3 Days 2 Nights Mount Meru Climbing
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Meru is a great preparation hike for climbing Kilimanjaro, or a spectacular trek for those not compelled to do Kilimanjaro. You will hike past wildlife, the landscape is spectacular, and sunrise on the summit has Kilimanjaro as the backdrop.While it can be done in only 4 days, it is not an easy peak to summit.
To reach the top (almost 15,000 feet), there is some scrambling on rocks in the dark and at high altitude. You should be prepared for at least 10 hours of hiking on summit day. For an easier hike, you can climb just to Rhino Point for sunrise overlooking Kilimanjaro, and then descend.
Mt. Meru is in Arusha National Park. In Arusha National Park all hikers must be accompanied by an armed ranger. This ranger is employed directly by the national park. You will also have your own mountain guide, who is managing the crew and watching out for your safety.
The park ranger has the authority to make decisions such as trail choices, pace, etc. Arusha National Park may combine groups of people to hike with one park ranger, therefore, we cannot guarantee a completely private Meru trek.Arusha National Park requires the hire of porters specific to Arusha national park, who will be assigned once you arrive at the trail registration.
|DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION||Arusha Town|
DAY 1 : Mount Meru Park Gate – Mariakamba: 4-5 hours
Drive from Arusha to Mount Meru park gate where you will be met by our game ranger and porters. Hike for a few hours to Mariakamba Hut at 8,500 ft. From here you may wish to take an evening walk on the slopes to view wildlife at one of the watering holes in the crater. Dinner and overnight rest at Mariakamba Hut, L, D.
DAY 2 :Mariakamba Hut – Saddle Hut
Hike Distance 4km, 2 – 3 hrs, 1050m ascent, Alt: 3566 Dinner and overnight Saddle Hut.
DAY 3 : Summit – Momella Gate To Arusha or Moshi
From Meru Summit to Saddle Hut to Momella Gate and back to Arusha Hike Distance 14km, 6 to 8hrs, 3050m descent, Alt: 1516 Drive 1 hr back to Arusha or Moshi
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