Transfer from your hotel to Arusha National Park, pay fees etc. and drive to the Momella Gate to begin your trek. You will trek with an armed ranger as you can see buffalo, warthogs, and elephants.The climb continues through sub-montane forest and you will pass a huge Strangler Fig tree which cars can drive through! After lunch you continue through the less dense montane forest. Great views of Meru, towering cliffs and Ash Cone. The Miriakamba Huts are found in a pleasant glade which you will reach in time to enjoy the superb views of the plains between Meru and Kilimanjaro.
From the Miriakamba Huts it is a steep climb to the crater rim. Then, you follow a steep path through the montane forest to reach the giant Ericas in the Moorland zone around the saddle between Little Meru and Meru. Lunch will be ready by the time you arrive at the Saddle Huts. Your afternoon is free to rest and enjoy the views, but energetic trekkers can make the short climb summit Little Meru (3,820 m/) for stunning views just before sunset.
We start early at around 1:30 a.m. to climb steeply to Rhino Point (3,800 m.) and on to Cobra Point (4350m). We reach the summit (4,566 m) for sunrise there is a possibility to see Kilimanjaro Peak above the clouds. The final part of the climb is along a spectacular narrow ridgeline between the sheer inner cliffs and the sloping outer wall of the crater. We take a short rest and brunch at Saddle Hut before continuing the descent to the Momella gate. The returning transfer will be waiting at Momella Gate to pick you to your hotel in Arusha/Moshi.
Elevation (m): 3,570 m to 4,565m to 2,514m
Elevation (ft): 14,977ft to 11,712 ft to 8,250ft
Distance: 5 km up 13 km down
Hiking Time: 12 – 14 hours
Habitat: Alpine Desert Moorland and Montane forest.
Mount Meru 3 Days $750 per person