- Mt Meru is the 5th highest mountain in Africa and is only 70 km from Mount Kilimanjaro
- Mount Meru is an active (but dormant) volcano located north of Arusha in Tanzania
- The route passes over watercourse, parkland, montane forest, heather zone and moorland
The mountain became well known mainly because it is only 70 km from Mount Kilimanjaro. Mt. Meru has become a popular "warm up" trek for Kilimanjaro climbers.
Mt. Meru is located within Arusha National Park, and usually the climber can start the trip from Moshi or Arusha, in Northern Tanzania. This major location provides Mount Meru climbers the chance to spot some wildlife that naturally inhabits the area.
The ascend is fairly steep and the route to the summit passes over watercourse, through parkland, montane forest, a giant heather zone and moorland.
The summit is made by a narrow, barren ridge, which gives spectacular views of the Ash Cone lying several thousand feet below in the crater.
On arrival you are personally met by one of our representatives and transferred to Moshi into a well-appointed hotel.
In the afternoon there is a full briefing by the Climb Manager and your guide.
We drive from your hotel in Moshi to Arusha National Park (Momela Gate). After a short registration at the gate our walk will begin with full armed ranger escorting us.
Along the way, we can see wild animals including zebras, and 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
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 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
We start early at around 1:30 a.m. to climb steeply to Rhino Point (3,800 m.) and on to Cobra Point (4350m). We reach the summit (4,566 m) in time for sunrise. There is also a possibility to see Kilimanjaro's 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
Habitat: Alpine Desert Moorland and Montane forest.
We take a short and fast descent through open grassland and mixed forest, with the possibility of seeing wildlife before reaching Momella Gate in the late morning.
The return transfer will be waiting at Momella Gate to transfer you to Arusha 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
After breakfast, you will be transferred to Kilimanjaro Airport. Alternatively, you can extend your trip in Tanzania and go on a safari.
- Camping facilities
- Meals during the climb
- Certified English-speaking guide
- Transfer from and to Kilimanjaro International Airport
- Travel insurance
- Personal mountain gear
- Sleeping bag