Mount Meru Trekking

Mount Meru, situated east of the Great Rift Valley and about 40 km southwest of Kilimanjaro in northern Tanzania's Arusha National Park, is considered an active volcano and is the second tallest mountain in Tanzania and It is also considered the fifth highest mountain in all of Africa by some (after Kilimanjaro, Mount Kenya, and the Rwenzoris - aka the Mountains of the Moon).
Although this is a spectacular mountain with amazing scenery and wildlife, it's location in East Africa means that most international visitors will visit Mount Meru as a secondary trip in conjunction with their primary destination, usually Kilimanjaro, Mount Kenya, or the Ngorongoro Crater. Mount Meru trekking is used as a warm up trekking before attempting Mount Kilimanjaro but the technical necessities required for mount Meru trekking are greater than on Mount Kilimanjaro trekking Routes.
Mount Meru is the second tallest mountain in Tanzania and the fifth tallest peak in Africa. The mountain is located inside the Arusha national park which off course dominates the Park by its massive rock faces. On the fourth day of your mount Meru trekking you can see elephants, giraffes, buffaloes, and monkey; you will be accompanied by park armed ranger on the way up and down the mountain.

Routes
Mt. Meru has only one Ascending and Descending route though the first day Toursts will have to take the longway which gives them an opportunity to see a Fig tree, Maiyo Waterfall, different Animals, hundreds of species of birds and fantastic view of Arusha national park.

Mariakamba Hut
This is the first Hut to reach in Mt Meru and it is 2500m high. The hut is so amazing and you will be warmly welcomed by the porters who are always the first to reach the hut. Here you can have a cup of tea or coffee with some snacks while waiting for briefing from your guide.

Saddle Hut
This is the second Hut to reach in Mt Meru and it is 3500m high. The walk from Miriakamba Hut to the Saddle Hut below Little Meru is a short day but a steep climb. The walk will take us slowly along the ridge for a spectacular view of the Meru Crater and the impressive Ash Cone. After hot lunch at Saddle Hut we can make a short climb to the summit of Little Meru (3,820m) for superb views just before sunset. This hut gives a lot of time to relax or a bit of sleep while waiting for dinner and later after dinner there will be briefing from your guide and here you will be discussing about the summit together. Your guide will tell you everything about the summit and you will be able to ask questions if there is something you would like to know.


Summit
It starts early at around 1:30 a.m. to climb steeply to Rhino Point (3,800 m.) and on to Cobra Point (4350m). You reach the summit (4,566 m) on time for sunrise there is a possibility to see Kilimanjaro Peak above the clouds. The final part of the climb is along a spectacular narrow ridgeline between the sheer inner cliffs and the sloping outer wall of the crater. We take a short rest and brunch at Saddle Hut before continuing the descent to the Meriakamba Hut or direct to the Momela gate.

Last day
On the the last day whether its third day or fourth day of your mount Meru trekking you can see elephants, giraffes, buffaloes, and monkey; you will be accompanied by park armed ranger on the way up and down the mountain. After reaching th Momela Gate you will have to check out and then our vehicles will be already there waiting to take you back to the Hotel or Lodge.


Reasons to do this summit include

(1) Amazing views into the summit crater and Ash cone.
(2) Hiking along the crest of the crater rim.
(3) Nice but distant views of Mt. Kilimanjaro from the summit.
(4) Ability to see a lot of wildlife on the lower slopes in the form of a walking safari.
(5) No tourist crowds.
(6) For Americans, the summit peak is taller than Mount Whitney.


The best thing is!
Arusha National Park provides certificates for people who summit the Little Meru sub-peak (3,820m a.m.s.l) or the Mount Meru summit / Socialist Peak (4,566m a.m.s.l).