This 3-Day Mount Meru Climb & Hike can be used for acclimatization before climbing Mount Kilimanjaro; Standing at a towering 4,568m, Mount Meru is the fifth-highest point in Africa and the second tallest mountain in the whole of Tanzania after Mount Kilimanjaro.

Mount Meru is located right within Arusha National Park just near Arusha town giving tourists trekking this Mountain the ultimate chance to marvel at the attractions and wildlife located within Arusha National Park.

After arrival at the Kilimanjaro International or similar Airport, you will be picked up and transferred to your hotel or lodge in Moshi or Arusha for overnight bed and breakfast.

Mount Meru MapClimbing Mount Meru

  • Watch African wildlife while trekking from the surrounding Arusha National Park
  • Trek through African montane forest
  • Enjoy lesser traffic of climbers and crowds than Kilimanjaro
  • Superb birdlife and game drives within Arusha National Park

The peak can be ascended in 3 or 4 days on the Momela Route

It would take you between 3 to 4 days to climb Mount Meru and back and you will not require special skills or equipment. You will need to be in great shape however and ready for high altitudes. With proper acclimatization and mental preparedness, you are good to go and climb Mount Meru.

View of Kilimanjaro from Mount meruSpectacular views

From the peak of Mount Meru, you can catch a great glimpse of Mount Kilimanjaro. Since Mount Meru is located within Arusha National Park, this means you have a greater chance of spotting wild animals surrounding the mountain, within the park and on the forested base of the mountain. Mount Meru also offers stunning views of craters and volcanic cones within the mountain itself.

You can view Mount Kilimanjaro peaks from Mount Meru and it is even more beautiful from Meru’s summit at sunrise

The climb to Mount Meru is a rewarding experience

At the densely forested slopes of Mount Meru, you can spot wildlife like giraffes, buffaloes, zebras and other animals easier since the mountain stands within the Arusha National Park. There is the presence of giant lobelias high up the mountain on the heath and moorland zone and everlasting flowers close to the summit of Mount Meru. Apart from trekking, other activities like canoeing in the Momella Lake, bird watching, game watching and walking safaris can be done on and around Mount Meru

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Miriakamba Hut (Full board)

We drive to Mt Meru’s Momela Gate from Arusha for brief registration procedures. You will begin your walk with a fully armed ranger escorting us for walking safari around Mount Meru and wildlife viewing. Some of the wild animals you will see are Arusha national park resident wildlife that include zebras, and giraffe, monkeys, antelope, and often elephants along the way.

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
Hiking Time: 4-6 hours
Habitat: Montane Forest.

Day 2

Saddle Hut (Full board)

There is a short but steep walk from Miriakamba Hut to the saddle hut located just below Little Meru.

Proceeding along the ridge, the walk will reward us with a beautiful view of the Meru Crater and the impressive Ash Cone. It is at Saddle Hut where we will have hot lunch before we continue along with a short climb to the summit of Little Meru (3,820m or 12,533 ft.) for spectacular views just before sunset.

Dinner and overnight 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.

Day 3

Summit Day ( Half Board)

On the third day of our Mount Meru climb, we start early with a steep climb at around 1:30 a.m. to Rhino Point (3,800m or 12,467 ft.) and on to Cobra Point (4350m or 14,257 ft.). We reach the summit (4,566m or 14,980 ft. ) in time for Mt Meru sunrise whereby there is a possibility to see Kilimanjaro Peak towering above the clouds.

The last part of the 3 Days Mount Meru climb is along a spectacular narrow ridgeline between the sheer inner cliffs and the sloping outer wall of the crater. We rest abit with short brunch at Saddle Hut before continuing the descent to Momella gate. We then drive back to your hotel/lodge in Arusha/Moshi.

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: 12 – 14 hours
Habitat: Alpine Desert Moorland and Montane forest.

The cost of climbing Mount Meru for 3 days is as follows.

1 Person: $965

A group of 2 people: $700 per person

A group of 3 people: $645 per person

A group of 4 people: $615 per person

A group of 5 people: $600 per person

A group of 6 People: $590 per person

A group of 7 people: $580 per person

A group of 8 people: $565 per person

A group of 9 people: $540 per person

A group of 10 people: $520 per person

3 Days Mount Meru Price includes

All transfers to the mountain and back to your Arusha hotel

Professional, experienced, mountain guides

Guides, Porters, Cook salaries and park fees

Quality, waterproof, four-season mountain sleeping tents

Sleeping Mattress

All meals while on the Mountain

Quality Mess tents with table and chairs

Large portions of fresh, healthy, nutritious food

Clean, purified drinking water

Conservation fees (part of park fees)

Camping or Hut fees (part of park fees)

Rescue fees (part of park fees)

VAT (18% charged by the Government)

Surcharge for online payment of deposit (5%)

Price Excludes

Airport transfers

Accommodation in Arusha

Tanzania Visa


Personal Expenses (e.g. laundry, telephone, beverages, etc.)

Meals not listed above

Optional Tours (short safari after your climb etc)

How long does it take to climb Mount Meru?

Climbing Mount Meru takes three to six days from the base to the summit and back. You can take it as a stand-alone trek or an acclimatization trek before climbing Mount Kilimanjaro.

How do I get to Mount Meru?

To get to Mount Meru you have to fly into Kilimanjaro International Airport, the closest airport to the mountain and Arusha which also happens to be the closest town to Mount Meru. Kilimanjaro International Airport is only 60 kilometers/35 miles away from Mount Meru and Arusha is only a mere 1.5-hour drive from Mount Meru.

How much does it cost to climb Mount Meru?

Cost for climbing Mount Meru differ according to the number of days you will spend on the mountain and the number of people in your group. Contact us to get a free quote for your climbing trip.

 Is Mount Meru an active volcano?

No, Mount Meru is a dormant stratovolcano that had its last volcanic activity over 110 year ago. It measures 4,562.13 metres (14,968 ft) tall and is located about 70 kilometres (43 mi) west of Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. 

How hard is it to climb Mount Meru?

Meru is a challenging and demanding climb since it is steeper than Mount Kilimanjaro!  It might not be as high as Mount Kilimanjaro but it is more challenging. Mount Meru is the fifth highest mountain in Africa.

How high is Mt Meru?

Mount Meru stands at 4,565 m high and is the second-highest mountain in Tanzania, the fifth-highest in Africa too.
climbing Mount meru