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TAS 215 - 4 Days Mount Meru Trekking Trip in Arusha

Mount Meru is an active stratovolcano located 70 kilometres (43 mi) west of Mount Kilimanjaro in the nation of Tanzania. At a height of 4,566 metres (14,980 ft), it is visible from Mt Kilimanjaro on a clear day[3], and is the tenth highest mountain in Africa. Much of its bulk was lost about 8,000 years ago due to an eastward volcanic blast, similar to the 1980 eruption of Mount St. Helens in the U.S. state of Washington. Mount Meru most recently had a minor eruption in 1910[1]. The several small cones and craters seen in the vicinity probably reflect numerous episodes of volcanic activity.Mount Meru is the topographic centerpiece of Arusha National Park. Its fertile slopes rise above the surrounding savanna and support a forest that hosts diverse wildlife, including nearly 400 species of birds, and also monkeys and leopards. Mount Meru

 

Mount Meru is an active stratovolcano located 70 kilometres (43 mi) west of Mount Kilimanjaro in the nation of Tanzania. At a height of 4,566 metres (14,980 ft), it is visible from Mt Kilimanjaro on a clear day[3], and is the tenth highest mountain in Africa.

Mount Meru is the topographic centerpiece of Arusha National Park. Its fertile slopes rise above the surrounding savanna and support a forest that hosts diverse wildlife, including nearly 400 species of birds, and also monkeys and leopards.

Highlights

Day 1: Arusha – Miriakamba Hut

Day 2: Miriakamba Hut – Saddle Hut

Day 3: Saddle hut – Summit Hut

Day 4: Summit Hut – Momella gate – Arusha

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Arusha – Miriakamba Hut

A Safari driver will pick you up from your hotel in Arusha and drive you to Arusha National Park, Momella Gate - about 1.5 hours drive. 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. This gentle uphill trek takes you through thick woodland, past the giant fig tree arch up to the Itikoni clearing where you will most likely find buffalo grazing. Cross a large stream just above the Maio waterfalls, and take a steep path up the crater rim wall to Miriakamba. You may encounter Elephant along the way; therefore an armed ranger will escort you with every step. Have dinner then retire for the night at Miriakamba Hut.

Overnight at Miriakamba Hut

Meal Plan {Lunch & Dinner}

Day 2: Miriakamba Hut – Saddle Hut

After breakfast leave for Miriakamba Hut through a mix of trees and pleasant glades up to Mgongo wa Tembo (elephant ridge). Enjoy a clear view of Meru crater and the cliffs below the summit. A pass between the slopes of Meru and the peak of Little Meru will lead you to Saddle Hut. This will take you 2-3 hours. There is an optional 1 to 1.5 hour round trip hike to the summit of Little Meru, from the Saddle Hut.

Overnight at the Saddle Hut

Meal Plan {Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner}

Day 3: Saddle Hut – Summit Hut

Rise as early as 1:00am and after half an hour begin hiking. Ascend for 4-5 hours along a narrow ridge. Continue through sheer cliffs and the sloping outer wall will see you to the summit. The walk is challenging and strenuous. Marvel at the breathtaking view of sunrise over Kilimanjaro. Descend to Saddle Hut for dinner and overnight.

Overnight at the Saddle Hut

Meal Plan {Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner}

Day 4: Summit Hut – Momella Gate – Arusha

Have breakfast after which you will continue your descent down the ridge to Miriakamba. Proceed through open mountain meadows and wooded streams directly to the Momella Gate. You will be met by your driver who will transfer you to your hotel in Arusha for some rest. The total trekking time this day is from 10 to 13 hours. Transfer to your hotel in Arusha.

Meal Plan {Breakfast}

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