6 Days Climb Mount Meru

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Tour Description

It doesn’t matter whether you are climbing Mount Meru in preparation for big brother Kilimanjaro or you just want to tick the 5th highest peak of Africa for your list. Mount Meru is a highly underrated due to its proximity to Kilimanjaro, but it has plenty to offer those looking for a challenging climb. A dormant volcano that last erupted in 1910, it’s Tanzania’s second highest mountain at 4566 metres (14,979 ft). Taking only 4 days to climb it is perfect for those who want to get a taste of high altitude trekking without going too high before or after going on safari, or to help with acclimatization if undertaken before you climb Kilimanjaro. The ascent takes you through Meru’s diverse vegetation zones from montane forest, moorland, semi-desert and alpine desert, until you reach its magnificent crater.

Trip Highlights

  • Trek on Tanzania’s second-highest mountain and spend the nights in comfortable dormitory huts
  • Enjoy breathtaking views of the Meru crater and ash cone from the top

6 Days 5 Nights

  • 1

    Arrive at Kilimanjaro

    On arrival, you will be met by our representative and transferred to your Arusha town hotel. That night or early the next morning you will meet your local driver guide for a full pre-climb briefing. Overnight at Ilboru Safari Lodge or similar. Meal included: Dinner

  • 2

    Momella Gate – Miriakamba Hut

    Elevation – 1500m to 2500m. Time: 3 – 4 hours. Habitat – Montane Forest: After breakfast set out to Arusha National Park for permits checks at the Park Headquarters. Thereafter, proceed to Momella Park Gate where the trek begins. It is mandatory on this route that an armed Park Ranger accompanies you for your safety against any wild animal threats. The trail leads you through montane forest, past waterfalls and oddly formed trees. Overnight at Miriakamba Hut. Meals included: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

  • 3

    Miriakamba Hut – Saddle Hut

    Elevation – 2500m to 3550m. Time: 3 – 4 hours. Habitat – Moorland: As you climb higher up Mount Meru you will feel the air begin to cool and get slightly thinner. This afternoon there will be time to go for acclimatization hike a further 300 metres up to Little Meru at 3820m. Don't forget to grab your camera and capture the unparallel views of Mount Kilimanjaro over 80 kilometres away. Overnight at Saddle Hut. Meals included: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

  • 4

    Saddle Hut – Socialist Peak – Miriakamba Hut

    Elevation – 3550m to 4256m to 2500m, Time: 8 – 10 hours. Habitat – Semi Desert, Alpine Desert, Montane Forest: Set off early around 2 a.m. following the path through scrubland to Rhino Point at 3,820 metres. After a quick break you then climb a further 4-5 hours whereabout, you will traverse the exhilarating and very narrow crater rim path! This is all rewarding as you hit the summit just before sunrise. The 360-degree views are spectacular, especially the sun rising over Kilimanjaro! Before your descent you can explore Meru’s ash cone within the crater. Overnight at Miriakamba hut. Meals Included: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

  • 5

    Miriakamba Hut – Momella Gate – Arusha

    Elevation – 2500m to 1500m. Time: 2 – 3 hours. Habitat – Montane Forest: After breakfast, descend by retracing your steps back down through the montane forest and finally to Momella Gate. Transfer to your Arusha hotel for a well-earned shower and celebration. Overnight at Ilboru Safari Lodge or similar. Meal included: Dinner.

  • 6


    After breakfast, we will bid you goodbye and transferred to the airport for your onwards journey. You can arrange with us an extension safari or Zanzibar trip, after your successful Mount Meru climb. Meals Included: Breakfast.

What's included

  • All Mount Meru Park Fees
  • Accommodations Based on Double Occupancy
  • Purified Drinking Water During Your Trek
  • Services of Licensed Mount Meru Guides
  • Services of Mount Meru Staff Including Porters, Chef, and Waitstaff
  • Safety Equipment: Oxygen, First Aid Kit, Stretcher, Gamow Bag, Heart Defibrillator, Radio Communication, Safety Protocols, Etc.
  • Land Transportation in a Customized, 4-Wheel Drive Safari Vehicle
  • Services of professional Guides, cooks and Porters fees
  • All covid-19 protocol observation
  • Delicious meals as per the itinerary
  • All Airport transfers
  • Accommodation as per the itinerary
  • VAT or government levy taxes

What's not included

  • Cost of Hospitalization or Evacuation
  • Beer, Wine, Spirits, and Soda
  • Sleeping Bag, Hiking Gear, and Other Items of a Personal Nature
  • Vaccinations and inoculations
  • Visas and personal insurance
  • All International flights and departure taxes
  • Drinks, tips, personal expenses and gratuities
  • Any other item not mentioned in the program.

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