Mount Meru Trekking 3 / 4 days

The little brother of Kilimanjaro in the heart of Arusha National Park

Mount Meru is the third-highest mountain in Tanzania at 4566 meters, only the Kibo and Mawenzi (the highest peaks of the Kilimanjaro massif) rise further into the sky. The mountain was formed by volcanic activity in the East African Rift Valley. About 250,000 years ago, the entire eastern flank of the volcano was blown away by a violent outburst, an impressive sight to this day. 

The mountain is located in the middle of Arusha National Park, so the hike on the first day has a special charm. In the lowlands of the mountain, accompanied by a ranger, you will see baboons, buffaloes, giraffes and other wildlife. The ascent leads through various vegetation zones, from the grassland into the rainforest, and through the heath and moorland into the alpine desert. A great mountain, which stands unjustifiably in the shadow of Kilimanjaro.

The Meru is technically more difficult than Kilimanjaro and requires a good condition – the last 1000 meters are quite steep. However, climbing skills are not required. 

The mountain is also used by many to acclimatize for the Kilimanjaro ascent – this combination is also possible with us on request. The Mount Meru climb is recommended by us as a 4 day tour. For experienced and very fit mountain hikers with high altitude experience, the tour is also suitable in 3 days. The third day of the shortened tour walks after the summit directly to the Momella Gate. Overnight stays are in simple wooden huts.

Highlights:

  1. Route with accommodation in wooden huts
  2. Ascent through the Arusha National Park with many wild animals
  3. Great view in the crater and on the Kilimanjaro
  4. Total distance about 45 km

Single accommodation is not possible on this tour, as the overnight stays take place in mountain huts with multiple occupancy. 

Note: Although the summit stage has some easy climbing passages, these are not secured. Sure-footedness and a good head for heights are required. In bad weather conditions (heavy rain, dense fog, icing of the rocks) the accompanying ranger may choose to abort the ascent. An ascent during the great rainy season (April / May) is not recommended.

Mount Meru Trekking 3 / 4 days

Day 1

Transfer from the hotel to Momella Gate (1500m) – Miriakamba Hut (2514m)

After breakfast you will be picked up at your hotel. Before we leave, we have a general briefing about your ascent of Meru and check your equipment. The journey to Arusha National Park takes about an hour. Once your guide has completed the necessary paperwork at the gate, the trip continues to Momella Gate, the … Continue reading Transfer from the hotel to Momella Gate (1500m) – Miriakamba Hut (2514m)

Day 2

Miriakamba Hut (2514m) – Saddle Hut (3560m)

After breakfast, the trek leads through the dense forest with mosses and beard lichens. After 2-3 hours you will reach the viewpoint of Mngongo wa Tembo (Elephant Ridge), which is at a height of about 3200 meters. The ascent takes place partly over wooden steps, since the path is steep and slippery in some places. … Continue reading Miriakamba Hut (2514m) – Saddle Hut (3560m)

Day 3

Saddle Hut (3560m) – Socialist Peak (4566m) – Miriakamba Hut (2514m)

After a small snack and a hot drink, your way to the summit starts at around 2 o’clock in the morning. In the glow of your headlight, you will head up through the bushland to Rhino Point. The path becomes more and more challenging, and some passages with easy climbing will be encountered. Along the … Continue reading Saddle Hut (3560m) – Socialist Peak (4566m) – Miriakamba Hut (2514m)

Day 4

Miriakamba Hut (2514m) – Momella Gate (1500m) – Transfer to the hotel

After breakfast the trail continues down towards Momella Gate via the so-called “Northern Route”. On the way, you will be able to see again buffaloes, baboons and other wild animals, and with some luck also elephants. After a 2-3 hour trek, you will arrive at the Momella Gate, where your driver will be waiting. After a … Continue reading Miriakamba Hut (2514m) – Momella Gate (1500m) – Transfer to the hotel

Departure:

Please arrive by 9:15 AM for a prompt departure at 9:30 AM.

Departure Time:

Approximately 9:30 PM.

Dress Code:

Casual. Comfortable athletic clothing, hiking shoes, hat and warm jacket.

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