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MOUNT MERU
Mount Meru is one of Africa's most beautiful volcanoes, and it is the second highest
mountain in Tanzania at 4,566m, the fifth highest in Africa.
Mount Meru is located within Arusha National Park , Tanzania's gem. This prime location
gives the mount meru walkers the opportunity to spot some of the birds and wildlife that
inhabit the area. The ascend is quite steep, the route to the mount meru summit passes
over streams, through parkland, montane forest, a giant heather zone and moorland. The
mount meru summit is reached by a narrow, barren ridge, which provides stunning views
of the ash cone lying several thousand feet below in the crater. Weather permitting,
Kilimanjaro can be seen in the west. There are two huts available while climbing Mount
Meru and firewood is supplied. The best time to climb Mount Meru is between June and
February.


CLIMBING MOUNT MERU ITINERARY
DAY 01:
Depart from your hotel in the morning for Momella Gate of Arusha National Park (1,500
m.). After park entrance formalities, we begin our hike up Mount Meru, guided by a park
ranger. The track passes open grassland, providing an opportunity to see buffalo,
warthogs and other grazers. The trail continues as a steady climb through Montana forest.
We take lunch near a giant fig tree arch. After lunch, the route continues through less
dense forest, where there are an abundance of birds and black and white colobus
monkeys. By mid-afternoon, we can see towering cliffs and the ash cone. We reach
Miriakamba Hut (2,514 m.), situated in an idyllic grassy glade, in time to enjoy the last of
the afternoon sun and beautiful views over the surrounding plains towards Kilimanjaro.
(4-6 hours walking).Dinner and Overnight at the hut


DAY 02:
The walk from Miriakamba Hut to the saddle below Little Meru is a short day but a steep
climb. We slowly ascend through lush Montana forest to reach the halfway point of
Elephant Ridge. From here we enjoy excellent views of the summit ridge and across the
crater floor. The path continues through giant heather and other fascinating moorland
vegetation to reach Saddle Hut (3,570 m), where lunch is will be provided. The afternoon
is free to relax and to enjoy the views. The more energetic can make the short climb to
the nearby summit of Little Meru (3,820 m) for superb views just before sunset. (3-5
hours walking

DAY 03:
You will start early at around 8 a.m. to climb steeply to Rhino Point (3,800 m.),
continuing along an undulating ridge of ash and rock to reach Cobra Point (4,350 m) at
sunrise. 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 west towards the Rift Valley if
the weather is clear. The summit of Socialist Peak (4,566 m) is an hour further on a good
but steep path. The route back to Rhino Point in the morning light, on 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. We enjoy a rest and brunch at Saddle
Hut before continuing the descent to Miriakamba Hut (2,514 m, 10-12 hours walking).
Miriakamba Hut
Note: The ridge between the summit and Rhino Point is not suitable for
those suffering from vertigo. In icy conditions or in strong winds, it may be impossible for
anyone to progress beyond Rhino Point.

DAY 04:
Breakfast. You will take the direct route down 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. We should reach Momella Gate by late morning
(2-3 hours walking). Once you reach the end of the climb you will be transferred to your
hotel.
Included :
" National Park entry fees, hut fees, rescue fees
" English speaking guide(s), cook and porters
" Full board camping accommodation during the climb
" Mineral water for the first day, boiled and filtered water on the other days
" Transfer to the gate and return to Arusha

Not included :
Other drinks
Meals and accommodation in Arusha - We can arrange this too.
Sleeping bag
Personal expenses and tips