Mount Meru is a spectacular volcano located inside Arusha National Park. At 14,980 feet high, Meru serves as a preparation to Mount Kilimanjaro or a complete standalone hike in it of itself. The crowds that can plague Kilimanjaro are non-existent here, allowing for a solitary, peaceful trek. Accommodations are in wood huts. This trekking can be accomplished in 3/four days.
Day 1: Arrive in Arusha
Arrive anytime at Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO)/Arusha airport , We will arrange a private transfer from Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) to Arusha safari lodge, where the rest of the day is spent at leisure.
We will gather at the hotel for a pre-climb briefing and an equipment check. We will also confirm you have the appropriate mandatory medical coverage and equipment
Day 2: Meriakamba Hut
We drive from Ilboru Safari Lodge in Arusha to Momela Gate. After a short registration at the gate, our walk will begin with full armed ranger escorting us. The ranger with us is for our safety as we may encounter wild animals on the way including zebras, giraffe, monkeys, antelope, and often elephants, buffalo, along the route.
Dinner and overnight night at Miriakamba Hut.
Day 3: Saddle Hut
The walk from Miriakamba Hut to the saddle below Little Meru is a short day but a steep climb. The walk will take us slowly along the ridge for a spectacular view of the Meru Crater and the impressive Ash Cone.
After the lunch at Saddle Hut we can make a short climb to the summit of Little Meru (3,820m) for superb views just before sunset.
Dinner and overnight night at Saddle Hut.
Day 4: Summit Day
We start early at around 1:30 a.m. to climb up to Rhino Point (3,800 m.) and then continue on to Cobra Point (4350m). If we reach the summit (4,566 m) in time for sunrise, there is a possibility to see Kilimanjaro Peak above the clouds.
The final part of the climb is along a spectacular narrow ridge line between the sheer inner cliffs and the sloping outer wall of the crater. We take a short rest and brunch at Saddle Hut before continuing the descent to the Meriakamba Hut.
Day 5: Meriakamba Hut to Momella Gate to Arusha
We take a short and fast descent way through open grassland and mixed forest, with possibility of seeing wildlife before reaching Momella Gate in the late morning.
The returning transfer will be waiting at Momella Gate to pick you and drive you back to your Lodge.
Day 6: Depart Arusha
Private transfer from Arusha to Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO)
1. This tour starts and ends in Arusha
2. Fly to/from Kilimanjaro Airport (JRO - Check price) near Arusha. Or fly to/from Arusha Airport (ARK - Check price) via Dar es Salaam or Nairobi (Kenya)
3. A transfer from and back to the airport (or hotel) can be arranged for an extra cost
4. Additional accommodation before and at the end of the tour can be arranged for an extra cost
(Unless labeled as optional)
(Unless listed as upgrade)
A professional driver/guide
(Unless labeled as optional)
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