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MOUNT MERU CLIMBING

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Mount Meru, the fifth highest mountain on the African continent and the second highest in Tanzania at 4566m. During the ascent, you will regularly come across large game such as Elephants and Buffalo but you may also come across Leopards. Due to this, it is obligatory to be accompanied by an armed park ranger on your tour.)

About 25000 years ago, a massive volcanic blast blew away the entire eastern flank of the mountain and left it with the characteristic and distinctive appearance it has today.

The Mt Meru ascent passes through many different vegetation zones. The dry forest of the lower region gives way to a dense mountain rain forest, which then turns into a shrub land. Towards the top of the mountain, the vegetation consists of heath and moorland and is then finally replaced by the stunning baron alpine deserts.

As the flora changes the wildlife does so too, which is diverse and equally impressive. During the ascent, you will regularly come across large game such as elephants and buffalo but you may also come across leopards. Due to this, it is obligatory to be accompanied by an armed park ranger on your tour.

Mount Meru Guides and Porters:

Guides are mandatory for every trek up Mount Meru, they are armed and are there for your safety to protect you from the abundant wildlife. Porters are not mandatory but make the trek more enjoyable. Porters will carry up to 15kg each. You can hire both porters and guides at the Momella gate but plan ahead at least a day.

If you`re trekking with an operator (see below), these services are usually included in the price. Ask around for tipping guidelines as this is a significant part of the guides, porters and cooks salaries.

Mount Meru Accommodation

On Mount Meru two huts provide accommodation, Saddle Hut (3570 metres) and Miriakamba Hut (2514 metres). It`s common to spend the first and third nights at Miriakamba and the second at Saddle hut.

Huts fill up well in advance and it may be prudent to bring a tent to pitch if you`re planning to trek during the high season (December - February). Both huts offer wonderful views.

Summit day has an early start at around 12:00AM. There is a 1 hour steep climb to Rhino Point (3,800m / 12,467ft), then the path continues along a ridge of ash and rock to reach Cobra Point (4,350m / 14,272ft). The summit of Socialist Peak (4,566 m) is an hour further on a steep path with magnificent views of Kilimanjaro. Depending on your speed, you can enjoy sunrise at Cobra Point or the summit. 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 the Rift Valley. The route back to Rhino Point in the sharp morning light along 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. Brunch and a brief rest is taken at Saddle Hut before continuing the descent to Miriakamba Hut.

NOTE: For an easier climb, you can start the trek at 05:00 A.M., hike for about 1 hour, and enjoy sunrise at Rhino Point before going back to Saddle Hut for breakfast and then descending.

NOTE: In icy conditions or in strong winds, it may be impossible for anyone to progress beyond Rhino Point.

There are two ways down from here. You can descend the route you came up or walk down the jeep road, which descends to the lower crater floor. You pass through the well-known Fig Tree Arch and can visit an impressive waterfall hidden in a ravine not far from the road.

A fast descent 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'll have lunch on the way down. Momela Gate is reached by mid-day or afternoon.

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