Hike 131: MOUNT MERU

5 DAYS 4 NIGHTS MT MERU HIKING ITINERARY
Day 1:
Nairobi to Arusha.-The tour leaves Nairobi from the Parkside Hotels, where you will catch the Nairobi to Arusha express bus, this is a public shuttle service.You are asked to meet at Parksides Hotel at 7:00am
The journey to Arusha takes between 4 and 5 hours, including the stop at the border. Drop off is at the Arusha shuttle station where a representative will transfer you to your hotel. On arrival at the Hotel in Arusha you will be met by a Mt Meru Climb representative who will run through all pre-climb details. Overnight stay, at a hotel Torch Budget Inn.

Day 2:
Leave Arusha Budget Inn after breakfast Drive 40Minutes for Momella Gate and Miriakamba Hut (2,500 m)
Depart from your hotel in the morning for Momella Gate of Arusha National Park (1,500 m.). After park entrance formalities, we begin our hike, guided by a park ranger and our Guide from our office. The track passes open grassland, providing an opportunity to see buffalo, warthogs and other grazers.

The trail continues as a steady climb through montage forest. We take lunch near a giant Fig Tree arch (known as Long Route option it can be used in the beginning of the tour or at the end on the last descent). After lunch, the route continues through less dense forest, where there are an abundance of birds and black and white Columbus monkeys.

By mid-afternoon, we can see towering cliffs and the Ash Cone. We reach Miriakamba Hut (2,500 m.), situated in an idyllic grassy glade, in time to enjoy the last of the afternoon sun and beautiful views over the surrounding plains towards Kilimanjaro. (3-4 hours walking) dinner overnight.

Day 3:
Miriakamba Hut (2,500 m) to Saddle Hut (3,500 m).
The walk from Miriakamba Hut to the saddle below little Meru is a short day but a steep climb. We slowly ascend through lush montange forest to reach the halfway point of Elephant Ridge. From here we enjoy excellent views of the summit ridge and across the crater floor. The path continues through giant heather and other fascinating moorland vegetation to reach Saddle Hut (3,500 m), lunch enroute.

The afternoon is free to relax and to enjoy the views. The more energetic can make the short climb to the nearby summit of little Meru (3,810 m) for superb views just before sunset. (4-5 hours walking).

Day 4:
Saddle Hut (3,500 m) to Miriakamba Hut (2,500 m)
We start early at around 2 a.m. to climb steeply to Rhino Point (3,800 m.), continuing along an undulating ridge of ash and rock to reach Cobra Point (4,350 m) at sunrise.

The views are stunning: the cliffs of the Crater rim, the Ash Cone rising from the Crater floor, Kilimanjaro floating on the morning clouds and west towards the Rift Valley if the weather is clear.

The summit of Socialist Peak (4,566 m.) is an hour further on a good but steep path.

The route back to Rhino Point in the morning light, on a narrow ridge between the sloping outer wall of the crater and the sheer cliffs of the inner wall, is one of the most dramatic and exhilarating walks in Africa.
You enjoy a rest and brunch at Saddle Hut before continuing the descent to Miriakamba Hut (2,500 m, 7-9 hours walking) for your last night on the mountain.

Day 5:
Miriakamba Hut (2,500m) or Saddle Hut(3500Mt) if you are trekking for 3 days 2 night on trekking after hot lunch Miriakamba Hut, you take the direct route down through open grassland and mixed forest, with good chances of seeing Wildlife,, This trail has excellent views back towards the crater and over the plains of the National Park. We should reach Momella Gate by late noon (2-3 hours walking) if you are trekking for 4 days 3 night you will spend your last night at Miriakamba Hut. Once you reach the Gate end of the climb transferred back to Nairobi.

CHARGES:
KSH $300 FOR EAST AFRICANS
$950 USD FOR NON-RESIDENTS.
50% deposit must be received on or before 20th of September

THE COST INCLUDES:
-Transport in a Shuttle Bus to Moshi and Back
-Accomondations on the Mountain(Full Board) and 1night Hotel(Bed and Breakfast only)
-Parkfees
-Food on the Mountain
-Porters services
-Guide services
-Park Warden for a safety escort.
-A Certificate of Achievement

WHAT TO CARRY:
1-A valid Passport/Temporary pass
2-A warm sleeping bag
3-A good water proof hiking boot
4-A warm fleece/cardigan
5-2 pairs Thermal under pants
6-4 pairs light weight trouser/track bottom ideal
7-Trainers/sneakers/saddles
8-Rucksack/bag
9-Warm and water proof gloves
10-Hiking poles
12-Warm hat/Balaclava/Woolen scarf
11-Gaiters
12-Water proof jacket and trouser
13-A water bottle/2 liters
14-4 pairs of warm socks
15-Enough T shirts
16-Ahead light Torch
17-A camera
-Other personal essential items

Deposit 15000/

PAYMENT MODE:
Deposit to our Barclays Bank account (Ask for details)
Lipa Na Mpesa-Till No.809744 (buy goods and services)
Forward the confirmation text to +254728839300
For more details, e-mail: info@africaoutdoors.co.ke

Inclusive
*Round trip Transport from Nairobi to base camp
*Proffesional moutain guide
*Guide fee
*Porters to carry food and luggages
*Cooks
*Park fee & camping fee for clients, guide, porters and cooks
*Accommodation on bandas
*All meals 4 meals per day breakfast, lunch, 1st evening tea,
appetizers. Full supper and 2nd evening tea
*Photography
*Govt Taxes
*Emergency evacuation(kindly apply before that day)

NOTE;
Get Temporary Passports by applying online Click https://immigration.ecitizen.go.ke/index.php?id=1 @ ksh.350 and take it to Nyayo house for stamping.

Yellow fever vaccination & certificate is done in Goverment hospitals in Kenya/
Border charges (1000) Vaccine last for 10 years & is always needed when travelling to Tanzania.

We have preparation hikes in readiness of the climb.
Our pre hikes ranges from (2200-2500ksh)

Cancellation
If a member cancels a reservation as detailed below, the following
sums will be claimed.
• If cancelled within 3 days prior – 50% of the total sum payable is due
• If cancelled on the trip date or fails to show up – Full payment is due
In all instances, notification of cancellation must be made in writing
and will be effective on the date received

All bookings should be confirmed by

CONTACTS:
willy Mutai
0728839300

Kind regards
Africa Outdoors Safaris

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