We offer 3 nights / 4 days MOUNT MERU CLIMB Tanzania adventure. Mount Meru is located in Tanzania and is the fifth highest mountain in Africa. It is a great mountain to climb and offers spectacular scenery, including views of Mount Kilimanjaro. The mountain is unspoilt and less congested as compared to it’s Mount Kilimanjaro and Mount Kenya counterparts.
Transport , Ranger /guide, Porters, Park fees, Hut fees, Rescue fees, cook, Meals, Tea and coffee
Departure dates: Any time with a minimum of two people.
Season: the best times are January to March and June to December.
Scheduled group trips: Daily during best seasons.
Travel and personal accident insurance.
Visa, passport, vaccinations, medicines.
Personal Mountain equipment.
Expenditure on alcoholic drinks, souvenirs and other personal items.
Optional excursions not detailed in the itinerary.
Additional optional accommodation added at the base hotel or extra days on the mountain added.
Treated drinking water other than boiled.
Extra costs incurred in case of own intentional change of itinerary while already on trek.
Porters to carry excess of 16Kg. personal luggage per client.
Arusha – Momella gate – Mariakamba Hut
Mt.Meru Park Gate – Mariakamba: 4-5 hours
Drive from Arusha to the Mt. Meru park gate where you will be met by our game ranger and porters. Hike for the few hours to Mariakamba Hut at 8,500 ft. From here you may wish to take an evening walk on the slopes to view wildlife at one of the watering holes in the crater. Dinner and overnight rest at Mariakamba Hut.
Mariakamba Hut to Saddle Hut
Mariakamba – Saddle Hut: 3-4 hours
After breakfast hike to upto 11,500 ft to arrive at Saddle Hut. If time permits you can climb a little further on Mount Meru for a scenic view of the ‘Roof of Africa’, Mount Kilimanjaro. This will also be part of more acclimatization. Overnight at Saddle Hut.
Saddle Hut – Summit – Mariakamba Hut
Saddle Hut – Summit: 4-6 hours
An early rise to hike all the way to the summit before the afternoon clouds cover the summit. From the summit, descend back to the 11,500 ft Saddle Hut in time for lunch. After lunch, hike down to Mariakamba Hut for dinner and overnight.
Mariakamba Hut – Arusha
Breakfast at the camp and a leisurely morning. Descend to the park gate to connect with your waiting transfer vehicle back to your Arusha Hotel, continue with other programs or depart.
Mariakamba Hut, Saddle Hut. or similar
Mount Kilimanjaro is only three degrees south of the Equator so although the climate is technically ‘equatorial’, it is essentially tropical. The long dry season (Jun-Oct) is followed by ?Short Rains? (Nov-Dec). During the short dry season (Jan-Mar) it can be very hot and humid.
The ‘Long Rains’ fall Apr-May. On the mountains, temperatures rise and fall only slightly throughout the year but vary considerably between night and day. Temperatures gradually fall as altitude increases. Above 4,000m, daytime temperature is usually around 5C dropping well below freezing at night.
For your comfort we recommend you travel as light as possible; many airlines impose a maximum weight limit of 20 kg – we advise you to take a lot less!
We would suggest :
One main piece – soft bag rather than a hard suitcase as it can be easily stowed and carried by porters on the ascent. Pack lightly as space is restricted – max. 15kg. NB: any surplus baggage can be stored in Arusha during the ascent – it is vital not to over pack. Please take only bare essentials for the climb.
A daypack – For comfort we recommend a larger daypack or small rucksack with a comfortable harness and waist belt (30-40 litres capacity is ideal for carrying warm clothing, camera, water bottle etc.
CLOTHING AND FOOTWEAR:
It?s essential to keep yourself (and your baggage) dry at all times. Also, to cope with variable temperatures, the best strategy is to layer clothing, so you can adjust your temperature. You should not underestimate the freezing cold conditions you will encounter on the mountain. Although some clothing and equipment is available for hire locally, it?s impossible to guarantee its quality or availability, so equip yourself fully before departure. If you require further advice please contact your mountain climb consultants at: firstname.lastname@example.org
The following is a suggestion of what you may find useful to take on this trip. It is not exhaustive and a more detailed packing list can also be found at Suggested Mountain Climb Equipments page.
T-shirts (synthetic materials are best as cotton retains moisture)
Waterproof thigh-length jacket (Goretex or similar)
Gloves (waterproof warm outers + thin liners)
Warm hat (or balaclava) that covers the ears
Waterproof walking boots (well broken-in)
Waterproof outer trousers _ Warm mid-layer (fleece or down)
Warm long-sleeved shirt _ Warm walking trousers (not jeans!)
Thermal underwear _ Walking socks (several pairs)
Trainers or soft shoes for relaxing
Glacier glasses (or good quality sunglasses ? preferably with side shields)
Personal first aid kit & essential medication
Warm sleeping bag (3/4-season)
Sleeping bag liner
Trekking pole(s) – can be hired locally
Headtorch & spare batteries
Spare plastic bags
Waterbottle(s) – minimum 3 litres capacity
High factor sunscreen & lipsalve
High energy snacks, dried fruit, nuts, sweets, etc. NB: hang on to some till the last day – you?ll appreciate them more!
A small bottle of cordial or squash concentrate (to liven up the ?flat? taste of boiled water)
6 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 5 evening meals are included.
Tipping is an accepted part of life in Tanzania, and you will be expected to tip to reward service. You will be briefed on arrival as to when and how much is appropriate, however, depending on the size of your group you should budget on a personal contribution of around $ 45 to $ 50 for your trek guides, cooks and porters on the trek.
Arusha (1,390m) Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Temperature: average high/low C 28/13 28/14 27/15 25/16 23/15 22/13 22/12 23/12 25/13 27/14 27/14 27/14
Rain: average monthly mm 66 77 138 223 83 17 8 7 8 24 119 103