Pole pole to the Summit
Climbing in Mount Meru is a good trekking mountain for acclimatization for Mt. Kilimanjaro climb. Mount Meru trekking is an adventure with close contact with wildlife. 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 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 Meru Crater.
Day 1: Kilimanjaro Airport to Arusha
Papagei Tours driver will transport you from the airport to your hotel. Orientation regarding your trek will take place at the hotel. Your guides will provide information about the trek and perform a comprehensive inspection of your gear. They will also clarify any further questions.
Day 2: Arusha to Miriakamba Hut
We will depart from the hotel in Arusha in the morning. Our expedition begins with a drive to Arusha National Park which takes approximately 45 Minutes. The lively vegetation in the park is extremely versatile. Our first waypoint is the Miriakamba. You will be accompanied by an armed ranger and a professional mountain guide throughout the duration of the walk. During the walk you will encounter a vast amount of wildlife including buffalo, waterbucks, giraffes, warthogs, zebras and gazelles. Your guide will identify the different bird species you come across. There is a possibility that you will see leopards or elephants but they tend to be more reserved compared to the ones in the Serengeti. We will stop at the Miriakamba Hut where we will spend the night and enjoy an appetising dinner.
Day 3: Miriakamba Hut to Saddle Hut
We will start the day with an energy dense breakfast and then we will follow the steep path to the Saddle Hut. The trek to little Meru can be completed once you arrive at the Saddle Hut. We will return to the Saddle hut and have dinner. Due to the fact that you will wake up at midnight to hike to the summit of Mount Meru, it is recommended that you attempt to fall asleep shortly after dinner.
Day 4: Saddle Hut to Miriakamba Hut
The Mount Meru trekking excursion begins shortly after midnight. For the next five hours the light of your headlamp will guide you on the path. Ascending to the summit is the most difficult part of the trek. The high altitude make climbing to the top an arduous task. Once you reach the peak we will give you an opportunity to snap some pictures and recollect yourself. The downward journey is absolutely mesmerising because there are scenic views of the luscious mountains and vibrant landscapes. We have a leisurely lunch at the Saddle Hut but the journey is not over yet. We will walk for roughly two hours until we reach the Miriakamba Hut, where we will spend the night.
Day 5: Miriakamba Hut to Momela Gate to Arusha
We will enjoy a hearty breakfast at the camp and then we will commence the final part of the trek. The hike requires us to travel amid Meru’s cloud forest – which resembles an enchanted forest in a whimsical novel. The steep incline on the way to the Momela gate tends to be slippery, we urge you to step cautiously. Papagei Tours vehicle will transport you back to where you started.
Day 6: Arusha to Kilimanjaro Airport
A driver will transfer you to Kilimanjaro Airport, from where you will take your flight. If you’ve decided for a Safari or Zanzibar – well, that’s a different adventure and we’ll be happy to arrange it for you!
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