Mt Meru is a beautiful mountain to hike. The five day hike to the summit of mount Meru through Verdant Afromontane forest into high attitude alpine desert with stunning views of dormant volcano. There is possible sighting of wildlife on foot, Afromontane forest, excellent bird life and Mount Meru is one of the most underrated hikes in East Africa.
Mt. Meru is indeed the perfect preparation for a Kilimanjaro climb. It offers you a taste of what you can expect on Kili. You trek in a group with porters, cook and guides. Climb through different vegetation zones over several days. Start your summit attempt around midnight and reach the peak around sunrise. And you then descend an awesome 2000 metres on the same day, very similar to your Kilimanjaro summit day.
Most importantly, at a height of 4562 metres (14967 feet) Mt. Meru requires your body to make changes to adapt to the altitude. It's called acclimatisation and as a result you will be much better prepared for you Kilimanjaro climb. That altitude acclimatisation is the main reason why people climb Mount Meru and Kilimanjaro together.
Mount Meru is a very rewarding trek in its own right. And it is also a challenging climb. Do not underestimate it! The height is certainly enough to bring on altitude sickness if you ascend too fast. And bad weather can make the trek along the knife edge ridge of the crater rim a positively dangerous undertaking. But when the weather plays along the Mt. Meru crater rim walk is one of the most spectacular walks you can do in Africa.
Day1: KILIMANJARO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
On arrival you will personally met by one of our representative and transferred to Outpost lodge. In the afternoon or in the evening there will be full briefing with the mountain guide that will be trekking with you.
Day 2: MT MERU/MIRIAKAMBA
In the morning we are collected from your lodge and transfer to Arusha national park. At the Momela we finish registrations, formalities before setting off with your guide and armed ranger. There is wildlife in the forests, the forest section is especially scenic with strangler figs and possibly of seeing buffalo grazing in one of the clearing. In the late afternoon we reach a viewpoint before heading onto Miriakamba hut for dinner and overnight.
Day 3: MT MERU /SADDLE HUT
We set off from Miriakamba initially still in the forest zone but in a few hours as we reach saddle hut for lunch in the alpine desert zone. In the afternoon a walk to a summit of little Meru can be taken for a stunning views before heading back to saddle hut for dinner and overnight.
Day 4: MT MERU/MIRIAKAMBA-ARUSHA
We rise early in the morning and our hard work is rewarded at dawn as the sunrise to the east Kilimanjaro is nomally cleary seen from here and the sheer cliff of the crater fall dramatically 1000 feet or more. We return back and after some brunch at saddle hut. We continue down to Miriakamba. The final section takes up 3 hours return to our vehicle were we say farewell to our crew and have time for short picnic lunch and after we return to Arusha for a well deserved shower bed and breakfast at the Outpost lodge.
Day 5: ARUSHA-KILIMANJARO AIRPORT
A vehicle is on hand to transfer you to Kilimanjaro airport for a flight back home.
Special dietary requirements are catered on prior arrangement at no extra cost.
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