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Mt Meru Trek - 4 Days

4 Days/3 Nights

Mt. Meru is situated in the centre of Arusha National Park and is approximately 80 kilometres west of Mt. Kilimanjaro. Mount Meru is a massive volcano reaching an elevation of  (4,565 meters). This trek is very a popular warm up for Mt. Kilimanjaro due to its altitude acclimatization and hiking distances. This trek is also favourable for hikers that prefer less crowds and a challenging ascent.

As Mount Meru is located in Arusha National Park, hikers must climb with an armed ranger due to the wide range of wildlife living on the mountain. On the lower slopes of the mountain, hikers are more likely to see elephants, giraffes, and buffalo! As hikers continue their ascents, the trail follows the north rim of the volcano’s crater along a dramatic ridge line. Throughout the climb, hikers sleep in designated huts along the trail. Hikers reach the summit as the sun is rising and they will have spectacular views of Mt. Kilimanjaro and of the Mt. Meru Crater.

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Safari Highlights

  • Mt Kilimanjaro Training Mountain (4350m)
  • Trekking Chef accompanying throughout
  • Offers a true wilderness experience on the early stages of the climb
  • Fully catered accommodation in huts
  • Few Climbers than Mt Kilimanjaro
  • Available emergency evacuation service (Flying Doctor - Air Ambulance 24Hrs)
  • Wildlife sightings common
  • Easy climb, high success rates

Safari at a Glance

1Momela Gate to Mariakamba HutMariakamba Hut
2Mariakamba Hut to Saddle HutSaddle Hut
3Mariakamba Hut to Cobra Point to Mariakamba HutMariakamba Hut
4Mariakamba Hut to Momela Gate
The Itinerary

Day 1: Momela Gate to Mariakamba Hut

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

We start from Momella Gate (1,500 m) in late morning. The track soon passes some open  grassland, with a good chance of seeing buffaloes and warthogs, and then continues as a steady climb through montane forest. We take lunch at, or near, the Fig Tree Arch, which is big enough to drive a car through! After lunch , the route continues through less dense forest, where there are an abundance of birds and monkeys. The black and white colobus monkeys are particularly fascinating to watch. By mid-afternoon, there are the first closer views of the towering cliffs and the Ash  Cone. We reach Miriakamba Hut (2,514 m), situated in an idyllic grassy glade, in time to enjoy the last of the afternoon sun and beautiful views over the surrounding plains towards Kilimanjaro. [5-6 hours walking]

Day 2: Mariakamba Hut to Saddle Hut

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

The walk from Miriakamba Hut to the saddle below Little Meru is a short day but a steep and sustained climb all the way. We walk through attractive, open, and lush montane forest to  reach the halfway point of Elephant Ridge. This has excellent views of the summit ridge and across most of the crater floor. Whilst resting, you might spot elephants or other animals from here. The path continues uphill through giant heather and other moorland vegetation to reach Saddle Hut (3,570 m), where lunch is waiting for us. The afternoon is free to rest and enjoy the views. The more energetic can make the short climb to the nearby summit of Little Meru (3,820 m) for superb views  just before sunset. [3-6 hours walking]

Day 3: Mariakamba Hut to Cobra Point to Mariakamba Hut

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

An early start at around 2 a.m. to climb steeply to Rhino Point (3,800 m), and then continue along an undulating ridge of ash and rock to reach Cobra Point (4,350 m) around sunrise. The views are stunning: the cliffs of the Crater rim, the Ash Cone rising from the Crater floor, Kilimanjaro floating on the morning clouds ,and west towards the Rift Valley  if the weather is clear. The summit of Socialist Peak (4,566 m) is an hour more on a superb but often steep path. The route back to Rhino Point in the sharp morning light on a  narrow ridge between the sloping outer wall of the crater and the sheer cliffs of the inner wall is one of the most dramatic and exhilarating walks in Africa. We rest, and have brunch at Saddle Hut before continuing the descent to Miriakamba Hut (2,514 m). [10-12 hours walking]

Day 4: Mariakamba Hut to Momela Gate

Meals: Breakfast

We take the direct route down towards Momella through open grassland and mixed forest, with good chances of seeing wildlife. This trail has excellent views back towards the crater and over the plains of the National Park. We should reach Momella Gate by late morning. [2-3 hours walking]

What's Included?

  • Transport to and from Momella Gate to Kilimanjaro Airport or Arusha accommodation
  • All National Park fees
  • Guide and porter fees
  • Hut accommodation based on twin share
  • All food whilst on the trek

What's Not Included?

  • Single supplements for private tent or room use ($120)
  • Extra Porter $80
  • Bottled water for rescue/emergency use $120
  • Gamow bag, per trip $150
  • Private Toilet per trip $200
  • Sleeping bag rental per trip$40
  • Trekking poles rental per trip $12