Trekking route: Mount Meru

Trekking duration: 5 days / 4 nights (2 nights on Meru and 2 nights in Arusha)

TREK INTRODUCTION:

Mt. Meru which is Tanzania’s second highest mountain standing tall at 4,566m. It is located in Arusha National Park and offers some of the most spectacular scenery and wildlife diversity of any mountain in Tanzania. Mt. Meru is a challenging trek due to its steepness, but is a great way to acclimattize before attempting Mt. Kilimanjaro. Climbers are accompanied by an armed ranger due to the abundance of wildlife on the lower slopes. Mt. Meru also has some historical significance to it whereby some have suggested that it was the resting place of Noah’s Ark when it came to rest after the biblical flood receded. Mt. Meru is a great trekking option for those who want to take on a climbing challenge and get the sense of being out in the wild, but are not quite ready to tackle Mt. Kilimanjaro.

Trekking itinerary:

Day 1: Arrival in Tanzania at Kilimanjaro International Airport

On your arrival, you will be picked up at the Kilimanjaro International Airport and transferred to a hotel in Arusha town; where you will meet a mountain guide who will brief you on your upcoming trek and do an equipment check to make sure you have all the necessary mountain gears. The missing gears can be hired on this day or on the next morning before leaving for Meru.

Hotel in Arusha: bed and breakfast included.

 Day 2: Momella gate (1500m) to Miriakamba Hut (2500m)

You will depart the hotel at 0800hrs and head to the Momella gate which is the starting point of the trek. The drive to the gate is roughly an hour and a half. After the registration you will start your trek accompanied by an armed ranger. Along the route you will catch spectacular views of Mt. Kilimanjaro and the Momella lakes. You will encounter animals such as cape buffaloes, giraffes, warthogs and bushbucks, to name a few. Your trek will end up at Miriakamba Hut where you will be spending the night.

Distance covered: 6km / 3.5miles

Approx. time taken: 4 – 5 hours

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included.

Momella Gate, Arusha NP
Miriakamba Hut

Day 3: Miriakamba Hut (2500m) to Saddle Hut (3500m)

Today’s trek takes you through the steep path along the ridge of the saddle. Amazing views of the Meru crater, the ash cone and little Meru can be seen along the way. While trekking through the forest keep your eyes peeled for wildlife and the attractive wild flowers. Common animals include buffaloes and the black and white Colobus monkey. Your trek will end up at Saddle hut where you will be spending the night. After resting at the camp you will set off on an hour acclimatization trek to little Meru (3810m) then head back down to Saddle hut.

Distance covered: 6.5km / 4miles

Approx. time taken: 3 – 4 hours

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included.

Day 4: SADDLE HUT – SUMMIT – MIRIAKAMBA HUT T-MOMELA GATE.

We start early at around 1:30 a.m. to climb steeply to Rhino Point (3,800 m.) and on to Cobra Point (4350m). We reach the summit (4,566 m) 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 and lastly in Momela gate.

The vehicle for transfer will be waiting at Momella Gate where you will get on the vehicle and transfer to hotel in Arusha.

Approx. time taken: 13-14 hours

Distance covered: 28km

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch Included.

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Day 5: Depart Tanzania

The day is left free to wind down after the trek before your flight home. Depending on flight times you could go and explore Arusha town and grab some souvenirs before heading to the airport.

Hotel in Arusha: bed and breakfast included.

Prices include:

  • Airport or border transfers before and after Meru trekking.
  • Hotel in Arusha,before and after trekking, bed and breakfast included.
  • Transfer from the hotel to Momella Park Gate for the start of trekking.
  • Transfer from Park Gate to Hotel after trekking.
  • Accommodation in the mount huts during the trekking.
  • All Kilimanjaro climbing fees.
  • 3 meals per day during the trekking.
    The services of our mountain guide, cook and porters.

Not included in the price

  • Lunches, dinners and drinks at your hotel before and after climb.
  • Beverages during the trekking like alcohols.
  • Sleeping bags and other private trekking gears.
  • Travel insurance
  • All items of personal nature.
  • Tips to mountain guides, cook and porters (find below the recommended amounts).