Little Meru Elevation / Altitude: 3,801m or 12470 ft above sea level.
Little Meru (3,801m or 12470 ft.) is the second highest peak on Mount Meru after the Socialist peak measuring at 4562m or 14967 ft.
The Little Meru is usually used as an acclimatization peak for summiting Mount Meru using the Momella route, Mount Meru’s sole route.
The second day of the route from Momella Gate is often when it is climbed (1,500m). Stage 2 climbs from Miriakamba Hut (2,514m) to Saddle Hut (3,570m), and it’s a good idea to ascend Little Meru peak in the late afternoon to gain a few meters and acclimate before the stage 3 to Meru’s main peak. From the path leading to the Saddle Hut, Little Meru is clearly seen as a lovely pyramid, and you undoubtedly want to climb it!
The pleasant view of the ridge between Mount Meru (4,566m) and Rhino Point (3,800m) from its peak is another motivation to climb it.
With a decent trail, the ascent is typically doable in under an hour from Saddle Hut. I really believe that the path does not need to be written down because it is obvious. For this reason, I’ve included some information regarding the Meru route and attached it to this peak. The guides can educate you about the route or even accompany you on the ascent.
Let’s wrap up by saying that Arusha National Park has started awarding certificates to climbers who summit Little Meru, regardless of whether they gained access to the main summit or not.
Best time to climb Little Meru Peak
The best timing for trekking to little Meru is in the afternoon to gain some mileage before the third stage to Mount Meru’s summit from the Second stage that reaches Saddle hut just after leaving the previous camp called Miriakamba.
Little Meru’s Accommodation
Hikers who wish to end their climbing by summiting Little Meru spend their night at Saddle hut
Little Meru is shaped like a pyramid and can be clearly spotted from the Saddle hut.
Why climb Little Meru
Little Meru offers a great view ridge between Mount Meru (4,566m or 14980 ft.) and Rhino Point (3,800m or 12467 ft.) from its summit.
The good news is that you can also get Mount Meru certificates when you reach Little Meru’s summit, even without reaching Mount Meru’s main summit, the socialist peak.
Little Meru’s Summit
The path toward Little Meru’s summit is well laid out and easy to follow.
It can take you approximately an hour to summit Little Meru peak from Saddle hut campsite.
Little Meru location and how to get there
This peak is located on mount Meru, and the nearest towns are Arusha and Moshi, with Moshi Arusha being the closest town near Little Meru peak.
How to get there
The main entrance point to Little Meru is the Momella Gate (1500m).
Main airport serving tourists wishing to climb Little Meru being the Kilimanjaro International Airport (KIA) although there is another small airport in Arusha, called the Arusha Airport. Other airports that can be used are the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi, Kenya and the Julius Nyerere International Airport in Dar es Salaam.