ABOUT MOUNT MERU
Altitude - 4,562m (14,867ft)
Grading Level - T4 (click HERE to find out more about our grading)
Best months to go: January - December
At 4,566 m Mt Meru is the fifth highest mountain on the African continent and the second highest in Tanzania.
About 250,000 years ago, a massive volcanic eruption blew away the entire eastern flank of the mountain and left it with the distinctive appearance it has today. The Mt Meru ascent passes through many different vegetation zones. The dry forest of the lower region changes to a dense mountain rainforest, which then turns into scrubland. Closer to the summit, vegetation becomes less and less and gives way to alpine terrain.
As the vegetation changes so does the wildlife. During the ascent, you might come across large game such as giraffes, buffaloes, baboons, colobus monkeys and antelopes. To be safe, it is obligatory to be accompanied by an armed park ranger on your tour.
The mountain is often used as warm-up hiking in preparation for Mt Kilimanjaro. However, the technical requirements are greater on Mt Meru than on the Kilimanjaro Routes.
Day 1: Arrive Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) to Moshi.
Elevation: 1,000m to 1,200m.
Distance: 36 km
Driving Time: 45Min
Our ground crew staff will meet and pick you up from Kilimanjaro International Airport and transfer you to your hotel in Moshi for overnight B/B
Day 2: Moshi to Momela gate to Miriakamba hut.
Elevation: 1,200m to 1,500m to 2514m
Distance: 10 km
Hiking time: 3-4 hours
Habitat: Montane forest
After you are picked up at your hotel, driven to Arusha National Park and are properly checked in for the climb at the park gate; we proceed with the trek through game-filled parkland up to Miriakamba Hut, at 2,470m. Along the way there are many spectacular views; including Kilimanjaro from Miriakamba Hut. You will walk very close to different varieties of wildlife and some lovely glades. the trek on this day is not difficult because the terrain is a gentle slope. Dinner and over night at Miriakamba hut.
Day 3: Miriakamba hut to Saddle hut.
Elevation: 2,514m to 3,570m
Hiking time: 3-4 hours.
Habitat: Forest to Mooland and heather
The path passes through fine forests and heather to the Saddle Hut (3,570m) 3 hours walking it is a steep day as you will gain 1,056m. After reaching Saddle hut, an ascent to Little Meru is possible in the afternoon as not only a nice trek but a valuable altitude acclimitisation. This day you will be having a very early dinner then half night sleep at Saddle hut.
Day 4: Saddle hut to Socialist peak to Miriakamba hut.
Elevation: 3,570m to 4,566m to 2,514m
Hiking time: 12-14 hours
Habitat: Mooland and heath, barren rock and forrest
A very early start the days trek at 2:00am taking us first to a superb viewpoint called Rhino point on the crater rim. From there the route follows an airy ridge which leads up to the summit. This portion of the trek will take about 5 hours then we descend back to Saddle hut for a short rest and lunch. Afterwards the descent continues to the park gate where after the certificate presentation, you will be transported back to your hotel in Moshi.
Day 5: Return to Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO)
Elevation: 1,200m to 1,000m.
Distance: 36 km
Driving Time: 45Min
Our ground crew staff will meet and pick you up from Moshi and transfer you back to Kilimanjaro International Airport.
What's not included?
Two nights accommodation hotel (first & last nights)
3 Days park Entrance fees
2 Nights hut fees
3 Days rescue fees
3 Days Tanzania Government VAT tax.
Food 3 meals everyday on the mountain (plus snacks)
All cooking and eating equipments
Salaries to all guides porters, Cook
Transfer to Mt. Meru gate and return to Moshi after the climb
All airport transfers in Tanzania
Small company first aid kit
Oxygen tank supply
Oxymeter testing everyday
Travel Insurance - PJS Challenges have partnered with World Nomads to provide all their clients adequate insurance cover for their climb (this can be purchased on our website at the time of registration)
Tips for the supporting crew (Min $250)
Drinks at your hotel
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