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Mount Meru is one of Africa's most beautiful volcanoes,
and it is the second highest mountain in Tanzania
at 4,5685m, the fifth highest in Africa.
The mountain is located within Arusha National Park,
Tanzania’s gem. This prime location gives walkers the opportunity
to spot some of the birds and wildlife that inhabit the area. The
ascend is quite steep, the route to the summit passes over streams,
through parkland, montane forest, a giant heather zone and moorland.
The summit is reached by a narrow, barren ridge, which provides
stunning views of the Ash Cone lying several thousand
feet below in the crater. Weather permitting, Kilimanjaro can be
seen in the West. There are two huts available to climbers on the
mountain and firewood is supplied. The best time to climb
Meru is between October and February. But also June to
September, while it is colder then.
||Miriakamba Hut (2,514 m)
||Saddle Hut (3,570 m)
||Miriakamba Hut (2,514 m)
||Hotel in Arusha
|Day 1: Arusha to Miriakamba
Hut (2,514 m)
Depart from your hotel in the morning for Momella Gate of Arusha
National Park (1,500 m.). After park entrance formalities, we
begin our hike, guided by a park ranger. The track passes open
grassland, providing an opportunity to see buffalo, warthogs
and other grazers. The trail continues as a steady climb through
montane forest. We take lunch near a giant Fig Tree arch. After
lunch, the route continues through less dense forest, where
there are an abundance of birds and black and white colobus
we can see towering cliffs and the Ash Cone. We reach Miriakamba
Hut (2,514 m.), situated in an idyllic grassy glade,
in time to enjoy the last of the afternoon sun and beautiful
views over the surrounding plains towards Kilimanjaro. (4-6
Overnight at Miriakamba
Hut. All meals included.
Day 2: Miriakamba Hut (2,514 m) to Saddle
Hut (3,570 m)
The walk from Miriakamba Hut to the saddle below Little Meru is
a short day but a steep climb. We slowly ascend through lush montane
forest to reach the halfway point of Elephant Ridge. From here we
enjoy excellent views of the summit ridge and across the crater
floor. The path continues through giant heather and other fascinating
moorland vegetation to reach Saddle Hut (3,570 m), where lunch is
will be provided. The afternoon is free to relax and to enjoy the
views. The more energetic can make the short climb to the nearby
summit of Little Meru (3,820 m) for superb views
just before sunset. (3-5 hours walking).
Overnight at Saddle Hut. All meals included.
Day 3: Saddle
Hut (3,570 m) to Miriakamba Hut (2,514 m)
We start early at around 2 a.m. to climb steeply to Rhino Point
(3,800 m.), continuing along an undulating ridge of ash and
rock to reach Cobra Point (4,350 m) at sunrise. The views are
stunning: the cliffs of the Crater rim, the Ash Cone rising
from the Crater floor, Kilimanjaro floating on the morning clouds
and west towards the Rift Valley if the weather is clear. The
summit of Socialist Peak (4,566 m.) is an hour
further on a good but steep path. The route back to Rhino Point
in the morning light, on a narrow ridge between the sloping
outer wall of the crater and the sheer cliffs of the inner wall,
is one of the most dramatic and exhilarating walks in Africa.
We enjoy a rest and brunch at Saddle Hut before continuing the
descent to Miriakamba Hut (2,514 m, 10-12 hours walking).
Miriakamba Hut Note:
The ridge between the summit and Rhino Point is not suitable
for those suffering from vertigo. In icy conditions or in strong
winds, it may be impossible for anyone to progress beyond Rhino
Overnight at Miriakamba Hut. All meals included.
Day 4: Miriakamba Hut
(2,514 m) - hotel in Arusha
We take the direct route down through open grassland and mixed forest,
with good chances of seeing wildlife. This trail has excellent views
back towards the crater and over the plains of the National Park.
We should reach Momella Gate by late morning (2-3 hours walking).
Once you reach the end of the climb you will be transferred to your
Overnight at an Arusha hotel. All meals included.
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