Join this 6-day safari in Tanzania where you will climb the Mount Meru which is a great preparation hike for climbing Kilimanjaro or a spectacular trek for those not compelled to do Kilimanjaro. You will hike past wildlife. The landscape is spectacular and sunrise on the summit has Kilimanjaro as the backdrop. While typically done in only 4 days, it is not an easy peak to summit.
Meet Eastland Adventures representative at Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) and drive to your hotel in Moshi. Meet your guide for briefing gear checking and overnight stay.
Day 2: To Miriakamba Hut (2,500 meters / 8200 feet, 4 to 5 hours hiking)
Starting from Momela Gate (1,500 meters), the track passes through open grassland with cape buffalos and warthogs. With luck, you may also see giraffes and elephants. Continue a steady climb through the rainforest. You can have your lunch at the famous “Fig tree”. After lunch, the trek continues through less dense forest, where there are lots of birds and monkeys including the black and white Colobus.
By mid-afternoon, there are the first close views of the towering cliffs and the Ash Cone. Miriakamba Hut, situated in the idyllic grassy glade, is reached in time to enjoy the afternoon sun and beautiful views over the surrounding plains towards Kilimanjaro.
Please note that before joining this trekking safari, the light training is recommended, such as running, long walking with 6-8 kg's of a backpack, and cycling.
Day 3: To Saddle Hut (3,500 meters / 11,700 feet, 4 to 5 hours hiking)
The walk from Miriakamba Hut to the saddle below Little Meru is a steep sustained climb all the way. Starting through the beautiful and lush Montane forest, the path continues beyond the halfway point of Elephant Back Ridge and carries on uphill through the giant heather and other moorland vegetation to reach Saddle Hut and enjoy hot lunch.
In the afternoon, you can make the short climb for acclimatization to the nearby summit of Little Meru (3,820 meters / 12,533 feet) for superb views. It takes about 1 hour to walk up and 30 minutes to walk down.
Day 4: To Summit (4,566 meters / 14,980 feet) and down to Miriakamba Hut (2,500 meters / 11,700 feet)
Summit day has an early start at around 12:00. There is a 1-hour steep climb to Rhino Point (3,800 meters / 12,467 feet), then the path continues along a ridge of ash and rock to reach Cobra Point (4,350 meters / 14,272 feet). The summit of Socialist Peak (4,566 meters) is an hour more on a steep path with magnificent views of Kilimanjaro.
Depending on your speed, you can enjoy sunrise at Cobra Point or the summit. The views are stunning, the cliffs of the crater rim, the Ash Cone rising from the crater floor, Kilimanjaro floating on the morning clouds, and the Rift Valley. The route back to Rhino Point in the sharp morning light along a narrow ridge between the sloping outer wall of the crater and the sheer cliffs of the inner wall is one of the most dramatic and exhilarating walks in Africa.
Brunch and a brief rest are taken at Saddle Hut before continuing the descent to Miriakamba Hut. It takes 5+ hours hiking up, 3+ hours descending down to Saddle Hut and 2+ hours descending to Miriakamba Hut.
For an easier climb, you can start the trek at 05:00, hike for about 1 hour, and enjoy sunrise at Rhino Point before going back to Saddle Hut for breakfast and then descend to Miriakamba. Please note that in raining conditions or in strong winds, it may be impossible for anyone to progress beyond Rhino Point.
Day 5: To Momela Gate (1,500 meters) and drive back to your hotel in Moshi
There are two ways down from here. You can descend the route you came up or walk down the jeep road, which descends to the lower crater floor. You pass through the well-known Fig Tree Arch and can visit an impressive waterfall hidden in a ravine not far from the road.
A fast descent through open grassland and mixed forest, with good chances of seeing wildlife. This trail has excellent views back towards the crater and over the plains of the national park. Momela Gate is reached by late morning and drive to overnight at your hotel in Moshi.
You will be driven back to Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) for departures or join another safari.