3 Days 2 nights
It is located in northern Tanzania, northeast of town of Arusha. The size is roughly 552 sq. km or 212 sq. miles. From Arusha, it is approximately 40 minutes’ drive time, and 60 km from Kilimanjaro International Airport. You can tour the forests, lakes, and the famous Ngurdoto Crater which can be visited on the course of a half-day excursion or part of your extended northern safari tour. Because Mount Meru’s location is inside the boundaries of Arusha National Park, hikers are required to be accompanied by an armed Ranger. On the lower slopes, you’re more likely to see animals like elephant, buffalo, giraffe, zebra etc. As hikers go on with their ascent, the trail follow the north rim of the volcano’s crater. Hikers get to sleep in designated huts which are present along the trail. Upon reaching the summit, trekkers will witness the spectacular views of Mt. Kilimanjaro and Mt. Meru Crater.
After having your breakfast meal at your hotel in Moshi, you’ll be transferred from your hotel to the Momella Gate in Arusha National Park. After arriving, porters will arrange and pack your belongings while you finish off your registration process and park formalities with the TANAPA (Tanzania National Park Authority). After completing the formalities, you’ll begin your ascent in Arusha National Park. For the most part, the first day of the hiking tour is very much similar to walking safaris. So expect to see giraffes, antelopes, buffaloes, zebras, and elephants near to the hiking trail. Due to the presence of wild animals, trekkers are always accompanied by an armed ranger which is mandatory for the duration of the hike. You’ll pass through the Ngarenanyuki River and also a small but beautiful waterfall just at the base of Mt. Meru. A hot dinner will be prepared once you reach the Miriakamba Hut at 2500 meters. Enjoy the beautiful sunset and an overnight stay.
Habitat: Montane forest
Time: 5 -7 hours
After having your breakfast, you will start ascending along the ridge of the saddle through a steep trail. In the process, you may get lucky to see various wild animals that live in the mountain. The trail offers views of the Mt. Meru Crater and the Ash Tray. When you arrive at the camp, you can hike the little Mt. Meru at 3820 meters to help acclimatize yourself. After having your early dinner, you can go to sleep as you’ll start the trekking around midnight hours. Get to sleep by 19:00 hours.
Time: 3 - 4 hours
Your guide will wake you at 00:30 for tea and biscuits. The summit to the top will resume at around 1:30 am. The trail follows a steep grade to Rhino Point at 3800 meters and then to Cobra Point at 4350 meters. Towards the end of the hike, you’ll scramble on a rocky ridge between the inner cliffs of Meru and its crater. You will make it to the summit of Meru before or at sunrise and see the marvelous sightings of Mt. Meru Ash Tray and the nearby Mt. Kilimanjaro Ash Tray and Mt. Kilimanjaro. Enjoy your views then descend to Momella Gate and return to Moshi.
Distance: 5km ascent/18km descent
Habitat: Semi-desert, alpine desert, montane forest
Time: 4 - 5 hours’ ascent / 6 - 7 hours’ descent