Mount Meru - 4 Days
Mt. Meru is the fifth highest mountain in Africa, standing at 4,566 meters and is located in Arusha National Park. Meru is a challenging steep climb, which can be done in four days and climbers sleep in huts, not tents. The route to the summit passes through parkland, mountain forest, a giant heather zone and moorland. Finally, 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 and Kilimanjaro in the background.
Over 400 species of birds and animals live on the mountain including elephant, buffalo, baboon, warthog, black and white Colobus monkey and duiker.
Mount Meru Itinerary
DAY 1: MOMELLA GATE TO MIRIAKAMBA HUT
You start walking through the forest to the crater floor and then turn steeply up to Miakamba Hut with a possible additional walk to the crater floor. After ascending 1,000m and walking for about 5-6 hrs (10km) you arrive at Miriakamba Hut.
DAY 2: MIRIAKAMBA HUT TO SADDLE HUT
Starting with a gentle hill you turn on a path which climbs steeply through a forest. After crossing several streambeds you will reach the saddle Hut at 3,570m. You will ascend 1,050m in 4km of walking (usually this will take about 2-4 hrs). Clients may walk another 2 hrs to and from little Meru Peak for extra acclimatization opportunities.
DAY 3: SADDLE HUT TO MERU SUMMIT AND BACK
You will wake at 2am and begin and begin your climb to the top of Mt. Meru. The walk up to the summit is along a very narrow ridge along the slope of outer wall of the crater and the sheer cliff of the inner wall. This is one of the most exhilarating and dramatic sections of the trek. You reach the peak after 1,000m height gain in 5km of hiking (about 4-5 hrs). The descent back down to the Saddle Hut takes approximately 2-3 hours.
DAY 4: SADDLE HUT TO MOMELLA GATE
You start by retracing your route to Miriakamba Hut and after descending 2,000m you arrive back at Momella Gate.