Mt Meru Trek
Mt. Meru is the sister mountain to Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, East Africa. It is a great trek for those who don’t have the time to climb Kili. It is also considerably less expensive. It sits within Arusha National Park at 4566M (14,980 ft). We contracted with Shidoyla Safaris and they took care of the guides, porters, cooks and required park ranger/armed guard. The trek is strenuous, but very doable for anyone active. There is essentially one trail up to the summit, but many hikers take an old 4X4 road up to the first camp as it is more scenic and gives time to acclimate a bit. This road also passes a great waterfall, and runs right through a giant fig tree. Another reason to take this longer route is the opportunity to see a lot more wildlife. We saw Colobus Monkey, Cape Buffalo, and a Cameleon. The two camps have dormitory style huts with bunks and mattresses, squat toilets, and a dining hall. Delicious meals are served with plenty of tea. The trip requires three days and two nights. The second night we were awaken at midnight to begin our trek to the summit. It was a long six hour hike up to the top, but we were treated with a spectacular sunrise over Kilimanjaro 70KM to the East. We then hiked down to camp 2 for breakfast and a quick nap, packed up our gear and hiked all the way down the mountain that same day. For me this day was a bit tough. We finished with an open air dinner, and received certificates verifying our summit!
By Rodney Buck