The Mt Meru ascent passes through many different vegetation zones. The dry forest of the lower region changes to a dense mountain rainforest, which then turns into scrubland. Closer to the summit, the vegetation becomes less and less and gives way to alpine terrain. As the vegetation changes, so do the wildlife. During the ascent, you might come across a large game such as giraffes, buffaloes, baboons, colobus monkeys and antelopes. To be safe, it is obligatory to be accompanied by an armed park ranger on your tour.
ITINERARY FOR 3 DAYS HIKING
Day 1: Momella gate (1,500 m) – Mariakamba Hut (2,500 m)
Distance Approximation: 10 km
Hiking time: 4 - 6 hours
Habitat: Montane Forest
Starting from Momela Gate, the track passes through open grassland with Cape buffalo and warthogs. With luck, you may also see giraffe and elephants. 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, you will have your first close views of the towering cliffs and the Ash Cone. Miriakampa Hut, situated in the idyllic grassy glade, is reached in time to enjoy the afternoon sun and beautiful views over the surrounding plains towards Kilimanjaro.
Day 2: Mariakamba Hut (2,500 m) – Saddle Hut (3,500 m)
Distance Approximation: 04 km
Hiking time: 3 - 5 hours
Habitat: Forest and Moorland
After Breakfast will start a walk from Miriakampa 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 for lunch.
In the afternoon, you can make the short climb to the nearby summit of Little Meru for superb views. It takes about one hour to walk up and 30 minutes to walk down.
Day 3: Saddle Hut (3,500 m) – Socialist Peak (4,566 m) – Momella Gate (1,500 m)
Distance Approximation: 04 km – 13km
Hiking time: 10 – 12 hours
Habitat: Alpine Desert Moorland and Montane forest
There is an hour steep climb to Rhino Point, and then the path continues along a ridge of ash and rock to reach Cobra Point. The summit of Socialist Peak 4,566 m, is an hour further on a steep path with magnificent views of Kilimanjaro. Depending on 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 sharp 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 are taken at Saddle Hut before continuing the descent to Miriakamba Hut. The descent follows a shorter route than the ascent but there is still a chance to see elephants, buffaloes, giraffes as well as the black and white colobus monkeys. Around lunchtime, you will reach the waiting vehicle and your driver will take you back to Moshi . The group should tip the guide around $20 a day. You will be taken to your hotel, which ends our safari services.
Note: The summit stage contains a few easy but unsecured climbing passages. A good head for heights and surefootedness are absolutely necessary.
In adverse weather conditions (heavy rain, icy rocks or thick fog) the park ranger can call off the summit attempt. We do not advise to climb Mount Meru in the rainy season in April and May.
JRO Airport and Mt. transfer fees.
2 Nights Moshi accommodation at the Sal Salinero Hotel (3 Stars).
Quality Hiking gears including Sleeping bag and walking poles.
Free Local Moshi City walking tour.
Professional mountain guide.
All national park fees (Huts, Permits and Rescue fees).
Storage for excess unused staffs.
Fair Mountain crew Salaries.
3 Meals and purified mineral water.
International and local airfares.
Meals and drinks not specified.
Entry visa in Tanzania.
Private mountain gears.
Tips for guides, porters and cook and gratuities (high recommended).
Other Items of a personal nature and unspecified services.
There are hotels/lodges in Arusha or Kilimanjaro Area.
On this route, there are designated Huts.
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All our hiking services start and end in Arusha / Moshi. The Kilimanjaro International Airport is about 40 miles from Arusha and receives daily KLM flights from Europe via Amsterdam and Nairobi in Kenya.
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