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4-day Mount Meru climb

Enosa Expeditions - 4 days

  • 4-day Mount Meru climb
  • 4 days / 3 nights
  • Max. group: 10 Persons
  • Difficulty: Easy
Overview
Route
What's Included
Accommodation
FAQ
Packing List
Safety
Enosa Expeditions
How to book

Overview

> Enjoy an extra day in the stunning Mount Meru
> Discover the local wildlife, see giraffes, zebras, and potentially elephants
> Spend the night in Mountain Huts
> Enjoy spectacular views of the Meru Crater and the impressive Ash Cone

Enjoy a 4-day hike to the summit of Mt Meru through the forest, into the high altitude alpine desert, with stunning views of a dormant volcano. At 4,566 m Mt Meru is the fifth highest mountain on the African continent and the second highest in Tanzania. About 250,000 years ago, a massive volcanic eruption blew away the entire eastern flank of the mountain and left it with the distinctive appearance it has today. The mountain became well known mainly because it is only 70 km from Mount Kilimanjaro. Mt. Meru has become a popular "warm-up" trek for Kilimanjaro climbers.

Because Mt. Meru is located in Arusha National Park, hikers must climb with an armed ranger due to the wide range of wildlife living on the mountain. On the lower slopes of the mountain, hikers are more likely to see elephants, giraffes, and buffalo! As hikers continue their ascents, the trail follows the north rim of the volcano’s crater along a dramatic ridge line. Throughout the climb, hikers sleep in designated huts along the trail. Hikers reach the summit as the sun is rising and they will have spectacular views of Mt. Kilimanjaro and of the Mt. Meru Crater.

Route

What's the plan?

Day 1: Meriakamba Hut
We drive from your hotel in Moshi to Arusha National Park (Momella Gate). After a short registration at the Gate, our walk will begin with full armed ranger escorting us, simply we can see along the way the wild animals including zebras, giraffes, monkeys, antelope, and often elephants along the route. Dinner and overnight night at Miriakamba Hut.

Elevation (m): (1,387 m to (1,500 m)
Elevation(ft): 4,921 ft) to 3,000 ft )
Distance: 10 km
Hiking Time: 4-6 hours

Day 2: Saddle Hut (Full board)
The walk from Miriakamba Hut to the saddle below Little Meru is a short day but a steep climb. The walk will take us slowly along the ridge for a spectacular view of the Meru Crater and the impressive Ash Cone.

After hot lunch at Saddle Hut, we can make a short climb to the summit of Little Meru (3,820m) for superb views just before sunset. Dinner and overnight night at Saddle Hut

Elevation(m): 2,514 m to 3,570 m
Elevation(ft): 8,250 ft to 11,712 ft
Distance: 8 km
Hiking Time: 3-5 hours
Habitat: Forest and Moorland

Day 3: Summit Day
We start early at around 1:30 a.m. to climb steeply to Rhino Point (3,800 m.) and on to Cobra Point (4350m). We reach the summit (4,566 m) on time for sunrise there is a possibility to see Kilimanjaro Peak above the clouds. The final part of the climb is along a spectacular narrow ridgeline between the sheer inner cliffs and the sloping outer wall of the crater.

We take a short rest and brunch at Saddle Hut before continuing the descent to the Meriakamba Hut.

Elevation(m): 3,570 m to 4,565m to 2,514m
Elevation(ft): 14,977ft to 11,712 ft to 8,250ft
Distance: 5 km up 13 km down
Hiking Time: 10 – 12 hours
Habitat: Alpine Desert Moorland and Montane forest.

Day 4: Meriakamba Hut to Momella Gate to Moshi 
We take a short and fast descent way through open grassland and mixed forest, with the possibility of seeing wildlife before reaching Momella Gate in the late morning. The returning transfer will be waiting at Momella Gate to pick you to Moshi.

Elevation(m): 2,514 m to 1,500 m to 1,387 m
Elevation(ft): 4,921 ft to 8,250 ft to 4,921ft
Distance: 10 km
Hiking time: 2-4 hours

What's Included

Included:

√ Private transport to and from Kilimanjaro International Airport to your hotel
Your trekking company is able to pick you up from the airport and bring your to your hotel in Moshi, if needed. A transfer back to the airport can also be arranged. 

√ Transportation to and from Momella gate
The transport from Moshi to the gate of Arusha National Park is taken care off. This also applies to the way back. 

√ Your own team of porters and guides
You will have your own team of Enosa Expeditions exclusive Guides, Assistant Guides, Chefs and Porters, who will make sure that you enjoy a safe and exciting trek.

√ Accommodation
Accommodations in Mount Meru are in mountain huts. There are two very well-appointed, big huts: ‘Miriakamba Huts’ (at 2514 Metres) and ‘Saddle Huts’ (at 3570 Metres). You must bring your own sleeping bag for the nights in the huts.

√ Sleeping pads
Sleeping pads provided by your trekking company will put you to sleep in no time. 

√ Hot meals daily while on the mountain
Breakfast, lunch and dinner are prepared during the trek. Your trekking company is bringing their own cook. Don’t be surprised when you see an exclusive three course dinner on your plate. Hot drinks at every meal are also included.

√ Treated and filtered water
During the trek you won’t have a shortage on purified, drinking water. 

√ Hot water for washing
Don’t expect an extensive shower, but there will be the possibility to use hot water for a decent wash. 

√ First Aid Kit
A First Aid & Injury prevention kits together with a Pulse Oximeter will be available during the trek. Moreover, a portable stretcher and mobile communications will be at hand in case of an emergency.

√ Emergency Rescue Fee
If there is an emergency during your Mount Meru Climb, this trek includes an emergency rescue fee. We got you covered.

√ Fees, taxes, and permits
The Arusha National Park entrance fee, together with the Government Climbing Taxes and Climbing permits are included in the price of the trek.

√ Fair salary, food, insurance and accommodation for guide and porter(s)
The total amount covers not only your own basics, but also those of your guide and porter. No unpleasant surprises. 

Excluded:

× Visa for Tanzania
Visas are required for all visitors, and cost about $50. For most nationalities it is possible to get a visa upon arrival when you arrive at the airport in Tanzania. Check with your local Tanzanian embassy or consulate to see what the requirements are. 

× Flights to and from Moshi
The total amount is also exclusive of flights to and from Tanzania. To get an idea of which airlines are visiting Kilimanjaro International Airport (KIA), it is best to have a look at their website. 

× Personal expenses and personal gear
All personal expenses such as drinks at the bar, washing and other similar expenses are for your own account. Personal gear such as trekking boots or sleeping bags is not included either.

× Travel Insurance Including Repatriation
Your international travel insurance is your own responsibility. It is important that your travel insurance also covers adventures at a high altitude. Discuss your itinerary with the insurance company before you travel to Tanzania. 

× Tipping
Tips for guides and porters are exclusive. You decide what you want to tip, but be generous and read our blog post about tipping when you are planning go trekking in Tanzania. 

× Accommodation before and after the trek
Whether you stay in Moshi, Arusha or anywhere else, before and after the trek you have to take care of your own accommodation and meals.

Accommodation

Accommodation

Accommodations in Mount Meru are in mountain huts. There are two very well-appointed, big huts: ‘Miriakamba Huts’ (at 2514 Metres) and ‘Saddle Huts’ (at 3570 Metres). These huts are well equipped, they have bathrooms and solar energy. Showers, however, are not available. You must bring your own sleeping bag for the nights in the huts.

FAQ

FAQ

Best Season
Mount Meru can be climbed all year round, just like its bigger brother, Mount Kilimanjaro. However, if what you are looking for are clear views of the plains below and the Kilimanjaro massif, there are some months that are recommended the most by the trekking companies. Although it is impossible to guarantee a cloudless view, climbing between June and February is most advisable. If you can trek between December and February, even better!

Tipping
Climbing Mount Meru is an amazing experience, but the help and guidance og guides, porters and cooks makes it even more special.  Tipping your trekking crew is a common practice in Tanzania, and although there are no rules as to how much to tip each member of the crew, this is what is usually expected:

• Guides: USD 20/day/guide
• Cook: USD15/day
• Porter: USD10/day/porter

Currency and Payment Methods
The currency of Tanzania is the Shilling. We recommend you bring US dollars or Euros to cover the costs of your visa, extra travel, and others. It is easiest to travel in Tanzania with US dollars, but credit cards are also accepted in most places. Before you travel, check with your bank whether your credit or debit card can also be used in Tanzania. 

Visa Tanzania
Visa are required for all visitors and cost about $50. It is possible to get a visa-on-arrival when you arrive at the airport in Tanzania. Look here at the website of the embassy for arranging your visa.  

Vaccinations
Tanzania is an area where yellow fever occurs and therefore we recommend you to be vaccinated. We also recommend that you have all other vaccinations such as Tetanus, Diphtheria, Polio and Hepatitis A & B up to date. Malaria is present in Tanzania but there are no mosquitoes at high altitude. Always consult your health professional 90 days ahead of departure.

Packing List

Packing List

Whatever route you choose to trek in Tanzania, you will be hiking through a number of different landscapes and climates, from lush jungle and lashing rain to dry desert with no trees in sight. So you need to be prepared for all eventualities…

Clothing
- Comfortable cotton underwear (you don’t want any chaffing) and a sports bra
- Lightweight base layers (wicking)
- Thermals for summit night. Temperatures drop to -20!
- Hiking socks and liners
- Several fleeces of different thicknesses
- Waterproof jacket with hood and lightweight windbreaker
- Lightweight hiking trousers
- Seriously warm beanie and snow gloves for summit night (your pace will be slow so you need to stay toasty!)
- Sun hat and sunglasses

Footwear
- I can’t stress the importance of the right hiking boots. It will make or break your trip! Do your research and try plenty on and ensure they are protecting your ankles. Break them in on regular hikes before you go. I absolutely love my Salomon boots and I didn’t get a single blister.
- Also, bring a spare pair of lightweight shoes for the camp.

Rucksacks
- Bring one larger rucksack (40-60 liters) and a smaller day pack that you can fit your essentials in. Choose a camelback, so that you can easily carry all your water.

Sleeping bag
- Choose one that is suitable for all conditions and temperatures down to about -20 degrees.

Toiletries
- Biodegradable baby wipes – they will become your best friend
- Suncream and lip salve (SPF 30+)
- Deodorant (you’ll soon stop caring that you smell)
- Face wipes and moisturizer
- Painkillers
- Blister plasters
- Portable toothbrush and toothpaste
- Hair ties
- Toilet paper and tissues
- Pantyliners
- Brush (if you can be bothered. I kept my hair in plaits all week!)
- Earplugs

Medication
- Antibiotic ointment
- Malaria tablets
- Diarrhea medication (just in case)
- Altitude medication (Optional. Diamox is advised if you decide to take it)
-Contraception (if you are on the Pill)
- Rehydration sachets
 
Other things to bring
- Your camera
- Head torch (especially for the pitch-black toilet runs!)
- Spare batteries
- Music for summit night. Make a great, motivational playlist!
- Walking poles. They are a lifesaver.
- Journal
- Waterproof sacks for dirty clothes
- Water purification tablets
- Snacks, snacks and more snacks!
- Got nutty for trail mix
- Sweets for a pick-me-up
- Cereal bars

Things you DON’T NEED
- Makeup
- Shower gel (I wish!)
- Shampoo and conditioner
- Body moisturizer
- Tent
- All your holiday wardrobe

Safety

Safety

Safety is of the utmost importance to us. That is why this is an area in which we simply do not compromise when it comes to keeping the cost of our trekkings low. Our guides have been selected on the basis of their technical competence, proven safety performance, impeccable judgment, friendly attitude and ability to provide useful and expert instructions. They are also very professional and well trained in first aid and personal protection equipment. First aid kits are available on all treks. In addition, the routes are ideally designed to give you enough time to acclimatize. 

While the intention is to stick to the described route, a certain degree of flexibility is built in. In some cases it may be necessary to change the route here and there. The mountains are full of surprises, and the weather on Mount Kilimanjaro is unpredictable. The guides continuously carry out risk assessments throughout the expedition. It is therefore best to plan a number of extra days in Tanzania to cover for possible unforeseen circumstances. Read all about altitude sickness here.

Enosa Expeditions

Enosa Expeditions

Our team in Moshi is equally diverse and responsible for all Tanzania-Experience mountain treks and climbs, be it Mount Meru, Mount Kilimanjaro or the Ngorongoro Highlands. All in all, Enosa Expeditions in Moshi ensures seamless and safe trekking, from the start to the summit and back.

Prior to every trekking, our guests receive a full briefing by our operations team. The route, safety procedures and health issues will be discussed in detail and there will be time for asking questions. Furthermore, the trekking gear will be inspected carefully to ensure that everything is ready and safe.

Other duties for our operations team include the allocation of our mountain crews. Currently we have 18 teams, each consisting of a head guide, assistant guide, cook and porters. Experience and team spirit of the crew is essential for a successful trekking tour on Kilimanjaro and we are very proud of our well-rehearsed and passionate teams. They know how to motivate you when you are in exhaustion and their good mood is infectious.

Our mountain guides are experienced hikers who know the mountains like their backyards – brilliantly! Some of them have been with the company from the start. Our guides receive regular trainings in English and first aid as well as in oxygen and altitude. They are responsible for your safety and will decide when a trek should be called off due to weather, altitude sickness or injury.

The cooks are the miracle workers. With simple gas cookers they conjure up 3-course feasts, hot drinks and snacks to revive and nourish all mountain climbers.

The porters are responsible for carrying food, gear and guests’ backpacks. They will fetch and boil water and assist the cook. On camping routes, they will also set-up the camp.

The operations team in Moshi not only gets you on the mountain and back safely, but is also on call at all hours of the day to assist with emergencies and rescues from the mountain. Our operations manager speaks English fluently.

Mountain tents, camping gear and cooking equipment are stored in our Moshi office after being thoroughly checked and washed by our maintenance team. They ensure that the right gear is ready for each trekking group and that enough food, utensils, tools and equipment are packed.

How to book

How does it work?
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After you have made your booking, you will receive an e-mail confirmation with all necessary information and the contact details of the trekking company. If you have any questions or if you want to clarify something, you can obtain information directly from the right person. Of course, you can also always ask us your question. Send us an e-mail on support@bookatrekking.com

The trekking company will also receive your details and can therefore always contact you and provide you with extra information.

Cancellation Policy
You wish you didn’t have to, but there is no other way: You find yourself having to cancel your plans. In this case, you lose your deposit, but since you haven’t paid the large sum yet, you at least save that. Please do let us know if you cannot make it. A no-show can be a small disaster for your trekking provider, who did its best to block your dates. View our complete cancellation policy here.
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