head on this 3-days hike up Mount Meru starting off the trail with a walking safari spotting buffaloes, giraffes, baboons, etc before getting soaked up with this beautiful but strenuous trail enjoying the best views of the Kilimanjaro. on this hike, you will overnight in huts. this hike is mostly done to pre acclimatize & get ready for the Kili but it is a joy on its own.
Day 1: Arusha/Moshi to Momella Gate 1500 m – Miriakamba Hut 2500
Duration Approx. 5 – 7 hours of hiking
Vegetation Type: Forest.
The tour will starts soon after breakfast in your lodge. Your guide will pick you up and drive to the Ngongongare gate. At the gate, your guide will do all paperwork before driving along Arusha National Park with some stops for wildlife spotting. Reach Momella gate for a final checkup of porters & luggage.
Afterward, 3 days Mt Meru trekking will start with polepole (slowly slowly) pace, the first day is more or less similar to a walking safari, on the way you may spot some animal species like reticulated Giraffes, Zebras, Waterbuck, and Buffaloes. Since the hiking is inside the park an armed TANAPA ranger will be escorting you all the way to the camp.
You may take a long or short route but this will depend on the time of starting, during the hike way you will pass across Ngarenanyuki River and a beautiful waterfall at the base of Meru Mountain. You will possibly arrive at Miriakamba Hut (2500 m) before sunset, porters & your chef will have already be there coffee or tea and hot water for washing will be served. Enjoy the beautiful sunset & the area around.
Dinner and overnight at Miriakamba Hut (2,500 m).
Day 2: Miriakamba Hut 2,500 m – Saddle Hut 3,500 m.
Duration: 4 – 5 hours of hiking.
Vegetation Type: Forest Zone.
After breakfast, continues with Mt Meru trekking along the steep path on the forest zone, spot various birds and animals along the way. Reach Saddle Hut situated at the alpine desert zone for hot lunch (but this will depend on your pace).
After lunch and some rest, you have an option of acclimatization hike at Little Meru (3,820 m), this is a good hike with some great view of great Meru & the area around & it makes you ready for a night attempt on the summit the main Meru Mountain.
Early dinner will be served on this day so that you can have enough time to rest before your midnight summit attempt. Go to sleep as early as possible possibly around 19:00 hrs.
Day 3: Saddle Hut 3500 m – Meru Summit Socialist Peak 4,566 m – Arusha.
Duration Approx. 9-12 hours of hiking.
Vegetation Type: Alpine desert.
Wake up at 00:30 after midnight for a lite meal before you start your final push to the summit of the fifth mountain in Africa. This final day of your 3 days Mt Meru trekking you will start by trading on the steep grade path up to Rhino point at (3800 m) then reach Cobra point at (4,350 m).
From there the trekking will be on a rocky ridge in between the Crater and the inner cliffs of Meru Mountain. Reach the summit during the first rays of the sun from the East (4,566 m).
During clear days, morning can be the best time to view his Majesty Kilimanjaro Mountain, the total cliffs of the crater drop intensely at almost 1000 feet or more.
Spending sometimes at the summit for pictures and celebrations before return back to Saddle Hut for some rest & afterward continue down to Miriakamba Hut & to Mommella gate for check out.
Our drivers will have already be there waiting to take you back to Arusha/Moshi or to the airport.
If you made it to the summit a certificate for Meru trekking (4,566 m) will be presented to you & for those who did the acclimatization hike at little Meru will also rewarded a certificate.
Your adventure awaits!