Momela Route - Climbing Mount Meru - 3 days

Short Overview
You will hike past wildlife, the landscape is spectacular, and sunrise on the summit has Kilimanjaro as the backdrop. Meru is a great preparation hike for climbing Kilimanjaro, or a spectacular trek for those not compelled to do Kilimanjaro.
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Details of Momela Route - Climbing Mount Meru - 3 days

The peak can be ascended in 3 or 4 days on the Momela Route, which is the only way up to the summit. You don't need any technical equipment for the climb but you will need to be prepared for the altitude gain. 

Proper acclimatisation 

The best thing you can do is to take your time for proper acclimatisation. Mount Meru offers two huts for overnight stays, Miriakamba and Saddle hut. Additionally the Arusha National Park has three campsites, a rest-house and few lodges.

Spectacular views of Mount Kilimanjaro and the wildlife on the forested slopes

The climb not only offers spectacular views of Mount Kilimanjaro, but also wildlife on the forested slopes and the summit itself offers an amazing view of small cones and craters, which are probably the results of numerous volcanic activities in the past. 

The climb itself is a rewarding experience.

You first pass through a savannah where you have the possibility to spot buffaloes and giraffes. At the lower slopes of Mount Meru you can find parkland, grassland and a rainforest with red-hot pokers and Spanish moss. The giant heather zone and the moorlands are forested by giant lobelias. Close to the summit you can spot everlasting flowers in this alpine desert. The way up to the summit is through a narrow and barren ridge. At the summit you can have amazing views of the Ash Cone inside the crater.

While the best choice to explore Mount Meru is by climbing it up to Meru Summit, you can also spend your time at the mountain and its surrounding with different activities such as a walking safari in the national park, canoeing in the Small Momella Lake, bird watching or even game-viewing.

DAY 1 Transfer from point of arrival to Arusha

Welcome! Dinner and overnight at the campsite/lodge, according to the type of accommodation options requested.

DAY 2 Momela Gate (1500 m), Miriakamba Hut (2500m)

Hiking time: approx. 4-5 hours, Habitat: Forest

After breakfast you will be picked up from your hotel and driven to Momela Gate in Arusha National Park. You will start your trekking through the forest and the famous “Fig Tree” The trail passes through many waterfalls and variety of wildlife. The ascent to Miriakamba hut (2514 m) will take 4-5 hours. From here you can enjoy beautiful views of the U-shaped Meru crater, ash cone and the towering cliffs of the crater wall. We will settle for diner and overnight.

DAY 3 Miriakamba Hut ( 2500m ), Saddle Hut (3570 m )

Hiking time: app. 2-3 hours Habitat: lush forest

After breakfast the climb starts from Miriakamba hut climbing steeply across the Elephant Ridge up to the Saddle Hut, a 2 to 3 hours hike within the Montane forest and scrubland .We reach Saddle Hut in time for lunch and rest for a while. Later you have different options: You can walk to the summit of Little Meru(3,820m) and thus help your acclimatization; you can visit Maasai village You can walk two hours to Rhino Point where you will enjoy the fascinating views of Mt.Kilimanjaro and Meru crater.

DAY 4 Rhino Point (3800 m) - Meru Summit, Socialist Peak (4,566m).

Hiking Time:4-5 approx. hours Distance:5 km Habitat: Alpine desert

After early breakfast (2-3 am.), we hike up to the peak and get to the Rhino Point (3800 m), to watch the sunrise .The route is mix rocky and sandy trail. We will continue trek up to reach the crater rim towards the Meru Summit, Socialist Peak (4,566m).We will reach the peak around morning and discover the panoramic view. After enjoying the landscape and beautiful scenery, we will move back to the Saddle Hut, walking for about 2-3 hours.

*3 days Optional: If you choose three day trip, you can proceed to descend to Miriakamba hut (2514 m) and then to the gate where you will meet with your guide and you will be driven back to Moshi or Arusha.

DAY 5 Saddle Hut (3570 m ), Momela Gate (1500 m)

Saddle Hut (3570 m ), Momela Gate (1500 m) Hiking time: approx.4-5 hours Distance: 9 km

After early breakfast (2-3 am.), we hike up to the peak and get to the Rhino Point (3800 m), to watch the sunrise .The route is mix rocky and sandy trail. We will continue trek up to reach the crater rim towards the Meru Summit, Socialist Peak (4,566m).We will reach the peak around morning and discover the panoramic view. After enjoying the landscape and beautiful scenery, we will move back to Miriakamba hut (2514 m) from the Saddle Hut and we will proceed to the gate. The descent will be fast if it is not raining. We will walk for about 3-5 hours through scrubland into Montane forest and then through open grassland. When we reach the gate you will get your certificate for reaching the summit Mount Meru or Little Meru.

After, you will meet with your guide and you will be driven to Moshi or Arusha.

DAY 6 ARUSHA AIRPORT

After breakfast transfer to Airport.

Info

Info

SKU
  • CLC1-3D-01
Destination
  • Kenya
When to visit?
  • All year round
Tour style
  • Climbing tour
Tour duration
  • 4 DAY
Included in the price
  • All meals on the safari.
  • All Park entrance fees.
  • All prices are quoted in US Dollars.
  • Camping equipment if applicable (tents
  • mattresses
  • sleeping bags
  • pillows
  • table and chairs)
  • Flying Doctors rescue insurance for the time of the tour with Shadows of Africa.
Excluded from the price
  • Any sightseeing
  • excursions and optional activities other than those specified
  • Entry visas
  • International flights
  • Laundry
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  • read our Terms and Conditions
  • Tips and gratuities to safari crew - recommended: 15-20 USD per day to safari driver
  • 10 – 15 USD per day to safari cook
  • Travel insurance
Itinerary Note
  • Note that for transfer from Nairobi Airport we use Impala Shuttle Service with departures daily at 0800 and 1400 or we can arrange private shuttle or a flight from NBO to JRO

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Itinerary in Brief


  • DAY 1 Transfer from point of arrival to Arusha

  • DAY 2 Momela Gate (1500 m), Miriakamba Hut (2500m) B, L, D

  • DAY 3 Miriakamba Hut ( 2500m ), Saddle Hut (3570 m ) B, L, D

  • DAY 4 Rhino Point (3800 m) - Meru Summit, Socialist Peak (4,566m). B, L, D

  • DAY 5 ARUSHA AIRPORT B, L, D

B - Breakfast; L - Lunch; D - Dinner

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