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5 Days Mount Meru Trekking

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5 Days Mount Meru Trekking

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Magnetized by Mt Kilimanjaro, the hikers often overlook Mt Meru, the second-highest peak of Tanzania. Towering over Arusha National Park, Mount Meru offers both an excellent warm-up exercise for Kilimanjaro, addition to being a stunning trekking experience in the wild on its own.

Mount Meru trekking is a real adventure. The slopes of this dormant (yet active – the last eruption was in 1910) volcano offer fascinating panoramic vistas and bustling wildlife around it

This volcano was “born” around 500,000 years ago, and it’s very first eruption virtually exploded its eastern side, creating its well-known, peculiar appearance. In addition to that, Mt Meru has one of the deepest craters – over 1,500 meters!

  • Departure
    Kilimanjaro Airport (JRO)
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DAY 1. ARRIVAL
Arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO), where you will meet a BAS Travel representative, and transfer to the hotel in Moshi. In the evening there will be a briefing with our managers, who will also make sure you are ready to begin the climb.
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DAY 2. TREKKING FROM MOMELLA GATE TO MIRIAKAMBA HUT
After having breakfast and preparing our trekking equipment, we'll set out for Momela Gate, the entrance to Mount Meru Natural Park. From this point on, a forest ranger who will escort us so that we can safely enjoy the presence of wild animals along the way. As we continue along the ten kilometres (6 miles) route, we'll have the opportunity to see elephants, zebras, giraffes, monkeys and antelopes in their natural habitat - a surely unforgettable memory! After about six hours of trekking, we'll rest at the Miriakamba Hut camp, have dinner and spend the night.
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DAY 3. TREKKING FROM MIRIAKAMBA HUT TO SADDLE HUT
On the second day of the ascent, we'll face the steepest climb of the route and travel eight kilometres (5 miles) along the peak of Mount Meru. Here, we'll enjoy privileged views of the mountain's crater. The day will be spent trekking in ashy surroundings, characteristic of this inactive volcano. We'll then have a hot meal at the Saddle Hut. If you wish, we can take a short hike to the top of Little Meru peak to enjoy the views of the mountain at sunset. We'll have dinner at the camp and rest until the next day.
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DAY 4. TREKKING FROM SADDLE HUT TO SOCIALIST PEAK AND DESCENT TO MOMELLA GATE
On the third day of the route, we'll reach the summit of Mount Meru. To do so, we'll trek for more than five kilometres (3 miles). Once at the top, we'll delight in the views of Kilimanjaro, and have the opportunity to appreciate the crater as well as the inner cliffs from the heights. Before starting the descent, we'll have a meal at the Saddle Hut camp and then cover the thirteen kilometres (8 miles) of descent through arid trails. We'll spend the night and have dinner at the Meriakamba Hut camp.
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DAY 5. DEPARTURE
On the last day of the route, we'll finish the descent by walking through the meadows and forests of the mountainside. Before reaching the Momella pass in the late morning, we'll enjoy the wildlife of this area of Tanzania during the ten kilometre (6 miles) route. Back at Momella Gate, we'll head to Arusha hotel for dinner and rest after a great adventure through Mount Meru.

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