5 Days Mount Meru Hiking And 4 Days In Zanzibar

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5 Days Mount Meru Hiking And 4 Days In Zanzibar

9 Days

Itinerary

This is the arriving day from your home country. Our guide will be waiting for you at the airport. Soon after your arrival you will meet with him, greet each other, and get transferred to your hotel in Arusha. There you will have a dinner and overnight while waiting for your next day of starting your hike.
Overnight: Arusha Coffee Lodge

 Duration: 5-7 hours of hiking
This is your first day of hiking. You will wake up early and have a meal. After this meal, our guide will pick you from your hotel in Arusha (1400m) and drive you to the Momella Gate in Arusha National Park. Porters are available at this gate and you will give them some of your packs to help you. You’ll have to produce all required documents and credentials to the TANAPA official as you registered. Our guide will also help you pass the registration and after that you free to hike. The first day of hiking Mount Meru is similar to a walking safari, as there is small elevation. Arusha National Park is richer in wildlife such as giraffes, zebras, antelopes, buffalo, and elephants that you will to encounter as you hike. An armed ranger will accompany you during your first hike to protect you from dangerous animals. The hike becomes so motivating when you reach the Ngarenanyuki River as it is very scenic. You will also come across with the breathtaking waterfall on the foot of Mount Meru. After a long hike, you will reach at Miriakamba Hut (2500). You will enjoy the views of sunset, a hot dinner from your chef, and overnight.

 Duration: 3-5 hours of hiking
This second day of hike is challenging as you ascend through a steep trail through the saddle. You will encounter several animal species as you hike. Stunning views of Mount Meru Crater and Ashy Tray are experienced when hiking through this trail. You will reach the camp in the noon or late afternoon, have a meal, and you may hike to the Little Meru (3820) with your guide. This hike will help you adapt well with the hiking. In preparation for a sunrise on Mt. Meru’s summit, you will have an early dinner and sleep early.

 Duration: 10-12 hours of hiking
You will be awaken in the midnight (0:30 a.m.) by your guide. After a hot tea and bites, your body will be energized and ready for the hike to the summit. You will start hiking at 1:30 a.m. and you will hike through Rhino Point (3800m), Cobra Point (4350m), and hike through the ridges of Mt. Meru’s crater as the dawn starts to show. After struggling with the hike for three days, you are now stepping on the highest peak of Mount Meru, the Reliant Peak (4566m). You can therefore enjoy the scenic views of Mt. Meru Ash Tray and distant views of Mt. Kilimanjaro. After enjoying it all, you will descend to Saddle Hut (3500) for a short break and breakfast or lunch. From here, you will further descend to Miriakamba Hut (2500m) for a dinner and overnight.

 Duration: 2-3 hours of hiking
After you have enough rest following long hours of hiking, you will finally descend from Miriakamba Hut to Arusha. Your guide will take you to your lodge in Arusha for resting for the rest of the day. End of the hike.
Overnight: Arusha Coffee Lodge

Your day will start with an energy-giving breakfast. After breakfast, you can opt to fly to Zanzibar early in the morning or do that later. If you choose to fly later (flights to Zanzibar are available nearly all the time), a city tour can take chance or a visit to Lake Duluti. You will fly to Zanzibar and upon touching down at Abeid Amani Karume International Airport, you will be received by our team and take you to your prepared accommodation.
Overnight: Werere Beach Hotel

The hiking days has been really tough and your feet didn’t get enough time to relax your feet and body at all. You will spend two days relaxing in this idyllic island. You will enjoy a lot of relaxing activities such as chilling on the exquisite beaches, walking in the streets of the Stone Town, swimming with dolphins, snorkeling, and sleeping in underwater room. You may need a local guide for your Zanzibar holiday, who will help you get used to the streets of this iconic island.
Overnight: Werere Beach Hotel

The hiking days has been really tough and your feet didn’t get enough time to relax your feet and body at all. You will spend two days relaxing in this idyllic island. You will enjoy a lot of relaxing activities such as chilling on the exquisite beaches, walking in the streets of the Stone Town, swimming with dolphins, snorkeling, and sleeping in underwater room. You may need a local guide for your Zanzibar holiday, who will help you get used to the streets of this iconic island.
Overnight: Werere Beach Hotel

You will depart from the airport to either home or other destination for other safari experiences. We are thrilled to be part of your trip and we are open to you if you plan to be back.

Route DescriptionHigh Or Low /Luxury Or BudgetEach Of 2 PaxEach Of 4 PaxEach Of 6 Pax
5 Days Meru & 4 Days ZanzibarHigh Season$2722$2455$2134
Low Season$2515$2248$1926

The Cost Includes

  • 2 shared airport transfers - 1 on arrival and 1 on departure
  • Park fees, camping fees & rescue fees
  • 18% VAT on tour fees & services
  • 3 Season mountain tents
  • -29 0C Extreme Limit Sleeping Bags
  • Double layered sleeping mats
  • Transportation to & from the mountain gate
  • Professional mountain guides, cooks and porters
  • 3 meals daily while on the mountain
  • Katadyn filtered water throughout the trek
  • Fair wages for the mountain crew as approved by the Kilimanjaro National Park Authority (KINAPA), Kilimanjaro Association of Tour Operators (KIATO)
  • Tree donation in support of our environmental conservation projects
  • Pre & Post Trek accommodations
  • Supplemental summit Oxygen & Pulse Oximeter
  • 1 portable flush toilet with a toilet tent for group sizes of 5 and above.
  • Complementary group transportation into Moshi town for shopping on the last day

The Cost Excludes

  • Visa
  • Tips to mountain crew – Recommended a minimum $150 per client
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Laundry Services
  • Tanzanian mountain doctor
  • Single Supplement Request from client
  • Travel Insurance (Recommended – Travel insurance with medical cover of 6,000m and above)
  • GPS Trackers

EXTRAS (to be arranged upon request)

  • Spending a night in the crater – $200 per person
  • Western breach approach without a night at the crater camp – $200 extra per person
  • Tanzanian mountain doctor – $300 per group per day
  • Extra supplemental oxygen – $120 per oxygen kit (with 2 cylinders)
  • Extra weight of clients’ luggage – $6 per extra kg
  • Extra porter on the mountain (this is if a client requests) – $15 per porter per day
  • Extra day on the Mountain $ 300
  • Mountain re-supply of delayed baggage/ any other forgotten items: $100 per porter
  • Extra airport transfer – $100 per vehicle one way
  • Last minute cancellation of client (within 3 days of the tour) – $300 cancellation fee per client

WEIGHT AND PORTERS

Clients are required to have a maximum of 15kg in their duffel bags. Due to the large increase in operational costs as a result of excess weight of clients’ luggage, we’ve had to resort to the following measures:

  • Extra weight of clients’ luggage – $6 per extra kg
  • Extra porter on the mountain (this is if a client requests) – $15 per porter per day

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