30 Dec MOUNT MERU
The second highest mountain in Tanzania is Mount Meru, an active (but dormant) volcano located north of Arusha. At 4562 metres, Mount Meru is the fourth highest mountain in Africa and is located only 70 km from Kilimanjaro. With incredible views, scenery and wildlife, Mount Meru offers an incredible trek all by itself. The lower reached of Mount Meru are amazingly rich in wildlife with abundant monkeys, warthogs, buffaloes and a wide array of birds. The crater rim walk is a spectacular hike and the lack of crowd adds to the amazing views along with Mount Meru’s big brother Mount Kilimanjaro.
The Perfect Preparation for Kilimanjaro climb:
Mount Meru offers you a great opportunity to “warm up” before you start your journey to summit Mount Kilimanjaro. With a height of 4562 metres, Mt. Meru requires your body to adapt to the increasing altitude which is a perfect adaptation before a climb on Mount Kilimanjaro.
- You trek in a group with porters, cook and guides,
- you climb through different vegetation zones over several days,
- you start your summit attempt around midnight and reach the peak around sunrise,
- And you then descend an awesome 2000 metres on the same day, very similar to your Kilimanjaro summit day.
Day by Day Itinerary:
The driver will pick you from your hotel to Momella gate in Arusha National Park. Walking will begin from Momella gate where you will enjoy beautiful views of wild animals like elephants, buffaloes, giraffes, zebras, warthogs, baboons and other wild animals. Along the way, you will also come across Ngarenanyuki River, Momella lakes and a beautiful water fall. It will take you about 4-7 hours to reach Miriakamba hut for dinner and overnight.
After breakfast you will start hiking. Along the way, you will see a few wild animals from a distance. You will also enjoy a beautiful view of Mt. Meru crater and the Ash tray.It will take you about 3-6 hours to arrive at Saddle huts. In the evening you will walk to Little Meru for acclimatization and then back to Saddle huts for dinner. Here you are expected to sleep earlier inorder to get enough rest for midnight summit attempt.
At around midnight, you will begin your summit attempt. You will arrive summit at sunset. After summit, you will pass at saddle hut for breakfast and then proceed to Miriakamba hut where you will stop for lunch. After lunch you will proceed to Momella gate where your driver will pick you and take you back to your hotel. While descending you will enjoy beautiful views of the lakes and wild animals.
FOR A 3 NIGHTS\4 DAYS CLIMB, AFTER SUMMIT YOU DESEND TO MIRIAKAMBA HUT FOR DINNER AND OVERNIGHT.AFTER LONG REST AND BREAKFAST, YOU BEGIN OUR DESCEND IN DAY 4 TO MOMELLA GATE WHERE THE DRIVER WILL TAKE YOU BACK TO YOUR HOTEL.