Trekking Mount Meru in Tanzania
Located to the East of Arusha town, about 20 kilometers drive from Arusha; Mount Meru is the second highest mountain in Tanzania. The mountain stands at an altitude of 4566 meters above sea level inside the dense forested Arusha National Park also known as Little Serengeti due to its similarity.
Meru has one route to the top and can be attempted for three days but we highly recommend doing for four days for acclimatization. Most alpines-sts use Meru for acclimatization before the Kilimanjaro climb. Meru mountain has less snow formation occasionally as compared to her brother Kili,this is mainly due to its volcanic reactions.
Unlike Kilimanjaro when you are climbing the Mount Meru you have to be escorted by an armed Ranger(s) as you pass through the Arusha National Park. It is at this time when you will enjoy the walking safari as you pass the groups of African buffaloes, Zebras, Black and white colobus monkeys and the rare Red forest Duiker.
The Momela and Ngurdoto Lakes are rich in bird life that you will observe as you trek to the mountain; birds like Pelicans and Flamingo are closely seen,despite its other over 400 bird species identified in the park.
Climbing Mount Meru –
Duration; 3 Days / 2 Nights
Day 1: MOMELLA GATES TO MIRIAKAMBA;
After breakfast depart Moshi about 8:30 a.m drive to Momella gate(1500 m asl). After official clearances commence the climb to the first hut called Miriakamba hut. Dinner and overnight – Miriakamba hut (2,750 m asl/3 ½ hrs).
Day 2: MIRIAKAMBA TO SADDLE;
After breakfast we proceed with the climb to second hut called Saddle. This is a steeper section compared to the first part (2 ½). During the afternoon, interested client’s can decide to attempt climbing little Meru peak and back. Dinner and overnight – Saddle hut(3,750 m asl/5-6 hrs).
Day 3: SADDLE TO SUMMIT;
Wake up at middle-night and have a cup of tea before proceeding your attempt to the Big Meru peak (4,566 m asl/5-6 hrs). Stunning views of Mount Kilimanjaro,Little Meru(3801 m asl) ,the Ash cone,The Momella lakes,The Meru wall,the Ngorongoro Highlands and the Arusha City can be observed from this height.
Proceed to summit crossing rocky path and back to Saddle hut for full breakfast. Then short rest and leave Saddle hut and descend down to Momella gate via first hut (Miriakamba). On the way back you pass though the park’s Momella Lakes for a game viewing before proceeding back to Moshi/Arusha.