Mount Meru

Mount Meru (4,566 meters) is an active volcano located 70 kilometers west of Mount Kilimanjaro in Arusha, Tanzania. Mount Meru is one of Africa's most beautiful volcanoes and is the second highest mountain in Tanzania after Kilimanjaro (4,5685m) it is also the fifth highest in the whole of Africa. The mountain offers excellent views across to her big sister Mt Kilimanjaro and is an excellent climb either as a standalone trip or before doing a game drive. It reaches 14,980 feet in height but has lost much of its greater part due to an eastward volcanic eruption about approximately 8,000 years ago. Mount Meru had a slight eruption about a century ago. The several small cones and craters seen in the area reflect various episodes of volcanic actions.

Mount Meru has a spectacular ash cone in her centre that has formed in the old crater. She is the topographic cornerstone of Arusha National Park whose fertile slopes rise above the surrounding savanna and support a forest that hosts diverse wildlife, including nearly 400 species of birds, and also monkeys and Zebra.

The mountain is located in Arusha National Park, which gives climbers the opportunity to see a lot of wildlife as they approach and climb the mountain. The ascent is quite steep in places and the route to the summit passes over a number of streams. As you ascend, similar to Kilimanjaro, you pass from the equator to what feels like the Arctic, moving through grasslands, tropical rainforest, alpine meadows, moorlands and desert uplands to snow and ice. The summit is reached by a narrow, barren ridge, which provides stunning views of the Ash Cone lying several thousand feet below in the crater. Weather permitting, Kilimanjaro can be seen in the West.

We offer private climbs at no extra cost and will work with groups or individuals to create the perfect tailor made the holiday.

  • OVERVIEW
  • 3 DAYS 2 NIGHTS
  • 4 DAYS 3 NIGHTS

In adverse weather conditions (heavy rain, icy rocks or thick fog) the park ranger can call off the summit attempt. We do not advise to climb Mount Meru in the rainy season in April and May.

OPTIONS

DAY 1

DAY 2

DAY 3

DAY 4

3 DAYS

(Option 1)

Momella Gate to Miriakamba Hut

Miriakamba Hut to Saddle Hut

Saddle Hut to Socialist Peak   to Miriakamba Hut then to Momella Gate

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3 DAYS

(Option 2)

Momella Gate to Miriakamba Hut

Miriakamba Hut to Saddle Hut then to Rhino Point

Rhino Point to Socialist Peak   to Miriakamba Hut then to Momella Gate

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4 DAYS

(Option 3)

Momella Gate to Miriakamba Hut

Miriakamba Hut to Saddle Hut

Saddle Hut to Socialist Peak   then to Miriakamba Hut

Miriakamba Hut then to Momella Gate

4 DAYS

(Option 4)

Momella Gate to Miriakamba Hut

Miriakamba Hut to Saddle Hut then to Rhino Point

Rhino Point to Socialist Peak   to Miriakamba Hut

Miriakamba Hut to Momella Gate

Day 1: Momella gate (1,500 m) – Mariakamba Hut (2,500 m)
Distance Approximation: 10 km
Habitat: Montane Forest
Starting from Momela Gate, the track passes through open grassland with Cape buffalo and warthogs. With luck, you may also see giraffe and elephants. Continue a steady climb through montane forest. You can have your lunch at the famous Fig tree. After lunch, the trek continues through less dense forest, where there are lots of birds and monkeys including the black and white colobus. By mid-afternoon, you will have your first close views of the towering cliffs and the Ash Cone. Miriakampa Hut, situated in the idyllic grassy glade, is reached in time to enjoy the afternoon sun and beautiful views over the surrounding plains towards Kilimanjaro.

Day 2: Mariakamba Hut (2,500 m) – Saddle Hut (3,500 m)
Distance Approximation: 04 km
Habitat: Forest and Moorland
After Breakfast will start a walk from Miriakampa Hut to the saddle below Little Meru is a steep sustained climb all the way. Starting through beautiful and lush montane forest, the path continues beyond the halfway point of Elephant Back Ridge and carries on uphill through the giant heather and other moorland vegetation to reach Saddle Hut for lunch. In the afternoon, you can make the short climb to the nearby summit of Little Meru for superb views. It takes about one hour to walk up and 30 minutes to walk down.

Day 3: Saddle Hut (3,500 m) – Socialist Peak (4,566 m) – Momella Gate (1,500 m)
Distance Approximation: 04 km – 13km
Habitat: Alpine Desert Moorland and Montane forest
There is an hour steep climb to Rhino Point, and then the path continues along a ridge of ash and rock to reach Cobra Point. The summit of Socialist Peak 4,566 m, is an hour further on a steep path with magnificent views of Kilimanjaro. Depending on your speed, you can enjoy sunrise at Cobra Point or the summit. The views are stunning: the cliffs of the Crater rim, the Ash Cone rising from the crater floor, Kilimanjaro floating on the morning clouds, and the Rift Valley. The route back to Rhino Point in the sharp morning light along a narrow ridge between the sloping outer wall of the crater and the sheer cliffs of the inner wall is one of the most dramatic and exhilarating walks in Africa. Brunch and a brief rest are taken at Saddle Hut before continuing the descent to Miriakamba Hut. The descent follows a shorter route than the ascent but there is still a chance to see elephants, buffaloes, giraffes as well as the black and white colobus monkeys. Around lunchtime, you will reach the waiting vehicle and your driver will take you back to your accommodation. The group should tip the guide around $20 a day.

Day 1: Momella Gate (1,500 m) – Miriakamba Hut (2,500 m)
Distance Approximation: 10 km
Habitat: Montane Forest
In the morning, you will be collected from your hotel in Arusha/Moshi and after a scenic drive through the Arusha National Park you will reach the Momella gate. Once the formalities have been sorted out you will start here. An armed park ranger will accompany you and right from the start you might spot giraffes and buffaloes as you walk through open grasslands. After approximately 2 hours you will reach the Maio Falls – the perfect spot to rest and have a picnic. Thereafter you will continue your hike to the well-known “fig tree arch”. After about another two hours you will arrive at the Miriakamba Hut in time for afternoon tea and snacks. The night will be spent at the Miriakamba Hut.

Day 2: Miriakamba Hut (2,500 m) – Saddle Hut (3,500 m)
Distance Approximation: 8 km
Habitat: Forest and Moorland
In the morning, you will follow wooden steps along a steep track. Due to the gain in altitude, it will be noticeably cooler than the previous day and walking may seem easier. The clouds often hang low in the rainforest, creating a moody atmosphere in the lush vegetation. After going uphill for approximately 2 hours, you will reach the vantage point “Mgongo wa Tembo” (elephant back) at a height of 3,200 m, where you will enjoy a well-earned break. The vegetation now changes from rainforest to heather and moorland and you should reach Saddle Hut (3,500 m) at around midday. During the afternoon, you have the option to hike to Little Meru (3,820 m) which should take about 1 to 1½ hours. From here you will enjoy wonderful views of Arusha National Park and Mt Kilimanjaro about 80 km away. Back at Saddle Hut, you will have a warm meal before you retire to bed early as your wake-up call with be just after midnight.

Day 3: Saddle Hut (3,500 m) – Socialist Peak (4,566 m) – Miriakamba Hut (2,500 m)
Distance Approximation: 5 km up 13 km down
Habitat: Alpine Desert Moorland and Montane forest
After a small snack and some tea, you will leave the camp at night. Lighting the way with headlamps, you will follow the trail through bushland to Rhino Point (3,821 m). From here the path becomes more challenging and occasionally climbing will be necessary. You will walk on volcanic ash, rocks, and gravel, following the crater rim. After about 4 to 5 hours you should reach the summit, Socialist Peak. From here, you will experience the sun rising above Mt Kilimanjaro and enjoy the fantastic view of Mt Meru’s crater with its steep sides and the “ash cone” in the middle. The descent follows the same route back to Saddle Hut (3,500 m) where you will take a break and recuperate with hot soup and tea. Once refreshed, you will continue the descent and, in the afternoon, you reach Miriakamba Hut (2,500 m) – tired but happy.

Day 4: Miriakamba Hut (2,500 m) – Momella Gate (1,500 m) – Moshi
Distance Approximation: 10 km
Habitat: Montane Forest
After breakfast, you will follow the so-called “northern route” a 2 to 3 hours hike back to the Momella gate. The descent follows a shorter route than the ascent but there is still a chance to see elephants, buffaloes, giraffes as well as the black and white colobus monkeys. At the gate, you will say farewell to your hiking crew and your driver will take you back to the lodge/hotel where you will celebrate your achievement and spend the night. The group should tip the guide around $20 a day.

Tour Package Includes:

🗸 Airport and Mt. transfer fees.
🗸 2 Night Hotel accommodation in Arusha or Moshi.
🗸 Quality, Waterproof, four-season private mountain sleeping tent.
🗸 Quality Mess tents with table and chairs.
🗸 Free Arusha/Moshi City walking tour.
🗸 Certified, experienced, English speaking mountain guides
🗸 All Tanzanian National Park Fees including Rescue Fees, Taxes and Permits.
🗸 Baggage Storage for excess unused staffs
🗸 All hot Meals prepared by our cook.
🗸 Clean, purified Drinking water during climbing..
🗸 Salaries for the mountain crew above KIATO payment requirement.
🗸 Personal Summit Certificate signed by the National Park and your Guide.

Tour Package Excludes:

🗙 International and local airfares.
🗙 Tips for guides, porters and cook and gratuities (high recommended).
🗙 Laundry services.
🗙 Tanzania Entry visa and other permits.
🗙 Travel insurance.
🗙 Meals and drinks not specified
🗙 Private mountain gears.
🗙 Other Items of a personal nature and unspecified services.

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