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5 Days Mount Meru Trekking

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5 Days Mount Meru Trekking

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Magnetized by Mt Kilimanjaro, the hikers often overlook Mt Meru, the second-highest peak of Tanzania. Towering over Arusha National Park, Mount Meru offers an excellent warm-up exercise for Kilimanjaro, in addition to being a stunning trekking experience in the wild on its own.

Mount Meru trekking is a real adventure. The slopes of this dormant (yet active – the last eruption was in 1910) volcano offer fascinating panoramic vistas and bustling wildlife around it

This volcano was “born” around 500,000 years ago, and its very first eruption virtually exploded its eastern side, creating its well-known, peculiar appearance. In addition to that, Mt Meru has one of the deepest craters – over 1,500 meters!

Before and after the adventure you will stay in a good hotel with caring staff, hot water, reliable Wi-Fi, restaurant, and swimming pool.

INCLUSIONS

  •  Park fees
  •  All activities (unless labeled as optional)
  •  All accommodation as stated in the itinerary
  •  A professional driver/guide
  •  All transportation (unless labeled as optional)
  •  All Taxes/VAT
  •  Roundtrip airport transfer
  •  All Meals (as specified in the day-by-day section)
  •  Drinking water on all days
  •  Camping Equipment
  •  Porterage

 

EXCLUSIONS

  •  International flights (from/to home)
  •  Additional accommodation before and at the end of the tour
  •  Tips (tipping guideline US$20.00 pp per day)
  •  Personal items (souvenirs, travel insurance, visa fees, etc.)
  •  The government imposed an increase in taxes and/or park fees
  •  Alcohol drinks
  •  Rescue Fee
  •  Climbing Gear
  •  Sleeping Bag
  • Departure
    Kilimanjaro Airport (JRO)
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DAY 1. Airport pick-up- Drop off at Hotel
You will be picked up by the staff of NC Safaris  from Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) and driven to your Hotel. Participants will be given a short briefing for the climb the next day. Kits and the necessary equipment will be checked as well. Meals: Dinner Accommodation: Planet Lodge
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DAY 2. Momella Gate (1500m) - Miriakamba Hut (2500m)
In the morning, you will be picked up from your hotel and after a 45-minute drive, you will arrive at the Arusha National Park Gate for entry formalities. Afterwards, we drive a little further to Momella Gate to start ourclimb. After a steady 2-hour climb, you will reach Maio Falls and some picturesque meadows. After resting, we will be on our way to the well-known 'Arched Fig Tree', with its shape forming an arch over the path. After another 1½ - 2 hours, you will reach the Miriakamba Hut. Meals: Dinner Accommodation: Miriakamba Hut
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DAY 3. Miriakamba Hut (2500m) - Saddle Hut (3550m)
In the morning, we follow a steep track with wooden steps upwards. Due to the increase in altitude, it will be noticeably cooler than the previous day making the hike easier. After approximately 2 hours, you will reach the vantage point 'Mgongo wa Tembo' (Elephant back) at an elevation of 3200m, where you will enjoy a well-earned break. After another hike in which the vegetation changes from rainforest into an airy bush land, you will reach Saddle Hut (3550m) at midday for a relaxing lunch break. In the afternoon, you have the option to do a side trip to Little Meru (3820m), which takes approx. 1 - 1 ½ hours where you can have wonderful views of Arusha National Park and Kilimanjaro (approx. 80 km away). Meals: Dinner Accommodation: Miriakamba Hut
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DAY 4. Saddle Hut (3500m) – Summit Attempt (4566m) – Miriakamba Hut (2500m)
Duration: 10-12 hours of hiking Your guide will wake you at 00:30 for tea and biscuits. You will then begin your summit attempt at 1:30am. The trail starts off on a steep grade from Rhino Point (3800m) to Cobra Point (4350m). At the last hour of the hike, you will scamble on a rocky ridge between the crater and inner cliffs of Meru. You will reach the summit of Meru (4565m) at sunrise with spectacular views of Mt. Meru Ash Tray and Mt. Kilimanjaro. Enjoy your views then descend to Saddle Hut for a short break. You will then continue descending to Miriakamba Hut (2500m). Meals: Dinner Accommodation: Miriakamba Hut
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DAY 5. Miriakamba Hut (2500m) – Arusha (1400m)
Duration: 2-3 hours of hiking After a long rest and breakfast, we will begin our final descent to Momella gate. We will hike through forests and meadows where it is likely to spot wildlife. At the base of Mt. Meru, you will be greeted by our driver who will take you back to Arusha. Meals: Dinner

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