4 days MOUNT MERU CLIMBING

Overview

Though often ignored in favor of its big sister Kilimanjaro, Mount Meru is a worthy trekker’s paradise. This massive volcano towers over 3,000 meters above Arusha town, which lies at the foothills on its south side. The mountain endured a violent explosion in the distant past, and in its wake the explosion left towering cliffs in a gaping U shaped ridge facing east towards Kilimanjaro. The crater stands today in a protected Amphitheatre of sorts, thousands of feet below the summit rocks. The craggy top lies at the westernmost point of the summit ridge and juts boldly into the sky at 4566 m (14,979 feet). From the top, one can look out at Kilimanjaro from the highest perch possible perhaps there is no better vantage point to gaze at Africa’s tallest mountain, approximately 80 km to the northeast.

4 DAYS MOUNT MERU

ITINERARIES

Day 1: Arrive in Tanzania (Kilimanjaro International Airport)

Meals: breakfast and dinner included

Pickup at Kilimanjaro International Airport and transfer to your hotel in Moshi town, thereafter our experienced guide will come to brief you about the trek and do an equipment check to make sure you have all the necessary mountain gear. Then you will spend overnight in your hotel for dinner and breakfast.

Day 2: Momella Gate (1500m) to Miriakamba Hut (2500m)

Approx. time taken: 4 hours

Distance covered: 6km

Zone: Montane Forest

Meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner included

After breakfast you will depart from your hotel to Momella Gate. You will get to see some places of Moshi and Arusha when you are on the way to the park gate. On arrival you will go through registration formalities, afterwards your first day  starts accompanied by an armed ranger. On the way you will encounter animals such as giraffes, warthogs, buffalos, bushbucks and lots of bird species. Overnight and dinner at Miriakamba Hut (2500m). 

Day 3:  Miriakamba Hut (2500m) to Saddle Hut (3500m)

Approx. time taken: 3.5 hours

Distance covered: 6km

Zone: Montane Forest

Meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Around 08:00am we will start our second day hike to Saddle Hut. We will pass through the steep path along the ridge of saddle. You will experience amazing views of the Meru crater, the ash cone and little Meru can be seen. On the way you will continue exploring the best wildlife and flowers in the forest. Then after arriving at Saddle Hut you will have a hot lunch and rest before acclimatization to little Meru and then back down to the hut for dinner and overnight. 

Day 4: Saddle Hut (3500m) to Summit (4566m) then down to Miriakamba Hut (2500m)

Approx. time taken: 10 hours

Distance covered: 18 km

Meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner included

On the way to the Peak you will wake up around midnight and some tea with popcorn/ porridge will be ready for you. You will start your final ascent to the peak. The trail is steep and you will climb through gravel and rocky ridges. After reaching at the top you will have a good time to take some pictures before descent to Miriakamba (2500 m) for dinner and overnight.

Day 5: Miriakamba (2500m) to Momella Gate (1500m)

Your final descent will pass through the tropical rain forest with wildlife species on the way. It will takes us 5 hours until we reach at the park gate. Afterward you sign out and collect your certificate. A private vehicle will be ready to take you into your hotel in Moshi for warm shower and celebration.

Day 6: Departure / other destination in Tanzania

Later in the evening or the next day you will be transferred to Kilimanjaro International Airport to board your home bound flight. Also Habari Adventure can organize an affordable safari trip to one of the best wildlife parks in Tanzania such as Tarangire National Park, Ngorongoro Crater or Serengeti National Park.

END OF TOUR

PRICING:

Prices (quoted in USD/per person)

4 DAYS MERU

GROUP SIZE

 

PRICE PER PERSON
1 person

 

$ 1,165/person
2-4 people $ 920/person

 

5-9 people

 

$ 870/person
10 & above

 

$ 765/ person

Included in the price:

  • Two nights’ accommodation in the hotel; first night includes dinner &breakfast, last night includes dinner
  • Private transport to / from Kilimanjaro International Airport to your hotel in Moshi
  • Qualified guides with mountain crew
  • National park fees
  • 18% VAT on tour fees and services
  • All huts accommodations
  • Huts fees
  • Transport
  • Rescue fees
  • All needs on the mountain (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
  • Guides and porters accommodations and their entry fees on the mountain
  • Pulse oximeter
  • First aid kit
  • Emergence oxygen
  • Sleeping bags
  • Katady filtered water through the trek
  • Fair wages to guides and porters as approved by Kilimanjaro National Park authority

Not included

  • Flights
  • Visa
  • Tips to mountain crew (usual: guides $20, Cook $15, porter $10 per day)
  • Items of personal nature
  • Laundry services
  • A doctor of a group