Climbing Mount Meruoffered by supplier M18764 (read about supplier)
Tour Duration: 4 day(s)
Group Size: 2 - 20 people
Specialty Categories: Mountain/Rock Climbing
Season: January - December
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: No
Minimum Per Person Price: 200 US Dollar (USD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 2000 US Dollar (USD)
Day 1: Depart from your hotel in the morning for Momella Gate of Arusha National Park (1,500m). After park entrance formalities, we begin our hike up Mount Meru, guided by a park ranger. The track passes open grassland, providing an opportunity to see buffalo, warthogs and other grazers. The trail continues as a steady climb through Montana forest. We take lunch near a giant fig tree arch. After lunch, the route continues through less dense forest, where there are an abundance of birds and black and white colobus monkeys. By mid-afternoon, we can see towering cliffs and the ash cone. We reach Miriakamba Hut (2,514 m.), situated in an idyllic grassy glade, in time to enjoy the last of the afternoon sun and beautiful views over the surrounding plains towards Kilimanjaro. (4-6 hours walking). Dinner and Overnight at the hut.
Day 2: The walk from Miriakamba Hut to the saddle below Little Meru is a short day but a steep climb. We slowly ascend through lush Montana forest to reach the halfway point of Elephant Ridge. From here we enjoy excellent views of the summit ridge and across the crater floor. The path continues through giant heather and other fascinating moorland vegetation to reach Saddle Hut (3,570 m), where lunch is will be provided. The afternoon is free to relax and to enjoy the views. The more energetic can make the short climb to the nearby summit of Little Meru (3,820 m) for superb views just before sunset. (3-5 hours walking).
Day 3: You will start early at around 8 a.m. to climb steeply to Rhino Point (3,800 m.), continuing along an undulating ridge of ash and rock to reach Cobra Point (4,350 m) at sunrise. The views are stunning: the cliffs of the Crater rim, the Ash Cone rising from the Crater floor, Kilimanjaro floating on the morning clouds and west towards the Rift Valley if the weather is clear. The summit of Socialist Peak (4,566 m) is an hour further on a good but steep path. The route back to Rhino Point in the morning light, on a narrow ridge between the sloping outer wall of the crater and the sheer cliffs of the inner wall, is one of the most dramatic and exhilarating walks in Africa. We enjoy a rest and brunch at Saddle Hut before continuing the descent to Miriakamba Hut (2,514 m, 10-12 hours walking). Miriakamba Hut.
Day 4: Breakfast. You will 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 of the National Park. We should reach Momella Gate by late morning (2-3 hours walking). Once you reach the end of the climb you will be transferred to your hotel.
Airfare is not included in the tour price.
- National Park entry fees, hut fees, rescue fees.
- English speaking guide(s), cook and porters.
- Full board camping accommodation during the climb.
- Mineral water for the first day, boiled and filtered water on the ther days.
- Transfer to the gate and return to Arusha.
- Other drinks.
- Meals and accommodation in Arusha - We can arrange this too.
- Sleeping bag.
- Personal expenses and tips.
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M18764 is owned and run by Mr. Paul Harun. He was born in Shinyanga near Lake Victoria. After completing the primary and secondary school he specialized in environmental topics finishing a year in the Environmental Care College of Dar es Salaam. Paul graduated from Moshi's Royal Tourism and Hotel Management...