The team awoke early and left Miriakamba Hut for Saddle Hut. Rather than camps, Mount Meru boasts a small set of very nice huts. This limits the number of hikers and allows for comfortable lodging (bunk bed style) at every stop.
The trek to Saddle Hut is a long, steep strenous climb. The trail has an innumerable amount of steps but jigjags its way through a stunning forest, full of birds, insects and sometimes buffalo.
A briefing from the head guide, Ema, was short this morning only stating that “Life is good on the mountain and heading for the saddle”. However, just beyond the saddle lies the summit. The climb up Mount Meru goes quickly and beginning tonight around 2am the team will wake up and head for the summit (4566m 14,979ft).
Mount Meru is full of obstacles; namely the 13 false summits that make a climber feel as if they are about to reach the top over and over again. Apart from those, there are plently of loose rocks, narrow ridgelines and opportunities to scramble.
Stay tuned for an update from the summit…..