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Mount Meru

Mount Meru is the second highest mountain in Tanzania and from the south Mount Meru looks like a typical strato-volcano.

The mountain also has a variety of vegetation zones. It starts with Savannah dotted by yellow fever trees and wild date palms. The savannah is followed by the dry montane forest that is home to tall junipers also known as African pencil cedars that can reach a height of up to 30 meters.

Next is the moist montane forest that dazzles with beautiful flowers such as the brilliantly colored fireball lily, red hot pokers and pink impatiens. Giraffes are often spotted in this zone as they like feeding on the abundant croton trees.

In the next zone, the upper montane forest, you will see hagenia trees with lichen and ferns hanging from its branches. Next up is the ericaceous zone, which is a lot bushier and as the name indicates, is home to many different types of Erica bushes.

Lastly, you will reach the afro-alpine zone with more of a desert like feel to it. But it is not completely void of vegetation as some types of grass still thrive here.

The standard time required to climb Mount Meru is four days. All climbs are accompanied by an armed park ranger and overnights take place in mountain huts.

However, the view from the east is completely different as the whole of the eastern side of the mountain was blown away during an eruption some 250,000 years ago. The ash cone still shows remains of the last volcanic activity from 1879.

Best of Mount Meru Climbing Tour Packages

The first day takes hikers through the misty rain forest where the famous arched fig tree is located. During this stretch, colobus monkeys and the occasional buffalo are often seen. Depending on the weather, visitors might be lucky to see the Momella lakes and Mount Kilimanjaro in the distance. The night will be spent at the Miriakamba Hut.

On day two the heather moorland zone that is home to moss covered trees is entered. Hikers also have the option to submit little Meru at 3,820 m. The night will be spent at the Saddle Hut.

The summit attempt usually starts around midnight, ensuring hikers have plenty of time to reach the summit by sunrise. As is to be expected, this is the most difficult part of the climb as the path after Rhino point is quite narrow and steep. This part includes some climbing stages and hikers are advised to tread carefully.

Mount Meru Climb 3 Days

  Duration: 3 Days Tour
  Availability : 1st JAN – DEC 2024
     Departure from : Arusha

From $ 578

Mount Meru Climb 4 Days

  Duration: 4 Days Tour
  Availability : 1st JAN – DEC 2024
     Departure from : Arusha

From $ 745

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