Unforgettable Mount meru Hiking 3 days itinerary with Africa Natural Safaris,Mount Meru is a great preparation hike for climbing Kilimanjaro or a spectacular trek for those not compelled to do Kilimanjaro. You will hike past wildlife, the landscape is spectacular and sunrise on the summit has Kilimanjaro as the backdrop.While it can be done in only 4 days it is not an easy peak to summit. To reach the top (almost 15,000 feet) there is some scrambling on rocks in the dark and at high altitude. You should be prepared for at least 10 hours of hiking on summit day. For an easier hike you can climb just to Rhino Point for sunrise overlooking Kilimanjaro, and then descend.
Mt. Meru is in Arusha National Park. In Arusha National Park all hikers must be accompanied by an armed ranger. This ranger is employed directly by the national park. You will also have your own mountain guide, who is managing the crew and watching out for your safety. The park ranger has the authority to make decisions such as trail choices, pace, etc. Arusha National Park may combine groups of people to hike with one park ranger therefore we cannot guarantee a completely private Meru trek. Arusha National Park requires the hire of porters specific to Arusha National Park, who will be assigned once you arrive at the trail registration.
• Elevation (m): (1,387 m to (1,500 m)
• Elevation (ft): 4,921 ft) to 3,000 ft )
• Distance: 10 km
• Hiking Time: 4-6 hours
• Habitat: Montane Forest.
Starting from Momela Gate the track passes through open grassland with cape buffalo and warthogs. With luck you may also see giraffe and elephants. Continue a steady climb through montane forest. You can have your lunch at the famous “Fig tree”. After lunch the trek continues through less dense forest where there are lots of birds and monkeys including the black and white colobus. By mid-afternoon you will have your first close views of the towering cliffs and the Ash Cone. Miriakampa Hut situated in idyllic grassy glade is reached in time to enjoy the afternoon sun and beautiful views over the surrounding plains towards Kilimanjaro.