Mount Meru 3 days - Meru Climbing

Mount Meru 3 days - Meru Climbing

Mount Meru 3 Days Meru Climbing

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 typically done in only 4 days, it is not an easy peak to summit. To reach the top, 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, and then descend.

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Itineraries

Day 1

Momella Gate (1,500m/4,920ft) to Miriakamba Hut (2,515m/8,250ft); Elevation Gain: 1,015 meters, 3,330 feet; Hiking Time: Four to seven hours.

After breakfast, leave Miriakamba and walk along flat land before entering the montane forest. Continue hiking until you reach a brief opening in the woods called Elephant Ridge. Arrive at Saddle Hut. The normal cloud cover of Arusha National Park burns off at about 3,200 meters. Saddle Hut lies at 3,570 meters.

The more energetic can summit Little Meru (3,820m) in the afternoon for breathtaking views of Meru and Kilimanjaro. The hike takes one to two hours round-trip. It does get cold on top of Little Meru so bring a jacket, gloves and a hat.

Saddle Hut is very similar to Miriakamba Hut, and is well-maintained, with separate facilities for mountain staff and tourists.

Day 2

Miriakamba (2,515m/8,250ft) to Saddle Hut (3,570m, 11,710ft); Elevation Gain: 1,055 meters, 3,460 feet ; Hiking Time: Three to five hours.

After breakfast, leave Miriakamba and walk along flat land before entering the montane forest. Continue hiking until you reach a brief opening in the woods called Elephant Ridge. Arrive at Saddle Hut. The normal cloud cover of Arusha National Park burns off at about 3,200 meters. Saddle Hut lies at 3,570 meters.

The more energetic can summit Little Meru (3,820m) in the afternoon for breathtaking views of Meru and Kilimanjaro. The hike takes one to two hours round-trip. It does get cold on top of Little Meru so bring a jacket, gloves and a hat.

Saddle Hut is very similar to Miriakamba Hut, and is well-maintained, with separate facilities for mountain staff and tourists.

Day 3

Saddle Hut (3,570m, 11,710ft) to Socialist Peak (4,566m/14,980ft) to Miriakamba (2,515m/8,250ft); Elevation Gain: 996 meters, 3,270 feet; Hiking Time: Ten hours.

Day 4

Miriakamba (2,515m/8,250ft) to Momella Gate (1,500m/4,920ft); Elevation Loss: 1,015 meters, 3,330 feet; Time: Two to three hours.

Descend to Momella Gate from Miriakamba Hut. The descent is fast unless it has rained recently. First pass through scrubland, then descend into the montane forest and finally into the open grassland. If the trail is wet, we recommend using the road to descend.

After reaching the gate, receive certificates for reaching the summits of Mount Meru and Little Meru. Thank your national park guide and mountain staff for the last time and return to Hotel in Moshi for hot shower, prepare for Kilimanjaro climbing.

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