Mount Meru

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Mount Meru Trekking

Meru is a great preparation hike for climbing Kilimanjaro, or a spectacular trek for those not compelled to do Kilimanjaro. You will hike past wildlife, the landscape is spectacular, and sunrise on the summit has Kilimanjaro as the backdrop.

While it can be done in only 3 days, it is not an easy peak to summit. To reach the top (almost 15,000 feet), there is some scrambling on rocks in the dark and at high altitude. You should be prepared for at least 10 hours of hiking on summit day. For an easier hike, you can climb just to Rhino Point for sunrise overlooking Kilimanjaro, and then descend.

Mt. Meru is in Arusha National Park. In Arusha National Park all hikers must be accompanied by an armed ranger. This ranger is employed directly by the national park. You will also have your own mountain guide, who is managing the crew and watching out for your safety.

The park ranger has the authority to make decisions such as trail choices, pace, etc. Arusha National Park may combine groups of people to hike with one park ranger, therefore, we cannot guarantee a completely private Meru trek. 

Arusha National Park requires the hire of porters specific to Arusha National Park, who will be assigned once you arrive at the trail registration.

You can also hike an easier pace on Mt. Meru taking 4-5 days:

Itinerary
3 Days Trekking Mount Meru

Day 1: After breakfast we leave your hotel at 8:30 a.m and drive to Momella gate to register. We start the climb and stop for a picnic lunch before reaching the first hut called Miriakamba. We have dinner here and overnight in huts - Miriakamba hut (3 ½ hrs walk).

Day 2: After breakfast we proceed with a climb to the second base called Saddle Huts. This is steeper than the day before but is a short 2 ½ hour trek. During the afternoon, we will take a walk to Little Meru Peak which offers views of the main summit. We then enjoy dinner and head to bed.

Day 3: Waking up at midnight, we have a hot drink before starting the climb up to Mount Meru Peak. We reach the summit for sunrise and then return back down to Saddle Huts for a full breakfast. There we take a short rest and leave Saddle Huts and descend down to Momella gate via first hut (Miriakamba). On the way back we will pass through Momella Lakes and enjoy some game viewing before returning to your hotel.

4 Days Mount Meru Climbing

Day 1: After breakfast we leave your hotel at 8:30 a.m and drive to Momella gate. We start the climb and stop for a picnic lunch before reaching the first hut called Miriakamba. We have dinner here and overnight in huts - Miriakamba hut (3 ½ hrs walk).

Day 2: After breakfast we proceed with a climb to the second base called Saddle Huts. This is steeper than the day before but is a short 2 ½ hour trek. During the afternoon, we will take you up to the little Meru peak and back which offers views of the main summit. We then enjoy dinner and head to bed.

Day 3: Waking up at midnight, we have a hot drink before starting the climb up to Mount Meru peak. We reach the summit crossing rocky path and then return back down to the Saddle huts for a full breakfast. The rest of the day will be spent resting. Lunch, dinner and overnight at Saddle hut.

Day 4: Leave Saddle hut and descend down to Momella gate via first hut (Miriakamba) where you will be transferred to your hotel.
 
 

 

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