Thursday, January 15, 2009

MOUNT MERU



Mount Meru is the second highest mountain in Tanzania at 4,5685m.and the fifth highest in Africa. It is best to allow three days for climbing Meru since it involves a 3,500m altitude trek. There are two huts available to climbers on the mountain and firewood is supplied. The best time to climb Meru is between October and February. The mountain is usually climbed from Olkokola on the western side of the crater and you need a park ranger as an escort due to the threat of buffalo.

Mt Meru Climbing Adventures - 5 Days

Day 1: Nairobi - Arusha

Pickup from from your hotel and proceed to drive south through the Namanga border post with lunch en route. Transfer to Moivaro Coffee Lodge (BB) for overnight

Day 2: Momella Gate to Mariakamba Hut 3,500m

Depart form Moivaro to Momella Gate on the other side of the park . Walking through the park with armed ranger, game viewing en-route heading to Mariakamba Hut, about 3,500m above the sea level. Overnight camping at the hut/campsite

Day 3: Mariakamba Hut to Little Meru 3,820m

Leaving Mariakamba Hut early in the morning (probably 4:00 am) winding up to Saddle Hut, approximately 3,500m; Have a break for lunch and gathering momentum, and then trek to the Little Meru 3,820 m summit. After drinks and photos starts the journey back to Saddle Hut for overnight the hut/campsite.

Day 4: Saddle Hut to the Summit 4,566m

Early morning (probably 3:00am) climbing towards the summit of Meru Mountain 4,566m (as an option: walking on the rim of Meru Crater) this is the place to take Photos of Mount Kilimanjaro. Back to Saddle Hut for breakfast, lunch and diner as well as overnight at the hut/campsite

Day 5: Saddle Hut Momella Gate

After stretching and relaxing your painful muscles overnight start descending after breakfast and reach Momella gate at midday, picked-up and drive to Arusha town for dinner at Moivaro Lodge.

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