Mt. Meru is the second highest mountain in Tanzania at 4566m (14,979 ft), although it is overshadowed by Kilimanjaro, its famous neighbor, and frequently overlooked by trekkers. But Meru is a spectacular classic volcanic cone, and well worth a visit. A trek to the summit involves hiking through the grassland and lush forest on the mountain’s beautiful lower slopes, followed by a dramatic and exhilarating walk along the knife-edge rim of the horseshoe crater.
Meru was formed by volcanic action like most of the mountains in the region associated with the creation of the Great Rift Valley. The circular wall of the crater was broken by subsequent explosions to make today’s horseshoe shape, and more recent volcanic activity has created the ash cone that stands inside the crater. Small eruptions have been reported in the last 100 years, indicating that Meru is still not quite extinct. The local Wa- arusha who live in the area regard the mountain as sacred. Every year a bull or sheep is sacrificed and offered to the mountain to ensure rain in the coming season. It is most likely that local people have been visiting the forest and even the area on the crater floor for generations. It is not known whether anybody ever reached the summit. The eposed nature of the effects of altitude would probably have deterred causal curiosity. The climb.
Day 0 Arrive in Arusha Meet and great by TSK Officials Transfer to the Hote lDinner and overnight at Hotel/Lodge in Arusha.
Momella gate to Miriakamba Hut : 1,500m – 2,514m (10 kms, 4-5 hrs)
07H30 depart Arusha for Momella gate. Your guide will assist you with park signing formalities. ( Remember to have your passport details with you).
On Completion of park formalities, begin your trek past the Engarenanyuke River ( in Maasai Language the brown water river). Momella gate to Miriakamba Hut : 1500m – 2514m (10 kms, 4-5 hrs)The Trek will take you through the Meru rain forest towards the crater floor, and then steeply up to Miriakamba.Picnic lunch en route.Dinner and Overnight at Miriakamba Hut.
Day 2 Miriakamba Hut to Saddle Hut : 2,514m – 3,570m (4 Kms, 3-4 hrs)
Breakfast at the Camp.Trek uphill slightly until it peters out into a path which climbs steeply up through pleasant glades between the trees, to reach Buffalo Swamp and Elephant Ridge up to Saddle Hut. You can sidetrack to Little Meru and Rhino Point, which takes 2 hours return for each way.
Picnic Lunch en route.Dinner and Overnight at Saddle hut.
Day 3 Saddle Hut to Meru summit: 3,570m – 4,566m (5 Kms, 4-5 hrs)
Very early breakfast at the Saddle hut.Leave Saddle Hut very early in the morning to reach the summit in time to see the sun rising from behind Kilimanjaro, and to stand a chance of avoiding the late morning mist. Continue trekking to the summit, the views are spectacular. From the summit retrace the route round the rim, back to Saddle Hut.After brief rest, descent to Miriakamba hut for Dinner and Overnight.
Day 4 Miriakamba Hut to Momella gate: 2,514m – 1,500m (9 Kms, 3-5 hrs).
Breakfast at Miriakamba Hut.Trek down from Miriakamba Hut through the rain forest to Momella gate. This is the time you will sign out and you will also give a farewell o your Meru Porters.You will then drive back to Arusha for Dinner and overnight at Hotel/ Lodge in Arusha.
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