3 DAYS MOUNT MERU
Mt. Meru is located in the heart of Arusha National Park, and it is 50 miles west of Mt. Kilimanjaro. Mt. Meru is a massive volcano reaching 14,980 feet (4,565 meters). This trek serves as an ideal warm-up for Mt. Kilimanjaro due to its altitude acclimatization and hiking distances. This trek is also geared towards hikers that prefer fewer crowds and a challenging ascent.
Day 1: Arrive in Moshi or Arusha
Arrive anytime at Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO). We will arrange a private transfer from Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO). To Moshi at Hotel or lodge, where the rest of the day is at leisure. We will gather in the hotel for a pre-climb briefing and an equipment check. We will also confirm you have the appropriate mandatory medical coverage and travel insurance.
Day 2: Miriakamba Hut (Full board)
We drive from Moshi or Arusha to Momela Gate. After a short registration at the Gate, our walk will begin with a full armed ranger escorting us; simply, we can see the wild animals, including elephants, zebras, giraffe, monkeys, antelope, and often elephants, along the route. Dinner and overnight night at Miriakamba Hut. Momela Gate to Miriakamba Hut (2500 m.): 5-7 hours walking.
Day 3: Saddle Hut (Full board)
The walk from Miriakamba Hut to the saddle below Little Meru is a short day but a steep climb. The walk will take us slowly along the ridge for a spectacular view of the Meru Crater and the impressive Ash Cone. After hot lunch at Saddle Hut, we can do a short climb to the summit of Little Meru (3,820m) for superb views just before sunset. Dinner and overnight night at Saddle Hut Miriakamba Hut to Saddle Hut (3500 m.): 3-5 hours walking.
Day 4: Saddle Hut to the summit to Miriakamba Hut (Full board)
At around 1:30 a.m, we start early to climb steeply to Rhino Point (3,800 m.) and on to Cobra Point (4350m). We reach the summit (4,566 m) on time for sunrise. There is a possibility to see Kilimanjaro Peak above the clouds. The final part of the climb is along a spectacular narrow ridgeline between the sheer inner cliffs and the sloping outer wall of the crater. We take a short rest and brunch at Saddle Hut before continuing the descent to the Momella gate. The returning transfer will be waiting at Momella Gate to Moshi or Arusha. Saddle Hut to the summit to Momella Gate: 12-14 hours walking.
Day 5: Depart Moshi or Arusha(None)
Moshi to Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) Private departure transfer is included.