Meru is a melody of green wrinkled foothills, cracks, crater holes, saddles and summit ridges. Once upon a time when she blew it left a giant crater that has turned into something of an amphitheater gazing fondly towards the east, a natural window facing Kilimanjaro. The highest point of the mountain is a jagged tip soaring 14 thousand feet into the sky and a front row seat to one of the best views in the world of Africa’s tallest mountain.
DAY 1: Arrival Kilimanjaro International Airport Touch down at the Kilimanjaro International Airport where your own personal driver will be waiting to greet you. Let your driver whisk you away to your chosen hotel in the bright and bustling city of Arusha – gateway to Tanzania. Arusha is the beating heart of the wild – the last port of civilization before heading out into dense jungles and rich savannah plains. The markets of Arusha burst with color, and throng with locals picking up their weekly wares. The numerous cafes sell dark and deliriously good coffee from the plantations, and close by the infamous National Park lures visitors in to explore her evocative Maasai culture and exotic flora and fauna. Today you can relax in Arusha, enjoy a quick de-briefing about your trip, recover from your journey, and soak up the vibrant atmosphere of Africa.
DAY 2: Trekking fromMomela Gate toMiriakambaHut This morning after a delectable early breakfast your adventure begins. We will aim to arrive at Momela Gate for 9am, where the hustle of meeting the trekking team and watching the porters load up the goods will spark the excitement deep in you. Mount Kilimanjaro shines like a star in the morning sun, beckoning you to conquer the trail. An armed park ranger will accompany you at the beginning of the hike. This is because the trail passes through the splendor of the Arusha National Park, a place teeming with wildlife. The ranger will ensure your safety from big game animals. As you pass through the lands of sunlight, verdant green, and shadow you can spot colobus monkeys chattering in the trees, dik-diks in pairs gazing wide eyed in the clearings, waterbucks, baboons, and even the occasional giraffe. The sky floods with bright feathered birds in the green season and they all compete to entertain with song. For the first day of walking you will start at an altitude of 1500 meters and steadily climb to 2500 meters over a 3-4-hour period. Spend the night at the Miriakamba hut, enjoy delicious dining on the mountain from our team of chefs, and fall asleep to the sounds of the wild.
DAY 3: Trekking from Miriakamba Hut to Saddle Hut This morning you can enjoy a leisurely breakfast as the walk is shorter. This is perfect for those who need time to acclimatize, and also to take in the breathtaking views that stretch from sky to horizon. From the Miriakamba hut you will cross to saddle below Little Meru, a short but steep climb. Pass through the lush and fragrant montane forest until you reach the halfway point called Elephant Ridge. Pass the crater floor and into a landscape cushioned with soft heather. Once you reach the Saddle Hut you can indulge in a fresh and hot lunch – exactly what you need after a morning climbing. From here, you can see astounding views of the summit ridge. Spend the afternoon relaxing and soaking up the majestic views before taking an acclimatization stroll to Little Meru just in time to witness the golden sunset. Tonight you will dine again on the mountain, if the night is clear then you are sure to see thousands of swirling stars flooding the midnight sky. Saddle hut is perched 3500 above sea level, and the one hour walk to Little Meru will take you to 3800 meters. There will be 3-4 hours of walking today.
DAY 4: Trekking from Saddle Hut toBig Meru toMomela Gate This morning makes for an early start with much ground to cover. After a hot coffee and breakfast at 2am we will make the climb to Rhino Point to cross the ridge. The ridge is carved from ash and once molten rock – a reminder that you are atop an ancient volcano. Once you reach Cobra Point you will feel as though you have entered another world. Here, ash cones prickle as though erupted from the earth, and Kilimanjaro seems to hang suspended over a bed of swirling misty clouds. Another hour and you will stand on the summit. Socialist Peak is the perfect place to greet the sunrise. Here you are, at the top of Mount Meru, watching the first fingers of light sweep across the whole of Africa. The views of Kilimanjaro are jaw dropping in their beauty and the exhilaration of having made it to the top will make you feel light and giddy inside. As you descend back down the mountain, along the narrow ridge between the cliff walls and the edge of the mountain, you are sure to have never felt so alive. The morning sun will warm your back, and the sights beyond the ledge are some of the most dramatic scenes in Africa. Take a celebratory brunch back at Saddle Hut before continuing down to Miriakamba. Once more you will see wildlife roaming and birds flocking to the trees. You can see the patchwork plains of the National Park in front, and the looming peaks behind. After 2-3 hours we will reach Momela Gate where a private transfer is waiting to take you back to Arusha.
DAY 5: Departure Enjoy a sumptuous lie in and a breakfast fit for kings before checking out of your hotel. Normal check out time is 10am, but if you wish to keep the room until 6pm then simply let us know at the time of booking. Please note a day room charge will apply. If you have booked an airport transfer, then our driver will escort you back to the airport. For those clients who are booked to go on safari we will meet with you for de-briefing and to discuss the next epic adventure.
The climb cost includes: Meeting at Kilimanjaro International Airport Transfer to the hotel — in Arusha Accommodation prior to the climb (including breakfast; sharing a twin room) Transfer to the trail head Professional mountain crew. All guides have "Wilderness First Responder" and "Wilderness First Aid" certificates, along with over 7 years of experience in climbing. Each participant will be provided with a porter (who can carry up to 15 kg of personal baggage) Kilimanjaro National Park permits Kilimanjaro National Park rescue fees; Camping/hut fees;
3 square meals daily. The menu includes different soups, garnishes, several types of fish and meat, fresh fruit and vegetables; vegetarian options are available upon request; Modern mountain hardware EV-3 tents; Oxygen systems and pulse oximeters; First aid kit; Warm and comfortable sleeping pads (2 inches thick); Group equipment (dining tent, table, chairs, crockery and cutlery); Meeting the group at the National Park exit and transfer to the hotel; Accommodation after the climb (including breakfast; sharing a twin room);
International certificates for a successful ascent; Return transfer to Kilimanjaro airport. Basic tour package price includes sharing a twin room. If you need a single bed accommodation only, you should contact a manager a minimum of 2 weeks prior to the start of the tour. ** During the climb you will share a tent with 1-2 other climbers, depending on the number of participants. If you need an individual tent, please, contact our manager. Single accommodation at sleeping huts on Marangu is impossible.
The climb cost excludes: Airline tickets; Visa fee; Lunch and dinner at the hotel (before and after the ascent); Personal gear rentals; Other item of personal nature; Tips for the mountain crew (200–250 USD per person); Mountaineering insurance. challenge