This 4 Days Mount Meru trek is a marvelous opportunity to climb the second highest mountain in Tanzania which is located in Arusha. This four-day climb can be used for acclimatization purposes before climbing Mount Kilimanjaro or as a stand-alone trek; Standing at a towering 4,568m, Mount Meru is the fifth-highest point in Africa and the second-highest 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 an overnight bed and breakfast.

Your 4-day Mount Meru climb will be led by an armed ranger because Mount Meru is home to a variety of wildlife including herds of buffaloes, zebras, and black and white colobus monkeys as it is located within the Arusha National Park.  The Momela and Ngurdoto Lakes are also home to a large population of different bird species and as you trek to the peak mountain along the slopes of Meru you will commonly see birds like Pelicans and Flamingoes.

Mount Meru MapWhy climb Mount Meru

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

Read also, our top 6 reasons why you should climb Mount Meru

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How long does it take to trek Mount Meru?

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.

How much does this 4-day Mt Meru trek cost?

The price of this trek on Mount Meru for 4 days depends on the number of people in your group. For a single person, the price begins from $1,165 to as low as $700 for a group of 10 people and more.

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$1,530 $1,140 $1,035 $995 Request 980

Spectacular views of Kilimanjaro from Meru

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.4 days Mount Meru trek

The ultimate wildlife experience around Mt Meru

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

Where will you stay on Mount Meru for four days?

Unlike most of Kilimanjaro’s routes apart from the Marangu Route, on Mount Meru, you will sleep in huts that are dormitory styled similar to the huts on Kilimanjaro’s Marangu Route. There are only two accommodation points along the Momella route on Mount Meru and they are Miriakamba huts which is your first accommodation point before heading to Saddle Huts where you will make your approach to the summit of Mount Meru, the Socialist Peak.

Which route will I use to reach the Socialist Peak on Mt Meru’s summit?

Mount Meru has only one route, the Momella Route which leads to the summit of this beautiful Mountain in Arusha, Northern Tanzania and it would take you about 3-4 days for reach the summit and back along the Momella Route. We highly recommend the 4-day itinerary as opposed to the 3-day Meru trekking itinerary as it will give you ample time to acclimatize properly.

How to plan your 4-day Mount Meru Trek

Planning a 4-day Mount Meru trek requires meticulous preparation to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience. Here’s a comprehensive guide to help you plan your adventure:

1. Choose the right time:

  • Dry season (June-October): Ideal conditions with clear skies, moderate temperatures, and less chance of rain.
  • Wet season (November-May): Lush greenery but also muddy trails, potential for downpours, and colder nights.

2. Pick your trek operator:

  • Research reputable companies with experienced guides and good safety records like Tranquil Kilimanjaro.
  • Read reviews and compare itineraries, prices, and included services (meals, accommodation, equipment).

3. Get physically fit:

  • Train regularly for endurance and strength, focusing on uphill walking and stair climbing.
  • Gradually increase your training intensity and duration closer to the trek date.

4. Acclimatization is key:

  • Arrive in Arusha a few days before the trek to allow your body to adjust to the altitude.
  • Consider a shorter climb beforehand, like Little Meru or Mount Ol Doinyo Lengai, to further acclimatize.

5. Pack smart:

  • Layers of breathable clothing for different weather conditions.
  • Sturdy hiking boots with good ankle support.
  • Rain gear, sunscreen, hat, sunglasses, and trekking poles.
  • Headlamp, first-aid kit, personal medication, and hydration pack.
  • Sleeping bag, warm socks, and comfortable clothes for evenings at the huts.

6. Essential documents and permits:

  • A valid passport and Tanzanian visa.
  • Yellow fever vaccination certificate.
  • Travel insurance that covers medical emergencies and evacuation.
  • Climbing permit obtained from TANAPA (Tanzania National Parks Authority).

Additional information


On arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO)Tranquil Kilimanjaro staff will pick you up at the airport and transfer you to your hotel for a pre-climb briefing about your 4 days Mount Meru climb and counter-checking your equipment list. You will then rest and prepare for your climb, the following day.


Momella Gate ─ Miriakamba Hut ↑ 1000m / 3281ft

After a hearty breakfast at your hotel/lodge, we drive to Momella Gate (1500m / 4921ft).

After a brief registration process at the Momella Gate we will start out the Mount Meru trek along the Momella Routewith help of a fully armed ranger as we spot some big game wildlife en route like elephants, zebras, and giraffe, black and white colobus monkeys, antelope, other animals.

Duration: 5-6 hours of walking.
Dinner and overnight night at Miriakamba Hut (2500m / 8202ft).

Day 2

Miriakamba Hut ─ Saddle Hut ↑ 1000m / 3281ft

The trek from Miriakamba Hut to the saddle hut below Little Meru is a short day with a steep slope.
The walk leads us slowly along the ridge offering an amazing view of the Meru Crater and an astonishing view of the Ash Cone.

Duration: 3-5 hours of walking.
We take a brief hike towards the summit of Little Meru at an altitude of 3820m /12533ft for beautiful views just before sunset.
Dinner and overnight at Saddle Hut (3500m / 11483ft).

Day 3

Saddle Hut ─ Summit ─ Miriakamba Hut ↑ 1066m / 3497ft, ↓ 2066m / 6778ft

Summiting Mount Meru

Day 3 is meant for summiting so we make our summit attempt to the peak of Mount Meru at around 1:30 a.m. by making a steep trek to Rhino Point at an altitude of about 3800m(12467ft). We eventually get to the summit, Socialist Peak 4566m (14980ft) just in time for sunrise also the perfect moment to catch a glimpse of Mount Kilimanjaro Peak above the clouds.

The last and final segment of the climb is along an amazing narrow ridge boundary between the sheer inner cliffs and the sloping outer wall of the crater.

We briefly take a rest and have lunch at Saddle Hut before proceeding to descend the mountain towards the Miriakamba Hut.
Saddle Hut to the summit to Miriakamba Hut Duration: 10-12 hours walking.

Day 4

Miriakamba Hut - Momella Gate – Arusha ↓ 1000m / 3281ft

The fourth day of trekking Mount Meru marks the final approach descending the mountain traversing open grassland and mixed forest zones, with the possibility of spotting wildlife before getting to Momella Gate in the late morning.
Tranquil Kilimanjaro transport will be waiting for you at Momella Gate to Arusha.
Miriakamba Hut to Momella Gate Duration: 2-3 hours walking.

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

1 Person: $1,165

A group of 2 people: $870 per person

A group of 3 people: $805 per person

A group of 4 people: $775 per person

A group of 5 people: $755 per person

A group of 6 People: $740 per person

A group of 7 people: $730 per person

A group of 8 people: $720 per person

A group of 9 people: $720 per person

A group of 10 people: $700 per person

4 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 four 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. Where is Mount Meru?

How much does it cost to climb Mount Meru?

The cost of climbing Mount Meru differs 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.
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4 days Mount Meru trek