Apart from organizing treks on Mount Kilimanjaro and Kenya, we also
plan for mount Meru trek in Arusha. Like Mount Kilimanjaro and
Kenya; Mount Meru is a volcanic mountain with the height of 4566m,
(14,000 ft) altitude above sea level. It can be conquered with a
little bit hardship in three days. A four day ascent is however
achieved with less hardship and this is highly recommended for a
hiker who wants to attempt this mountain to the summit. If you plan
to conquer the highest point of Africa-Uhuru Peak / Hans Mayer Peak,
you may consider Mount Meru in order to shape your body in attaining
your goal. The hiking is very exciting as you experience many things
on your way up including games such as Giraffes, buffalos, warthogs,
Zebras, Monkeys and birds.
Mt. Meru (4,566 m.) is the second highest mountain in Tanzania and a
much underrated mountain to climb because of its close proximity to
Kilimanjaro. It is a horseshoe-shaped volcanic crater with a
spectacularly narrow ridge and superb all round views. The cliffs of
the inner wall below the summit are over 1500 m. high, and inside
the caldera is a subsidiary peak called the Ash Cone (3,670 m.) that
last erupted only 100 years ago. There is an immense variety of tree
and plant life, adding considerably to the interest of the trek.
Mt. Meru is part of Arusha National Park, and the lower slopes of
the mountain shelter a variety of wildlife. The routes below
Miriakamba Hut are more like walking safaris than mountain climbs
and our guide is an informed and armed park ranger (in case we get
too close to some of the animals!). You are almost certain to see
buffaloes, warthogs, monkeys, and a variety of birdlife. Giraffe and
elephant are also quite common.
Accommodation is in the two well maintained wooden huts that have
spectacular views of Kilimanjaro rising above the clouds. The climb
of Mt. Meru is very much justified on its own merits but is also a
great way to get acclimatized for Kilimanjaro. The view of
Kilimanjaro from Meru , and that of Meru crater itself, gives plenty
of inspiration for another mountain climb!
Though often ignored in favour of its big sister, Kilimanjaro, Mount
Meru is a worthy trekker’s paradise. This massive volcano towers
over 3,000 meters above Arusha town, which lies at its foot on its
south side. The mountain endured a violent explosion about 200
million years ago. In its wake the explosion left towering cliffs in
a gaping U shaped ridge on the eastern side. Today the crater stands
in a protected amphitheatre of a sort, thousands of feet below the
summit rocks. The craggy top lies at the western most point of the
summit ridge and juts boldly into the sky at 4566 mt. (14,979 feet).
From the top, one can look out at Kilimanjaro from the highest perch
possible…. Perhaps there is no better vantage point to gaze at
Africa’s highest mountain, approximately 80 kilometres to the
northeast. The trail to the summit follows the northern rim of the
natural amphitheatre which forms Meru Crater. The trail skirts the
ridgeline, and above the Saddle (between the summit and Little Meru
Peak (12,533 ft / 3,820 metres). The route is quite steep, with
sections of rock scrambling on one side. At the summit, the cliffs
drop almost 1200 meters to the crater floor.
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