Mt. Meru is the second highest Mountain in Tanzania. This is an extremely beautiful Mountain to hike, most inexperienced climbers use Mt. Meru for pre Kilimanjaro acclimatisation or as part of a trilogy of East Africa’s highest peaks. Also superb pre safari for hikers or the adventurous. A 4 day hike to the summit of Mt Meru takes you through the verdant afromontane forest into high altitude alpine desert with stunning views of a dormant volcano.
Located within Arusha National park, it is possible spot wildlife on foot, afromontane forest, less busy than Kilimanjaro, excellent bird life and game drives in the park. One of the most under rated hikes in East Africa.
DAY 1: Arrive into Kilimanjaro Airport
On arrival you are personally met by a representative from Big Expeditions & Safaris. After customs formalities you will be transferred to your hotel in Arusha to a well appointed hotel. In the afternoon there is a full briefing with the climbs Manager and your guide. Overnight The Arusha Hotel (half board)
DAY 2:MT MERU / MIRIAKAMBA
After breakfast in your hotel, you will be collected and transferred to Arusha National Park. At the Momella gate you where you will register before setting off with your guide and armed ranger – there is abundant wildlife in the forests! The forest section of the Meru trek is especially scenic with strangler figs and the possibility of spotting buffaloes grazing in one of the clearings. In the late afternoon, you reach a viewpoint before heading onto Miriakamba.Overnight Miriakamba hut (full board)
DAY 3: MT MERU / SADDLE HUT
Today you set off from Miriakamba initially still in the forest zone but in a few hours as you reach Saddle in the alpine desert zone, here you will have lunch. In the afternoon you will get a chance to walk to the summit of Little Meru where you will enjoy stunning views before heading back to Saddle Hut for dinner.Overnight Saddle Hut (full board)
DAY 4:MT MERU / MIRIAKAMBA
Today, you wake up early. Your efforts will be is rewarded at dawn as the sun rises to the East. Kilimanjaro is normally clearly seen from here and the sheer cliffs of the crater fall dramatically 1000 feet or more. Afterwards you return back and after some brunch at Saddle Hut, you continue down to Miriakamba.Overnight Miriakamba hut (full board)
DAY 5: MT MERU / MIRIAKAMBA
The final section of your Meru Trek takes up to 3 hours. You will find your private vehicle waiting for you, say farewell to your crew and have time for a short picnic lunch and game drive before returning to Arusha for a well deserved shower!Today a day room is held to allow you to relax and check out later in the day. A driver is on hand to transfer you to Kilimanjaro airport to connect with your international flight, or you may connect with further programs (such as The Machame Route 7 day hike – discounts apply).