Our otherwordly tea is the product of otherworldly inspiration; physical and spiritual. These are the things that inspired us to bring you tea...
Our outward destination lies in Tanzania, on the Arusha National Park grounds in the shadow of Mt. Kilimanjaro (Africa's tallest peak). One of the highest active volcanoes outside Latin America, Meru used to be even taller — at least four major eruptions in its past have eroded its summit. Now rimmed by sheer cliffs defining the crater created when the volcano lost its top in 1910 (the most current eruption), the bowl is home to a wide variety of wildlife who are drawn in by the ever present supply of fresh water.
At 4,566 meters (14,979 feet) above sea level, the peak of Mt. Meru is not an easy destination. However, being 700 meters shorter than it's sister mountain makes altitude sickness and sub-freezing temperatures lesser concerns for the adventurous traveler and neophyte climber alike. A number of tours/climbs to the summit of Mt. Meru can be found online and through adventure travel agencies — with no professional mountain climbing training or gear required.
The difference in altitude between the highest and the lowest point of the course is 35 meters. — source: Mt. Meru International Marathon
For those who feel the need to run, not walk, Mt. Meru is even home to an annual international marathon. Run at the base of the gentle giant, the course takes the participants through the streets, villages and coffee plantations of Arusha.
Not your cup of tea? Take an inward journey to find the second Mt. Meru. You will not be a lonely sojourner: Meru is the spiritual center of the universe for many great cultures and religions. Tibetans, Buddhism, Hinduism, Jainism and Bon, a pre-Buddhist animistic religion all claim Mt. Meru as a central element in their faith.
In the Tibetan cosmos, our immediate world is conceived as a flat disk. In its center is Mount Meru, the "world mountain". Surrounded by oceans which contain the four continents, including Jambudvipa — our human island — Mt. Meru is the central axis of the universe. On the upper slopes of Mt. Meru are the realms of the gods.
For Hindus, Mount Kailash (in Tibet, North of the Himalayan range) is the earthly manifestation of Mt. Meru. Its roots rise from the lowest hell and its summit kisses the heavens, where on top live Lord Shiva and Parvati. Many make a pilgrammage to its slopes each year.
Whichever path you take, let Meru inspire you to find your own inner peace.