Meru is the tenth highest mountain in Africa and is one of most beautiful active
volcanoes, with a route which passes through a wide range of vegetation up into
a moorland. The summit is reached by walking along a very narrow, barren ridge,
affording one views of Ash Cone thousands of feet below in the crater and
Kilimanjaro across the vast plains some 80km away in Moshi. The east face fo the
mountain is steep sides and partly blown away during the last eruption.
is home to over 400 species of birds as well as large herds of elephant,
buffalo, rhino, giraffe, baboon, warthog, monkey and monkey.
climb is often used as an acclimatisation trek prior to ascending its larger
sister, Kilimanjaro, and can be completed in either three of four days.
Accommodation is in mountain huts. The climb is fully portered and one walks
with a guide and armed mountain game guide.
mountain is within Arusha National Park, which came into existence in 1960 when
the wildlife area around the Momella Lakes and Ngurudoto Crater were officially
declared a protected area The park has an area of 137sq km, but there are plans
to increase its size by adding to it the surrounding buffer zones.
Day 1: Arrival into Kilimanjaro International, transfer to Hotel.
Day 2: Drive to Arusha National Park and begin the trek.
We arrive after about a 2 hr drive, a Momella gate where we clear our trekking permits, meet up with our
Mt meru porters and game ranger, and
head off through the lush forest, crossing the Ngare Nanyuki river to reach Miriakamba Hut at 8337ft / 2541m for overnight taking 4 to 5 hours. En route up, we will get
views of buffalo grazing in the lush fields below us, and in the far distance, Kilimanjaro. Over night Miriakamba Hut
After an early start, we ascend steeply for about 2 to 3 hours, through the lush forests full of bird song, toward Saddle
Hut at 3570m. We may be fortunate to see a couple of buffalo grazing nearby as we head out.
We take in an afternoon trek to Little Meru, at 3794 and return to Saddle Hut for our overnight stay.
After a very early start, we trek off at about 02h00 to Rhino Point and on to the summit at 4565m, just in time to watch
the to see the sun rise behind Mount Kilimanjaro. We then descend all the way to Momella Gate to be met and transferred back to our Hotel and
Departure from Kilimanjaro Airport, or day of leisure before our trek up Kilimanjaro or Tanzanian Safari.
* For the 4 day trek one descends but to Miriakambu Hut for the night, before heading back to Momella gate.
Prices available on request with discounts for large group travel to Kilimanjaro and Mt Meru
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Total Tour Duration: 3or more Days
Accommodation: Hotel, Huts
Group Size: 1
Best : Dec – March, June to October
Risk: Altitude Sickness
Mt Meru Difficulty
A combination of long days with steep paths
and some mountain scrambling. The route follows reasonable paths through thick
vegetation, up hillsides, slippery shale surfaces. Snow and or ice may be
encountered along the route, there is not need for technical climbing equipment.
Ice picks may be required dependant on time of year. Effects of altitude may be
felt above 3200m.
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