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Mount Meru

Mount Meru is the second highest mountain in Tanzania and is situated in Arusha National Park, in the shade of Mount Kilimanjaro. It is a beautiful, sleeping volcano with fertile slopes and it is 4,566 metres high. At its summit you have a spectacular view of the wide Maasai Steppe and the Momella lakes. Mount Meru is not as well-known as Kilimanjaro, but it is certainly worth climbing. As the mountain is just somewhat lower, it takes less time to reach the summit and the risk of altitude sickness is less. It can also be a good preparation for climbing the Kilimanjaro. Mt. Meru is not climbed as much as the Kilimanjaro, so that there still are large numbers of animals like elephants, buffaloes, giraffes and colobus monkeys.

There is only one route to the summit, the Momella route. During the climb to the top you look directly into the crater of Mt. Meru. The mountain is not hard to climb, but there certainly are also steep parts and sometimes you will need to climb over rocks. A good health is a must and a good physical condition is also required. During the climb you will be accompanied by an armed park guard of Arusha NP and a guide. The porters carry your luggage; you carry a daypack with your daily requirements like water, camera, some extra clothing, sun cream etc.

If you do not like climbing for a number of consequitive days, you can also choose a one day hike. If you do want to go to the summit, you can choose between a 3 day and a 4 day tracking.

Day 1

Momella gate, 1500 m - Miriakamba Lodge, 2500 m

Day 2

Miriakamba Lodge – Saddle Lodge, 3570 m

Day 3

Saddle Lodge –Mt. Meru summit, 4566 m – Saddle Lodge, 3570 m

Day 4

Saddle Lodge – Momella Gate, 1500 m

Prices

 

2 persons

3 day tracking 600 USD
4 day tracking 700 USD

4 personen

3 day tracking 575 USD
4 day tracking 675 USD

Prices are an indication.

Included are:
Park fees
Lodge accommodation
Rescue fees
3 meals per day
Guide, cook and porters
Transfer to the gate and back to the hotel

Not included are:
Drinks and mineral water
Overnight stays in hotels and meals in Arusha/Moshi
Sleeping bag
Personal expenditures
Tips
Equipment
See “Kilimanjaro”.