We’ll pick you up from the Kilimanjaro International Airport, and transfer you to your hotel in Moshi/Arusha. You’ll spend the rest of the day relaxing by the pool.
Day 1: Moshi – Miriakamba Hut (2500m)
After breakfast, we’ll pick you up from Arusha and drive you to the Momella Gate in Arusha National Park. Here, after registration with the Tanzania National Park (TANAPA), you will begin your ascent. The first day of hiking is similar to a walking safari; you should expect to see giraffes, zebras, antelope, buffalo, and potentially elephants near the trail. Due to the high possibility of spotting wildlife, an armed ranger, hired through the National Park, is required to hike with our team for the duration of the hike. As you continue, you will pass by the Ngarenanyuki River and a beautiful waterfall at the base of Mt. Meru. Then, we’ll arrive at the Miriakamba Hut (2500m), and you’ll enjoy a beautiful sunset and dinner here.
Duration: 5-7 hours hiking
Day 2: Miriakamba Hut (2500m) – Saddle Hut (3500m)
After breakfast, you will start ascending the steep trail along the ridge of the saddle. You might also spot various wild animals along the way! The trail has amazing views of Mt. Meru Crater and the Ash Tray. When you arrive at camp, you’ll have the option of hiking Little Mt. Meru (3820m) with your guide for more acclimatization. After an early dinner, you’ll receive ample rest before your midnight summit attempt. Get to sleep by 1900!
Duration: 3-5 hours of hiking
Day 3: Saddle Hut (3500m) – Summit Attempt (4566m) – Arusha (1400m)
You’ll wake up at 00:30 for tea and biscuits and thereafter begin your summit attempt at 1:30 am. The trail starts off on a steep grade to Rhino Point (3800m) and Cobra Point (4350m). The last hour of the hike will be a scamble on a rocky ridge between the crater and inner cliffs of Meru. You will reach the summit of Meru (4565m) at sunrise with spectacular views of Mt. Meru Ash Tray and Mt. Kilimanjaro. Enjoy your views then descend to Momella Gate and return to Moshi.
Duration: 12-14 hours of hiking