Towering above the town of Arusha, Mt Meru stands at 4566 meters. During your walk to reach the summit, you will see some spectacular wildlife and you are also likely to get a magnificent view of Mt Kilimanjaro from the summit. Climbing to the highest peak takes 4 days/3 and nights, or if you just want to get a taste of the mountain, you can climb to the first camp and descend again in a day. During your walk, you are likely to see giraffes, elephants, buffalos, baboons, colobus monkeys, and many more, as well as a huge diversity of birds.
You will depart Arusha after breakfast and travel to Momella Gate (1500m) in Arusha National Park. On the way, you have a high probability of seeing many of the wildlife species mentioned above. After registering at the gate you will start climbing to Miriakamba Hut (2514m), accompanied by your professional mountain guide, ranger, porters and cook. Walking hours = 6-7.
After breakfast you start climbing steeply to the crater rim and then on to the Saddle Hut (3570m). You should be able to reach the hut by lunch time so you can then rest and prepare for your ascent to the summit the next day. If you are feeling energetic you can also hike to the nearby Little Meru peak (3820m) for some added acclimatization and a great view. Walking hours = 4-5.
After an early wake-up call you will start your ascent to the summit. You will be accompanied by your professional mountain guide who will offer support and encouragement to ensure that you reach the summit safely. We will aim for you to reach the summit (4566m) at sunrise so that you can see a spectacular view from the summit. After a chance to take pictures you will start your descent back to Saddle Hut (3570m), where you will be served a well-deserved breakfast. After a short rest, you will continue descending further until you reach Miriakamba Hut (2514m) where you will stay overnight. Walking hours = 12-15.