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This is a short and rewarding 2-day Hiking Trek up Mount Meru in Tanzania’s second highest mountain, without reaching the summit. Mt. Meru is located in the heart of Arusha National Park and it is 50 miles west of Mt. Kilimanjaro.
This trek serves as an ideal warm-up for Mt. Kilimanjaro due to its altitude acclimatization and hiking distances. Mount Meru is a massive volcano reaching 14,980 feet (4,565 meters). The tour begins from Arusha then head to Arusha National Park in the morning, to begin our trek up Mount Meru.
A 5-minute drive 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.
Momella Gate is home to Arusha National Park Headquarters. It is also the starting point for Mt. Meru hikes and walking safaris in the park. The trek begins from Momella Gate (1500 meters/ 4200 Feet) where you meet your armed ranger.
The hike starts at around 1000 hours and along the way you are likely to see Buffalo, Bushbucks, Giraffes, Warthogs, and Zebras. Porters are not mandatory and one can carry as much of your own gear as one wants.
For the first scenic leg of the hike, an armed park ranger accompanies us through the game territory, helping to spot any roaming Giraffes and Buffalos in the area. From there we hike into the acacia forest, following the Southern Route up the slopes. A steady two-hour long climb brings us to Maio Falls and lovely pastures where we enjoy a picnic.
From the falls we hike to the ‘Arched Fig Tree’ a well-known attraction that the ranger tells us more about. Learn how the tree formed its arched shape, framing our path. We walk on for another one and a half hours or so until we get to the Miriakamba Hut where we sleep tonight. Rest and have dinner at the Miriakamba Hut this evening.
Each sleeping lodge has 8 rooms that take 4 people each. The rooms have two bunk beds with some reasonably comfortable mattresses and pillows, and a ceiling light that runs on batteries charged by solar energy. On a clear day, both the summit of Mt. Meru and the Ash Cone can be seen from the camp.
On the second day we continue our hike up Meru, hiking a little further with your guide, the hike will take you through a mix of trees and pleasant glades up to Mgongo wa Tembo (Elephant ridge), where you will have a clear view of Meru crater and the cliffs below the summit.
We then start the descent taking two to three hours, passing through game viewing land. Keep a look out for wildlife, including Elephants, Buffalos, Giraffes, and Black and White Columbus Monkeys, as we cover the final leg of our hike.
Arriving at the gate you will say farewell to your hiking crew and be taken back to Arusha where our short 2-day Mount Meru hiking tour ends.
Safari Itinerary in Summary
Day 1: Arusha – Transfer to Momella Gate (4,920 Feet/ 1,500 Meters) – Hike to Miriakamba Hut (8,250 Ft/ 2,514 M)
Day 2: Miriakamba Hut (2,514 Meters) – Momella Gate (1,500 Meters)
Safari Itinerary in Detail
Day 1: Arusha – Transfer to Momella Gate (4,920 Ft. / 1,500 M) – Hike to Miriakamba Hut (8,250 Ft/ 2,514 M)
Morning transfer from Arusha into Arusha National Park, to the Momella Gate (about 1.5 hours). After completion of administrative formalities and meeting with the guide, porters, and ranger, you will begin the 4 to 5-hour trek to Miriakamba Hut, through the crater floor.
The gentle uphill trek will take you through thick woodland, past the giant fig tree arch up to the Itikoni clearing where there are likely to be Buffalo grazing. Then you’ll then cross a large stream just above the Maio waterfalls, and take a steep path up the crater rim wall to Miriakamba.
You may encounter an elephant along the way, and an armed ranger will escort you at every step. Have dinner then retire for the night at Miriakamba Hut.
Elevation (meters): (1,387 meters to (1,500 meters)
Elevation (feet): 4,921 feet) to 3,000 feet )
Distance: 10 km
Hiking Time: 4 to 6 hours
Habitat: Montane Forest.
Day 2: Miriakamba Hut (2,514 m) – Momella Gate (1,500 m)
Hike a little further with your guide, the hike will take you though a mix of trees and pleasant glades up to Mgongo wa Tembo (elephant ridge), where you will have a clear view of Meru crater and the cliffs below the summit.
On this 2 to 3-hour trek, you will once again have the chance to see Giraffes, Buffaloes elephants as well as black and white colobus monkeys.
Arriving at the gate you will say farewell to your hiking crew and be taken back to Arusha.
Mount Meru Climbing Tour 2 Days 1 Night Hike Prices
Mount Meru Climbing Tour 2 Days 1 Night Hike Prices Include:
Rescue fees + First aid kit + Pulse oximeters + National park fees + Armed Ranger Fee + Boiled water on the mountain + Tents and sleeping mattresses + Cutlery, Crockery, Eating utensils + Guides, porters, cook, waiter salaries + Qualified guides with mountain crew + All meals on the mountain (breakfast, lunch & dinner) + Mess tent (for dining)/ Mini camping chairs/ Tables/ Candles + Guides, porters, waiter, cook + accommodation and entry fees on the mountain & Return transportation from Moshi to/from the starting/finishing point on the mountain
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Mount Meru Climbing Tour 2 Days 1 Night Hike Prices Exclude:
* Airport transfers
* Travel insurance
* Emergency oxygen
* Gear for your climb
* Items of personal nature
* Meals and drinks not specified
* Accommodation in Arusha/ Moshi
* Guides, porters, cooks & waiters gratuities
* Additional nights beyond the two standard hotel nights included