4 Day Mt. Meru Climb

Mount Meru in Tanzania is one of Africa’s most beautiful volcanoes, and it is the second highest mountain in Tanzania at 4,5685m, the third highest in Africa.

The mountain is located within Arusha National Park, Tanzania’s gem. This prime location gives climbers the opportunity to spot some of the birds and wildlife that inhabit the area. The ascend is quite steep, the route to the summit passes over streams, through parkland, Montana forest, a giant heather zone and moorland. The summit is reached by a narrow, barren ridge, which provides stunning views of the Ash Cone lying several thousand feet below in the crater.

Itinerary

Day 1: Momella Gate to Meriakamba Hut

  • Elevation 1,387m to 2,500m;
  • Walking Distance 10 km;
  • Hiking Time: 4-6 hours;
  • Habitat: Montana Forest.

Drive from Arusha or Moshi to Momela Gate. After park entry registration formalities a walk will begin with full armed ranger escort, with spotting along the way wild animals including elephants, zebras, and giraffe, monkeys, antelope, and often elephants along the route. Dinner and overnight night at Miriakamba Hut.

Day 2: Meriakamba Hut to Saddle Hut

  • Elevation 2,514m to 3,570m;
  • Walking Distance 8km;
  • Hiking Time: 3-5 hours;
  • Habitat: Forest and Moorland.  

The walk from Miriakamba Hut to the saddle below Little Meru is a short day but a steep climb. The walk taken slowly along the ridge for a spectacular view of the Meru Crater and the impressive Ash Cone. After hot lunch at Saddle Hut you can make a short climb to the summit of Little Meru (3,820m) for superb views just before sunset.

Day 3: Saddle Hut to Summit Day

  • Elevation 3,570m to 4,565m to 2,514m;
  • Walking Distance 5 km up 13 km down; 
  • Hiking Time 10 – 12 hours;
  • Habitat: Alpine Desert Moorland and Montane forest.

Start early at around 1:30am to climb steeply to Rhino Point (3,800 m.) and then heads to Cobra Point (4350m). You might reach the summit (4,566 m) on time for sunrise where there is a possibility to see Kilimanjaro Peak above the clouds. The final part of the climb is along a spectacular narrow ridgeline between the sheer inner cliffs and the sloping outer wall of the crater. You take a short rest and brunch at Saddle Hut before continuing the descent to the Meriakamba Hut.

Day 4: Meriakamba Hut to Momella Gate to Arusha/Moshi

You take a short and fast descent way through open grassland and mixed forest, with a possibility to seeing wildlife before reaching Momella Gate in the late morning. The returning transfer will be waiting at Momella Gate to pick you to your hotel in Arusha/Moshi.

US$ 800 Per Person

NOTE: Prices are per person in U.S. Dollars based on double/triple occupancy. All quotations are based on the current rates of park fees, VAT, other government taxes, and current exchange rates. Should any of these be increased or a new tax introduced, these increases will be added on even if your trip has already been paid for.

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