Itinerary Options

DAY 1
ARUSHA (1400M) – MIRIAKAMBA HUT (2500M)
Duration: 5-7 hours of hiking

After an early morning breakfast in Arusha (1400m), you will be picked up from your hotel and brought to the Momella Gate in Arusha National Park. At this time, the porters will organize and pack the belongings for the hike while you and your guide register with the Tanzania National Park (TANAPA). You will then begin your ascent in Arusha National Park.

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 hiking, you will pass the Ngarenanyuki River and a beautiful waterfall at the base of Mt. Meru. Upon arriving to Miriakamba Hut (2500m), your chef will prepare a hot dinner and washing water for you. Enjoy the beautiful sunset and overnight.

DAY 2
MIRIAKAMBA HUT (2500M) – SADDLE HUT (3500M)
Duration: 3-5 hours of hiking

After breakfast, you will start ascending up the steep trail along the ridge of the saddle. You may see various wildlife along the way! The trail has views of Mt. Meru Crater and the Ash Tray. When you arrive at camp, you have the option of hiking Little Mt. Meru (3820m) with your guide to further acclimate. You will be served an early dinner, so you can receive ample rest before your midnight summit attempt. Get to sleep by 1900!

DAY 3
SADDLE HUT (3500M) – SUMMIT ATTEMPT (4566M) – ARUSHA (1400M)
Duration: 12-14 hours of hiking

Your guide will wake you at 00:30 for tea and biscuits. You will then begin your summit attempt at 1:30am. The trail starts off on a steep grade to Rhino Point (3800m) to Cobra Point (4350m). The last hour of the hike you will 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 Arusha. While in Arusha, you can opt for our Zanzibar holiday extension package.

DAY 1
ARUSHA – MARIAKAMBA HUT

After breakfast depart Arusha about 8:30am drive to Momella gate. Make payment and start the climb with picnic lunch to the first hut called Miriakamaba hut. Dinner and overnight – Miriakamba hut (3 ½ hrs).

DAY 2
MARIAKAMBA – SADDLE HUT

After breakfast. Proceed with a climb to second hut called Saddle. This is too steep part compared to the first part (2 ½ ). During the afternoon, client can decide to attempt climbing little Meru peak and back.

Dinner and overnight – Saddle hut.

DAY 3
SADDLE HUT- SUMMIT – SADDLE HUT

Wake up at middle-night and have a cup of tea before starting attempt big Meru peak. Proceed to summit crossing rocky path and back to Saddle hut for full breakfast. The day will be spent resting . Lunch, dinner and overnight at Saddle hut.

DAY 4
SADDLE HUT – ARUSHA

Leave Saddle hut and descend down to Momella gate via first hut (Miriakamba) where you will be transferred to Arusha. While in Arusha, you can opt for a Zanzibar holiday extension from us