4 Days 3 Nights Mount Meru Trekking Trip Arusha Tanzania Safari

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Climb Mount Meru

This short and rewarding 4-day hiking trek up Mount Meru in Tanzania offers you the opportunity to climb the fifth highest mountain on the African continent and the second highest in Tanzania at 4568 meters.

Mount Meru is the best for acclimatization prior to the Mount Kilimanjaro climb. There is only one official route to the summit of Meru – the ‘Momella route’ which passes through game lands, rainforests, and open bush, as well as covering some challenging rocky terrain near the top.

 It is a great mountain to climb and offers spectacular scenery, including views of Mount Kilimanjaro. The mountain is un-spoilt and less congested as compared to  Mount Kilimanjaro and Mount Kenya counterparts.

Guides are mandatory for every trek up Mount Meru; they are armed and are there for your safety to protect you from the abundant wildlife. We include porters on all treks as they make the trek more enjoyable. Porters will carry up to 15 kg each.

On Mount Meru, two huts provide accommodation, Saddle Hut (3570 meters) and Miriakamba Hut (2514 meters). It`s common to spend the first and third nights at Miriakamba and the second at Saddle hut. Both huts offer wonderful views.

This 4-day hiking trek up Mount Meru begins with a pick-up from Arusha or Moshi towns. An easy 40-minute drive from Arusha brings us to the entrance gate of Arusha National Park, where your guide completes the necessary paperwork.

Formalities complete, a trekking team of local porters will join you, and then we continue to the nearby Momella Gate. The trail starts by winding its way through montane forest where you will see waterfalls, wildlife, and some pretty oddly formed trees!

Remember, an armed national park ranger will accompany you on your route. The first day of trekking takes about 4 hours or so until we get to the Miriakamba Hut where we sleep for the night.

On the second day, you will hike for 4 hours to reach the Saddle Hut early afternoon getting great views of Kilimanjaro, You will also have time to visit ‘Little Meru’ at 3,820m.

Day 3 begins with a summit ascent in the middle of the night at 2 am. You get to the summit just before sunrise. The 360-degree views are spectacular, especially the sun rising over Kilimanjaro!

Before your descent, you can explore Meru’s ash cone within the crater. Then you begin the descent reaching the Miriakamba Hut, in the early hours of the afternoon.

Day four you continue with the final stretch of the descent taking 3 hours to reach the gate. We say goodbye to the team of local porters and transfer to Arusha where the tour ends.

Safari Itinerary in Summary

Day 1: Arusha (1400 Meters) – Miriakamba Hut (2500 meters) Duration: 4 to 6 hours of hiking
Day 2: Miriakamba Hut (2500 meters) – Saddle Hut (3500 meters) Duration: 3 to 5 hours of hiking
Day 3: Saddle Hut (3500 meters) – Summit Attempt (4566 meters) – Miriakamba Hut (2500 meters) Duration: 10 to 12 hours of hiking
Day 4: Miriakamba Hut (2500 meters) – Arusha (1400 meters) Duration: 2 to 3 hours of hiking

Safari Itinerary in Detail

Day 1: Arusha (1400 Meters) – Miriakamba Hut (2500 meters) Duration: 4 to 6 hours of hiking

0800 Hours: After early morning breakfast in Arusha (1400 meters), you will be picked up from your hotel and transferred to the Momella Gate in Arusha National Park (about 1.5 hours drive).

0930 Hours: Once at the gate, the porters will organize and pack the luggage for the hike while your guide assists you to register with the Tanzania National Park (TANAPA) for the mountain trek. Then after you will begin your 10 km’s hike through Montane Forest of Arusha National Park.

The first day of hiking is similar to a walking safari; you should expect to see Giraffes, Zebras, Antelope, Buffalo, and potentially elephants along the trail. An armed ranger will accompany you as you hike up the mountain.

You will pass the Ngarenanyuki River and a beautiful waterfall at the base of Mt. Meru. Upon arrival at Miriakamba Hut (2500 meters), your cook will prepare dinner and boil hot water for a shower as you enjoy watching the African sunset.

Overnight at Miriakamba Hut.

Meal Plan {Lunch & Dinner}


Day 2: Miriakamba Hut (2500 meters) – Saddle Hut (3500 meters) Duration: 3 to 5 hours of hiking

After breakfast, your 8 km walk through forest and moorland begins by ascending up the steep trail along the ridge of the saddle. You may see a variety of wildlife along the way! The trail has views of Mt. Meru Crater and the Ash Tray. 

When you arrive at the Saddle Hut, you will enjoy a hot lunch. In the afternoon you have the option of hiking Little Mt. Meru (3820 meters) with your guide to further acclimate and for superb views just before sunset.

You will be served an early dinner, so you can get enough rest before your midnight summit attempt.

Get ready to sleep by 1900!

Dinner and overnight night at Saddle Hut.
Meal Plan {Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner}


Day 3: Saddle Hut (3500 meters) – Summit Attempt (4566 meters) – Miriakamba Hut (2500 meters) Duration: 10 to 12 hours of hiking

0030 Hours: Your guide will wake you for a cup of tea/ coffee and some biscuits. You will then begin your summit attempt which covers a distance of 5 km up 13 km down through Alpine desert moorland and montane forest.

0130 Hours: The trail starts off on a steep grade from Rhino Point (3800 meters) to Cobra Point (4350 meters). During the last hour of the hike, you will scramble on a rocky ridge between the crater and inner cliffs of Meru.

You will reach the summit of Meru (4565 meters) 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 (2500 meters) for dinner and overnight.

Overnight at Miriakamba Hut.
Meal Plan {Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner}


Day 4: Miriakamba Hut (2500 meters) – Arusha (1400 meters) Duration: 2 to 3 hours of hiking

We take a short and fast descent way through open grassland and mixed forest, with possibility of seeing wildlife before reaching Momella Gate in the late morning. Hiking distance: 10 km.

The returning transfer will be waiting at Momella Gate to pick you to Arusha or Moshi.

Meal Plan {Breakfast}

4 Days 3 Nights Mount Meru Trekking Trip Arusha Tanzania Safari Prices

4 Days 3 Nights Mount Meru Trekking Trip Arusha Tanzania Safari Rates Include:

All Park fees + Rescue fees + Pulse Oximeters + 3 Nights in Mountain Huts + Clean, purified drinking water + All meals while on the Mountain + Fair and ethical treatment of porters + Private professional mountain guides + Crisis management and safety procedures + Guides, Porters, cook salaries and park fees & Return transfers from Arusha to Arusha National Park Momella Gate and back

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Notes

* Success is what we want during our trip. We are prepared for any urgent situation and also have in place a complete evacuation procedure in case of altitude sickness. We carry first aid supplies and Pulse Oximeters)
* Travel insurance: all guests traveling with us are required to have fully comprehensive travel insurance. The policy needs to be valid from the date that the initial order is placed to provide cover for a cancellation before departure. During travel, the insurance needs to provide comprehensive medical, evacuation, and repatriation cover


4 Days 3 Nights Mount Meru Trekking Trip Arusha Tanzania Safari Rates Exclude:

* Drinks (Soft or alcoholic)
* Mountain Trekking Gears
* Personal travel insurance
* Optional Tours (Safaris/ Tours after your climb etc)
* Visas/ transit visas 50 US Dollars per person on arrival
* Items of personal nature, Tips to the assisting staff, Flight (Domestic/ International)
* Hotel accommodation before the trek in Arusha and after (Can be arranged upon request)
* Private evacuation fees: (20 US Dollars per person) Flying Doctor services while in Tanzania

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