MOUNT MERU

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

The mountain is located within Arusha National Park, is one of Tanzania’s treasure. This spectacular mountain gives climbers the opportunity to see some amazing scenery of the birds and wildlife that inhabit the area. The ascent is quite steep; the route to the summit passes over streams, through parkland, montane forest, a giant heather zone and moorland. The summit is reached by a narrow, barren ridge, which provides stunning views of the summit crater and ash cone, as you hiking along the crest of the crater rim. If the Weather is permitting, Kilimanjaro can be seen in the West.

There are two huts available for climbers on the mountain Miriakamba Hut and Saddle Hut, as you reach the summit there is a metal flag of the United Republic of Tanzania as well as a wood box and summit register.

The best time to climb Meru is between October and February, but also June to September, while it is colder then.

Itinerary – Mount Meru Trek (3 nights/4 days)

Day 1- Momella Gate to Miriakamba Hut (2514m)
The trek follows the trails, often well-used game routes, through the forest towards the crater floor, and then climbs steeply up to Miriakamba Hut. Buffalo may be seen just after Momella gate on the wide, open plain. Further on there is an impressive Fig Tree Arch, streams and waterfalls. Overnight at Miriakamba Hut.

Day 2- Miriakamba Hut to Saddle Hut (3570m)
Trek continues up to Elephant Ridge where lunch is taken and there are spectacular views down into the crater and up to the main cliffs below the summit. From Saddle Hut the peak of Little Meru can reached in approximately an hour and offers impessive and imposing views of the summit and the sheer cliffs of the crater’s inner walls. Overnight at Saddle Hut.

Day 3– Saddle Hut – Meru Summit (4566m) – Miriakamba Hut (2514m)
Depart Saddle Hut around midnight to reach the summit for sunrise over Kilimanjaro. This exhilarating trek follows the narrow ridge between the sloping outer wall of the crater and the sheer cliffs of the inner wall. Descend to Miriakamba Hut for overnight. (Possible excursion to Rhino Point at guide and groups discretion).

Day 4– Miriakamba Hut – Momella Gate
Trek down to the crater floor and then on to Momella gate where your transport will be waiting to take you back to Moshi.

Eclipsed by the majestic ice-dome of its near neighbour Mt Kilimanjaro, Mt Meru has never gained its rightful place as a major tourist attraction on the northern Tanzania circuit. But to anyone visiting Arusha, the jagged profile of this grand volcano, rising from its densely forested flanks. Inevitably send a fascinating and challenging call.

The climbing up Meru is nowhere difficult or technical, but the altitude may well affect some people.

For the 3-4 days invested in the trek, Mt Meru will yield a rich reward of scenery, wildlife, flowers & geology. She will also provide radical change in environment that refresh the sprit and physical challenge that renews the body. Highlights are little Meru, Uhuru peak & the ash cone.

Whether as warm-up for the epochal climb up Kilimanjaro, as a weekend trip for the Arusha resident, or in combination with an extended visit to the varied & beautiful national park around Arusha, Mt Meru will reward her visitors!

Other itineraries
Itinerary 1

Day 1: 07h30 depart Moshi for the Momella gate. After completion of park formalities, begin the trek past the Ngarenanyuki river, to the Miriakamba hut o/n.
Day 2: After breakfast, follow an ascending path along the steep saddle to the saddle hut. From here, you can trek to little Meru and return to the saddle hut for o/n.

Day 3: Early start for the summit of Meru (4565m). After a brief stop and rest, descend to the Momella gate for your return transfer to Moshi.

Itinerary 2
Day 1: 07h30 depart Moshi for the Momella gate. On completion of park formalities, begin the trek past the Ngarenanyuki river, to the Miriakamba hut o/n.

Day 2: After breakfast, follow an ascending path along the steep saddle to the saddle hut. From here, you can trek to little Meru and return to the saddle hut for o/n.

Day 3: Early start for the summit of Meru (4565m). After a brief stop and rest, descend to Miriakamba hut for overnight.

Day 4: After a good rest and breakfast, descend to Momella gate where you will be met for your return transfer to Moshi.

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