MOM 1/MOM 2 – CLIMB MERU MOMELLA ROUTE (3D/4D)

BEST - JUNE TO FEBRUARY ( Clearest views DECEMBER TO FEBRUARY)

Although considered by many as a “warm up” trek for Kilimanjaro, Africa’s fourth highest peak Mt. Meru has its own character and offers unique challenges in its very own right. Literally considered to be a dormant active volcano, it is situated in Arusha National Park, only 70km from its bigger brother Kilimanjaro, with a summit elevation about 1000m lower at 4566m.

The trek through the lower reaches of the mountain can best be described as a “walking safari” due to the abundance of animals in close proximity, such that an armed park ranger is always in attendance. At the higher elevations, the trail follows the rim of the crater which is 1500m deep, essentially meaning that you are traversing along the top of the highest cliffs in Africa. In clear weather, the views of the environ, including Mt Kilimanjaro, are breath taking. Fewer climbers than neighboring Kilimanjaro, also contributes to a more peaceful ascent. Accommodation along the route consists of sleeping huts with bunk beds and individual eating halls. Again the issue of acclimatization with altitude along with fitness needs to be respected, such that we offer our guests the option of a 3 day of 4 day trip to ensure that their experience can be properly enjoyed.

PACKAGE 1 – MOM 1 – MOMELLA ROUTE ITINERARY (3D)

Day 1 – Arusha to Miriakamba Hut

Early start from Arusha and a relatively short drive to Momella Gate in Arusha National Park to complete the required park formalities. You will meet your professional guide and support team of cook and porters ( obligatory) who will accompany you on the trek. In the initial part of the trek you will expect to see many of the “plains” animals near the trail. Later, as the ascent begins in proper, you will pass the Ngarene River and its beautiful waterfall before arriving at Miriakamba Hut to overnight. Relax and enjoy the impressive sunset over dinner.

Hiking Time – 5/7 hours – Elevation Increase – 1400m/2500m

Day 2 – Miriakamba Hut to Saddle Hut

After breakfast, we commence the steep ascent of the trail along the ridge leading up the saddle. Even as we ascend, certain wildlife is still in evidence. Spectacular views of Mt.Meru Crater and the “Ash Tray” are now on offer as we proceed further. We arrive early at our destination of Saddle Hut which gives us the option of hiking “Little Mt Meru” with our guide for further acclimatization. We enjoy dinner and retire early to prepare us for our impending midnight departure to the summit. Overnight at Saddle Hut.

Hiking Time – 3/5 hours – Elevation Change – 2500m/3820m/3500m

Day 3 – Saddle Hut-Summit-Arusha

We awake at 12.30am, take light refreshments and set off for the summit at no later than 1.30am ascending the trail to first Rhino Point ( 3800m) and Cobra Point( 4350m) before the final push up a rocky ridge to the summit at 4566m. We arrive at day break rewarded by the sunrise and the spectacular views of Kilimanjaro and Meru’s very own caldera “The Ash Tray”. After quickly savoring the special moment and taking advantage of the customary photo opportunity, we commence the descent down the mountain, directly to Momella Gate. We collect our “summit certificates” for both Mt. Meru and Little Mount Meru, say goodbye to our guide and set out on our return drive to Arusha where we can put up our feet and revisit the Meru experience.

Hiking Time – 12/14 hour- Elevation Change – 3500m/4565m/1400m

MOM 1 – MOMELLA (3D)

RATE PER PERSON SHARING

UNITED STATES DOLLARS 2 PAX 3 PAX 4 PAX 5-7 PAX SSR*
HUTS 913 790 743 725 N/A

PACKAGE 2 – MOM 2 – MOMELLA ROUTE ITINERARY (4D)

Day 1 – Arusha to Miriakamba Hut

Early start from Arusha and a relatively short drive to Momella Gate in Arusha National Park to complete the required formalities. You will meet your professional guide and support team of cook and porters ( obligatory) who will accompany you on the trek. In the initial part of the trek you will expect to see many of the “plains” animals near the trail. Later, as the ascent begins in proper, you will pass the Ngarene River and its beautiful waterfall before arriving at Miriakamba Hut to overnight. Relax and enjoy the impressive sunset over dinner.

Hiking Time – 5/7 hours – Elevation Increase – 1400m/2500m

Day 2 – Miriakamba Hut to Saddle Hut

After breakfast, we commence the steep ascent of the trail along the ridge leading up the saddle. Even as we ascend, certain wildlife is still in evidence. Spectacular views of Mt.Meru Crater and the “Ash Tray” are now on offer as we proceed further. We arrive early at our destination of Saddle Hut which gives us the option of hiking “Little Mt. Meru” with our guide for further acclimatization. We enjoy dinner and retire early to prepare us for our impending midnight departure to the summit. Overnight at Saddle Hut.

Hiking Time – 3/5 hours – Elevation Change – 2500m/3820m/3500m

Day 3 – Saddle Hut to Summit to Arusha

We awake at 12.30am, take light refreshments and set off for the summit at no later than 1.30am ascending the trail to first Rhino Point ( 3800m) and Cobra Point( 4350m) before the final push up a rocky ridge to the summit at 4566m. We arrive at day break rewarded by the sunrise and the spectacular views of Kilimanjaro and Meru’s very own caldera “The Ash Tray”. After quickly savoring the special moment and taking advantage of the customary photo opportunity, we commence the descent down the mountain to Saddle Hut, and then continue on to Miriakamba Hut where we will overnight.

Hiking Time – 10/12 hour- Elevation Change – 3500m/4565m/2500m

Day 4 – Miriakamba Hut to Arusha.

After enjoying a leisurely breakfast, we commence the final descent to Momella Gate, passing through the park wildlife. We collect our “summit certificates” for both Mt. Meru and “ Little Mount Meru” at the park gate where we say goodbye to our guide and set out on the return drive to Arusha where we can put up our feet and revisit the Meru experience.

Hiking Time – 2/3 hours – Elevation Change- 2500m/1400m

MOM 2 – MOMELLA (4D)

RATE PER PERSON SHARING

UNITED STATES DOLLARS 2 PAX 3 PAX 4 PAX 5-7 PAX SSR*
HUTS 1200 1039 982 958 N/A

Terms and Conditions for all Packages :-

Trip Cost Includes -

  • Professional “ Meru Mountain Guide “ for the duration of the trip.
  • All Park Fees.
  • All Rescue Fees.
  • Arrival and Departure Transfers to Park Gate.
  • Salaries for all members of team.( Guide, Cook and Porters)
  • All meals within the itinerary of the trip.
  • Accommodation - Hut Fees within Park. ( Where applicable)
  • Tents ( Where applicable)
  • Clean and Purified Drinking Water.
  • Government - Value Added Tax

Trip Costs Not Included –

  • International/National Airfares. ( Unless booked as an extension)
  • Passports, visa expenses or airport taxes.
  • Immunizations and travel insurance
  • All items of personal nature including laundry
  • Gratuities for trip leader and support staff.

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