Day 0: Arrive at the Kilimanjaro International Airport
You will be met at the airport and transferred to moshi for overnight. There will also be pre-climb briefing by your mountain guide.
Day 1: Moshi to Momella Gate (1,387 m to 1,500 m over 10km, 4hrs)
Transfer from your hotel to Arusha National Park, pay fees etc. and drive to the Momella Gate to begin your trek. You will trek with an armed ranger as you can see buffalo, warthogs, and elephants.
The climb continues through sub-montane forest and you will pass a huge Strangler Fig tree which cars can drive through! After lunch you continue through the less dense montane forest. Great views of Meru, towering cliffs and Ash Cone. The Miriakamba Huts are found in a pleasant glade which you will reach in time to enjoy the superb views of the plains between Meru and Kilimanjaro.
Day 2: Miriakamba Huts to Saddle Huts (2.514 m to 3,570 m over 8km)
From the Miriakamba Huts it is a steep climb to the crater rim. Then, you follow a steep path through the montane forest to reach the giant Ericas in the Moorland zone around the saddle between Little Meru and Meru. Lunch will be ready by the time you arrive at the Saddle Huts. Your afternoon is free to rest and enjoy the views, but energetic trekkers can make the short climb summit Little Meru (3,820 m/) for stunning views just before sunset.
Day 3: Saddle Huts to Mount Meru Summit to Miriakamba Huts (3,570 m to 4,565m to 2,514m 5km up 13km down)
Start to climb very early at 2am reaching Rhino Point (3,800m) after an hour. Then you descend slightly and continue along a ridge of ash and rock to reach Cobra Point (4,350 m) around sunrise. Hike for another hour on a steep path to reach the summit of Meru. Enjoy brunch and a well-earned rest at the Saddle Huts before continuing your descent to the Miriakamba Huts where you will overnight.
Day 4: Miriakamba Huts to Momella Gate to Moshi (2,514 m to 1,387m over 10km)
Descend by a slightly different route. This trail has excellent views back toward the crater and game is plentiful. Afternoon drive back to the hotel.