MOUNT MERU

DAYS

1

Momella Gate (1,500m/4,920ft) to Miriakamba Hut (2,515m/8,250ft)

From the hotel transfer to Arusha National Park, reaches the climb registration gate at approximately 10:30am to begin your climb, At the Momella gate Having registered with the park ranger in the reception, Have a hot Lunch in the well-dressed tourist shelter before trekking. The Mountain Trail Pass through several different ecosystems during the three to five hours mountain trail hike. The hike begins along a seasonal stream through open forest where grazing cape buffalo, giraffe and warthogs reside.

Continue climbing through the woodland before Reaching Miriakamba Hut in the late afternoon, Miriakamba Hut offers beautiful views of the U-shaped Meru crater, the ash cone and the towering cliffs that make up Meru's crater walls.

2

Miriakamba (2,515m/8,250ft) to Saddle Hut (3,570m, 11,710ft)

After breakfast, leave Miriakamba and walk along flat land before entering the montane forest. Continue hiking until you reach a brief opening in the woods called Elephant Ridge. The normal cloud cover of Arusha National Park burns off at about 3,200 meters. Saddle Hut lies at 3,570 meters.

The more energetic can summit Little Meru (3,820m) in the afternoon for breathtaking views of Meru and Kilimanjaro. The hike takes one to two hours round-trip. It does get cold on top of Little Meru so bring a jacket, gloves and a hat.

Saddle Hut is very similar to Miriakamba Hut, and is well-maintained, with separate facilities for mountain staff and tourists.

OUR DESIGN

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Saddle Hut (3,570m, 11,710ft) - Socialist Peak (4,566m/14,980ft) - Miriakamba 2,515m/8,250ft

After a light breakfast, begin the hike to Mount Meru's summit, Socialist Peak. Begin the morning with a steep climb up to Rhino Point (3,800m). Descend to cross a small rock bridge, and then continue going up and down over the mix of rocky and sandy trail. The trail involves rock scrambling and there are steep drops to either side of the trail in some places. Be sure to follow the green trail markers and your guide! Reach the crater rim around dawn and continue to Meru’s peak.

The views are Spectacular all the way to the summit, offering close looks at the crater's sheer walls, the ash cone, cloud formations and the surrounding park. The hike to the summit is slow-going due to the sandy trail conditions, high winds and altitude. Bring energy food to snack on during the hike. After taking photos, descend to Saddle for brunch and then to Miriakamba.

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Miriakamba (2,515m/8,250ft) to Momella Gate and Arusha (1,500m/4,920ft)

Descend to Momella Gate from Miriakamba Hut. The descent is fast unless it has rained On the trail. First pass through scrubland, then descend into the montane forest and Finally into the open grassland. If the trail is wet, we recommend using the road to Descend.

After reaching the gate, receive certificates for reaching the summits of Mount Meru and Little Meru. Thank your national park guide and mountain staff for the last time and return to Arusha for dinner and overnight at your destination

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