AVT 2.5 MOUNT MERU CLIMB – 5 DAYS
Mount Meru rises from the 1500m/4800ft Momella Gate to the summit at 4,500m/15,016ft. Enjoy views of wild animals, as well as the climb, as you are accompanied by a Park Ranger throughout your climb.
Day 1 Arrival/Arusha
Upon your arrival at Kilimanjaro Airport, you will be met by a driver/guide and transferred to the Ilboru Safari Lodge just north of nearby Arusha for your night stay. The lodge is located on the slope of Mt. Meru, at a higher altitude than Arusha city, in order to begin your acclimatization before ascending to the higher altitudes of Mt. Meru.
Day 2 – Game viewing/Meru trekking
Depart 9:00 am from Arusha for Momella Gate where trek begins. On the way, stop over for game watching at Serengeti Ndogo (Small Serengeti). From Momella Gate ascend to Miriakamba Hut (2,500 m 8250 ft, approximately 3 hours). Overnight at Miriakamba Hut.
Day 3 – Meru trekking
From Miriakamba Hut, ascent to Saddle Hut (3,500 m 11700 ft, approximately4 hours). Afternoon trek to the summit of Little Meru (3,820 m 12450 ft, about 45 minutes), then return to Saddle Hut. Dinner and overnight stay at Saddle Hut.
Day 4 – Meru trekking/Summit
Leave at 3:00 am from Saddle Hut after breakfast for ascent to the summit of Mount Meru (4,565 m 15016 ft, 4-6 hours). We will walk around the rim of Meru Crater; then, crossing the alpine desert, we return to Saddle Hut for lunch. After lunch we will descend several hours to Miriakamba Hut for dinner and overnight stay.
Day 5 Meru trekking/Arusha/Departure
In the morning we will descend through the forest three hours to Momella Gate where you will collect your well-earned certificate and board a vehicle. We return to a Hotel in Arusha for a hot shower and overnight, after the climb; or early dinner and transfer to the airport for a flight home. There is an option for a safari or shopping extension the next day, as well as an extension of your African experience with one of the available options.
Note: The climb can be reduced by one day by combining Days 4 and 5, making for a long but achievable descent.
Optional extensions include: photo safari to Lake Manyara, Ngorongoro Crater, Tarangire, and Serengeti National Parks; walking safari; chimpanzee tracking; Zanzibar adventure
General information for trekkers
Accommodations, as detailed, in comfortable and roomy hotels/lodges or tents when camping
Camping equipment, except sleeping bags and insulation mats, while Kili trekking, and we can arrange to have these items rented
Services of guides, cooks and porters
All national park entrance and camp site fees
All food — breakfasts, (packed) lunches, and dinners
High altitude emergency equipment (Garmow Bag, oxygen and pulse oximeter) during the climb
Private portable flushing and chemical toilet while trekking
Katadyn Combi Microfilter, to filter drinking water while trekking
Flying doctors evacuation service
Travel and personal accident insurance
Visa, passport, vaccinations, medicines
Expenditure for alcoholic drinks and soda at lodges/hotels
Souvenirs and personal items
Optional excursions/activities not detailed in itinerary
Any additional services requested