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Itinerary Details

Upon your arrival at Kilimanjaro airport, our representative will meet you and drive you to your hotel for a first evening in Tanzania. Arusha is a major international diplomatic hub.The city hosts and is regarded as the de facto capital of the East African Community. Arusha is surrounded by some of Africa's most famous landscapes and national parks. Situated below Mount Meru on the eastern edge of the eastern branch of the Great Rift Valley, it has a mild climate. On this day before the beginning of your Mount Meru climbing experience, our guide will do a briefing during which a gear check shall be made. These essential steps will assure security for all, and increase significantly the level of success. The previously completed and submitted medical form shall be reviewed together. Do not hesitate to inquire for further information. You shall be introduced as well to your trekking mates during the briefing. You will have the rest of the day off to relax and take off the jet lag. You may enjoy your time by the poolside or just take a short walk around the gardens. Overnight Planet Arusha lodge or similar. Included: Gear Check and Briefing, Accommodation HB
Hiking: Momella Gate (1,500m/4,921’) –Mariakamba Hut (2,514m/8,250’) After breakfast you will be picked up from your hotel in Arusha and transfer to Arusha National Park where you will do all the park entrance formalities at the Ngongongare Gate. After completing all formalities you will walk under the Momella Gate to begin your trek. You will walk over Ngare Nanyuki River and soon pass open grassland where you can see Buffalo, Warthogs, Giraffes and sometimes Elephants. You will continue with a steady climb through the Montane forest. In the afternoon you will pause for enjoy a picnic lunch and later continue through the less dense forest where you can spot birds and monkeys including the Black & White Colubus monkey. By mid afternoon you will have closer views of Meru’s towering cliffs and Ash Cone. You will arrive at the Mariakamba Huts for dinner and overnight. Mariakamba Huts The Huts are situated in an idyllic grassy glade and clients will reach in time to enjoy the afternoon sun and beautiful views over the surrounding plains between Mt. Meru and Mt. Kilimanjaro. If clients are lucky they may see some animals walk through the Mariakamba Huts. Included: Trail-head transfer, WFR Certified Trip Leader, KINAPA Certified guides (hiking), Team of porters, Park/reserve entrance & Fees, Mountain Hut Fees, Full board (B-L-D) Accommodation.
We leave the Mariakamba Huts just after breakfast and ascend steeply to the crater rim which is called Elephants Ridge (In Swahili; Ngongo wa Tembo). Follow a steep path through attractive open lush Montane Forest to reach the giant heather in the moorland near the saddle between Little Meru and Meru. A hot lunch will be ready for you when you arrive at the Saddle Huts. You will have the afternoon free to rest and enjoy the views, but energetic trekkers can make the short climb to the nearby summit of Little Meru (3,820m/ 12,533’) for superb views just before sunset. Saddle Hut From Saddle Hut the peak of Little Meru can reached in approximately an hour and offers impressive and imposing views of the summit and the sheer cliffs of the crater's inner walls. At this location which displays vast prairies and bushes, you will find them regrouped to face the cold and wind. At night, the sky is covered with thousands of stars and you can admire the famous Southern Cross and hear the distant cries of jackals. The next morning, you can not miss the presence of buffalos, or elands. Included: WFR Certified Trip Leader, KINAPA Certified guides (hiking), Team of porters,Park/reserve entrance & Fees, Mountain Hut Fees, Full board (B-L-D) Accommodation.
After an early start with tea and biscuits, you will leave for the summit at 02:00 hrs. By torchlight, you will follow the trail through bush land to the so-called Rhino Point (3821m) in which the path turns into a little more challenging trek with occasional light climbs. You will follow the north ridge to the summit on which you walk on ground alternating between lava ash and rock. After approx. 4 - 5 hours, you will have the summit and the Tanzanian flag in your sights. From the summit, you will be able to enjoy the sun rising above Kilimanjaro and the fantastic view of Mount Meru's crater with its steep sides and the "Ash Cone" in the middle. The descent follows the same route back to Saddle Hut (3550m) where you will take a well-deserved long break and recuperate with hot soup and tea. Once refreshed, you will continue with the descent. During the early afternoon, you will reach Miriakamba Hut (2500m) - tired but happy. At this hut, you can relax and think about the last stage that you have completed. Evening meal and overnight stay at Miriakamba Hut. Included: WFR Certified Trip Leader, KINAPA Certified guides (hiking), Team of porters,Park/reserve entrance & Fees, Mountain Hut Fees, Full board (B-L-D) Accommodation.
After breakfast, you will follow a 2 - 3 hour trek over the so-called 'Northern Route' back to Momella Gate. The descent is shorter than the ascent but there is still the chance to see elephants, buffalos, giraffes as well as the black and white columbus monkeys. At the gate, you will say farewell to your hiking crew and your driver will take you back to your hotel in Arusha. Land transport (private): Upon your arrival at Momella Gate from your descent on Mt. Meru, you will be picked by our safari landcruiser ready for the road transfer back to your hotel in Arusha. Sit back and enjoy the ride arriving back to your hotel for a well deserved hot shower and some rest. Included: Trail-head transfer, WFR Certified Trip Leader, KINAPA Certified guides (hiking), Team of porters, Park/reserve entrance & Fees, Picnic lunch, Transfer back to Arusha/ Acommodation HB Overnight Planet Arusha lodge or similar.
Free day for rest and leisure. Overnight Planet Arusha lodge or similar. Included: Accommodation HB You will join Kilimanjaro climb on 26th Dec.