MOUNT MERU 4 DAYS

DAY 1

Depart Moshi/Arusha and drive to Arusha National Park. After meeting the armed park ranger to accompany us, and registering ourselves at Momella Gate, the climb then starts out in the grasslands of the lower slopes where we will encounter: giraffes, buffalos and warthogs and then lush forest inhabited by bushbucks, red duikers, blue / Skye's monkeys, black & white colobus monkeys and some variety of birds to Miriakamba Huts, 2515m / 8,250ft. (3-4 hours walk).

DAY 2

Our destination today is Saddle Huts (3560m / 11,700ft) and along the way we will stop Mgongo wa Tembo (Elephant Ridge) viewpoint for lunch. After getting to our camp and resting we will hike to the summit of Little Meru (3810m / 12,500ft), which has spectacular views of Mt. Meru's summit, and the sheer cliffs of the crater wall. As the sun sets behind us we can watch the glaciers on Mt. Kilimanjaro turn different hues of orange and red - spectacular! (3-4 hours walk from Miriakamba to Saddle hut).

DAY 3

e start out in early morning at 2.00 am in order to see the sunrise from behind Mt. Kilimanjaro. Along the way will pass Rhino Point (2870m / 12,700ft) then like narrow ridge of the crater to summit itself. If the weather is clear, we see the active volcano of Mt. Ol Doinyo Lengai to the west, and below us the city of Arusha and the plains of the Maasai steppe. From the summit we return to Miriakamba Huts for overnight after stopping for lunch and a while rest at Saddle Huts. (4.5-5 hours walking from Saddle Huts to the summit, 2.5 hours back to Saddle Hut from the summit, and 2.5 hours more continuing to Miriakamba Huts)

DAY 4

We will descend back through the forest and arrive at Momella Gate by noon where we stop for picnic lunch and representation of certificates. Finally, we will have a drive back to Moshi/Arusha by our vehicle(s).

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Drinking water

Plastic mineral water bottles are no longer allowed on the mountain so please bring your own Nalgenes and Camelbak with a minimum of 4 litres capacity or something suitable. You will be given opportunities to refill these during the expedition.

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