About Mt Meru
Located to the east of Arusha town, about 20 kilometers drive from Arusha; Mount Meru is the second highest mountain in Tanzania. The mountain stands at an altitude of 4566 meters above sea level inside the Arusha National Park. Meru has one route to the top and can be attempted for three days but we highly recommend doing for four days for acclimatization. Most alpines uses Meru for acclimatization before the Kilimanjaro climb. The mountain has less snow formed at the volcano eruption.
Unlike Kilimanjaro when you are climbing the Mount Meru you have to be escorted by an armed ranger(s) as you pass through the Arusha National Park. It is at this time when you will enjoy the walking safari as you pass the groups of African buffaloes, Zebras, Black and white colobus monkey just little wildlife to mention.
4 Days / 3 Nights
Day 1: ARUSHA / MIRIAKAMBA
In the morning drive from the hotel to the Arusha National park.You will register at the Momela gate and here we pay the Park fees. We will be accompanied with an armed Ranger with Guide Cook and crew from B.E.Safars.Today you will hike around 10 kilometers through the forest to the crater floor ascend up to Meriakamba Hut an elevetion of 2514 m.Lunch enroute dinner/ overnight Miriakamba Hut.
Day 2: MIRIAKAMBA / SADLE
Today you will have a short hike of around 4 km to the Saddle Hut located at an elevation of 3570 m. From the Miriakamba Hut the trail will climb up through glades between the trees to the Toela Mbogo and Mgongo Wa Tembo (Elephant Ridge). From here there are good views into the crater. You will also see the cliffs below the summit. Your hike today will only last about 3-4 hours. Lunch enroute.This will leave you ample time to enjoy
the views and take some side trips to Little Meru (3820 m) for acclimatization dinner/overnight Sadle Hut.
Day 3: SADLE / SUMMIT / SADLE
From the Saddle Hut early in the morning after breakfast at 2.00 am you will start up steeply through some bushes and coming out into an area of bare rock and ash. Proceed to Rhino Point where the trail drops then rises steeply where you go through patches of bare rock and scree to reach the summit (Socialist Peak) 4566 m (14979ft). It generally takes 5-6 hours up and 2-3 hours to return to the Saddle Hut. Hot Lunch at Sadle. Dinner/overnight Sadale Hut.
Day 4: MIRIAKAMBA / MOMELA
Today you will descend from the Saddle Hut to the Momella Gate passing through the Miriakamba Hut area on the way down hot lunch at Meriakamba. Return to your Hotel via Momela gate where we will collect your certificate for a shower and relaxing evening.