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Overview

If you are looking for a breathtaking hike that would be an adventure, look no further than Mount Meru Trekking. Although, there is not much to see on the way up. It can become very steep at times. This trek offers unparalleled views of Kilimanjaro as well as stunning landscapes from all angles. When climbing Mount Meru in Tanzania, you’ll experience many different climates throughout your journey. From lush vegetation with rivers running alongside you for one minute to arid stone-filled terrain below snow-capped peaks ahead another moment. It is simply incredible!

As you continue to hike through the trail, it narrows into a path that is not much bigger than your shoulders. Slowly and steadily, you’ll proceed higher to climb up the side of a cliff using your feet and handholds. This section is quite dangerous and exhausting because you would barely keep yourself steady for fear of slipping.

As you reach that point, don’t forget to look around and appreciate the magnificence of your surroundings. It is without a doubt an unforgettable moment in any person’s life. You will continue hiking until reaching another plateau with both Kilimanjaro and Meru peaks ahead. Enjoy the view of the variety of wildlife, including baboons, buffaloes, and elephants.

Bask in the beauty of the surrounding area, get ready to hike down again for a little bit. You will be going back into the rain forest when you start heading downwards again. Follow the trail until it ends at its start, where your vehicle is waiting for you.

It is a very tiring hike, but it is definitely worth the effort to see some of Tanzania’s most breathtaking sights! So, what are you waiting for? Book your tour now!

Itinerary

Day 0 Pickup to Airport

You will be picked up from airport. From there you will go to the hotel in Moshi for an orientation on your trek. Your guides will be there to provide you with details on your trek and will also check your trekking gears.

Dinner and overnight at PANAMA GARDEN RESORT or similar hotel in Moshi

Day 1Moshi to Momella gate-Miriakamba Hut (2500m)

After an early morning breakfast in Moshi (900m), you will be picked up from your hotel and brought to the Momella Gate in Arusha National Park. At this time, the porters will organize and pack the belongings for the hike while you and your guide register with the Tanzania National Park (TANAPA). You will then begin your ascent in Arusha National Park. The first day of hiking is similar to a walking safari; you should expect to see giraffes, zebras, antelope, buffalo, and potentially elephants near the trail. Due to the high possibility of spotting wildlife, an armed ranger, hired through the National Park, is required to hike with our team for the duration of the hike. As you continue hiking, you will pass the Ngarenanyuki River and a beautiful waterfall at the base of Mt. Meru. Upon arriving to Miriakamba Hut (2500m), your chef will prepare a hot dinner and washing water for you. Enjoy the beautiful sunset and overnight. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included

Day 2Miriakamba Hut (2500m) - Saddle Hut (3500m) Duration: 3-5 hours of hiking

After breakfast, you will start ascending up the steep trail along the ridge of the saddle. You may see various wildlife along the way! The trail has views of Mt. Meru Crater and the Ash Tray. When you arrive at camp, you have the option of hiking Little Mt. Meru (3820m) with your guide to further acclimate. You will be served an early dinner, so you can receive ample rest before your midnight summit attempt. Get to sleep by 1900! Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included

Day 3Saddle Hut (3500m) - Summit Attempt (4566m) - Moshi Duration: 12-14 hours of hiking

Your guide will wake you at 00:30 for tea and biscuits. You will then begin your summit attempt at 1:30am. The trail starts off on a steep grade to Rhino Point (3800m) to Cobra Point (4350m). The last hour of the hike you will scamble on a rocky ridge between the crater and inner cliffs of Meru. You will reach the summit of Meru (4565m) at sunrise with spectacular views of Mt. Meru Ash Tray and Mt. Kilimanjaro. Enjoy your views then descend to Momella Gate and return to Moshi Meals: Breakfast, Lunch Included

Dinner and overnight at PANAMA GARDEN RESORT or similar hotel in Moshi

Included

  • All meals and accommodations during the entire safari
  • A very high quality safari land cruiser with pop up roof
  • A highly experienced safari guide
  • Unlimited mineral water during the entire safari
  • All park fees for all the national parks
  • Airport transfers
  • All transfers in the mainland as indicated on above itinerary
  • Binoculars

Excluded

  • Soft drinks, beer, wine and spirits (as well as gifts like local crafts etc)
  • International flights tickets (airline) + Airport transfer.
  • Tips for staff such as guides and the cook staff
  • Fees for passport, visas, immunizations and insurance
  • Laundry, phone and other items of a personal nature
  • Visit and supports for the orphans center – these can be arranged and paid for direct to the center
 

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