Meru is one of Africa’s most beautiful volcanoes, and is the second highest mountain in Tanzania at 4.5685m, the fifth highest in Africa. The Mountain is located to within Arusha National Park. This prime location gives walkers the opportunity to spot some of the birds and wildlife that inhabit the area. The route to the summit passes over streams, through parkland, mountain forest, a giant heather zone and moorland. The summit is reached by a narrow, barren ridge that provides stunning views of the ash cone lying several thousand feet below in the crater. The ascend is quite steep. Weather permitting, Kilimanjaro can be seen in the West.
There are two huts available for climbers on the mountain. The best time to climb is between October and February as well as June to September, when it is cooler.
This is a 4 days trek, allowing non-trekkers to experience Africa and test your fitness for Kilimanjaro climbing! A truly a wonderful adventure.
Day 1: Transfer from your hotel to Momella gate; you will meet your ranger who will be watching out for your safety whilst you are walking through the bush. Relax and feel safe, you are in good hands, the rangers are experienced and carrying equipment to protect you from any danger, as there is of course wildlife living here!! Walking through forest to Miriakamba Hut, enjoy your lunchbox under the shade of a tree and continue your trial to Miriakamba hut where you will be served dinner and spend the night.
Day 2: Walk from Miriakamba to saddle Hut below little Meru: short day but a steep climb, continue walk to reach the halfway point of Elephant ridge where we enjoy excellent views of the summit ridge and across the crater floor. The path continuous through enormous heather and other fantastic moorland to reach Saddle hut. Lunch will be provided here. This afternoon is left free for you to relax and recuperate and enjoy the views. The more energetic walkers can make the short climb to the close by summit of little Meru (3,820m) a wonderful views can be witnessed from here just before sunset.
Day 3: Saddle Hut to Miriakamba Hut. Today we need to start early, around 2am as we climb steeply to Rhino Point, we continue to trek along a ridge of rock and ash to reach Cobra point at sunrise. The views are truly breathtaking, the crater rim and Kilimanjaro resting upon morning clouds. If the weather is clear enough, you can see west to the Rift Valley. The summit of Socialist Peak is an hour approximately further walking time, the path is good but steep! The route back to Rhino Point in the morning light is taken via the narrow ridge of the sloping outer wall of the crater and the sheer inner wall. This has to be one of the most exhilarating walks in all of Africa. We enjoy taking brunch at Saddle Hut before continuing our decent to Miriakamba Hut. This day is long, 10-12 hours approximate walking time.
Day 4: We should reach Momella Gate by late morning; we take the direct route down through open grassland and mixed forest, with good chances of seeing wildlife. This trail has excellent views back towards the crater and over the plains. Once you reach here, you will be transferred to your hotel in Arusha to relax and reflect on your exhausting but amazing journey.
Please note: The ridge between Rhino point and the Summit is unsuitable for these people who are suffering from vertigo, in strong winds or icy conditions it may be impossible for everyone to continue past Rhino point. We at Touch Africa Adventures want to ensure your safety above anything else, therefore, please understand that we cannot control the weather and this trek to the Summit is the weather permitting.
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