Mt Meru Climb 4 Days
Mount Meru’s impressive peak is standing at 4566 meters above sea-level, this impressive peak over shadows Arusha National park which is one of the only National Parks in Tanzania that allows canoeing safaris and affordable guided walks across buffalo filled plains. If you are looking for a further hiking challenges then Mount Meru summit is a great option and can be reached in 4 days of extremely scenic trekking up through rain forest filled with birds and even at Mariakamba hut areas you can come across elephant and buffalo thus the parks requirement to trek with a National Park ranger.
All Bush2Beach Safaris climbs are lead by highly qualified Kilimanjaro guides and porter crews. There are a few side trips allowing time for altitude gain to Little Meru and to soak in amazing views on the way up from every vantage point. If you are considering the “Twin Peak Challenge” then by climbing Mt Meru will give you the best views ever of the Kilimanjaro as it waits in a mystical fashion over a sea of low cloud for you. Accommodation is in mountain huts with icy cold showers and toilet facilities available if you feel like braving them. As with Kilimanjaro climbs most hikers will climb Meru at night (not a must on Meru) but it does give you the chance of catching an amazing sunrise over a blanket of low cloud as the sun begins to climb with Kili as a back drop. The descent also has two options available short route which basically back tracks along the same ascent route or the long route that will take you down through a heavily forested vehicle access path to a beautiful water fall for lunch and continuing onto the famous fig tree arch before trekking back to the gate and your safari transfer vehicle.
Below, we go through the adventure day-by-day, giving you a better feel of the adventure.
Day 1: Arrival
Arrival at Kilimanjaro airport - you will be collected by your driver guide and transfer to your accommodation. Check in at your choice of accommodation. You will meet your Kilimanjaro guide and receive a briefing on your coming climb. A great opportunity to ask any last minute questions and for you and your guide to double check your clothing and equipment
O/n Karama Lodge (D)
Day 2: Mariakamba Hut
Morning departure to Momela gate together with your mountain guide and crew. Game drives en route through Arusha national park – continue up to Momela (top) gate where you get ready for the climb.
The first part of the trek is gradual and very rewarding as you begin to climb up through the almost magical forest with its old man’s beard (a kind of thick hanging moss), there’s an abundance of birdlife through this section and it’s great to have the shade of the thick canopy overhead, walking time is 3-4 hours to Mariakamba hut. Picnic lunch at the half way point which has some rewarding views of the low lying land - altitude is 2,514 meters.
Good opportunity to view Mount Kilimanjaro at sunset and keep a watch for Elephants as they tend to pass through this area in the late afternoon.
O/n Mariakamba Hut (B, L, D)
Day 3: Sable Hut
Rise for sunrise about 6.15 am then after breakfast, with picnic lunch boxes, proceed slowly leaving the tall forest behind as you break into low alpine scrub, the track follows small paths up along ridges with great views to the valley floor down below, take lunch at half way point. Walking time is 2-4 hours. Altitude is 3570mts. After a short rest continue up to little Meru and enjoy the views over to Kili.
O/n Saddle hut (B, L, D)
Day 4: Mariakamba Hut
Proceed with your guide as you begin your slow climb to Mt Meru summit - this will take 5.5 hours - altitude is 4566mts. 06.15am is usual time for sun rise so if all goes well you can have 20mins before sun rise and breath in the amazing views as you watch another day begin.
In your own time descend back down to Saddle hut, have a well earned breakfast and relax. Continue down to Mariakamba hut to relax and freshen up.
O/n Mariakamba Hut (B, L, D)
Day 5: Last Morning on the Mountain
After breakfast, continue to make your way down to Momela gate, the long route through the forest is a very rewarding walk this will take 4-5 hrs at a leisurely pace all downhill.
Champagne lunch at the gate and celebrations with your crew – then board the safari vehicle and return to Arusha for well deserved showers and relaxation.
O/n Karama Lodge (B, L, D)
Day 6: Departure
After a good night sleep and a leisurely breakfast you will be transferred to Kilimanjaro International Airport in time for your departing flight. (B)
Note: O/N = Overnight, B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner
|Amount of persons:||Price p.p. (usd):|
|2 people sharing||1215.-|
|4 people sharing||1035.-|
|6 people sharing||965.-|
|Note: prices are based on two adults and indicative. Single supplement is $ 50|
- Meals as stipulated |B Breakfast, L Lunch, D Dinner
- Emergency Evacuation Cover
- All transfers and activities as mentioned above
- Park fee, Conservation fees and Community Development Fees
- Accommodation as stipulated
- Water, Tea and Coffee During the Climb
- Visa and airport departure tax
- Items of personal nature and not mentioned in the above itinerary
- Tips for Guides, Assistant Guides, Porters and Cooks
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