Meru is a great preparation hike for climbing Kilimanjaro, or a spectacular trek for those not compelled to do Kilimanjaro. You will hike past wildlife, the landscape is spectacular, and sunrise on the summit has Kilimanjaro as the backdrop. While typically done in only 4 days, it is not an easy peak to summit. To reach the top, there is some scrambling on rocks in the dark and at high altitude. You should be prepared for at least 10 hours of hiking on summit day. For an easier hike, you can climb just to Rhino Point for sunrise, and then descend.
Mt. Meru is in Arusha National Park. The park requires all groups to be accompanied by a park ranger. This ranger is employed directly by the national park. He will carry a rifle, which is available to scare away any advancing animals such as elephant or cape buffalo. You will also have your own guide, who is managing the crew and watching out for your safety.
3500m / 11,700 ft to 4566m / 14,980 ft
Down to 2500m / 8200 ft
5+ hours hiking up 3+ hours hiking down to Saddle Hut and 2+ hours to Miriakampa Hut
Summit day has an early start at around 12:00AM. There is a 1 hours steep climb to Rhino Point (3800m / 12,467ft), then the path continues along a ridge of ash and rock to reach Cobra Point (4350m / 14,272ft). The summit of Socialist Peak (4566 m) is an hour more on a steep path with magnificent views of Kilimanjaro. Depending your speed, you can enjoy sunrise at Cobra Point or the summit. 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 the Rift Valley. The route back to Rhino Point in the sharp morning light along 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. Brunch and a brief rest is taken at Saddle Hut before continuing the descent to Miriakamba Hut
2 transfers from Moshi/Arusha to Mount Meru park gate – return
3 meals per day while trekking – Vegetarian/Non-Vegetarian
4 days Mount Meru trek
3 nights accomodation in huts while trekking Mount Meru
First and Last night accommodations at a designated hotel / lodge – Bed and Breakfast
All park entrance fees and government levies
English speaking mountain Guide and assistant guides
Porters – a maximum of 2 per client
An armed park ranger
Camping gear like sleeping bags and tents (but these can be hired at a reasonable price)