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Itinerary summary

Day 1: Arrive in Tanzania and transfer to Vijiji center Lodge - Arusha

Day 2: Vijiji Center lodge to the entry gate to the Meriakamba huts

Day 3: Meriakamba Hut - Saddle Hut 

Day 4: Saddle Hut - Summit Day – Mariakamba huts

Day 5: Mariakamba huts to Arusha

Day 6: International flight or Safari

Itineraries

Day 1

Date : December 1, 2021

Time : 2:00 am

Arrive in Tanzania and transfer to Vijiji center Lodge - Arusha

Arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO). We will meet you and drive you to Vijiji Center Lodge Arusha, where you will meet your guide for a pre-climb briefing and an equipment check.

Day 2

Date : December 1, 2021

Time : 7:00 am

Vijiji Center Lodge, Park entry to Meriakamba Hut

Hiking time: 5 to 7 hrs
Distance: 10 km
Habitat: Montane Forest

We drive from Arusha to Momela Gate. After the official registration at the gate, we will drive to the starting point where we will be given an armed ranger to escort us. Make sure your camera is ready to capture beautiful moments! Animals we can see along the way the includes elephants, zebras, and giraffe, monkeys, antelope (just to mention few). Dinner and overnight night at Miriakamba Hut.

Day 3

Date : December 1, 2021

Time : 5:00 am

Meriakamba Hut - Saddle Hut

Hiking time: 4 to 5 hrs
Distance: 8 km
Habitat: Forest to Moorland

The walk from Miriakamba Hut to the saddle below Little Meru is a short day but a steep climb. The walk will take us slowly along the ridge for a spectacular view of the Meru Crater and the impressive Ash Cone.
After hot lunch at Saddle Hut, we can make a short climb to the summit of Little Meru (3,820m) for superb views just before sunset.

Day 4

Date : December 1, 2021

Time : 1:00 pm

Saddle Hut - Summit Day – Mariakamba huts

Total ascending and descending time: 13 hrs
Distances: Going up 5 km, going down 13 km
Habitat: Alpine desert, moorland, and Montane forest

We start early at around 1:30 a.m. to climb steeply to Rhino Point (3,800 m.) and onto Cobra Point (4350m). We reach the summit (4,566 m) on time for sunrise there is a possibility to see Kilimanjaro Peak above the clouds. The final part of the climb is along a spectacular narrow ridgeline between the sheer inner cliffs and the sloping outer wall of the crater. We return back and after some brunch at Saddle Hut, we continue down to Miriakamba hut for dinner.

Day 5

Date : December 1, 2021

Time : 4:00 am

Mariakamba huts to Arusha

After breakfast, we continue to walk down to the Momella gates for 3 to 4 hrs where we will meet our driver and drive us back to Vijiji Center Arusha for a fresh hot shower, dinner, and sleep.

Day 6

Date : December 1, 2021

Time : 2:00 am

International flight or Safari

This day left for your next flight back home. Our driver will be ready to take you to the airport so remember to take all of your belongings. If your next move is safari, then you will be in the safari Land cruiser at 9:30 AM ready for departure.

Transfers:

  • Pick-up and drop-off at Kilimanjaro International Airport;
  • Transfer to the trailhead in Arusha National Park;
  • Pick-up at the end of the trek.

Entry fees:

  • All fees were collected by the Arusha National Park for Mt Meru trekking (conservation fees, hut fees, crew fees, vehicle fees, rescue fees, and all other fees collected by the Tanzania National Parks Authority).
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Accommodation:

  • One night at 3* hotel (Honey Badger, AMEG Lodge or Park View Inn) before the expedition and one night after; The hotels have everything for your comfortable stay - caring staff, nice rooms, reliable Wi-Fi, restaurant and swimming pool);
  • Accommodation in huts on the trek.

Please note:

All hotel accommodation is based on a sharing basis (i.e. you will be sharing with your travel companion a twin/double room. If you travel alone, we will match you with a same-sex adventurer). Single occupancy in a hotel is available upon request and extra chargers apply. Single accommodation is not available in huts while on the trek, because it is the park rangers who assign the trekkers to the huts.

Meals:

  • Breakfast in the hotel before and after the hike;
  • All meals on the hike. Our Mount Meru diet includes energy-rich and highly nutritious meals prepared by our professional high-altitude cooks. In our menu you will find different soups, garnishes, several types of fish and meat, fresh fruit and vegetables; vegetarian/gluten-free/halal options are available at no extra cost;
  • All drinks on the hike (coffee, tea, hot chocolate and water).

Hiking and safety equipment

  • 4-inch (10-cm) thick and comfortable sleeping mats;
  • All group equipment;
  • Oxygen cylinders and oximeters;
  • GPS-tracking service;
  • Complete medical kits.

Climbing crew:

  • All our mountain guides are well trained with certificates for First Aid and Wilderness First Responders from recognized trainers from Denver, Colorado - USA. Our guides check the healthy progress of our customers each day and give advice based on the findings. They know signs of altitude sickness, they know how to deal with it, and so rest assured you will be in safe hands. An oxygen tank is provided for each trip for serious/critical conditions.
  • Dedicated support crew (assistant guides, camp master, porters, cooks, etc.).
  • Airline tickets;
  • Visa fee;
  • Lunch and dinner at the hotel (before and after the ascent);
  • Personal gear rentals;
  • Tips for the mountain crew
  • Mountaineering insurance.

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Mount Meru is an active (but dormant) volcano located north of Arusha in Tanzania. At 4562 metres it is Tanzania's second highest mountain and the fourth highest mountain in Africa.

How was Mount Meru formed?
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The formation of Mount Meru

It happened after the formation of Great Rift Valley, when million years ago the volcano standing on this area lost its top after a gigantic explosion. This explosion gave Mount Meru its shape of a horseshoe. Mount Meru is still an active volcano with the last smaller eruption in 1910.

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