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Mount Meru Trek

6 Days

Mount Meru Trek through verdant afromontane forest into high altitude alpine desert with stunning views of a dormant volcano. There is possible sightings of wildlife on foot, afromontane forest, less busy than Kilimanjaro, excellent bird life and. Mount Meru is one of the most under rated hikes in East Africa. From there, the route wanders up the north side of Meru’s volcanic crater, before approaching the true summit itself. At the top, the views are outstanding, particularly with Kilimanjaro gleaming tantalizingly in the distance.

Mount Meru Climbing offers two advantages to travelers. First, it allows trekkers a chance to experience what it is like to climb Kilimanjaro on a smaller scale, providing a grand adventure for those who don’t have a lot of time in their schedule or don’t want to deal with the higher altitude found on Kilimanjaro.

Hikers will stay in a series of huts on their way to the top, with basic but comfortable accommodations located at two different campsites prior to the going to the summit, which is located at a place called Socialist Peak. Visitors to Mount Meru are more likely to spot wildlife along the trail, particularly in the early days of the hike. Often times a ranger will accompany trekking groups on the first day of the journey to ensure they make it safely to the first campsite.

Itinerary

Upon arrival in Arusha, you will be picked up at the airport and taken to your hotel. The rest of the day is free. Relax, take a stroll, enjoy the sights and sounds. Get plenty of rest – tomorrow will be huge!

Dinner and over night at Maura Apartment.

Elevation: 4,921 ft to 8,250 ft

Distance: 10 km

Hiking Time: 4-6 hours

Habitat: Rain Forest

We depart Arusha for Momella Gate in Arusha National Park for the necessary formalities before beginning our trek. The hiking trail begins in open grassland with an armed ranger as the possibility of seeing wildlife – giraffe, zebras, antelope, elephant and buffalo – is high. We climb steadily through the rain forest until you reach Miriakamba Huts, situated in a grassy glade.

Elevation: 8,250 ft to 11,712 ft

Distance: 8 km

Hiking Time: 3-5 hours

Habitat: Heath

We continue climbing through the rain forest until we enter the heath zone accompanied by giant heather and other moorland vegetation. Along the ridge of the saddle, we have views of Mount Meru Crater and the Ash Tray. After arriving at Saddle Huts, there is an option to hike to the top of Little Mount Meru for superb views and to further aid acclimatization.

Elevation: 11,712 ft to 14,977 ft

Distance: 5 km

Hiking Time: 4-6 hours

Habitat: Alpine Desert

Summit to Miriakamba Huts

Elevation: 14,977 ft to 8,250 ft

Distance: 13 km

Hiking Time: 4-6 hours

Habitat: Heath

Very early in the morning (around midnight), we begin our climb to the summit. The trail is steep to Rhino Point and then Cobra Point. The path continues along the ridge of ash and rock to the summit – Socialist Peak. Here we enjoy magnificent views of Kilimanjaro and the sunrise before returning to Miriakamba Huts.

Elevation: 11,712 ft to 4,921 ft

Distance: 10 km

Hiking Time: 2-4 hours

Habitat: Rain Forest

After breakfast, we embark on our final trek and our hard work is rewarded at dawn as the sun rises to the East. Kilimanjaro is normally clearly seen from here and the sheer cliffs of the crater fall dramatically 1000 feet or more. We return back and after some brunch at Saddle Hut, we continue down to MIRIAKAMBA. The final section takes up to 3 hours to return to our vehicles where we say farewell to our crew and have time for a short picnic lunch and after we return to Arusha for a well deserved shower! Bed and Breakfast at Outpost Lodge.

Dinner and overnight at Maura Apartment.

Depending with the time of your flight departure, our drive will come to the hotel to pick you up for trip to the Airport to catch a flight back home. Or else a trip to the beaches at Zanzibar is a good way to recuperate. We can arrange many reasonably priced trips and safaris around Moshi and the Kilimanjaro region.

Kwa heri ya kuonana – (Good bye and see you again

Cost

The Cost Includes

  • First aid kit.
  • Pulse oximeters.
  • Local tourist taxes.
  • Qualified Mountain guides and mountain crew.
  • Mount Kilimanjaro Hut/camping fees and tents.
  • Salaries for Mountain Guides, Porters, Cooks, Waiter.
  • Boiled drinking water while trekking Mount Kilimanjaro.
  • Mount Kilimanjaro Park or reserve entry fees – where applicable.
  • Airport transfers to and fro from (JRO - Kilimanjaro International Airports).
  • Guides, porters, waiter, cook accommodation and entry fees on the mountain.
  • Ground transportation with an English-speaking driver/guide or naturalist guide.
  • Two nights accommodation at Maura Apartment in Arusha (before and after. the climb) Tents foam sleeping pads, cooking equipment, and (Cutlery / Crockery) eating utensils.
  • All meals while trekking Mount Kilimanjaro as mentioned in the itinerary – ( Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner ).

The Cost Excludes

  • International flights.
  • Emergency Oxygen.
  • Guides, Porters, Cook & Waiters tips.
  • Tips and gratuities, which are optional.
  • Extra activities (waterfall tour, cultural village visit).
  • Airport customs entry visas (currently US$ 50 per person.
  • Gear for your climb, some equipment is available for rent. See our rental price list.

FAQs

How fit do I need to be to do this trek?

Annapurna Base Camp is a Grade B or a moderately difficult trekking route. So any fit person can do this trek, even if you do not have any previous experience. You should be aware of what to expect and mentally prepare for it. Then, as long as you will too, you can.

How long do we walk every day when doing Annapurna Base Camp trekking?

On average, you walk about 4 to 6 hours per day. One or two days can be as less as 3hrs and one or two days can be as long as 7hrs.

What is the highest altitude reached in this trek?

The highest altitude reached is 4190m. This is the elevation of Annapurna Base Camp. ABC is the highest we will climb in this trek.

What about battery charging and hot shower facilities?

Yes, you can charge batteries en route. Charger should be brought. There are hot shower facilities as well. You may have to pay a certain amount for both ($1-$2). Negotiate. Also, a hot water facility could be free at a lower elevation.

Are there ATMs on the way to Annapurna Base Camp?

No. There are no ATMs on this trek route. You will have to draw enough cash in Pokhara or Kathmandu. There are a number of ATMs in these cities. Everything is paid in Nepali rupees. So money should be exchanged before the start of the trek.

What about internet access?

Yes. The Internet can be accessed in most places. Sometimes, there might be some technical problems. The Internet in Nepal is not as fast as you are used to and at times you can just lose connection.

Is it necessary to hire Guides/trekking agency for Annapurna Base Camp trekking?

Not really. It depends on you. If you want, ABC trekking can be done independently. You could hire a guide and a porter by yourself instead of going through an agency or not hire a guide at all. Although, not having a guide can be a little problematic during the offseason.

It really depends on you. Is it your first time in Nepal? How confident are you of being able to find your way around? How pressed on time are you? If you go through an agency, it will be costlier but everything will be planned. You will only have to come, trek and return.

How much do guides and porters cost?

For the Annapurna region, pay for guides range from $20 to $30 per day and porters take $15 to $25 per day.

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