KC135: Mount Meru – 5 days

Mountain Meru is the second highest mountain in Tanzania, at 14979ft/4566m and is overshadowed by Kilimanjaro, its famous neighbor. Not only is it a rewarding and picturesque trek in its own right, but also a very good acclimatization for a Kilimanjaro trek. A trek involves hiking through the forest and grassland on the mountain's lower slopes, followed by a dramatic and exhilarating ridge-walk to the summit.

Day1: Mountain Inn 
Arrive at Mountain Inn by Shuttle bus from Nairobi in time for an early evening pre-climb briefing on the trek. Dinner and overnight stay

Day 2: Miriakamba Hut
Drive to the Arusha National Park gate at Momella for the first section of the climb through the lush forest, crossing the Ngare Nanyuki River to reach Miriakamba Hut at 8337ft / 2541m for overnight taking 4 to 5 hours. Overnight Miriakamba Hut

Day 3: Saddle Hut
Continue to ascend steeply through the pleasant forest glades and giant heather to reach Saddle Hut at 11,713ft / 3570m, taking 2 to 3 hours. From here it is possible to take a side trek to reach the summit of Little Meru 12,450ft / 3794m and return to Saddle Hut in about 2 hours, for overnight Saddle Hut

Day 4: Mountain Inn
An early start to reach Rhino Point and then on to the summit at 14,981ft / 4566m to see the sun rise behind Mount Kilimanjaro, before descending to Momella Gate to be met and transferred back to Mountain Inn for dinner and overnight stay.

Day 5; Nairobi
Breakfast at Mountain Inn; connect on the Shuttle bus to Nairobi arriving by 1830hrs

Prices: from USD $ 950 per person sharing 
Prices valid until 22nd Dec 2015
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Recommended Mountain Clothing
Warm, wind proof jacket with hood, Waterproof jacket and over-trousers, Walking trousers, shirts, pullover. Warm underwear, Walking socks, Good comfortable walking boots, Trainers (for evenings), Gaiters, Warm Gloves, Sun hat, Warm hat or balaclava, Scarf

Recommended Mountain Equipment
Good warm sleeping bag*, Water bottle (1 -to 2 litres), Water purification tablets and filter, Wash kit, towel, toilet paper, First aid kit (including blister plasters, lip slave, headache pills, sun cream, personal medication, Torch with extra batteries
Sunglasses, Walking pole(s) glasses, Rucksack or duffel bag, Routes other than Marangu, you will need a tent with insulated sleeping mat and possibly a long shaft ice axe

It is recommended that trekkers bring their own personal sleeping bag, as bags available may not be warm enough. A four season’s sleeping bag is recommended

It is a good idea to line all rucksacks and duffel bags with a large polythene bag and the contents into small individual polythene bags. It is also advisable to have a small day sack to carry your raincoat, camera, packed lunch and items of a personal nature.

A poncho is a good idea as it covers you and your day sack keeping everything dry if it rains.

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