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Mt Meru is the fifth highest mountain in the Africa and the second highest in Tanzania. It is 4566m, a massive volcanic blast blew away the entire eastern flank of the mountain and left it with the characteristic and distinctive appearance it has today. Climbing Mt Meru passes through many different vegetation zones.
From dry forest of the lower region that gives way to a dense mountain rainforest, which then turns into a scrubland. Towards the top of the mountain, the vegetation consists of heath and moorland and then finally replaced by the stunning baron alpine deserts. As the flora changes the wildlife does so too, which is diverse and equally impressive. The mountain is often used as a warm-up climb in preparation for the Kilimanjaro. However, the technical requirements are greater on Mount Meru than on the Kilimanjaro Routes.During the ascent, you will regularly come across large game such as elephants, buffalos you may also come across leopards. Because of this, it is obligatory to be accompanied by an armed park ranger on your tour. The ascending takes 4 day, however 3 day Climbing is also possible depending with you fitness.
You will be picked from your Arusha hotel and drive for about 45-minute to Arusha National Park Gate. At the National Park gate, your guide will complete the obligatory entry forms and whilst he does so, you can peruse the information boards of the National park. Once the formalities have been completed and the hiking team consisting of porters from the surrounding villages is formed, you will then be driven further to Momella Gate. An armed park ranger will accompany you while you start your hike and get a first glimpse of the wonderful giraffes and buffalos. Once you have left the buffalo herds and giraffes behind, you will enter the acacia forest in which you will follow the Southern Route. After a steady 2-hour climb, you will reach Maio Falls and some picturesque meadows that are a perfect place for a picnic. After a rest, you will again be on your way and soon reach the well-known 'Arched Fig Tree'. Here your park ranger will give you the formation about this tree and how it gained its shape forming an arch over the path. After another 1½ - 2 hours, you will reach the Miriakamba Hut. Evening meal and overnight as the Miriakamba Hut.
In the morning, you will leave the Miriakamba Hut behind and follow a steep track with wooden steps upwards. It will be cooler than the previous day and due to this, the hike will seem to get easier. The clouds also often hang in the rainforest and dip the lush vegetation in a moody atmosphere. In about 2 hours, u will reach the vantage point 'Mgongo wa Tembo "Elephant back" at an elevation of 3200m, where you will enjoy a well-earned break. After continue hiking in which the vegetation changes from rainforest into an airy bush land, you will reach Saddle Hut (3550m) at midday for a relaxing lunch break. During the afternoon, you have the option of a side trip to Little Meru (3820m) which takes approximately 2 hours walk from where you will have wonderful views of Arusha National Park and of the Kilimanjaro. Back to the hut, a warm dinner is waiting for you before you will have the final preliminary talk in preparation for the following day's climb to the summit.
After an early start with tea and biscuits, you will leave for the summit at 02:00 hrs. By using torchlight, (sportlight) you will follow the trail through bush land to the so-called Rhino Point (3821m) in which the path turns into a little more challenging trek with occasional light climbs. You will follow the north ridge to the summit on which you walk on ground alternating between lava ash and rock. After approx. 4 - 5 hours, you will be at the summit where the Tanzanian flag can be seen on your sights. You will be able to enjoy the sun rising above Kilimanjaro and the fantastic view of Mount Meru's crater with its steep sides and the "Ash Cone" in the middle. The descent follows the same route back to Saddle Hut (3550m) where you will take a well-deserved long break and recuperate with hot soup and tea. Once refreshed, you will continue with the descent and early afternoon you will reach Miriakamba Hut (2500m) Here you will you will relax and think about the last stages that you have completed. Evening meal and overnight stay at Miriakamba Hut
After breakfast, you will have a 2 - 3 hour trek over the so-called 'Northern Route' back to Momella Gate. The descent is shorter than the ascent but there is still the chance to see elephants, buffalos, giraffes as well as the black and white columbus monkeys. At the gate, you will say farewell to your hiking crew and your driver will take you back to Arusha. Breakfast
The summit stage contains a few simple but unsecured climbing passages. A good head for heights and sure footedness are absolutely necessary. In adverse weather conditions (heavy rain, icy rocks and paths or thick fog) the park ranger can call off the climb to the summit
3 Meals a day according to itinerary
2 litres of mineral water per person per day
All National Park fees and rescue fees
Professional English speaking mountain guide
English speaking park ranger guide
2 overnight stays at budget hotel in Arusha
Overnight stays ( accommodation) as per program
Return transfer to the Kilimanjaro Airport/ Nairobi
Meals which are not mentioned in the travel plan, Snacks.
Alcohol and soft drinks (sodas, Juices etc.)
Personal spending monies for souvenirs etc.
Trekking shoes and warm clothes, gloves, sun glass