4 Days – Mount Meru
Trekking route: Mount Meru
Trekking duration: 6 days / 5 nights (3 nights on Meru and 2 nights in Arusha)
Trekking period: 2020/21
Number of participants: From 1 person
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 acclimattize 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.
Day 1: Arrival in Tanzania at Kilimanjaro International Airport
On your arrival, you will be picked up at the Kilimanjaro International Airport and transferred to a hotel in Arusha town; where you will meet a mountain guide who will brief you on your upcoming trek and do an equipment check to make sure you have all the necessary mountain gears. The missing gears can be hired on this day or on the next morning before leaving for Meru.
Hotel in Arusha: Included.
Day 2: 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 / 3.5miles
Approx. time taken: 4 – 5 hours
Day 3: 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 / 4miles
Approx. time taken: 3 – 4 hours
Meals: Breakfast; Included.
Day 4: 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
Approx. time taken: 10 – 12 hours
Meals: Breakfast; Included
Day 5: Miriakamba Hut (2500m) to Momella gate (1500m) – Arusha
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 mountain 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 Arusha town.
Distance covered: 14km / 8.5mi
Approx. time taken: 4 – 5 hours
Meals: Breakfast, Included
Day 6: 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 Arusha town and grab some souvenirs before heading to the airport.
Hotel in Arusha: included.
Options after Kilimanjaro Trekking:
Safari, Zanzibar and other add-ons are available if you wish to continue exploring Tanzania.
4 days on Mt Meru, group size price per person for year 2020-21
1 person $ 1200 per person
2-4 persons $ 950 per person
5-7 persons $900 per person
8-10 persons $800 per person
11 & above $ 750 per person
**Tanzanian Residents pay 80% of rates **East Africa Citizens pay 60% of rates
Airport or border transfers before and after Meru trekking.
Hotel in Arusha,before and after trekking, bed and breakfast included.
Transfer from the hotel to Momella Park Gate for the start of trekking.
Transfer from Park Gate to Hotel after trekking.
Accommodation in the mount huts during the trekking.
All Kilimanjaro climbing fees.
3 meals per day during the trekking.
The services of our mountain guide, cook and porters.
Not included in the price
Lunches, dinners and drinks at your hotel before and after climb.
Beverages during the trekking like alcohols.
Sleeping bags and other private trekking gears.
All items of personal nature.
Tips to mountain guides, cook and porters (find below the recommended amounts).