Mount Meru is the second highest mountain in Tanzania and third in East Africa. This mountain is in north Tanzania in Arusha national Park in the west of Mt Kilimanjaro. It is a good acclimatization point for those who want to attempt Kilimanjaro. Mount meru is surrounded the green vegetation in its lower part with wildlife experience and has an amazing landscapes and great view of Arusha city. For those who don’t have much time to climb Kilimanjaro should attempt mount Meru climbing. The mountain is estimated to occurs 250,000 years ago after or during volcanic eruption. It is unique mountain which start with ideal of safari and experience wildlife like Elephants, Giraffes, Zebras, Wildebeest, warthogs, impalas, Gazelles, Baboon, Monkeys, lions and so many other animals. The park is also home of birdlife such as flamingos in some lake in the parks and other approximately 300 hundred species of birds. Standard climbing required for mount Meru is 4days climb, although possibly for 3days as well and is accompanied by armed ranger for wildlife protection.
The first day takes hikers through the misty rain forest where the famous arched fig tree is located. During this stretch, colobus monkeys and the occasional buffalo are often seen. Depending on the weather, visitors might be lucky to see the Momella lakes and Mount Kilimanjaro in the distance. The night will be spent at the Miriakamba Hut.
Today the hikes will take to heather moorland zone that is home to moss covered trees is entered. Hikers also have the option to summit little Meru at 3,820 m. The night will be spent at the Saddle Hut.
The summit attempt usually starts around midnight, ensuring hikers have plenty of time to reach the summit by sunrise. As is to be expected, this is the most difficult part of the climb as the path after Rhino point is quite narrow and steep. This part includes some climbing stages and hikers are advised to tread carefully.
From Socialist Peak at 4,566 m hikers should be able to enjoy the beautiful views from the peak as well as see the shadow of Mount Kilimanjaro in the distance as the sun rises. From the peak hikers will descend via Miriakamba Hut down to the gate.
Meals: Lunch and Dinner
After breakfast you will be picked up at your hotel. Before we leave, we have a general briefing about your ascent of Meru and check your equipment. The journey to Arusha National Park takes about an hour. Once your guide has completed the necessary paperwork at the gate, the trip continues to Momella Gate, the starting point of your hike. On the way you can observe giraffes, zebras and many other animals. Because of the wildlife in the park, from the Momella Gate you will be accompanied by an armed park ranger. The route takes you across the Ngare Nanyuki River, as you then walk along the river and will see buffalo herds, baboons and other animals. Soon the hike will take you through the forest, and after about 2 hours, you will reach the small Mayo Falls, here a meadow is an ideal place for your picnic. After you have relaxed a bit, your hike continues to the “Arched Fig Tree” – a unique tree that spans the way like a gate. After another
1.5 – 2 hours you will reach the Miriakamba Hut. Here you spend your first night on Meru.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
After breakfast, the trek leads through the dense forest with mosses and beard lichens. After 2-3
hours you will reach the viewpoint of Mngongo wa Tembo (Elephant Ridge), which is at a height of about 3200 meters. The ascent takes place partly over wooden steps, since the path is steep and slippery in some places. From this vantage point, you will have a magnificent view of the large, burst crater. After a short rest, the trek continues to the Saddle Hut. Just before you reach it, the landscape changes from mountain rainforest to light bushland. After lunch, you will have the opportunity to take a detour to the summit of Little Mount Meru (3820m), this 1-1.5 hour hike will reward you with a great view over the national park up to Kilimanjaro. Back to the hut it is time for your dinner, after that it is straight to bed. Tomorrow is the summit day and it starts early!
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
After a small snack and a hot drink, your way to the summit starts at around 2 o’clock in the morning. In the glow of your headlight, you will head up through the bushland to Rhino Point. The path becomes more and more challenging, and some passages with easy climbing will be encountered. Along the long north ridge the route continues to the summit, which you will reach
around sunrise. The moment when the sun rises behind the Kilimanjaro and the plain to the Meru
starts to shine in a orange-red light, will let you quickly forget the strenuous ascent. On the descent, you return to the Saddle Hut where a lunch and a hot drink will await you. Afterwards
you will continue to Mirikamba Hut, reaching it in the early afternoon. Here you can rest and enjoy your summit success.
Meals: Breakfast and Lunch
After breakfast the trail continues down towards Momella Gate via the so-called “Northern Route”. On the way, you will be able to see again buffaloes, baboons and other wild animals, and with some luck also elephants. After a 2-3 hour trek, you will arrive at the Momella Gate, where your driver will be waiting. After a farewell from your mountain team you will be driven back to