MOUNT MERU TREK
Overview of Mount Meru
Mount Meru is Tanzania’s second-highest mountain after Mount Kilimanjaro. At the height of 4566 meters, mount Meru is one of Africa’s highest peaks. Mount Meru is inside Arusha national park, about 70 km west of Mount Kilimanjaro. Unlike Mount Kilimanjaro which has many routes to the summit, Mount Meru has only one route from starting gate to the summit.
Mount Meru has two peaks, the first peak is called Socialist Peak (4566 meters). The Socialist Peak is the summit. Another peak is called Little Meru, which is 3801 meters high.When you climb Mount Meru you will have the option of reaching both the summit.
Mount Meru offers a challenging and rewarding trekking experience. Most people think of Mount Meru as only good for getting people ready to climb Mount Kilimanjaro, however, Mount Meru stands alone as a unique, challenging, and beautiful experience even when you are not preparing yourself for Mount Kilimanjaro.
There is a lot more wildlife to be seen and the sense of remoteness and solitude is much stronger than on Mount Kilimanjaro.
Mount Meru experience in photos
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Mount Meru Itinerary
4 Day Mount Meru Trek
After breakfast at the Hotel in Moshi/Arusha pick-up early morning for transfer to Arusha National park, Momella gate. The drive to Momella gate takes approximately 1.5 hours. At the gate, we will weigh all the equipment, you will have a chance to meet with porters and ranger guide. We will be issued with trekking permit after all formalities. We will then start the trek which will take you to a gentle up hill. We will trek through thick wood land, past the giant fig tree, in clear places where we are likely to see buffalos grazing. You may also encounter elephants and giraffes along the way. An armed ranger will escort you from start of the trek to finish.
After breakfast, we will Miriakamba Hut for Saddle hut. Today’s trek will take approximately 3 to 4 hours/ The trail will take you through mixed trees and pleasant glades up to elephant ridge where you will have a clear view of the mount Meru and the cliff below the summit. We will continue with the hike passing between the slopes of Meru and little Meru to get to Saddle Hut. After having a break at Saddle Hut you will trek to Little Meru summit 3,820m for acclimatization then back to Saddle Hut.
For the summit attempt, you will wake up at around 3:00am, you will eat tea/biscuits, have your packed snacks then start trekking for approximately 4 to 5 hours along the narrow crater ridge until we reach the summit. After the summit you will start to walk down to Saddle hut for a hot lunch after. After a short rest and lunch you will descend down to Miriakamba hut for overnight rest. Note: Those who take the option of 3 day Mount Meru trek Itinerary, will have to keep descending to the Momella gate.
Today you will have a short trekking day of approximately 2 hours to come down to Momella gate. A vehicle will be ready at the gate to drive you back to Moshi/Arusha.
Note: The alternative 3 Day Mount Meru Trek Itinerary has the same activities as above except that on day 3 you will not rest at Miriakamaba Hut, instead, you will have to descend straight to Momella Gate.