Mount Meru - 4 Days
Standing at 4,566m, Mt. Meru is the fifth highest mountain in Africa. It is located at Arusha National Park and is a challenging steep climb. The hike up the mountain can be done in four days, and hikers sleep in huts instead of tents. The route towards the summit goes through parkland, mountain forest, a giant heather zone, and moorland. The summit is reached by a narrow, barren ridge which provides amazing views of the Ash Cone which lies several thousand feet below in the crater and Kilimanjaro stands in the background.
Mt. Meru is home to over 400 species of birds and animals which include elephants, buffalos, warthogs, duiker, and black and white colobus monkey.
Mount Meru Itinerary
DAY 1: MOMELLA GATE TO MIRIAKAMBA HUT
You’ll begin your hike by walking through the forest to the crater floor and then start a steep ascent to Miriakamba Hut with a possible additional walk to the crater floor. After the 1000m ascent and a 10km (5-6 hours) walk, you will reach Miriakamba Hut.
DAY 2: MIRIAKAMBA HUT TO SADDLE HUT
Your trek will begin on a gentle hill. You will turn on a path which steeply climbs through a forest. After crossing several streambeds, you will arrive at the saddle hut at 3570m. You will then ascend 1050m in a 4km (2-4 hours) walk, but you will walk another 2hr to and from Meru peak for acclimatization purposes.
DAY 3: SADDLE HUT TO MERU SUMMIT AND BACK
You will wake up at 2:00 A.M and begin your hike to the top of Mt. Meru. The walk to the summit takes you through a very narrow ridge along the slope of the outer wall of the crater and the sheer cliff of the inner wall. This is one of the most exciting and breathtaking sections of the hike. After a 1000m ascent (about 5km, 4-5 hours walk), you will reach the peak. The walk down to saddle hut is about 2-3 hours long.
DAY 4: SADDLE HUT TO MOMELLA GATE
You will start your day with a trek back to Miriakamba Hut. After a 2000m descent, you will reach the Momella gate.