- Reaching the top of Mt. Meru, the second highest peak in Tanzania at 4,568 m.
- Stunning views of the Ash Cone from the Summit of Mt. Meru
- Encountering wildlife during the climb
This 4 Days Mount Meru Climb will take you to the summit of Mt. Meru, the third highest peak in Africa and is the second highest mountain in Tanzania at 4,568m.
The mountain is located within Arusha National Park, Tanzania’s gem. This prime location gives trekkers the chance to spot some of wildlife that inhabits the area. The ascend is quite steep, the route to the summit passes over streams, through parkland, montane forest, a giant heather zone and moorland.
The summit is reached by a narrow, barren ridge, which provides stunning views of the Ash Cone lying several thousand feet below in the crater. This 4-day climbing tour is fairly easy and no prior training is required.
Please refer to the itinerary section to find out what you'll be doing each day on the trek.
Day 1: Arrive in Arusha
Arrive anytime at Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO). We will arrange a private transfer from Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) to Arusha safari lodge, where the rest of the day is spent at leisure.
We stay at Arusha Safari Lodge, which is beautifully located on the slope of Mt. Meru and is a perfect place to prepare for your adventure.
We will gather at the hotel for a pre-climb briefing and an equipment check. We will also confirm you have the appropriate mandatory medical coverage and travel insurance.
Day 2: Meriakamba Hut
We drive from Ilboru Safari Lodge in Arusha to Momela Gate. After a short registration at the gate, our walk will begin with full armed ranger escorting us. The ranger with us is for our safety as we may encounter wild animals on the way including zebras, 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
Day 3: Saddle Hut
The walk from Miriakamba Hut to the saddle below Little Meru is a short day but a steep climb. The walk will take us slowly along the ridge for a spectacular view of the Meru Crater and the impressive Ash Cone.
After the 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
Day 4: Summit Day
We start early at around 1:30 a.m. to climb up to Rhino Point (3,800 m.) and then continue on to Cobra Point (4350m). If we reach the summit (4,566 m) in time for sunrise, 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 take a short rest and brunch 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
Day 5: Meriakamba Hut to Momella Gate to Arusha
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 pick you to Arusha at Safari Lodge.
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
Day 6: Depart Arusha
Private transfer from Arusha to Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO).