5 Days
Duration
Moderate
Physicality
Tanzania
Destination
13+
Age
All Year
Availability

Mt. Meru which is Tanzania’s second highest mountain standing tall at 4,566m. It is located in Arusha National Park and offers some of the most spectacular scenery and wildlife diversity of any mountain in Tanzania. Mt. Meru is a challenging trek due to its steepness, but is a great way to acclimatize before attempting Mt. Kilimanjaro. Climbers are accompanied by an armed ranger due to the abundance of wildlife on the lower slopes. Mt. Meru also has some historical significance to it whereby some have suggested that it was the resting place of Noah’s Ark when it came to rest after the biblical flood receded. Mt. Meru is a great trekking option for those who want to take on a climbing challenge and get the sense of being out in the wild, but are not quite ready to tackle Mt. Kilimanjaro.

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Day 0: Arrive in Tanzania

You will be picked up at the Kilimanjaro International Airport and transferred to your hotel in Moshi town. You will meet your guide who will brief you on your upcoming trek and do an equipment check to make sure you have all the necessary mountain gear. The missing gear can be rented on this day.

  • Meals: No Meals Included
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Day 1: Momella Gate (1500m) To Miriakamba Hut (2500m)

You will depart the hotel at 0800hrs and head to the Momella gate which is the starting point of the trek. The drive to the gate is roughly an hour and a half. After the registration you will start your trek accompanied by an armed ranger. Along the route you will catch spectacular views of Mt. Kilimanjaro and the Momella lakes. You will encounter animals such as cape buffaloes, giraffes, warthogs and bushbucks, to name a few. Your trek will end up at Miriakamba Hut where you will be spending the night.

  • Distance covered: 6km / 3.5mi
  • time taken: 4 – 5 hours
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included
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Day 2: Miriakamba Hut (2500m) To Saddle Hut (3500m)

Today’s trek takes you through the steep path along the ridge of the saddle. Amazing views of the Meru crater, the ash cone and little Meru can be seen along the way. While trekking through the forest keep your eyes peeled for wildlife and the attractive wild flowers. Common animals include buffaloes and the black and white Colobus monkey. Your trek will end up at Saddle hut where you will be spending the night. After resting at the camp you will set off on an hour acclimatization trek to little Meru (3810m) then head back down to Saddle hut.

  • Distance covered: 6.5km / 4mi
  • time taken: 3 – 4 hours
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included
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Day 3: Saddle Hut (3500m) To Socialist Peak (4562m) To Miriakamba Hut (2500m)

You will wake up just after midnight for a light meal then start your final ascent to Socialist Peak at the top of big Meru. The trail to the summit is steep and you will be climbing through gravel and rocky ridges. While at the summit you will enjoy breathtaking views of the Meru crater and ash cone. Occasionally, animals such as Klipspringers and mountain reedbucks can be seen over the rocky terrain. After the summit, you will then descend to Miriakamba Hut where you will be spending the night.

  • Distance covered:19km / 12mi
  • time taken: 10 – 12 hours
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included
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Day 4: Miriakamba Hut (2500m) To Momella Gate (1500m)

After breakfast you will begin your final descent to Momella gate. You will be using the southern route to descend. During your descent you will pass through the montane forest where you will pass the amazing Fig Tree Arch. Upon arrival at the Momella gate, you will be picked up and transferred to your hotel back in Moshi town.

  • Distance covered: 14km / 8.5mi
  • time taken: 4 – 5 hours
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included
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Day 5: Depart Tanzania

The day is left free to wind down after the trek before your flight home. Depending on flight times you could go and explore Moshi town and grab some souvenirs before heading to the airport.

  • Meals: Breakfast Included

Safaris, Cycling Adventures and other add-on are available if you wish to continue exploring Tanzania

  • Meals: Breakfast Included

TOUR INCLUDES

  • All 3 meals (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)
  • Snacks and fruits
  • Complimentary 3+ liters of mineral water everyday
  • Mountain bikes & Helmets
  • Camping gears like Quality Tents, mattress, Chairs and Tables
  • Support vehicle (Backup vehicle)
  • Tour guide(s), Bike Mechanic, Driver and Cook
  • Village fees, Camping fees, WMA fees (Wildlife management Conservation Area).
  • One night while on the trip and one night at the hotel in Moshi
  • One-day safari in Ngorongoro crater
  • Cycling fees and All entry fees
  • Complete First Aid kit (for use in emergencies only)

 

TOUR EXCLUDES

  • Compulsory tips for Guide, Bike mechanic, Driver and Cook
  • Sleeping bag, (You can rent if you don’t have when you arrive in Moshi)
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Transport from / to Arusha
  • Entry visa for Tanzania
  • Optional but highly recommended travel and medical insurance.
  • Personal medicine