Three Days Mount Meru Climbing
Mount Meru Over View
An enchanting picturesque mountain close to Arusha. Mount Meru is the second highest mountain in Tanzania and is the topographic centerpiece of Arusha National Park. Its fertile slopes rise above the surrounding savanna and support a forest that hosts diverse wildlife, including nearly 400 species of birds, and also monkeys and leopards.
Mount Meru is the nature- lover's mountain paradise, situated just over the border of Kenya, and bounding with wildlife. Your trek will promise you spectacular views,especially of neighbouring Mt. Kilimanjaro, and a close encounter with game animals,being one of the purest African habitats Tanzania has to offer.
Day 1: Moshi / Miriakamba Hut
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, there are the first close views of the towering cliffs and the Ash Cone. Miriakamba Hut, situated in idyllic grassy glade, is reached in time to enjoy the afternoon sun and beautiful views over the surrounding plains towards Kilimanjaro.
Day 2: Miriakamba / Saddle Hut
The walk from Miriakamba Hut to the saddle below Little Meru is a 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 and lunch*. In the afternoon, you can make the short climb to the nearby summit of Little Meru (3820 m / 12,533 ft) for superb views. It takes about 1 hour to walk up and 30 minutes to walk down. The ascent is 1056 m / 3465 ft.
Day 3: Saddle Hut / Summit (4530m) Miriakamba hut/ moshi
Summit day has an early start at around 12:00AM. There is a 1 hours steep climb to Rhino Point (3800m / 12,467ft), then the path continues along a ridge of ash and rock to reach Cobra Point (4350m / 14,272ft). The summit of Socialist Peak (4566 m) is an hour more on a steep path with magnificent views of Kilimanjaro. Depending 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 is taken at Saddle Hut before continuing the descent to Miriakamba Hut.
Continue descending; There are two ways down from here. You can descend the route you came up or walk down the jeep road, which descends to the lower crater floor. You pass through the well-known Fig Tree Arch and can visit an impressive waterfall hidden in a ravine not far from the road. A fast descent through open grassland and mixed forest, with good chances of seeing wildlife. This trail has excellent views back towards the crater and over the plains of the National Park. Momela Gate is reached by late morning. Overnight at your hotel-booking in Moshi or Arusha*.
End of services
Transfer to and from the base of the mountain.
Services of a trained and experienced English speaking mountain guide & porters
All camping equipments except sleeping bags
Three meals per day prepared by our safari cook
Bottled water for use during the safari
Park entry fees
H.F Radio communication for backup incase or rescue.
International air transportation to and from Nairobi
Expenses of personal nature such as visas, travel/baggage insurance,laundry, beverages, tips etc