Are you going to be one of the (+/-) 50,000 adventurers that will attempt to climb Kilimanjaro in 2015? If so, why not do a ‘trail run’ on Kilimanjaro’s little sister – Mount Meru, and get some altitude training in before you tackle Africa’s highest Mountain.
Mount Meru is fantastic training for those who have little experience in climbing at high altitude, and after your 4-day fully inclusive expedition to the top of this not so tiny 4,565-metre peak, you will be more than ready for your mission to the Roof of Africa!
Here’s what a typical 4-day / 3-night Mount Meru Expedition Itinerary looks like:
Day 1: Arusha – Mount Meru
After breakfast in the hotel, your driver will collect you from the hotel reception and transfer you to Arusha National Park. At the Momella gate, you will register before setting off with your guide and armed ranger through the wildlife abundant forests! The forest section of the Meru trek is particularly scenic with strangler figs and the possibility of spotting giraffe and buffaloes grazing in one of the clearings. In the late afternoon, you reach a viewpoint before heading onto Miriakamba Hut. Walking Time: approximately 4 – 5 hours
Day 2: Mount Meru
After a delicious cooked breakfast, you will set off from Miriakamba Hut towards Saddle Hut in the alpine desert zone. The route is relatively steep and you will gain a lot of height – great for acclimatisation. After lunch, you will have the opportunity to walk to the summit of Little Meru where you will enjoy stunning views of Arusha National Park, and your next big challenge – Kilimanjaro, before heading back to Saddle Hut for dinner and overnight. Walking Time: approximately 3 – 4 hours
Day 3: Mount Meru
Today, you wake up early for tea and biscuits, before making your summit attempt. While the trek is challenging in some parts, with occasional climbs, your efforts will be rewarded at dawn as the sun rises to the East. Kilimanjaro is clearly visible from here on a clear day and the views are breathtaking (quite literally!). You will also have fantastic views of Mount Meru’s crater, with its sheer cliffs that fall dramatically 1000 feet or more. After taking photos from the summit, you will return to Saddle Hut for brunch, before continuing down to Miriakamba for a celebratory dinner and overnight. Walking Time: approximately 10 – 12 hours
Day 4: Mount Meru – Arusha
The final section of your Meru Trek will take approximately 3 hours. Upon arrival at the park gate, your driver and mountain crew will be waiting for a picnic lunch and game drive, before returning you to Arusha for a well-deserved shower! The evening is at leisure to prepare for your Kilimanjaro Expedition
A double bucket list adventure – why not climb both Mount Meru and Kilimanjaro before heading off on an Ngorongoro Crater Safari!