Welcome to Tanzania!
Your flight will bring you to Kilimanjaro International Airport. From here, Arusha, which is a small town at the base of the volcanic Mt. Meru and is also the hub of the safari circuit in Northern Tanzania, is only a 52 km drive. Airport pick up is part of the trek cost – you will be met by someone from our team who will assist you to your hotel in Arusha. There is nothing more on the agenda for today than to get comfortable in this friendly land, explore this charming little town, get acquainted to your fellow climbers, and arrange for equipment, in case you are missing something. Since we start our trek tomorrow, we also use today to go over some do’s and don’ts, what to expect on the trek and get done with some paperwork before we can dive head in to indulge ourselves in this small town of many offerings.
Arusha (1,400M) to Meriakamba Hut (2,515M) via Momela Gate (1,590M)
Distance: 10 kms
Duration: 5-6 hours
After a short drive from Arusha to Momela Gate which is the point of entry and exit for a climb on Mt. Meru, we start our trek for today. At the gate, the park rangers check for all the paperwork and entry permits into the national park. The trek today, although 10kms long, is a pleasant walk through the wilderness on a gradually inclining terrain. It is a perfect introduction to the African savannah and the many animals that call it home. You are likely to be accompanied by monkeys, antelope, elephants, zebras, giraffe and buffaloes who keep the hike for today anything but dull!
The stay is indoors, in dormitory style huts.
Meriakamba Hut (2,515M) to Saddle Hut (3,570M)
Distance: 8 kms
Duration: 4-5 hours
After an early breakfast, we head out towards Saddle Hut. It is a short but a steep climb which takes us on a ridge with magnificent views of the crater of Mt. Meru. On reaching Saddle Hut, we have our breakfast and head out for an acclimatization walk to the highlight for today - Little Meru. Climbing to Little Meru at 3,820M brings the elevation gain for today to close to 1300M. Climbing to Little Meru is firstly, great for acclimatization for we are climbing high (to 3,820M) and sleeping low (at 3,570M) which will sufficiently prep our body for the summit of Mt. Meru. Secondly, the cone of Little Meru provides for some of the best sunset views of the valley. The terrain today shifts from forests to moorland.
The stay is indoors, in dormitory style huts.
Saddle Hut (3,570M) to Arusha (1,400M) via Summit of Mt. Meru (4,566M) and Momela Gate (1,590M)
Distance: 18 kms
Duration: 14-15 hours
We will be crossing a variety of terrain today, from moorland to alpine desert on the higher reaches to forests on our way down. The trek up to the summit is close to 5 kms. Since the day is long, like any other summit attempt, we start our climb between 1-2 AM. The climb rises steeply to first touch Rhino Point at 3,800M and then onwards to Cobra Point at 4,350M. We should reach the top of Mt. Meru just in time for a spectacular sunrise and a glorious view of the snow-clad top of Mount Kilimanjaro which rises conspicuously above a thick blanket of clouds. The last part of the climb is over ridges and slopes that form the outer wall of the crater.
After spending some time on the summit, we start our 13kms of long descent which will bring us to Momela Gate – our starting point of the trek. From here, we get our drive back into Arusha. Expect to reach your hotel by late evening.
Mount Meru, located just 70 kilometers west of Africa's most popular attraction, Mount Kilimanjaro, serves as a pleasant yet challenging trek on its own. It is also an ideal acclimatization trek before tackling its much taller cousin, Mount Kilimanjaro. The long distances to be covered each day make this trek a tad bit demanding. It is recommended for anyone who is looking to challenge themselves even if they are budding hikers.
Mount Meru Trek is a level 5 adventure on the Bikat Rating Scale.
It is recommended that you have high-altitude experience of preferably multiple treks marked at level 4 on the BRS. The altitude, and the long distances to be covered each day demand a certain level of skill and a need for you to be aware of how your body reacts to the various features of a high altitude environment.
we will send you a progression chart to help you comfortably get out of your comfort zone in order to level up and ultimately reach your highest potential in the big, bad world of outdoor adventure.
This is a list of essential items for individuals doing the trek with Bikat Adventures. This list contains only those items which the participants are required to bring with them. The list excludes those items which are provided by Bikat Adventures on the trek. We have divided the items into five categories. All the items in the list are essential except for those marked as optional.
Our batch sizes are capped at 15 for smaller treks with the trek leader and trekker ratio of 1:8. This ratio, in our years of experience, has proven to deliver the best trekking experience for individuals as well as groups. Capping the size of the group ensures individual attention to each trekker so that no signs of distress or need during the trek go unnoticed. It also helps to form a more cohesive cohort with better group energy which helps define the rhythm and pace of days on the trek. As you go higher up on the BRS scale, since the stakes are higher, expeditions have an even smaller group size with the ratio of expedition leader to climber set at 1:2.
We follow a rigorous regime of hiring and training our experts in the field. Each trek leader is a certified mountaineer with years of experience in the field. In addition to their qualification, they also go through practical and situational training to tackle any and all kinds of sudden conditions that may present themselves on the ground. Being unpredictable is the core nature of the mountains but being ready for any circumstance as best as possible is a controllable asset that we try to nurture. Our field experts are also trained in basic medicine and first-aid response. Watch: Forerunners - The Making of A Trek Leader At Bikat Adventures
Since Bikat Adventures is a learning-based organization, we help you climb up the ladder of difficulty within the sphere of outdoor adventure systematically. Our on-ground training modules are designed to handhold you through the upskilling process so that you are ready to take on bigger challenges.
All the gear used on our treks and expeditions is tried and tested, maintained for good quality, and is overall top-notch in quality and condition. We are continually looking to obtain the best of everything there is in the market so as to ensure optimum safety.
Along with the staff you see on-ground, we have a team of superheroes working in the background to give you the best experience possible. Our background team also comprises local staff from each area who know the region best. Having local support helps with studying the area, pre-planning, execution, and in receiving timely support in case of emergencies in these remote locations.
Our on-field staff is in constant contact with our teams based in primary locations so as to eliminate any avoidable delay in reaching additional help and support when required. We try to use the best tools for communication available, including satellite phones, in regions where they are not restricted.
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