Tour Code: OAT025 – MERU ROUTE
Tour Duration: 4 days
Destination: Arusha National Park – Tanzania
Specialty Categories: Trekking
Season: All year round
This Tour can NOT be Customized
Mount Meru is one of the major attractions of Arusha National Park. The full ascent requires at least 3 days. The route takes climbers through a series of natural environments with a variety of flora and fauna and interesting mixture of nature and culture.
It is recommended that you allow four days for the full ascent in order to obtain acclimatization and avoid altitude sickness as well as to enjoy the sunrise on both the summit and Rhino Point.
Day 1: Arrival Kilimanjaro and Transfer to Arusha
On arrival at Kilimanjaro Airport, our guide will meet you and assist with your baggage then transfer to Snowcrest Hotel for an overnight rest on bed and breakfast
Day 2: Arusha to Momela Gate
After breakfast drive to Momela, Momella Gate is located near Shamba La Mbogo, a natural glade in the Mt. Meru Game Reserve. It is situated at 1,500m above sea level. Two routes are available from Momella Gate: The first route goes through the forest towards the crater floor and then steeply up to Miriakamba Hut. The second option climbs gradually through the grassland direct to Miriakamba Hut. After all formalities, we begin trekking accompanied by an armed ranger. We will ascend up to Miriakamba Hut situated at 2,500m above sea level.
The trekking takes approximately 3 hours. We will be walking amidst the montane forest where various species of flora and fauna can be found on this part of the mountain. There are beautiful views of Arusha National Park’s various landscapes that can be seen from this trek and, weather-permitting, spectacular views of Mt.
Kilimanjaro can also be seen overnight stay at a camp on Full board basis
Day 3: Miriakamba to Saddle Camp
From Miriakamba Hut the path is steep compared to other mountains in the region. We continue our ascent on a narrow winding trail through a thick montane forest, where various species of vegetation can be seen.
There are water streams that we cross before approaching the moorland zone. A good view of Little Meru can be seen on a clear day, just as you approach Saddle Hut. Buffalo footprints can be seen. Some bird species, and plenty of Africana Masaica, a shrub plant that stings can also be seen on both sides of the trail .
The ascent takes approximately 4 hours. After our arrival at Saddle Hut (3,500m), you have the option to embark on a 45 minute walk to Little Meru (3,820m). it has a meandering trail which is aided with good grass cover to give you good grip. One can see the Kenyan border from the peak of Little Meru, Ngara Nanyuki -a town that lies after the Arusha National Park, as well as gorgeous views of West Mt, Kilimanjaro and Longido.
Overnight at a camp on Full board basis
Day 4: Saddle Camp to the Summit
Today after breakfast we ascent to the summit of Mt. Meru (4,566m) begins at around midnight and takes us from the moorland zone to alpine desert zone. The trek will take approximately 6-7 hours. Along we will pass Rhino Point as we walk around the rim of Meru crater. Conditions are cold and windy and during the rainy season ice and snow can occur in this section of the route. If you wish to enjoy the sunrise while trekking the Meru, you will have two options, 1. Either You can trek up to the summit in time to watch the sun rising from behind Kilimanjaro or You can leave Saddle Hut later in the morning and head to Rhino Point, about an hour away.
Sunrise here is as impressive and perhaps even more so because you also see the main cliffs of the inner wall of the crater being illuminated by the rising sun. You can always add an extra day to the itinerary in order to appreciate both. From the summit we return to Saddle Hut for breakfast and then ascend to Miriakamba Hut and ultimately down to Momella gate, in the late afternoon, where your driver will meet and provide transfer to Arusha for overnight stay at Snowcrest Hotel
Day 5: Arusha to Kilimanjaro International Airport
After breakfast we provide a private transfer to JRO airport for your departure back home
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