4-Days Mt Meru Climb

Day 1: Nairobi – Arusha/ Moshi.

We pick you at 7:00 am from your hotel to join a sharing shuttle bus to Tanzania via Namanga border to Arusha town. Expected time of arrival is 14:00hrs. Overnight at a hotel on {B/B}  bed and breakfast basis.

Day 2: Arusha (1,400m) – Miriakamba Hut (2,500m)

Duration: 5-7 hours of hiking
After early morning breakfast in Arusha/ Moshi, 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 arrival at Miriakamba Hut (2,500m), a hot dinner will be served. Enjoy the beautiful sunset and overnight.

Day 3: Miriakamba Hut (2,500m) – Saddle Hut (3,500m)

Duration: 3-5 hours of hiking
After breakfast, you will start ascending up the steep trail along the ridge of the saddle. If lucky, you may see some 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 (3,820m) 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 19:00hrs.

Day 4: Saddle Hut (3,500m) – Summit Attempt (4,566m) – Arusha/Moshi

Distance: 5 km up 13 km down
Hiking Time: 12 – 14 hours
Your guide will wake you at 00:30 for tea and biscuits. You will then begin your summit attempt at 1:30 am. The trail starts off on a steep grade to Rhino Point (3,800m) to Cobra Point (4,350m). The last hour of the hike you will scramble on a rocky ridge between the crater and inner cliffs of Meru. You will reach the summit of Meru (4,565m) at sunrise with spectacular views of Mt. Meru Ash Tray and Mt. Kilimanjaro. Enjoy your views then descend to Saddle Hut for breakfast and a short break. You will then continue continuing the descent to the Momella gate. The returning transfer will be waiting at Momella Gate to pick you to your hotel in Arusha/ Moshi for dinner and overnight. You may proceed to our other safari extensions.

Mountains have their own climate on account of its height. Rain clouds can appear without warning and be gone hours later. An early morning frost is possible at any time of the year and guests should bring a fleece and light rain jacket, although during the heat of the day shorts and T-shirts should suffice.

Mountain gear to pack https://www.maraexpeditions.co.ke/mountain-equipment-packing-checklist/

Options are of course many and varied and in many cases, we can be flexible about the itinerary for accommodation facilities and the extension of the safari destinations.

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