Trekking Mount Meru climbing
Trekking Mount Meru climbing. Located to the east of Arusha town, about 20 kilometers drive from Arusha; Mount Meru is the second highest mountain in Tanzania. The mountain stands at an altitude of 4566 meters above sea level inside the Arusha National Park.
Meru has one route to the top and can be attempted for three days but we highly recommend doing for four days for acclimatization. Most alpines use Meru for acclimatization before the Kilimanjaro climb. The mountain has less snow formed at the volcano eruption.
Unlike Kilimanjaro when you are climbing the Mount Meru you have to be escorted by an armed ranger(s) as you pass through the Arusha National Park. It is at this time when you will enjoy the walking safari as you pass the groups of African buffaloes, Zebras, Black andwhite colobus monkey just little wildlife to mention.
The Momela and Ngurdoto Lakes are rich in birdlife as you trek to the mountain; birds like Pelicans and Flamingo are closely seen.
Upon arrival to Kilimanjaro International Airport, you will be met and transferred for overnight accommodation at Kilimanjaro Wonders Hotel on B&B. Your head guide will meet you for your briefing, gear check and arrange for you to hire any equipment you may need.
Mount Meru Trekking
DAY 1: MOMELA GATE -MIRIAKAMBA HUTS: 13.8KM/ 8.6 M
Elevation:1597m/5240ft to 2503m/8212ft
Altitude gained: 906m
After breakfast depart Moshi about 8:30 a.m drive to Momella gate. Make payment and start the climb with picnic lunch to the first hut called Miriakamba hut. Dinner and overnight – Miriakamba hut (3 ½ hrs).
DAY 2: MIRIAKAMBA HUTS – SADDLE HUTS: 6.1KM/ 3.8MI | 2.5 HRS
Elevation: 2503m/8212ft to 3560m/11,680ft
Altitude gained: 1057m
After breakfast we proceed with a climb to second hut called Saddle. This is too steep part compared to the first part (2 ½). During the afternoon, client can decide to attempt climbing little Meru peak and back. Dinner and overnight – Saddle hut.
DAY 3: SADDLE HUT- SUMMIT: 5.5KM/ 3.4MI: DESCEND TO SADDLE HUT
Elevation: 3560m/11,680ft to 4566m/14980ft
Altitude gained: 1006m
Descent to 3560m/11680ft
Altitude lost: 1006m
Wake up at middle-night and have a cup of tea before starting attempt big Meru peak. Proceed to summit crossing rocky path and back to Saddle hut for full breakfast. The day will be spent resting. Lunch, dinner and overnight at Saddle hut.
DAY 4: SADDLE HUT – MOMELLA GATE: 6.5KM/4MI
Elevation:3560m/11,680ft to 1597m/5240ft
Leave Saddle hut and descend down to Momella gate via first hut (Miriakamba) where you will be transferred to Arusha/Moshi. Breakfast and lunch.
INCLUDED IN TREKKING PACKAGE:
- Services of a Professional, English-speaking Mount Meru Trekking Guide.
- Services of Porters and skilled cook.
- The Transfers from Arusha to Mount Meru and back to Arusha City.
- Full board (includes breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the Mount Meru Trek.
- Accommodations in Mountain Huts during the Mount Meru Trek.
- Treated drinking water during the Trek.
- All the Mount Meru National Park & Hut Fees.
- All Government Taxes.
- EXCLUDED FROM TREKKING PACKAGE:
- Tanzania Tourist Visa fees.
- Mount Meru trekking gear.
- Tips and gratuities to the Mountain Crew.
trekking Mount meru climbing