Mount Meru which is the second highest mountain in Tanzania, standing tall at 4,566m above the sea level. Mount Meru is located in the Arusha National Park and offers some of the most spectacular scenery and wildlife diversity of any mountain in Tanzania.
Mt. Meru is a challenging trek due to its steepness, but is climbing the mountain has always been believed to be a great way to acclimatize before attempting climbing the taller Mt. Kilimanjaro.
Climbers at Mount Meru are usually accompanied by an armed TANAPA ranger due to the abundance of wildlife on the lower slopes of the mountain, including the buffaloes, zebras, giraffes, monkeys and others. The mountain also has some historical significance to it because some quarters have suggested that it was the resting place of Noah’s Ark when it came to rest after the biblical flood receded.
Mt. Meru is always a great trekking option for those who want to take on a climbing challenge and get the sense of being out in the wild, but are not quite ready to tackle Mt. Kilimanjaro or for those who would like to conquer both Kilimanjaro and Mt Kilimanjaro, and no route is better than this 4 days Mount Meru climbing itinerary.
4-day Mount Meru Climbing Itinerary
Arusha - Momella Gate (1500m) – Miriakamba Hut (2500m)
Once your professional guide is done with the formalities and the hiking team consisting of porters from the surrounding villages is formed, you will then be driven a little further to Momella Gate. Ordinarily an armed TANAPA ranger will accompany you while you start your hike and get a first glimpse of the wonderful giraffes and buffalos. Once you have left the buffalo herds and giraffes behind, you will hike into the the acacia forest in which your guide will lead you the ‘Southern Route’. After a steady hike of around 2 hours, you will reach the ‘Maio Falls’ and some picturesque meadows that makes the best spot for your picnic lunch and rest for the day. After lunch and some rest t, you will proceed with your hike and soon reach the famous ‘Arched Fig Tree’. At this point the park ranger who is also a trained naturalist will narrate to you a few details about the formation of this tree and how it gained its shape forming an arch over the path.
After a further one and a half to two hours of trekking, you will reach the final spot for today where you will be spending the night; Miriakamba Hut. Here you will have a freshly prepared dinner and a well deserved rest, with overnight stay at the Miriakamba Hut. Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner
Miriakamba Hut (2500m) – Saddle Hut (3550m)
Early in the morning you wake up for hot breakfast prepared by your mountain chef, then you will leave the Miriakamba Hut behind and follow a rather steep track with wooden steps upwards. At this point it is already noticeably cooler than the first day obviously due to the gain in height, and the hike will seem to generally get easier.
At this point the clouds often hang in the rainforests at the slopes of Mt Meru and dip the lush vegetation in a moody atmosphere. After a hike of approximately 2 hours, you will reach the vantage point called ‘Mgongo wa Tembo’ which is Swahili that can be translated to ’Elephant back’ which is at an elevation of 3200m above the sea level. Here you will enjoy a well-earned rest. After some rest to catch breath you will proceed again with the hike in which the vegetation changes from rainforest into an airy bush land reaching the Saddle Hut that lies at 3550 m above sea level at around midday so you will break for lunch and relaxation.
After lunch during the afternoon, you have the option to make a side trip to the ‘Little Meru’ ( at 3820m) which takes approximately one to one and half hours. From the Little Meru you can have wonderful views of the Arusha National Park but also the majestic Mt Kilimanjaro (approx. 80 km away) on a clear day. Later you will go back to the the hut, for a hot dinner then you will be briefed the following day’s climb that starts after midnight because it will be the final assault day for going to the summit.
Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner included.
Saddle Hut – Socialist Peak (4562m) – Miriakamba Hut (2500m)
Very early morning wake up after midnight then you will take some tea and biscuits to warm yourself up then we for the summit at around 02:00 hrs. By torchlight, you will follow the trail through bush land towards the Rhino Point ( at 3821m asl) from where the path turns into a little more challenging trek with occasional light climbs. We will follow the north ridge to the summit along the way alternating between lava ash and rocky surfaces. After approximately four to five hours, you will reach the summit where you will be met by the sight of a Tanzanian flag. The summit of Mount Meru is called ‘The Socialist Peak’.
From here at the Mt Meru’s Summit, you will be able to enjoy the sun rising above the Mount Kilimanjaro and the fantastic view of Mount Meru’s crater with its steep sides and the “Ash Cone” in the middle. After spending a few minutes at the peak enjoying the beautiful views and taking some photos you will begin the descent along the same route back to the Saddle Hut (3550 m) where you will take a well-deserved long break and recuperate with hot soup and tea. After breakfast and after you are refreshed, you will continue with the descent down reaching in the early afternoon at the Miriakamba Hut (2500m) – very tired but delighted to have made it to the top J. At this Miriakamba Hut on Mount Meru, you will relax and rejoice your had earned accomplishment. You will enjoy freshly prepared meals at the hut followed by overnight stay at Miriakamba Hut (2500m). Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner
Miriakamba Hut (2500m) – Momella Gate (1500m) – End of Tour
Note: It’s important to note that the summit stage involves a few simple but unsecured climbing passages on the final assault. It requires a good head for heights and some sure footedness. During adverse weather conditions; for example with heavy rain, icy rocks and paths or thick fog with poor visibility, the TANAPA park ranger reserves the right to call off the final climb to the summit if need be. Tanzania Safari Supremacy do not advice climbs in the long rain season which normally falls between April and May. If you can avoid these two months please do.
End of the 04 days Mount Meru Climbing trek with Tanzania Safari Supremacy.
4-day Mount Meru Climbing Prices
Price per person – USD 952 per person sharing.
The package price includes:
Transfers from your hotel in Arusha to Arusha and back
English speaking TANAPA park ranger and administration
Professional English speaking mountain guide
Porters who will carry the climbing stuff
Trekking according to travel plan
Meals according to travel plan
3 litres of mineral water per person per day
Overnight stays in mountain huts during the trek
Arusha National Park entry fees and rescue fees
Items not included in the price:
Airport transfers before / after the safari
accommodation at Arusha before the climb
Meals and snacks which are not mentioned in the travel plan
Alcohol and soft drinks (coke, fanta etc.)
Personal spending monies for souvenirs etc.
Any other activities not mentioned, like an extension for Tanzania safari tour
We hope to host you soon on your 4 days Mt Meru climbing tour.