Mount Meru-Climbing 4 Day Itinerary is good for acclimatization prior
to Mount Kilimanjaro climbing. The mountain is the third highest peak
in Africa after Mt Kilimanjaro and Mt Kenya. The climber will get an
opportunity to view one of the best savanna and forest that hosts
diverse wildlife, including nearly 400 species of birds, and also
monkeys and leopards.
Day1: Miriakamba Hut (2,514 m).
We start from Momella Gate (1,500 m) in late morning. The track soon
passes some open grassland, with a good chance of seeing buffaloes and
warthogs, and then continues as a steady climb through montane forest.
We take lunch at, or near, the Fig Tree Arch, which is big enough to
drive a car through! After lunch, the route continues through less
dense forest, where there are an abundance of birds and monkeys. The
black and white colobus monkeys are particularly fascinating to watch.
By mid-afternoon, there are the first closer views of the 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. [5-6 hours walking]
Day2: Saddle Hut (3,570 m).
The walk from Miriakamba Hut to the saddle below Little Meru is a
short day but a steep and sustained climb all the way. We walk through
attractive, open, and lush montane forest to reach the halfway point
of Elephant Ridge. This has excellent views of the summit ridge and
across most of the crater floor. Whilst resting, you might spot
elephants or other animals from here. The path continues uphill
through giant heather and other moorland vegetation to reach Saddle
Hut (3,570 m), where lunch is waiting for us. The afternoon is free to
rest and 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. [3-6 hours walking]
Day3: Miriakamba Hut (2,514 m).
An early start at around 2 a.m. to climb steeply to Rhino Point (3,800
m), and then continue along an undulating ridge of ash and rock to
reach Cobra Point (4,350 m) around 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 more on a superb but often steep path. The route
back to Rhino Point in the sharp 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 rest, and have brunch at Saddle Hut before continuing the
descent to Miriakamba Hut (2,514 m). [10-12 hours walking]
Note: The ridge between the summit and Rhino Point is not suitable for
those suffering from vertigo. In icy conditions or in strong winds, it
may be impossible for anyone to progress beyond Rhino Point.
Day4: Miriakamba Hut to Momella GateGate (1,500 m).
We take the direct route down towards Momella 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
CONTACT US FOR PRICING
1.Transport from Hotel in Arusha/Moshi and back to the last day.
2.All the entry, park fee, rescue fee and hut fee.
3.Guide,ranger,cook and porters
4.Three (3) meals a day and drinking water.
• International Flights
• visa for Tanzania
• Tips and personal expenses such as laundry and communication