Mt. Meru is located in the heart of Arusha National Park and it is 50 miles west of Mt. Kilimanjaro. Mt. Meru is a volcano reaching 14,980 ft (4,565 meters), the fifth highest mountain on the African continent and the second highest in Tanzania.  About 250,000 years ago, a massive volcanic eruption blew away the entire eastern flank of the mountain and left it with the distinctive appearance it has today.  The mountain became well know mainly because it is only 70km from Mount Kilimanjaro.

Mt. Meru has become a popular ‘warm up’ trek for Kilimanjaro climbers due to its altitude acclimatization and hiking distances.  This trek is also geared towards hikers that prefer less crowds but still enjoy a challenging ascent.

Because Mt. Meru is located in Arusha National Park, hikers must climb with an armed ranger due to the wide range of wildlife living on the mountain. On the lower slopes of the mountain, hikers are more likely to see elephants, giraffes, and buffalo. As hikers continue their ascents, the trail follows the north rim of the volcano’s crater along a dramatic ridge line. Throughout the climb, hikers sleep in designated huts along the trail. Hikers reach the summit as the sun is rising and they will have spectacular views of Mt. Kilimanjaro and of the Mt. Meru Crater.

Description:

A 3 or 4 days hike to the summit of Mt Meru through forest into high altitude alpine desert with stunning views of a dormant volcano.

Best time to hike: 

All year round

Highlights

Highlights include trekking through the forest, signs and possible sightings of wildlife on foot and an excellent variety of birdlife.  As  previously mentioned,  it is less busy than Kilimanjaro and can be coupled with game drives in Arusha National Park (for an additional cost).  Mount Meru is one of the most under rated hikes in East Africa.

4 Days Mount Meru trekking + 2 night’s hotel stay itinerary

 

Day 1: Arrival in Moshi

On arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport, you are personally met by one of our representatives and transferred to a well-appointed hotel in Moshi. In the afternoon there is a full briefing with the climb’s manager and your guide.

 Day 2: Meriakamba Hut

We drive from the hotel in Moshi to Arusha National Park (Momela Gate). After a short registration at the Gate our walk will begin with full armed ranger, allowing s to see wild animals including zebra, giraffe, monkeys, antelope and often elephants along the route.
Dinner and overnight night at Miriakamba Hut.
Elevation (m): (1,387 m to (1,500 m)
Elevation(ft): 4,921 ft) to 3,000 ft )

Distance: 10 km
Hiking Time: 4-6 hours
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Day 3: Saddle Hut (Full board)

The walk from Miriakamba Hut to the saddle below Little Meru is a short day but a steep climb.  It takes us slowly along the ridge for a spectacular view of the Meru Crater and the impressive Ash Cone.  After a hot lunch at Saddle Hut we can make a short climb to the summit of Little Meru (3,820m) for superb views just before sunset.
Dinner and overnight night at Saddle Hut
Elevation(m): 2,514 m to 3,570 m
Elevation(ft): 8,250 ft to 11,712 ft
Distance: 8 km
Hiking Time: 3-5 hours
Habitat: Forest and Moorland

Day 4: Summit Day

We start early at around 1:30am to climb steeply to Rhino Point (3,800 m) and then onto Cobra Point (4,350m). We reach the summit (4,566 m) in time for sunrise where there is a possibility to see Kilimanjaro Peak above the clouds. The final part of the climb is along a spectacular narrow ridge line between the sheer inner cliffs and the sloping outer wall of the crater.  We have brunch and take a short rest at Saddle Hut before continuing the descent to the Meriakamba Hut.
Elevation(m): 3,570 m to 4,565m to 2,514m
Elevation(ft): 14,977ft to 11,712 ft to 8,250ft
Distance: 5 km up 13 km down
Hiking Time: 10 – 12 hours
Habitat: Alpine Desert Moorland and Montane forest.

Day 5: Meriakamba Hut to Momella Gate to Moshi 


We take a short and fast descent way through open grassland and mixed forest, with possibility of seeing wildlife before reaching Momella Gate in the late morning.
The returning transfer will be waiting at Momella Gate to take you back to Moshi.
Elevation(m): 2,514 m to 1,500 m to 1,387 m
Elevation(ft): 4,921 ft to 8,250 ft to 4,921ft
Distance: 10 km

Hiking time: 2-4 hours
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Day 6: Departure 

After breakfast, you will be transferred to Kilimanjaro Airport if you have not extended your trip in Tanzania to go on safari. 

3 Days Mount Meru trekking + 2 night’s hotel stay itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Moshi

On arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport, you are personally met by one of our representatives and transferred to a well-appointed hotel in Moshi. In the afternoon there is a full briefing with the climb’s manager and your guide.

Day 2:  Miriakamba Hut 

After an early morning breakfast in Moshi, you will be picked up from your hotel and brought to the Momella Gate in Arusha National Park. At this time, the porters will organize and pack the belongings for the hike while you and your guide register with the Tanzania National Park (TANAPA). You will then begin your ascent in Arusha National Park. The first day of hiking is similar to a walking safari; you chould expect to see giraffe, zebra, antelope, buffalo and potentially elephants near the trail. Due to the high possibility of spotting wildlife, an armed ranger, hired through the National Park, is required to hike with our team for the duration of the hike. As you continue hiking, you will pass the Ngarenanyuki River and a beautiful waterfall at the base of Mt. Meru. Upon arriving to Miriakamba Hut (2,500m), your chef will prepare a hot dinner and washing water for you. Enjoy the beautiful sunset and overnight.
Elevation (m): (1,387 m to (1,500 m)
Elevation(ft): 4,921 ft) to 3,000 ft )
Hiking Time: 5-7 hours of hiking
Habitat:
Distance: 10 km

Day 3:  Saddle Hut (3,500m)

After breakfast, you will start ascending up the steep trail along the ridge of the saddle. You may see various wildlife along the way! The trail has views of Mt. Meru Crater and the Ash Tray. When you arrive at camp, you have the option of hiking Little Mt. Meru (3,820m) with your guide to further acclimate. You will be served an early dinner, so you can receive ample rest before your midnight summit attempt. Get to sleep by 19h00!
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Hiking Time: 3-5 hours of hiking
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Day 4: Summit and Decent

Your guide will wake you at 00:30 for tea and biscuits. You will begin your summit attempt at 01:30am. The trail starts off on a steep grade to Rhino Point (3,800m) then onto Cobra Point (4,350m). The last hour of the hike you will scamble on a rocky ridge between the crater and inner cliffs of Meru. You will reach the summit of Meru (4,565m) at sunrise with spectacular views of Mt. Meru Ash Tray and Mt. Kilimanjaro. Enjoy your views then descend to Momella Gate and return to Moshi.

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Hiking Time: 12-14 hours of hiking

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Day 5:  Departure

After breakfast, you will be transferred to Kilimanjaro Airport if you have not extended your trip in Tanzania to go on safari.