Mt. Meru, at 14,979 feet, may be second to Kilimanjaro in height, but it more than makes up for it in terms of scenery, flora and fauna, Giraffe and buffalo are plentiful on the lower slopes and the upper slopes offer spectacular views of Arusha Park and Kilimanjaro to the west...The mountain's rim is horseshoe shaped creating a natural amphitheater called Meru crater and contains a large ash cone...The walls of this amphitheatre are nearly sheer from the summit down to its floor...The mountain only sees a fraction of the climbers that Kili sees and it is not unusual to have the slopes and scenery to ourselves.
Momella route - 4 days
Day 1 - Miriakamba Hut (9,000ft - 2,740m)
We meet the armed ranger accompanying us along with our porters at Momella Gate, then hike 3-5 hours to Miriakamba Hut...The climb starts out in the grasslands of the lower slopes where we'll encounter giraffe and Cape buffalo, but within an hour of leaving the trailhead we will enter a lush forest inhabited by bushbuck, Red duiker, Sykes monkeys and black and white Colobus monkeys.
Day 2 - Saddle Hut (11,700ft – 3,570m)
Our destination today is Saddle Hut and along the way we’ll stop at Topela Mbogo (Buffalo Swamp) and Mgongo wa Tembo (Elephant Ridge) viewpoint...After reaching our camp and resting we will hike to the summit of Little Meru which has spectacular views of Mt. Meru's and Kilimanjaro’s summit.
Day 3 - Miriakamba Hut (9,000ft - 2,740m)
Summit day! Today we will start out early in order to see the sunrise and enjoy the view before morning mist appears. Along the way we’ll pass Rhino Point then hike the narrow ridge of the horseshoe shaped crater to the summit itself...If the weather is clear we will see the volcano Oldoinyo Lengai to the west, the town of Arusha and the plains of the Maasai Steppe to the south...We will return to Miriakamba Hut for the night.
Day 4 - Momella Park gate
We make the final descent back through the forest and arrive at Momella Gate by noon where we are picked up by our vehicle.