Mount Meru Trekking 4 Days 3 Nights

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Mount Meru Trekking Overview

Mount Meru is often overlooked due to its proximity to Kilimanjaro, but it has plenty to offer those looking for a challenging climb. A dormant volcano that last erupted in 1910, it is Tanzania’s second-highest mountain at 4566 meters (14,979 ft).

Taking only 3 or 4 days to climb it is perfect for those wanting to get a taste of high altitude trekking without going too high before or after going on safari or to help with acclimatization if undertaken before you climb Kilimanjaro.

It is ideal for those looking for a quieter trekking experience and should definitely not be underestimated as climbers still need to acclimatize properly to succeed in reaching their peak.

An armed park ranger will join the team to guard against any animal threats as you start your approach through Arusha National Park via the Momella route.

Keep your eyes open and you will be rewarded with sightings of baboons, giraffes, zebra, colobus monkeys, and a variety of birds. From here you start your ascent through Meru’s diverse vegetation zones from the montane forest, moorland, semi-desert, and alpine desert until you reach its magnificent crater.

Traversing around the crater rim to reach its summit, Socialist Peak at 4566m, after which you will have time to explore the ash cone that formed in the crater during the 1910 eruption.

Itinerary - Day by Day

  • Arrival in Arusha, Tanzania

    You will be picked up from Kilimanjaro International Airport and transferred to your accommodations in Arusha town. During the short drive (approximately one hour) your driver/guide will brief you on your Kilimanjaro climb. Today you will spend your time at your leisure and relax for your upcoming exciting adventure.
    Accommodation Masailand Hotel, bed and breakfast

  • Day 1: Momella Gate to Miriakamba Hut

    After breakfast we will collect you from your hotel and we will drive to Arusha National Park to check all our permits are in order at the Park Headquarters. We then proceed by vehicle until we reach Momella Park Gate where we start our trek.

    It is mandatory on this route that an armed Park Ranger accompanies us to ensure that we are safe against any wild animal threats. The trail leads us through montane forest, past waterfalls and oddly formed trees until we reach Miriakamba Hut.

    Hiking time: 3 - 4 hours
    Ascent: 900 m
    Max. altitude: 2500 m
    Accommodation: Hut
    Meals included: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

  • Day 2: Miriakamba Hut to Saddle Hut

    As we climb higher up Mount Meru you will feel the air begin to cool and get slightly thinner. Today we will ascend over 1000 metres up to Saddle Hut at 3550m.

    This afternoon there is time to go for an acclimatisation hike a further 300 metres up to Little Meru at 3820m. Don't forget to take your camera to capture the views of Mount Kilimanjaro over 80 kilometres away.

    Hiking time: 3 - 4 hours
    Ascent: 1050 m
    Max. altitude: 3550 m
    Accommodation: Hut
    Meals included: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

  • Day 3: Saddle Hut to Socialist Peak to Momella Gate

    We set off early around 2 a.m. following the path through scrubland to Rhino Point at 3820 metres. From here the route gets more demanding as we follow the narrow crater ridge until we reach the summit after approximately 4-5 hours.

    From Socialist Peak we will watch the sunrise over Kilimanjaro and have time to explore Meru's crater and ash cone. We then descend by retracing our steps back down to Saddle Hut and onwards to Miriakamba Hut and finally Momella Gate. Transfer to your hotel for a well-earned shower and celebration.

    Hiking time: 10 - 12 hours
    Ascent: 1016 m
    Descent: 2966 m
    Max. altitude: 4566 m
    Accommodation: Hotel
    Meals included: Breakfast / Lunch

  • Day 4: Onward Journey

    After a much needed night’s rest, we will bid you goodbye. If you have arranged airport transfers with us or a safari / Zanzibar trip, we will collect you in the morning for your onward journey.

    Meals included: Breakfast

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– All accommodations per itinerary
– All meals per itinerary
– All tours and entrance fees per itinerary
– All transportation and transfers per itinerary
– National Park gate fees
– Transport from/to the park gate
– Camping fees
– Certified, experienced, English-speaking guides
– Salaries for all crew members
– Rescue fees (as required by the national park)
– Tents, foam sleeping pads, cooking equipment, and eating utensils
– Oximeters
– Emergency Oxygen (2L canister)

– International and domestic flights
– Meals not listed
– Beverages and alcohol
– Tips for guides, drivers, hotel staff
– Optional tours
– Single room supplement
– Personal expenses (visas, airport taxes, Internet, etc.)
– Tips for guides, porters, and cooks (budget $400-550/person)
– Sleeping bags and personal gear $45 for a single tent
– Low season discount in April/May


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