Mt. Meru, despite being overshadowed by its big sister, Mount Kilimanjaro, this mountain packs a punch and is no walkover. It is steeper than Mount Kilimanjaro and is a perfect acclimatization exercise to prepare for a good Kilimanjaro climb. Located about 50 miles to the west of Mt. Kilimanjaro and only a stone’s throw away from Arusha National Park and approximately 51 km from Arusha City Centre, Mount Meru is a massive volcano that rises to 14,980 feet in altitude (4,565 meters). This climb is also designed for hikers who want fewer people on the routes and a more challenging ascent.
Because Mount Meru is confined within the boundaries of Arusha National Park, trekkers must be accompanied by an armed ranger owing of the mountain’s diverse fauna. Hikers are more likely to encounter elephants, giraffes, and buffalo on the mountain’s lower slopes! The route hugs the north wall of the canyon as hikers continue scaling the slopes of the mountain.
The route follows the north rim of the volcano’s crater along a spectacular ridgeline as hikers continue their ascents. Hikers sleep in designated cabins instead of tents along the path throughout the ascent, similar to the dormitory-style huts along the Marangu Route on Mount Kilimanjaro. Weather permitting, hikers will get amazing views of Mt. Kilimanjaro and the Mt. Meru Crater when they approach the peak of Mount Meru, the Socialist Peak as the sun rises.
Facts about climbing Mount Meru
- Tanzania’s second-highest mountain at 4,566m
- Dormitory style hut accommodation
- Abundant wildlife sightings on the first day of the trek
- Great acclimatization option before climbing Kilimanjaro
- Ascent and descent via the Momela route
Trekking Mount Meru
Tanzania’s second-highest peak, Mt Meru, stands at 4566 meters. It’s a magnificent volcanic cone with one of East Africa’s most picturesque and rewarding climbs, featuring a thrilling walk along the knife-edge of the crater rim, despite being eclipsed by Kilimanjaro in hikers’ eyes.
At 2000 meters, Mt Meru begins its ascent from a 20-kilometer-wide circular base. The upper part of the mountain is formed like a big horseshoe because a section of the wall has broken away at 2500m. The inner wall below the top has cliffs that are more than 1500 meters high, making it one of Africa’s highest. Recent volcanic eruptions inside the crater have formed a secondary peak known as the Ash Cone, which adds to the crater’s size.
Where is Mount Meru and how to get there?
Mount Meru, located in Arusha is only 40 minutes away from the Kilimanjaro International Airport which is around 60 kilometers (35 miles) away. The Mountain itself is a stone’s throw away from Arusha town and can be easily seen any time of the day from Arusha, weather permitting.