MT MERU CLIMB
Routes & description
Mt. Meru is the second highest mountain in Tanzania at 4566m (14,979 feet), although it is overshadowed by Kilimanjaro, its famous neighbour, and frequently overlooked by trekkers. But Meru is a spectacular classic volcanic cone, and well worth a visit. A trek to the summit involves hiking through the grassland and lush forest on the mountain’s beautiful lower slopes, followed by a dramatic and exhilarating walk along the knife-edge rim of the horseshoe crater.
Meru was formed by volcanic action like most of the mountains in the region associated with the creation of the Great Rift Valley. The circular wall of the crater was broken by subsequent explosions to make today’s horseshoe shape, and more recent volcanic activity has created the ash cone that stands inside the crater. Small eruptions have been reported in the last 100 years, indicating that Meru is still not quite extinct. The local Wa Arusha who live in the area regard the mountain as sacred. Every year a bull or sheep is sacrificed and offered to the mountain to ensure rain in the coming season. It is most likely that local people have been visiting the forest and even the area on the crater floor for generations. It is not known whether anybody ever reached the summit. The exposed nature of the effects of altitude would probably have deterred causal curiosity.
DETAILED SAMPLE ITINERARY:
Day 1 Arrive at Parachichi Farm Tented Lodge for dinner and overnight.
Day 2 Breakfast
Depart Parachichi tented camp Arusha or similar for Momella Gate where the trek starts. On the way stop over for game watching at Serengeti ndogo (small). From Momella Gate (altitude 1500m) ascend to Miriakamba Hut (2500m)
Day 3 08H00 from Miriakamba Hut start the ascent to Saddle Hut (3400m). Afternoon trek to the summit of Little Meru (3820m). Dinner and overnight at Saddle Hut.
Day 4 0200am from Saddle Hut ascend to the summit of Mt. Meru (4565m) and walk around the rim of Meru crater. Then return to Saddle Hut for breakfast and walk down across alpine desert. Lunch, dinner and overnight will be at Miriakamba Hut
Day 5 0800 start descending down the crater floor where you will meet a vehicle at Momella Gate. Return to Arusha for dinner and overnight
Day 6 Breakfast in the tented camp or hotel.
“End of Tanzania Travel & Travel Company services”
Included in the Package are:
- Half board at Parachichi tented camp or Hotel – Arusha
- All park fees
- National Park approved guides and porters
- Armed Rangers service
- Fresh meals
- Transportation from Arusha – Mt. Meru Gate – Arusha.Prices excludes:
- Tips to driver, porters and guides and national park armed ranger.
- Items of Personal Nature i.e. beverages, telephone and laundry services
Mount Meru Recommended Climbing equipment list advise.
- The pack that the porters carry is limited to 15 kg (35 pounds)
- Store electronics in sealed water-proof bags (double sealed if possible)
- Wrap clothing in plastic bags
- In the day pack, take along water, camera, binoculars, rain pants and jacket at a minimum. Add any other items you might need during the day because you may not see the porters until the end of your trek for that day.
- Be sure to break in your shoes before the hike.
- Take trekking shoes for hiking during the day, preferably warm (leather), waterproof, and with ankle-support
- Take tennis shoes or sandals for lounging in the evening
- Hiking socks
- Wool socks
Your inner layer should be warm therefore preferably no cotton. Next layer should be insulating and warm, and the top layer should be water proof but breathable. Kilimanjaro may be on the equator, but the temperature can drop drastically.
We recommend that you wear shorts for first and last and pants for hiking and for lounging in the evenings
- Short-sleeved t-shirts for first and last day only
- Long-sleeved shirts for hiking and for lounging in the evenings
- Long underwear
- Fleece jacket or wool sweater
- Fleece pants
- Down jacket
- Rain jacket, needed in hot rainforest and cold snow
- Rain pants, needed in hot rainforest and cold snow
- Sport bras, for women
- Warm mittens and/or gloves (waterproof)
- Wool or pile hat
- Balaclava or neck gaiter
- Crampons (may be needed March-May and November-December)
- Day pack, for you to carry
- Large waterproof duffel bag or backpack, for porters to carry
- Plastic bags
- Sleeping bag (-10 degrees F is recommended)
- Sleeping pad and repair kit
- Mattress (to put under the sleeping bag when camping)
- Tents are supplied by Tanzania travel company at no charge
- Water bottles (2+)
- Get 3 liters of bottled water before the trip. Guides will boil water for you along the route. Some people still bring a water filter to enhance the taste. You may want an insulated water bottle to keep it from freezing on the last day.
- Sun hat
- Money (small Tanzanian bills for trek and travelers-cheques for rest of trip)
- Ski or trekking poles
- Headlamp or flashlight
- Camera, film, mini-tripod
- Video camera, tapes
- Maps, guidebooks
- Batteries – bring double extra sets for headlamp/flashlight and camera as cold weather shortens their life
- Notebook, pencil and pen
- Pocket knife
- Electricity adapter
- Energy bars and snacks
- Playing cards, games, books
- Chocolate or pens for village children, mementos for guides, porters, and other climbers
- Toilet paper
- Small towel
- Toothbrush and toothpaste
- Yellow fever certificate
- Tanzania Visa
- Medical insurance
- Address book
- Band aids
- Sunscreen (SPF 15+)
- Malaria pills
- Insect repellent
- Lip balm with sunscreen
- Antiseptic cream
- Bandages and tape
- Diahorea medicine
- Prescription drugs
Tanzania Travel Company limited reserves the right to amend the rates upon giving 14 days notice in writing. Rates for Mountain Climb are subject to change due to increase in park fees, government levies, etc.