Meru – Acclimatisation Trip for Kilimanjaro
Mt. Meru, the little sister of Kilimanjaro, appears tiny with its 4,566 m next to the sacred mountain. As a consequence, only a handful of people climb it every year. People are not aware of what they are missing out on! Although Umbwe offers a magical scenery from Kilimanjaro, Meru is still something unique with its fascinating flora, mystical mist and scenery that surely comes from a fairy tale. It is not Lewis Caroll but Mother Nature that formed this volcano, which by the way is still active. The panorama you will see from the peak will completely change your expectations about Kilimanjaro.
Note: You can book this trip only together with Kilimanjaro.
The Kilimanjaro Codex
Why is the Codex good for you? What’s in it?
- exclusive tips from experienced guides you won’t read anywhere else
- stories from climbers who were successful or unsuccessful in their attempts on Kilimanjaro
- the 5+1 rules of proper nutrition
- the 8+1 rules of proper acclimatisation
- a list of necessary and useless stuff to bring
- a practical guide to mental and physical preparation
In short, a systematic collection of tips that are essential and fun to read before your Kilimanjaro trip.
Is this trip for you?
Day 1. Arrival to the foot of Kilimanjaro
You land in Kilimanjaro International Airport (or Nairobi International Airport). You meet up with your guide and spend the night in Moshi, in a nice hotel. You will get an impressive view of Africa’s rooftop from the city.
Day 2. Moshi (990 m) – Arusha (1,510 m) – Miriakamba Hut (2,510 m)
After your breakfast, you quickly pack up and leave. The van will take you to the little sister of Kilimanjaro, to Mt. Meru. You will shortly arrive to Arusha, where you embark on a fantastic jungle tour on the side of the volcano. If you can’t imagine more impressive forests than those found on Umbwe, well, Meru will prove you wrong. You will enjoy an incredibly colorful vegetation and an amazingly cheerful bird colony. Today count on 1000 m of elevation. You will sleep on a tiny field at Miriakamba Hut. [distance: 10 km; level: up 1000 m; duration: 5h]
Day 3. Miriakamba-Hit (2,510 m) – Saddle Hut (3,560 m)
Your day will be short but hard. The path that takes you to the saddle is extremely steep. The forests are replaced by bushes, then finally by grassland. Expect heavy winds. You will put up your tent next to the little hut and go to sleep soon. [distance: 5 km; level: up 1050 m; duration: 4h]
Day 4. Saddle Hut (3,560 m) – Meru (4,566 m) – Arusha (1,510 m)
Today you get up early, because your day will be long. You will leave at sunrise so you can climb Africa’s 5th highest but probably most beautiful peak. Throughout your trip you will catch sight of the impressive peak of the big sister, which will help you overcome the toughest moments. You will reach the top around noon just to find the most fascinating view to Africa. Soon you start your descent, straight down till the foot of Meru. The van will be waiting for you to take you to Moshi. You’ll surely need to rest before your big adventure. [distance: 16 km; level: up 1006 m, down 3056 m; duration: 10h]
For the rest of the trip, go to Kilimanjaro’s page.