Mount meru climping safari
Mount Meru Climping Safari
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).
Day 2: Miriakamba Hut (2,514 m) to Saddle Hut (3,570 m)
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).
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
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.