Mt. Meru is another volcanic mountain on the west of Mt. Kilimanjaro.Unlike to Kilimanjaro, Mt. Meru is a dead volcano which means the scientists do not expect it to erupt at all.It is very steep on the second day and the ascending day to the summit from the Saddle This mountain is in the Momela National Park. It is devided in to two major peaks. The BIG meru and the Little meru. The socialist peak is on the Big Meru at 4562m.a.s.l. I can say Mt. Meru is more challenge compare to Mt.
Kilimanjaro and many climbers who are fond of hiking, prefer to do Meru for acclimatization before they come to face Kili.
5 Days Mount Meru Trekking Itinerary:
After meeting at the Kilimanjaro airport, drive all the way to Arusha for dinner and overnight at the Hostel in Arusha.
After having your breakfast, drive from the hostel to Arusha National Park. Start your hike from the Momela gate across Ngarenanyuki river and past the Fig tree Arch to Meriakamba hut 2514m.a.s.l. The trek covers about 10km and it takes 4-5hrs. Lunch along the way,Dinner and overnight at Meriakamba hut.
After breakfast trek to the Saddle Hut 3570m.a.s.l. the trek takes 3-4hrs. From here you can choose to either trek to the summit of the Little Meru 3820.m.a.s.l. Extreme scenic views of the Meru summit, the top of the ash cone and the crater horse shoes as well as the great dome of Kilimanjaro can be seen here. OR. trek to Rhino point, views of Mt.Kilimanjaro are great and also you can see down in to the Meru Crater, to the base of the Ash cone and across the floor of the crater. Or, you can just rest at the saddle hut. These walks takes 2 hrs return. Dinner and overnight at Saddle hut.
After light breakfast, depart the Saddle hut around 0200 in time to reach the summit to see the sunrise behind Kilimanjaro and try to avoid the late morning mist.The trek to the summit is along a very narrow ridge of about 5km to Socialist peak 4565m.a.s.l. After photo taking, hike down back to the Saddle hut and continue to Meriakamba for Lunch, dinner and overnight.
After having your breakfast, walk down back to Momela gate to catch up with your transport back to the Hostel at Arusha for Dinner and overnight.
TWO NIGHTS ACCOMMODATION IN MOSHI/ARUSHA BED AND BREAKFAST.
Return transportation from Moshi to/from the starting/finishing point on the mountain
Qualified guides with mountain crew
National park fees
Tents and sleeping mattresses
Cutlery / Crockery / Eating utensils
Mess tent (for dining) / Mini camping chairs / Tables / Candles
First aid kit
Guides, porters, cook, waiter salaries
Boiled water on the mountain
All meals on the mountain (breakfast, lunch & dinner)
Guides, porters, waiter, cook accommodation and entry fees on the mountain
Armed Ranger Fee.
Guides, Porters, Cook & Waiters tips
Meals and drinks not specified
Gear for your climb
Items of personal nature
Additional nights beyond the two standard hotel nights included