Towering over the town of Arusha, Mount Meru is a key factor to the cultural and agricultural history of this region. Many believe the mountain was once higher than Kilimanjaro before volcanic activity caused an explosion of the peak. Mount Meru is the fifth highest peak in Africa. The climb to the summit is shorter than other climbing programmes offered by our company but it is still a demanding effort. As it is far less traveled than Kilimanjaro, it is often a more intimate experience. The fifth highest mountain in Africa, Mount Meru offers a challenging and interesting climb with an opportunity to view smaller wildlife on a more personal level capturing spectacular views of Meru's more famous snow-capped cousin – Mount Kilimanjaro.
Itinerary: 4 days / 3nights
Day 1: Arusha/Mariakamba Hut Mt.Meru Park Gate - Mariakamba: 4-5 hours Drive from Arusha to the Mt. Meru park gate where you will be met by our game ranger and porters. Hike for the few hours to Mariakamba Hut at 8,500 ft. From here you may wish to take an evening walk on the slopes to view wildlife at one of the watering holes in the crater. Dinner and overnight rest at Mariakamba Hut, L,D
Day 2: Mariakamba Hut - Saddle Hut Mariakamba - Saddle Hut: 3-4 hours After breakfast hike to upto 11,500 ft to arrive at Saddle Hut. If time permits you can climb a little further on Mount Meru for a scenic view of the 'Roof of Africa', Mount Kilimanjaro. This will also be part of more acclimatization. Overnight at Saddle Hut, B,L,D
Day 3: Saddle Hut - Summit - Mariakamba Hut Saddle Hut - Summit: 4-6 hours An early rise to hike all the way to the summit before the afternoon clouds cover the summit. From the summit, descend back to the 11,500 ft Saddle Hut in time for lunch. After lunch, hike down to Mariakamba Hut for dinner and overnight, B,L,D.
Day 4: Mariakamba Hut - Arusha Breakfast at the camp and a leisurely morning. Descend to the park gate to connect with your waiting transfer vehicle back to your Arusha Hotel, continue with other programs or depart, B.