Arusha National Park requires the hire of porters specific to Arusha National Park, which will be assigned once you arrive at the trail registration. Here are two other options to the popular 4-day trek, in brief: Meru is a great preparation hike for climbing Kilimanjaro, or a spectacular trek for those not compelled to do Kilimanjaro. You will hike past wildlife, the landscape is spectacular, and sunrise on the summit has Kilimanjaro as the backdrop.
While typically done in only 4 days, it is not an easy peak to summit. To reach the top, there is some scrambling on rocks in the dark and at high altitude. You should be prepared for at least 10 hours of hiking on summit day. For an easier hike, you can climb just to Rhino Point for sunrise, and then descend. Mt. Meru is in Arusha National Park. In Arusha National Park all hikers must be accompanied by an armed ranger in addition to the AWR guide. This ranger is employed directly by the national park. You will also have your own guide, who is managing the crew and watching out for your safety.
The park ranger has the authority to make decisions such as trail choices, pace, etc. Arusha National Park will combine groups of people to hike with one park ranger, therefore, we cannot guarantee a private Meru trek. Arusha National Park requires the hire of porters specific to Arusha National Park, which will be assigned once you arrive at the trail registration.