Mount Meru Ascend – 4 Days
$850 per person
Mount Meru is located in the center of Arusha National Park. It stands at 14,977 feet tall which makes it the second highest peak in Tanzania. And fifth highest in Africa. It makes for a great acclimating hike before you do your Kilimanjaro climb. Meru is a dormant volcano. You will see views of the Ash cone as you ascend to the summit.
Since Meru is located inside Arusha National park you may glimpse a variety of wildlife, including giraffe, zebra, colobus monkeys, leopards and hyenas, in the park’s small but bustling 53 square miles of natural habitats.
For the first day on the mountain, an armed ranger will escort you from gate to camp. This is to prevent poaching of the exotic animals. Depending on your group size, you will also have one of our guides with you as well as a modest mountain crew made up of a chef and several porters.
The trail follows the north rim of Meru’s crater along a stunning ridgeline with views of Kilimanjaro. This trail continues upward on what’s left of the volcanic crater. Once you reach the summit the view of Mount Kilimanjaro and looking down into Meru crater are unforgettable.
Departure TimeMomella Gate in the late morning
Return TimeMomella Gate by late morning
Dress CodeComfortable trekking and athletic clothing, hiking shoes, hat and warm jacket.
IncludedAccommondation per Tour DescriptionArrival and Departure TransfersEmergency Evacuation by Flying DoctorGovernment Taxes, VAT and all relating service chargesMeals per Tour DescriptionPark FeesPersonal GuideRescue Fees
Not Included4x4 pop-up roof safari vehicleMeals not listedOptional ToursPersonal ExpensesTanzania VisaTips and Items of Personal Nature
Day 1: Arrive in Arusha
Arrive anytime at Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO). We will arrange a private transfer from Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO).
To Arusha at Ilboru Safari Lodge, where the rest of the day is at leisure. We stay at Ilboru Safari Lodge, which is beautifully located on the slope of Mt. Meru and is a perfect place to prepare for your adventure.
We will gather in the hotel for a pre-climb briefing and an equipment check. We will also confirm you have the appropriate mandatory medical coverage and travel insurance.
Day 2: Miriakamba Hut 2,514 m/8,250 ft
We start from Momella Gate (1,500 m) in late morning. The trail begins by crossing the grassy savannah, and since you are in the safari park you may spot giraffe, antelope, zebra, elephant, monkeys, buffaloes and warthogs, and then continues as a steady climb through mountain forest. We take lunch at/near, the Fig Tree Arch, which is big enough to drive a car through! After lunch, the route continues through less dense forest, where there are an abundance of birds and monkeys. The black and white colobus monkeys are particularly fascinating to watch. By mid-afternoon, there are the first closer views of the towering cliffs and the Ash Cone. We reach Miriakamba Hut (2,514 m), situated in an idyllic grassy glade, in time to enjoy the last of the afternoon sun and beautiful views over the surrounding plains towards Kilimanjaro.
4-6 hours · 6.2 miles · elevation: 3,300 ft
Day 3: Saddle Hut 3,570 m/11,712 ft
The walk from Miriakamba Hut to the saddle below Little Meru is a short day but a steep and sustained climb all the way. We walk through attractive, open, and lush mountain forest to reach the halfway point of Elephant Ridge. This has excellent views of the summit ridge and across most of the crater floor. Whilst resting, you might spot elephants or other animals from here. The path continues uphill through giant heather and other moorland vegetation to reach Saddle Hut (3,570 m), where lunch is waiting for us. The afternoon is free to rest and enjoy the views. The more energetic can make the short climb to the nearby summit of Little Meru (3,820 m) for superb views just before sunset.
4-5 hours · 4.9 miles · elevation: +3,400 ft.
Day 4: Miriakamba Hut 2,514 m/8,250 ft
An early start at around 2 a.m. to climb steeply to Rhino Point (3,800 m), and then continue along an undulating ridge of ash and rock to reach Cobra Point (4,350 m) around sunrise. 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 west towards the Rift Valley if the weather is clear. The summit of Socialist Peak (4,566 m) is an hour more on a superb but often steep path. The route back to Rhino Point in the sharp morning light on 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. We rest, and have brunch at Saddle Hut before continuing the descent to Miriakamba Hut (2,514 m).
Note: The ridge between the summit and Rhino Point is not suitable for those suffering from vertigo. In icy conditions or in strong winds, it may be impossible for anyone to progress beyond Rhino Point.
10-12 hours · 3.1 miles · elevation: 3,265 ft
Day 5: Return
We take the direct route down towards Momella Gate (4,921 ft.) through open grassland and mixed forest, with good chances of seeing wildlife. This trail has excellent views back towards the crater and over the plains of the National Park. We should reach Momella Gate by late morning.2-3 hours · 3.1 miles · elevation: 3,265 ft
Day 6: Return
Arusha to Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) Private departure transfer is included.
Mount Meru is a dormant stratovolcano located 70 kilometres (43 mi) west of Mount Kilimanjaro in the country of Tanzania. At a height of 4,562.13 metres (14,968 ft), it is visible from Mount Kilimanjaro on a clear day, and is the fifth-highest mountain in Africa, dependent on definition.
Mount Meru is located just north of the city of Arusha, in the Arusha Region of Tanzania. It is the second-highest mountain in Tanzania, after Mount Kilimanjaro. The Momella route – which starts at Momella gate, on the eastern side of the mountain – is used to climb Mount Meru.
Much of its bulk was lost about 7,800 years ago due to a summit collapse. Mount Meru most recently had a minor eruption in 1910. The several small cones and craters seen in the vicinity probably reflect numerous episodes of volcanic activity. Mount Meru's caldera is 2.2 miles (3.5 km) wide.
Mount Meru is the topographic centerpiece of Arusha National Park. Its 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 leopards.
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