Mt. Meru ascent
MOUNT MERU CLIMB
Ascension of 3 days / 2 nights, which requires, as the Kili, a good physical condition and training to mountain hiking. Rapid Evolution of the vegetation and wildlife. The first day is also very rich in encounters (elephant, buffalo, ...) and requires the presence of a TANAPA armed guard.
Stunning views starting from 3500 m. The emotion is ensured in the last refuge, when the sun sets over the western glaciers of Kilimanjaro, so close.
Ascent of Mount Meru (first day)
Crossing the Ngare Nanyuki River and about 1 ½ hour of walk on a beautiful forest track passing under the fig tree Arch and fording small streams.
Picnic towards the Maio Falls.
Still 1 ½ hour of walk to get to Kitoto Camp, superb views across the west of the Kilimanjaro and the Arusha National Park.
One last hour to reach Miriakamba Hut through the Meru crater, wide plateau opened on the east and covered with copses and clearings inhabited by many animals.
MIRIAKAMBA HUT / SADDLE HUT (second day)
Departure in the morning for about 4 hours of walk and 1000 m of uneven path. The temperature at this altitude is very pleasant, the vegetation is lush, almost tropical and gradually gives way to heathers.
In the late afternoon, you can climb the "Little Meru" (3820 m) in 1 ½ hour roundtrip where you can admire the pink and orange blazes of Kilimanjaro's snow at dusk. Dinner and overnight at the Saddle Hut refuge located at 3570 meters, on the col joining Mount Meru and Little Meru.
SADDLE HUT / MOUNT MERU SUMMIT/ ARUSHA
After a very early start ( around 1:30 AM), departure to join Rhino Point , which you reach after an hour of walk.
For this climb we recommend that you bring warm clothing as the wind can be very brisk and cold. From Rhino Point, the Kilimanjaro looms as a silhouette on the horizon. You will then engage on a narrow and aerial crest forming the crater rim and dominating the lava cone where the plunging view is spectacular.
After 4 good hours of walk on lava composed of rocks, slags and volcanic dust, you will finally reach the summit.
At 4566 m, all major volcanoes north of the country, located in the Great African Rift, of which Oldonyo Lengai is still active, and the Kitumbeini and Arusha town are visible if the sky is not covered too much.
You will complete the descent towards Saddle Hut by the same track in about 3 hours. In order to reach Miriakamba Hut you will take a different track that follows the rivers bed formed by the erosion of rainwater. Then, back to Momella Gate through tall grass and bushes.
You will be given after this journey, a document certifying that you have conquered the Mount Meru summit.