(4 days / 3 nights)
Mount Meru is always standing a bit in the shadow of Kilimanjaro but as the second highest mountain in Tanzania it is another amazing peak to reach. With its 4.566m the volcano is one of the most beautiful and highest mountains in Africa. Mount Meru is situated about 65km southwest of Kilimanjaro in the center of Arusha National Park. On your way to the peak you will cross different zones from the rain forest to moorland up to alpine desert. Because of starting in the Arusha National Park you have the chance to pass buffalos, giraffes and zebras in their natural surroundings. The hike up to Mount Meru is also a good acclimatization to get prepared for Kilimanjaro.
After a rich and sunny breakfast you will meet your team and drive about 1 ½ hour to Arusha National Park. At the second gate your luggage will be weighted, you’ll get a ranger for your trip and you start your hike around lunchtime. By passing the famous Arch Fig Tree, a small waterfall in the rain forest zone, you will reach your Hut for the night after about 4-5 hours – Miriakamba Hut (2.524m). Here you’ll find a small platform where you can see Kilimanjaro and the Momella Lakes depending on good weather conditions.
After an early breakfast you will start ascending a high altitude difference by climbing steps for about 1 ½ hour. After another hour you will reach ‘Mgongo wa Tembo’ a small view point over the crater where you will have a break. From here it is about 2 hours until you reach Saddle Hut (3.570m). If you still got some energy left we recommend climbing the ‘Little Meru’ (3.820m). Its about 1-1 ½ hours in total and from here you will have an amazing view on the trail to reach the peak of Mount Meru. Back in the camp you will have an early dinner and briefing for the peak night.
Day 3 (Summit night)
According to your guides estimation you will start between 12 and 2 am into the peak night after some cookies and tea. The first part up to Rhino Point (3.800m) will be quite easy compared to the rest of the climb which will lead you through a lavafield with scree. At the end the sunrise behind Kilimanjaro will reimburse you for the physical efforts you’ve done. You reached Socialist Point (4.566m). The descending down to Miriakamba Hut, where you will spend the night, will take another 3-4 hours with a short break at Saddle Hut.
With a long sleep and a powerful breakfast you will make your way down to Momella Gate by passing giraffes, buffalos and zebras. Maybe you have the time to do a little detour and visit a small waterfall before heading back to Moshi.
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