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Mount Meru, situated east of the Great Rift Valley and about 40 km southwest of Kilimanjaro in northern Tanzania’s Arusha National Park, is considered an active volcano and is the country’s second highest mountain. Arusha National park is beautiful park with many big and small wild animals, birds and plants.
It is fourth highest mountain in Africa after Kilimanjaro,Kenya, and Ruwenzori, and second highest mountain after Kilimanjaro,Mount Meru is 4566m high.
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Mount Meru is a wonderful mountain with amazing scenery and wildlife; it’s location in East Africa means that most tourists will visit Mount Meru as a secondary trip in conjunction with their primary destination, usually Kilimanjaro, Mount Kenya, or Northern circuit safari parks. Reasons to do this summit includes.
Acclimatization before Kilimanjaro climbing, attractive views into the summit crater and ash cone, hiking along the crest of the crater rim, nice, but distant, views of Kilimanjaro from the summit, the ability to see a lot of wildlife on the lower slopes in the form of a walking safari, the chance to escape the tourist crowds.
On the lower slopes of the mountain and inside the park, there is a good chance of spotting animals. An armed ranger will accompany your party on the first stage to protect against any wildlife threats. The trail follows the north rim of the crater, along a dramatic ridgeline. Once at the summit, the views of Mount Kilimanjaro and down into Meru crater are very fascinating.
Detailed 4 days Mount Meru climbing trip
DAY 1:- MT MERU / MIRIAKAMBA:
In the morning we are collected from your hotel and transfer to Arusha National Park. At the Momella gate we finish registration formalities before setting off with your guide and armed ranger – there is abundant wildlife in the forests! The forest section is especially scenic with strangler figs and the possibility of seeing buffalo grazing in one of the clearings. In the late afternoon we reach a viewpoint before heading onto Miriakamba hut for dinner.
Overnight Miriakamba hut (full board).
DAY 2:- MT MERU / SADDLE HUT:
We set off from Miriakamba initially still in the forest zone but in a few hours as we reach Saddle hut for lunch in the alpine desert zone. In the afternoon a walk to the summit of Little Meru can be taken for stunning views before heading back to Saddle Hut for dinner.
Overnight Saddle Hut (full board).
DAY 3: -MT MERU / MIRIAKAMBA
We rise early and our hard work is rewarded at dawn as the sun rises to the East. Kilimanjaro is normally clearly seen from here and the sheer cliffs of the crater fall dramatically 1000 feet or more. We return back and after some brunch at Saddle Hut, we continue down to Miriakamba hut for dinner.
Overnight Miriakamba hut (full board).
DAY 4: MT MERU / MIRIAKAMBA
The final section takes up to 3 hours to return to our vehicles where we say farewell to our crew and have time for a short picnic lunch and game drive before returning to Arusha for a well deserved shower!
Overnight The Arusha Hotel (half board)
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MOUNT MERU CLIMBING adventure 3 DAYS
Mount Meru climbing is a mountain trek for purpose of sports, tours and acclimatization before attempting Kilimanjaro hike. Meru trekking is an adventure with close view with wildlife like birds, graffes, buffaloes and more.
Kilimanjaro is the highest mountain in Africa and nearest volcanic mountain is Meru. Mount Kilimanjaro climbing need acclimatization either by adding extra day in the mountain or starting by trekking Mount meru.
Day 1: Arusha – Momella gate – Miriakamba Hut
Drive1 Hr, Hike Distance 10 km, 4 – 5 hrs, 1000m ascent, Altitude: 2516m
Drive to the Arusha National Park gate at Momella. For the first section of the climb through the lush forest, crossing the Ngare Nanyuki River to reach Miriakamba Hut at 8337ft/2541m for overnight stay. Dinner and overnight Mariakamba Hut
Day 2: Mariakamba Hut to Saddle Hut
Hike Distance 4km, 2 – 3 hrs, 1050m ascent, Altitude: 3566m
continue to ascend steeply through the pleasant forest glades and giant heather to reach Saddle Hut at 11,713ft/3570m.
From here it is possible to take a side trek to reach the summit of Little Meru 12,450ft/3794m and return to Saddle Hut in about 2 hours. Dinner and overnight Saddle Hut,
Day 3: Saddle Hut to Meru Summit to Momella Gate
Hike distance 5km ascent + 19km descent, 4 – 5 hrs ascent + 6-8 hours descent, 1000m ascent, Altitude: 4566m
An early start to reach Rhino Point and then on to the summit at 14,981ft/4566m to see the sunrise behind Mount Kilimanjaro, before descending back to Momella Gate to be met and transferred back to your hotel.
PRICE IS 680 US $ PER PERSON (IF 2 PEOPLE OR MORE).
Price is 780 US $ if you are alone.
Price above include services below
– Transport to the mountain gate – Meru
– English speaking interactive and enthusiastic Tanzanian guides and crew
– Food and services for clients on the mountain; Good quality food with
– 3 man tents for 2 people sharing. Good quality mountain tents
-Trained mountain trekking guides (1 guide to 2 clients)
-All relevant Park fees & rescue fees
– All accommodation as described in the itinerary
– Transfers as described in the itinerary
-Drinks on the hike (potable water, tea, coffee & hot chocolate)
Excludes: Services paid by yourself
-Items of a personal nature like climbing gears
-Airport transfers on arrival
-Hotel in Arusha