Mount Meru is an active stratovolcano located 70 kilometres (43 mi) west of Mount Kilimanjaro in the nation of Tanzania. At a height of 4,565 metres (14,977 ft), it is visible from Mt Kilimanjaro on a clear day, and is the ninth or tenth highest mountain in Africa, dependent on definition. Much of its bulk was lost about 8,000 years ago due to an eastward volcanic blast, similar to the 1980 eruption of Mount St. Helens in the U.S. state of Washington. Mount Meru most recently had a minor eruption in 1910. The several small cones and craters seen in the vicinity probably reflect numerous episodes of volcanic activity.
Mount Meru is the topographic centerpiece of Arusha National Park. Its fertile slopes rise above the surrounding savanna and support a forest that hosts diverse wildlife, including nearly 400 species of birds, and also monkeys and leopards.
Itinerary: 3 Nights / 4 Days
Day 1: 07h30 depart Arusha for the Momella gate. On completion of park formalities, begin the trek past the Ngarenanyuki river, to the Miriakamba hut for dinner and overnight.
Day 2: After breakfast, follow an ascending path along the steep saddle to the saddle hut. From here, you can trek to little Meru and return to the saddle hut for dinner and overnight.
Day 3: Early start for the summit of Meru (4565m). After a brief stop and rest, descend to Miriakamba hut for for dinner and overnight.
Day 4: After a good rest and breakfast, descend to Momella gate where you will be met for your return transfer to Arusha.