Mount Meru is situated within the Arusha National Park (an area of about 137 sq. km) and is 45 kilometers from Arusha. It has a wide range of habitats, from alkaline crater lakes and swamps to mountain forests and alpine deserts. Mt Meru is the fourth highest mountain in Africa and can be climbed in three or four days. Accommodation is in huts. Wild animals are plentiful and include buffalo, elephants, giraffes, hippos, zebras, leopards, waterbucks, hyenas, duikers, baboons, and almost 400 species of birds. The mountain is most well known for the beautiful black and white colobus monkeys which swing from branches in the tall rainforest trees and the shy duikers. On this climb, in addition to your trekking team, you will also have an armed ranger to ensure your safety. We recommend you do this climb to help you acclimatise for your Mount Kilimanjaro adventure. After descending, you will spend only one night in either Arusha or Moshi before starting your second climb. Any longer than this and the benefits of acclimatisation will be lost. The Arusha National Park also makes an ideal day game drive or pleasant few hours walk.walk.
|DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION||Arusha City|
|DEPARTURE TIME||Please arrive at least a day before the Safari.|
Day 1: Momella Gate – Miriakamba Hut
You will be picked up from your Lodge/Hotel at 8:00am. After driving from Arusha we start from the Momela Gate (1,500m) in the late morning, the tracks soon passes some open grassland, and have some game viewing. You can see Buffalo, warthog, and Elephants, etc. and then continue as a steady climb through montage forest. You can have your lunch at the famous “Fig tree”. After lunch the trek continues through less dense forest, where there are a lot of birds and monkeys including the black and white colobus. By mid afternoon, there are the first closer views of the towering cliffs and the Ash Cone. Miriakamba Hut (2,514m) situated in idyllic grassy glade, is reached in time to enjoy the last of the afternoon sun and beautiful views over the surrounding plains towards Kilimanjaro. It takes about 4 to 6 hours walking. Ascent is 1,014m. Dinner and overnight at Miriakamba Hut.
Day 2: Miriakamba Hut – Saddle Hut
The walk from Miriakamba Hut to the saddle below Little Meru is a short day but a steep sustained climbing all the way. Starting through attractive, open and lush montage forest, the path continues beyond the halfway point of Elephant ridge and carries on uphill through the giant heather and other moorland vegetation to reach Saddle Hut (3,570m) and lunch. The afternoon is free to rest and enjoy the views. For energetic ones, can make the short climb to the nearby summit of LITTLE MERU (3,820m) for superb views just before sunset. It takes about 3-5 hours walking. The ascent is 1,056m. Saddle Hut is similar to Miriakamba but water is collected from a stream about 10 minutes away; dinner and overnight at Saddle Hut.
Day 3: Saddle Hut – Summit – Miriakamba
An early start at around 0200 hrs to climb steeply to Rhino Point (3,800m) the path continues along an undulating ridge of ash and rock to reach Cobra Point (4,350m) at around sunrise. The views are stunning: the cliffs of the crater rim, the Ash Cone rising from the crater floor, Kilimanjaro floating on the morning clouds, and the Rift Valley if the weather is clear. The summit of Socialist Park (4,566m) is an hour more on a superb but often steep path. The route back to Rhino Point in the sharp morning light along a narrow ridge between the sloping outer wall of the crater and the sheer cliffs of the inner wall is one of the most dramatic and exhilarating walks in Africa.
Day 4:Miriakamba Hut – Momella Gate – Arusha
A fast descent through open grassland and mixed forest, with good chances of seeing wildlife. This trail has excellent views back towards the crater and over the plains of the National Park. Momela Gate is reached by late morning. It takes about 2 to 3 hours walking. Descent 1,014m, then you will meet your driver and we return back to Arusha and dropped at your Lodge/Hotel. End of trekking.