4 Days Trekking Adventure Mount Meru

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At 4,566 m Mt Meru is 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 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 with the chance to spot some wildlife that naturally inhabits the area.

The ascent is fairly steep and the route to the summit passes over the 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.

DEPARTURE TIME Please arrive at least 2 hours before Trekking.
Park fees and/or taxes Porterage
Rescue fee All activities specified in the itinerary
Meals (as specified in the day-by-day section) Drinking water
Accommodation as specified in the itinerary A professional driver/guide
All transportation All Taxes/VAT
Climbing gear International flights (from/to home)
Accommodation on the day before the tour departs Recommended tipping is US$10.00 per customer per day
Personal items (souvenirs, travel insurance, visa fees, etc.) Visa entry
Airport transfers



Day 1: Arusha/Momela Gate

We pick you up from your hotel in Arusha at 8.30am and transfer to Momella Gate (1500m), the starting point of Mt Meru climb. The track soon passes open grassland, where there is a good chance of seeing buffalo and warthogs, and then continues as a steady climb through mountain forests.

We have lunch near the Fig Tree Arch, which is big enough to drive a car through! After lunch, the route continues through less dense forest, where there is an abundance of birds and monkeys. The black and white colobus monkeys are particularly fascinating to watch.

By mid-afternoon, we see our first views of the towering cliffs and the Ash Cone. We reach Miriakamba Hut (2514m), situated in an idyllic grassy glade, in time to enjoy the last of the afternoon sun and beautiful views over the surrounding plains. Meals plan – L & D


Day 2: Miriakamba Hut/Saddle Hut

The walk from Miriakamba Hut to the saddle below Little Meru is a short but steep climb. We walk through beautiful, lush montane forest to reach Elephant Ridge, the halfway point. This has excellent views of the summit ridge and across most of the crater floor.

During a break, you might spot elephants or other animals from our vantage point. The path continues uphill through giant heather and other moorland vegetation to reach Saddle Hut (3570m), where lunch is awaiting.

The afternoon is free to rest and enjoy the views. Those with more energy can make a short climb to the nearby summit of Little Meru (3820m) for superb views just before sunset. Meals plan – B, L & D


Day 3: Saddle Hut/Meru Summit

We begin with an early start at around 2.00am to climb steeply to Rhino Point (3800m), and then continue along an undulating ridge of ash and rock to reach Cobra Point (4350m) arriving at around sunrise.

The views are stunning: the cliffs of the Crater rim, the Ash Cone rising from the Crater floor, Kilimanjaro floating on the morning clouds and west towards the Rift Valley if the weather is clear.

The summit of Socialist Peak (4566m) is another hour further along a steep but spectacular path. On a clear day, the views are absolutely rewarding. The route back to Rhino Point along a narrow ridge between the sloping outer wall of the crater and the sheer cliffs of the inner wall is one of the most dramatic and exhilarating walks in Africa.

We rest, and have brunch at Saddle Hut before continuing the descent to Miriakamba Hut (2514m). Meals plan – B, L & D


Day 4: Momela gate/Arusha

We take the direct route down towards Momella through open grassland and mixed forest, with good chances of seeing wildlife once again. This trail has excellent views back towards the crater and over the plains of the National Park.

We should reach Momella Gate by late morning and meet your waiting transport back to your hotel in Arusha. Meals plan – B & L


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