Climbing Mt Meru
Mt. Meru towers over the bustling, friendly town of Arusha, the starting point for Northern Safaris and treks. Now officially measured as Africa’s fourth highest mountain, a few metres taller than Rash Deshen in Ethiopia, Mount Meru is a great four day trek/climb. You will pass through magical cloud forest and then as you trek out onto the high heath, have fabulous views across the plains of Tanzania to the Rift Escarpment and to Kilimanjaro. The summit approach on Meru takes you around a volcanic cone and jagged rim of austere and giant proportions. Views to mteh ash cone within the crater are phenomenal
Meru is located in Arusha National Park, where you can see buffalo, giraffe, antelope, baboon and colobus monkey as well as numerous species of birds in the cloud forest and on the plains.
Meru works very well as a most effective acclimatiser for Kilimanjaro.
Hiking Day 1: Arusha to Miriakamba Hut
The trip start at the hotel with equipment check-up and packing of only the necessary gears we will need during the hike. The drive to the gate takes approximately 45 minutes. We will register and meet with our mountain crew including the porters, cook and assistant guides. Trek starts from second Momela Gate, the track passes through open grassland with Cape buffalo, Zebra, giraffe and warthogs at a very close proximity. Continue a steady climb through montane forest. You can have your lunch at the famous “Fig tree”. After lunch, the trek continues through less dense forest, where there are lots of birds and monkeys including the black and white colobus. By mid-afternoon, there are the first close views of the towering cliffs and the Ash Cone. Miriakamba Hut, situated in idyllic grassy glade, is reached in time to enjoy the sun and beautiful views in the late afternoon overlooking the surrounding plains towards the peaks of Mountain Kilimanjaro. Arrival at the Miriakamba Hut will be welcomed with hot tea and coffee accompanied by Popcorn, nuts and biscuits.
Dinner and overnight Miriakamba Hut.
Elevation:1500m (4900 ft) to 2500m (8200 ft )
Estimated Hiking time: 4 hours hiking
Altitude gain: 1000m (3300ft) ASL
Hiking Day 2: Miriakamba Hut to Saddle Hut
Early start today, after rising up we have full breakfast prepared by our experienced cook with plenty of fruits to energized yourself as today hike will be steep and somewhat tiresome, on of the quality of Mount Meru, short and steep. Hiking from Miriakamba Hut to the Saddle below Little Meru is a steep sustained climb all the way. Starting through beautiful and lush montane forest, the path continues beyond the halfway point of Elephant Back Ridge and carries on uphill through the giant heather and other moorland vegetation to reach Saddle Hut and lunch. In the afternoon, you can make the short climb to the nearby summit of Little Meru (3820 m / 12,533 ft) for superb views. It takes about 1 hour to walk up and 30 minutes to walk down. The ascent is 1056 m / 3465 ft. This can be very rewarding as you might get very good photos from the views the little Meru offers. The late afternoon is spent after the short hike to Little Meru. Dinner and Overnight Saddle hut.
Elevation: 2500m / 8200 ft to 3500m / 11,700 ft
Estimated Hiking time: 4 hours hiking
Altitude gain: 1000m/3300ft ASL
Hiking Day 3: Saddle Hut to Summit and down to Miriakamba Hut
Day three will be accompanied by an early night to rest and relax before the final push to the summit from midnight. From today some will start experience few signs of fatigue and maybe preliminary stages of Mountain sickness. Don’t worry the best thing to do is to drink plenty of water and other fluids and make sure you stay hydrated. Summit day has an early start at around 12:00am. There is 1 hour steep climb to Rhino Point (3800m / 12,467ft), and then the path continues along a ridge of ash and rock to reach Cobra Point (4350m / 14,272ft). The summit of Socialist Peak (4566 m) is an hour more on a steep path with magnificent views of Kilimanjaro. Depending your speed, you can enjoy sunrise at Cobra Point or the summit. 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. The route back to Rhino Point in the early 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. Brunch and a brief rest is taken at Saddle Hut before continuing the descent to Miriakamba Hut. Dinner and Overnight at Miriakamba Hut.
Please note: For a slow and easy climb, you can start the trek at 05:00 am, hike for about 1 hour, and enjoy sunrise at Rhino Point before going back to Saddle Hut for breakfast or brunch and then descend, this will not take you all the way to the summit.
Please note: In icy conditions or in strong winds, it may be impossible for anyone to progress beyond Rhino Point. We would like you to take reasonable precaution and avoid soldiering through harsh conditions as it may sometimes result in severe consequences.
Elevation:3500m / 11,700 ft to 4566m / 14,980 ft,
Down to 2500m / 8200 ft
Estimated Hiking Time: 5+ hours hiking up
3+ hours hiking down to Saddle Hut
and 2+ hours to Miriakamba Hut
Hiking Day 4: Miriakamba Hut -Arusha Hotel
The return hike is almost complete after your evening at Miriakamba hut. After breakfast you start the hike down to finish your climb of Mount Meru. The hike down is rewarding and we will get a glimpse of Black and White colobus monkey on the way down. You will pass through the well-known Fig Tree Arch and can visit an impressive Maio waterfall hidden in a ravine not far from the road. This is 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 Arusha National Park. Momela Gate is reached by late morning. You will be awarded a certificate for reaching the peak at the entrance gate and you are transferred back to the Arusha torch to relax. Tonight we have a local Tanzanian BBQ organized by our team and here you get a chance to sit down with Hilde and discuss your holiday.
Elevation: 2500m / 8200 ft to 1500m / 4900 ft
Day 5 : departure
This morning you are collected at your hotel and are taken to the airport for your onward flight
- National Park gate fees
- Hut / camping fees and tents
- Certified, experienced, English-speaking guides for all routes
- Porters’ salaries
- Rescue fees
- All meals on the mountain
- Two nights accommodation in Arusha bed and breakfast, double or triple occupancy
- Tents, foam sleeping pads, cooking equipment, and eating utensils
- Tips for guides and porters
- Mountain equipment
- Some equipment is available for rent