5 days Mount Meru : Climbing, Hiking,trekking, Mountaineering
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Trekking on Mount Meru CTZS 2987
Apart from organizing treks on
Mount Kilimanjaro and Kenya, we also plan for
mount Meru trek in Arusha. Like Mount Kilimanjaro
and Kenya; Mount Meru is a volcanic mountain with
the height of 4566m, (14,000 ft) altitude above
sea level. It can be conquered with a little bit
hardship in three days. A four day ascent is
however achieved with less hardship and this is
highly recommended for a hiker who wants to
attempt this mountain to the summit.
If you plan to conquer the highest point of Africa-Uhuru Peak / Hans Mayer Peak, you may consider Mount Meru in order to shape your body in attaining your goal. The hiking is very exciting as you experience many things on your way up including games such as Giraffes, buffalos, warthogs, Zebras, Monkeys and birds.
Mt. Meru (4,566 m.) is the second highest mountain in Tanzania and a much underrated mountain to climb because of its close proximity to Kilimanjaro. It is a horseshoe-shaped volcanic crater with a spectacularly narrow ridge and superb all round views. The cliffs of the inner wall below the summit are over 1500 m. high, and inside the caldera is a subsidiary peak called the Ash Cone (3,670 m.) that last erupted only 100 years ago. There is an immense variety of tree and plant life, adding considerably to the interest of the trek.
Mt. Meru is part of Arusha
National Park, and the lower slopes of the
mountain shelter a variety of wildlife. The routes
below Miriakamba Hut are more like walking safaris
than mountain climbs and our guide is an informed
and armed park ranger (in case we get too close to
some of the animals!). You are almost certain to
see buffaloes, warthogs, monkeys, and a variety of
birdlife. Giraffe and elephant are also quite
Accommodation is the two well maintained wooden huts that have spectacular views of Kilimanjaro rising above the clouds. The climb of Mt. Meru is very much justified on its own merits but is also a great way to get acclimatized for Kilimanjaro. The view of Kilimanjaro from Meru , and that of Meru crater itself, gives plenty of inspiration for another mountain climb!
Though often ignored in favour of
its big sister, Kilimanjaro, Mount Meru is a
worthy trekker's paradise. This massive volcano
towers over 3,000 meters above Arusha town, which
lies at its foot on its south side. The mountain
endured a violent explosion about 200 million
years ago. In its wake the explosion left towering
cliffs in a gaping U shaped ridge on the eastern
side. Today the crater stands in a protected
amphitheatre of a sort, thousands of feet below
the summit rocks.
The craggy top lies at the western most point of the summit ridge and juts boldly into the sky at 4566 mt. (14,979 feet). From the top, one can look out at Kilimanjaro from the highest perch possible.. Perhaps there is no better vantage point to gaze at Africa's highest mountain, approximately 80 kilometres to the northeast. The trail to the summit follows the northern rim of the natural amphitheatre which forms Meru Crater. The trail skirts the ridgeline, and above the Saddle (between the summit and Little Meru Peak (12,533 ft / 3,820 metres). The route is quite steep, with sections of rock scrambling on one side. At the summit, the cliffs drop almost 1200 meters to the crater floor.
Day 1: Arusha to
Miriakamba Hut (2,514 m)
Depart from your hotel in the morning for Momella Gate of Arusha National Park (1,500 m.). After park entrance formalities, we begin our hike, guided by a park ranger. The track passes open grassland, providing an opportunity to see buffalo, warthogs and other grazers. The trail continues as a steady climb through montane forest. We take lunch near a giant Fig Tree arch. After lunch, the route continues through less dense forest, where there are an abundance of birds and black and white colobus monkeys.
By mid-afternoon, we can see towering cliffs and the Ash Cone. We reach Miriakamba Hut (2,514 m.), situated in an idyllic grassy glade, in time to enjoy the last of the afternoon sun and beautiful views over the surrounding plains towards Kilimanjaro. (4-6 hours walking).
Overnight at Miriakamba Hut. All meals included.
2: Miriakamba Hut (2,514 m) to Saddle Hut (3,570
The walk from Miriakamba Hut to the saddle below Little Meru is a short day but a steep climb. We slowly ascend through lush montane forest to reach the halfway point of Elephant Ridge. From here we enjoy excellent views of the summit ridge and across the crater floor. The path continues through giant heather and other fascinating moorland vegetation to reach Saddle Hut (3,570 m), where lunch is will be provided. The afternoon is free to relax and to enjoy the views. The more energetic can make the short climb to the nearby summit of Little Meru (3,820 m) for superb views just before sunset. (3-5 hours walking).
Overnight at Saddle Hut. All meals included.
Day 3: Saddle Hut (3,570 m)
to Miriakamba Hut (2,514 m)
We start early at around 2 a.m. to climb steeply to Rhino Point (3,800 m.), continuing along an undulating ridge of ash and rock to reach Cobra Point (4,350 m) at sunrise. The views are stunning: the cliffs of the Crater rim, the Ash Cone rising from the Crater floor, Kilimanjaro floating on the morning clouds and west towards the Rift Valley if the weather is clear. The summit of Socialist Peak (4,566 m.) is an hour further on a good but steep path. The route back to Rhino Point in the morning light, on a narrow ridge between the sloping outer wall of the crater and the sheer cliffs of the inner wall, is one of the most dramatic and exhilarating walks in Africa. We enjoy a rest and brunch at Saddle Hut before continuing the descent to Miriakamba Hut (2,514 m, 10-12 hours walking).
Miriakamba Hut Note: The ridge between the summit and Rhino Point is not suitable for those suffering from vertigo. In icy conditions or in strong winds, it may be impossible for anyone to progress beyond Rhino Point
Overnight at Miriakamba Hut. All meals included.
Day 4: Miriakamba Hut (2,514 m) - hotel in Arusha
We take the direct route down through open grassland and mixed forest, with good chances of seeing wildlife. This trail has excellent views back towards the crater and over the plains of the National Park. We should reach Momella Gate by late morning (2-3 hours walking). Once you reach the end of the climb you will be transferred to your hotel.
Overnight at an Arusha hotel. All meals included.
Day 5 Arusha - Nairobi
After breakfast depart Arusha to the air port or
extend your safari for a nother few days.
The cost per person sharing will be US $
Lake Manyara /Ngorongoro
/Serengeti - 5 Days - CTSZ 305
Day 1 Arusha - Lake
Drive from Arusha to Lake Manyara for lunch. The afternoon is spent game viewing at Lake Manyara National Park which is famous for its tree climbing lions and large flocks of flamingoes. The park contains five distinct vegetation zones and is of scenic beauty. Dinner and overnight is at your campsite.
Day 2 Lake Manyara -
After breakfast, taking picnic lunch with you, descend 2000 ft (670m) into the crater floor in four drive land rovers with pop-up roofs. Full day crater tour with break for lunch at Ngoitoktok springs picnic site. The main crater has a diameter of 165 km and contains a constant animal population of varied species, including Black manned lions, Rhinos, Buffaloes, Elephants and other Grazing animals. An early evening ascent to campsite for dinner and overnight.
Day 3 Ngorongoro -
07:30 hrs: Leave Ngorongoro after breakfast for Olduvai Gorge. Lunch is taken at the Olduvai Gorge Museum. After lunch, visit various sites of the Gorge to see where the remains of prehistoric man were discovered by the famous archeologist Dr. L.S.B. Leaky and an old Masai home on the way. Proceed to Serengeti plains past Seronera and on to Lobo, with afternoon game viewing. Dinner and overnight at a campsite.
Day 4 Serengeti
Leave Lobo for Ndutu with game viewing in Serengeti and around Ndutu woodlands to locate leopards and numerous plains games as well as Cheetah and other species common here. Proceed for an overnight stay at your campsite.
Day 5 Serengeti -
After breakfast, with brief game viewing on your way out of Serengeti drive to Arusha via Mto wa Mbu village for shopping of makonde carving and - other souvenirs. Lunch at an Arusha hotel.
The cost per person sharing will be US $ 1250
- Full board accommodation on safari i.e. 3 meals a day
- Transport in our 4x4 Toyota Land Cruiser
- Services of our English speaking safari guide
- Park entrance fees & Ngorongoro Crater Service fees
- Government Taxes and Levies
- Water in the vehicle for use during game drives only
- Camping fees where applicable,
- Transfers and game drives as per itinerary
- International and local air fares with applicable taxes
- Items of personal nature i.e. drinks, telephone bills, laundry, faxes etc,
- Tips and gratuities for the driver / guide, hotel / camp staff etc
- Medical Evacuation Cover available at US$ 35 per person
- Travel & Luggage Insurance
- Any other items not
specified in the inclusions clause.