This 4 Day Mount Meru Climb & Hike 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 tallest mountain in the whole of Tanzania after Mount Kilimanjaro.

Mount Meru is located right within Arusha National Park just near Arusha town giving tourist 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 MeruMount meru climb

Additional information

DifficultyChallenging

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 and counter checking your equipment list. You will then rest and prepare for your climb, the following day.

Day1

Momella Gate ─ Miriakamba Hut ↑ 1000m / 3281ft

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

After a brief registration process at the Momella Gate we will start out Mount Meru trek with 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 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 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

Gratuity

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