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 4 DAYS HIKING
Day 1: Momella Gate (1,500 m) – Miriakamba Hut (2,500 m)
Distance Approximation: 10 km
Hiking time: 4-6 hours
Habitat: Montane Forest
In the morning, you will be collected from your hotel in Moshi and after a scenic drive through the Arusha National Park you will reach the Momella gate.
Once the formalities have been sorted out you will start here. An armed park ranger will accompany you and right from the start you might spot giraffes and buffaloes as you walk through open grasslands. After approximately 2 hours you will reach the Maio Falls – the perfect spot to rest and have a picnic. Thereafter you will continue your hike to the well-known “fig tree arch”. After about another two hours you will arrive at the Miriakamba Hut in time for afternoon tea and snacks.
The night will be spent at the Miriakamba Hut.
Day 2: Miriakamba Hut (2,500 m) – Saddle Hut (3,500 m)
Distance Approximation: 8 km
Hiking time: 3-5 hours
Habitat: Forest and Moorland
In the morning, you will follow wooden steps along a steep track. Due to the gain in altitude, it will be noticeably cooler than the previous day and walking may seem easier.
The clouds often hang low in the rainforest, creating a moody atmosphere in the lush vegetation. After going uphill for approximately 2 hours, you will reach the vantage point “Mgongo wa Tembo” (elephant back) at a height of 3,200 m, where you will enjoy a well-earned break. The vegetation now changes from rainforest to heather and moorland and you should reach Saddle Hut (3,500 m) at around midday. During the afternoon, you have the option to hike to Little Meru (3,820 m) which should take about 1 to 1½ hours. From here you will enjoy wonderful views of Arusha National Park and Mt Kilimanjaro about 80 km away.
Back at Saddle Hut, you will have a warm meal before you retire to bed early as your wake-up call with be just after midnight.
Day 3: Saddle Hut (3,500 m) – Socialist Peak (4,566 m) – Miriakamba Hut (2,500 m)
Distance Approximation: 5 km up 13 km down
Hiking time: 10 -12 hours
Habitat: Alpine Desert Moorland and Montane forest
After a small snack and some tea, you will leave the camp at night. Lighting the way with headlamps, you will follow the trail through bushland to Rhino Point (3,821 m). From here the path becomes more challenging and occasionally climbing will be necessary. You will walk on volcanic ash, rocks, and gravel, following the crater rim. After about 4 to 5 hours you should reach the summit, Socialist Peak. From here, you will experience the sun rising above Mt Kilimanjaro and enjoy the fantastic view of Mt Meru’s crater with its steep sides and the “ash cone” in the middle.
The descent follows the same route back to Saddle Hut (3,500 m) where you will take a break and recuperate with hot soup and tea. Once refreshed, you will continue the descent and, in the afternoon, you reach Miriakamba Hut (2,500 m) – tired but happy.
Day 4: Miriakamba Hut (2,500 m) – Momella Gate (1,500 m) – Moshi
Distance Approximation: 10 km
Hiking time: 2-4 hours
Habitat: Montane Forest
After breakfast, you will follow the so-called “northern route” a 2 to 3 hours hike back to the Momella gate. 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. At the gate, you will say farewell to your hiking crew and your driver will take you back to the lodge/hotel where you will celebrate your achievement and spend the night. The group should tip the guide around $20 a day.
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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