY 1: Arrival in Arusha
You will be picked up from the airport (Kilimanjaro International Airport) and be transferred to your hotel in the town of your choice where you will rest and have a short pre-climb briefing from your Guide who will as well check your gears.
DAY 2: Momela Gate to Meriakamba 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.
We drive from Arusha/Moshi to the Momela Gate. After the registration procedures at the Gate our walk will begin with fully armed ranger escorting us. We may be seeing along the way the wild animals, mostly herbivores grazing along the way. Elephants, Zebras, and Giraffes, Monkeys, Antelopes and Warthogs are common. Browsing Giraffes are also hard to miss amongst the tall trees. With a keen eye we may be seeing different bird species on the forest canopy. We will hike for 4-6 hours before reaching the first camp site where will rest and have our dinner.
DAY 3: Meriakamba Hut to 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
The walk from Meriakamba Hut to the saddle below Little Meru is short but a steep one.
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 will make a short climb to the summit of Little Meru (3,820m) for superb views just before sunset.
DAY 3: Saddle Hut to Summit to Meriakamba Hut
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: 10 – 12 hours
Habitat: Alpine Desert Moorland
We start early at around 1:30 a.m. to climb steeply to Rhino Point (3,800m) and on to Cobra Point (4350m). We reach the summit (4,566m) 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 Meriakamba Hut.
DAY 5: Meriakamba Hut to Momela Gate to Arusha
Elevation (m): 2,514 m to 1,500 m to 1,387 m
Elevation (ft.): 4,921 ft. to 8,250 ft. to 4,921 ft.
Distance: 10 km
Hiking time: 2-4 hours
Habitat: Montane Forest
we take a short and fast descent way through open grassland and mixed forest, with possibility of seeing wildlife before reaching Momela Gate in the late morning.
The returning transfer will be waiting at Momela Gate to pick us back to the hotel in Arusha
DAY 6: Departure
Today we drive you the airport. It will be sad to say goodbye after spending the last couple of days together. As we wave you goodbye we hope to see you again.