Mt Meru

Mount Meru is an often overlooked, but spectacular volcano located in the center of Arusha National Park. At 14,980 feet high, Meru serves as a great warm up to Mount Kilimanjaro or a complete standalone hike in it of itself. The crowds that can plague Kilimanjaro are non-existent here, allowing for a solitary, peaceful trek. Accommodations are in wood huts. On the lower slopes of the mountain and inside the park, there is a good chance of spotting animals. An armed ranger will accompany your party on the first stage to protect against any wildlife threats. The trail follows the north rim of the crater, along a dramatic ridgeline. Once at the summit, the views of Mount Kilimanjaro and down into Meru crater are unforgettable. Tanzania Private Select Safaris offers Mount Meru as a four day private climb. However, clients from different parties and operators are often combined to walk with the armed ranger on the lower slopes.


Climbing Mt Meru Stands at 14,980 feet/ 4,566 meters, Mount Meru is Tanzania's second highest peak, and according to some, the fourth highest mountain in Africa. Conical in shape, Mount Meru is located in northern Tanzania at the heart of Arusha National Park. It's a dormant volcano, with the last minor eruption occurring over a century ago. On a clear day, you can see Mount Kilimanjaro from Mount Meru, as the two iconic peaks are separated by a distance of less than 50 miles/ 80 kilometers. The first successful ascent on record is still in dispute. It is credited to either Carl Uhlig in 1901 or Fritz Jaeger in 1904 - both Germans, reflecting the colonial power of Germany over Tanzania at the time.


Mount Meru is ideal for altitude acclimatization and you may elect to climb Mount Kilimanjaro with a lower number of days after climbing Meru. Many people who climb both mountains have a quiet preference for the humble Mount Meru. Although about 4,000 feet lower than Mount Kilimanjaro, Mount Meru is still a very tall mountain. Do not underestimate Mount Meru. Altitude acclimatization is still the key to a successful summit Meru


Day 1

Momella Gate to Miriakamba Huts

Elevation: 4,921 ft to 8,250 ft

Distance: 10 km

Time: 4-6 hours Habitat:

Rain Forest We depart Moshi or Arusha for Momella Gate in Arusha National Park for the necessary formalities before beginning our trek. The hiking trail begins in open grassland with an armed ranger as the possibility of seeing wildlife – giraffe, zebras, antelope, elephant and buffalo – is high. We climb steadily through the rain forest until the reach Miriakamba Huts, situated in a grassy glade.


Day 2

Miriakamba Huts to Saddle Huts

Elevation: 8,250 ft to 11,712 ft

Distance: 8 km

Hiking Time: 3-5 hours

Habitat: Heath

We continue climbing through the rain forest until we enter the heath zone accompanied by giant heather and other moorland vegetation. Along the ridge of the saddle, we have views of Mount Meru Crater and the Ash Tray. After arriving at Saddle Huts, there is an option to hike to the top of Little Mount Meru for superb views and to further aid acclimatization.


Day 3

Saddle Huts to Summit

Elevation: 11,712 ft to 14,977 ft

Distance: 5 km

Hiking Time: 4-6 hours

Habitat: Alpine Desert Summit to Miriakamba Huts

Elevation: 14,977 ft to 8,250 ft

Distance: 13 km

Hiking Time: 4-6 hours

Habitat: Heath Very early in the morning (around midnight),

we begin our climb to the summit. The trail is steep to Rhino Point and then Cobra Point. The path continues along the ridge of ash and rock to the summit - Socialist Peak. Here we enjoy magnificent views of Kilimanjaro and the sunrise before returning to Miriakamba Huts.


Day 4

Miriakamba Huts to Momella Gate

Elevation: 11,712 ft to 4,921 ft

Distance: 10 km

Hiking Time: 2-4 hours

Habitat: Rain Forest

On our last day, we descend quickly through the tropical rainforest to Momella Gate. At the base of the mountain, our vehicle will meet us and drive us back to the hotel in Arusha or Moshi.



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