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Mt Meru 4 day climb
Group Trekking Tour

Mt Meru – 4 Day Climb

4 day climb + 1 day pre & 1 day post from 1.450 USD pp sharing

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Mt Meru – 4 Day Group Trekking Tour + 2 Days Hotel Stay

A magical experience for nature lovers – this 4 day Mt Meru climb takes you along the trails less travelled, rewarding you with stunning views and scenic hikes. Mount Meru is the second highest mountain in Tanzania and sometimes used as a warm-up climb in preparation for Kilimanjaro. However, the technical requirements are more extensive than climbing Kilimanjaro. Accommodation is in rustic huts and climbs start on Sundays, except in rainy season (April & May).

lodge accommodation

Mountain Huts

Accommodation style

price dollar

from 1.450 USD pp sharing

Starting price per person

travellers

2-10

Travellers

calendar

Every Sunday

Departure dates

Highlights

Day 1-6 | Tanzania

To help you get to the top and safely back down again.

Experienced Guides

To help you get to the top and safely back down again.

Minimum 2, maximum 10 climbers plus crew

Group Tour

Minimum 2, maximum 10 climbers plus crew

You start the climb in the national park - look for wildlife along the way!

Arusha National Park
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You start the climb in the national park - look for wildlife along the way!

The daily hikes are beautiful and you don't have to share it with many other people.

Stunning Scenery

The daily hikes are beautiful and you don't have to share it with many other people.

Who Should Go

A 4 day Mt Meru climb is for travellers who love hiking for the sake of hiking but still enjoy the challenge of reaching a mountain’s highest point. With the famous Mt Kilimanjaro just around the corner, many travellers opt for the highest mountain in Africa instead of climbing Meru. However, climbing Mt Meru is a beautiful adventure in its own right. Nature lovers will appreciate the solitude along the trails as the number of people on the mountain is low. If you enjoy the great outdoors, but long for the homely feel of a roof above your head at night, Mt Meru is for you – you will overnight and eat in mountain huts. You should be sure footed and not too afraid of heights to make it all the way to the summit.

Adventurers

Comfortable Adventurers

active travellers

Active Travellers

nature lovers

Outdoor Lovers

Early birds

Early Birds

“It was a brilliant experience and I don’t know if I could have done it without Franco’s mountain guiding help, the chef and waiters scrumptious food. And of course, the porters for carrying my backpack from point to point. I’ve not done Kilimanjaro, but I can honestly say that it was nice to know that Meru would not be over-crowded with too many guests. Which was good on my 2 days up 2 days down trip format.”
Kim | Australia

Accommodation

2 campsites & 1 hotel over 6 days/5 nights
Meru View Lodge
Day 1 & 5
Arusha Area
Meru View Lodge
1 night half-board before and after your climb
Day 1 & 5
Mt Meru mountain huts
Mountain Huts
Basic indoor accommodation
Mess area Mt Meru
Mess Area
Indoor space for breakfast & dinner
Basic toilets Kilimanjaro climb
Basic Toilets
Some in adventurous condition
Washing on Kilimanjaro
Washing
Warm water for personal hygiene
Renting equipment Kilimanjaro climb
Renting Equipment
From walking poles to sleeping bags - get in touch!

Tour Itinerary

Group trekking tour | minimum 2, maximum 10 people

At 4,566 m Mt Meru is the fifth highest mountain on the African continent and the second highest in Tanzania. About 250,000 years ago, a massive volcanic eruption blew away the entire eastern flank of the mountain and left it with the distinctive appearance it has today. The Mt Meru ascent passes through many different vegetation zones. The dry forest of the lower region changes to a dense mountain rainforest, which then turns into scrubland. Closer to the summit, vegetation becomes less and less and gives way to alpine terrain. As the vegetation changes so does the wildlife. During the ascent, you might come across large game such as giraffes, buffaloes, baboons, colobus monkeys and antelopes. To be safe, it is obligatory to be accompanied by an armed park ranger on your 4 day Mt Meru climb.

Important: The summit stage contains a few easy but unsecured climbing passages. A good head for heights and surefootedness are absolutely necessary. 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.

Meru View Lodge pre night

Day 1 | Kilimanjaro Airport – Arusha

Distance approx. 35km; driving time approx. 45 minutes

Kilimanjaro Airport – Arusha

Distance approx. 35km; driving time approx. 45 minutes

Upon your arrival at Kilimanjaro Airport, you will be greeted and transferred to the Meru View Lodge in Usa River on the outskirts of Arusha. The rest of the day is at leisure and in the evening, you will attend a briefing in preparation of your upcoming trek. Dinner and overnight at Meru View Lodge.

Dinner
4 day Mt Meru climb start

Day 2 | Arusha – Momella Gate (1500m) – Miriakamba Hut (2500m)

Altitude ↑1000m; walking time approx. 4-5 hours

Arusha – Momella Gate (1500m) – Miriakamba Hut (2500m)

Altitude ↑1000m; walking time approx. 4-5 hours

In the morning, you will be collected from your lodge and taken to the Arusha National Park gate. While you wait, your guide will complete the registration forms. Once the formalities have been sorted out and the hiking team has gathered, you will be taken to the Momella Gate. Your 4 day Mt Meru climb begins. From here, an armed park ranger will accompany you and right from the start, you might spot giraffes and buffaloes as you walk through open grassland. Soon you will enter the acacia forest on the southern route. After approximately 2 hours, you will reach the Maio Falls – the perfect spot to rest and have a picnic. Thereafter you will continue your trek to the well-known “fig tree arch”. You will finally arrive at the Miriakamba Hut in time for afternoon tea and snacks. The night will be spent at the Miriakamba Hut.

Breakfast Lunch Dinner
Hiking trail on Mt Meru

Day 3 | Miriakamba Hut (2500m) – Saddle Hut (3550m)

Altitude ↑1050m; walking time approx. 3-4 hours

Miriakamba Hut (2500m) – Saddle Hut (3550m)

Altitude ↑1050m; walking time approx. 3-4 hours

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 3200m, where you will enjoy a well-earned break. The vegetation now changes from rainforest to heath and moorland and you should reach Saddle Hut at around midday. During the afternoon, you have the option to hike to Little Meru (3820m) which should take about 1 to 2 hours. From here you can enjoy wonderful views of Arusha National Park and Mount Kilimanjaro about 80 kilometres away. Back at Saddle Hut, you will have a warm meal before you retire to bed early, as your wake-up call will be just after midnight.

Breakfast Lunch Dinner
Mt Meru summit Socialist Peak

Day 4 | Saddle Hut (3550m) – Socialist Peak (4562m) – Miriakamba Hut (2500m)

Altitude ↑1010m|↓2060m; walking time approx. 10-14 hours

Saddle Hut (3550m) – Socialist Peak (4562m) – Miriakamba Hut (2500m)

Altitude ↑1010m|↓2060m; walking time approx. 10-14 hours

After a small snack and some tea, you will leave the camp at around 2am. Lighting the way with headlamps, you will follow the trail through bush land to Rhino Point (3821m). From here, the path becomes more challenging and occasionally climbing will be necessary. You will walk on frozen volcanic ash and rocks, following the crater rim. After about 4 to 5 hours, you should reach the summit: Socialist Peak. Experience the sun rising above Mount Kilimanjaro and enjoy the fantastic view of Mount Meru’s crater with its steep sides and the ash cone in its middle. The descent follows the same route back to Saddle Hut where you will take a break and recuperate with hot soup and tea. Once refreshed, you will continue the descent and during the early afternoon, you should reach Miriakamba Hut – tired, but happy.

Breakfast Lunch Dinner
Descent 4 day Mt Meru climb

Day 5 | Miriakamba Hut (2500m) – Momella Gate (1500m) – Arusha

Altitude ↓1000m; walking time approx. 2-3 hours

Miriakamba Hut (2500m) – Momella Gate (1500m) – Arusha

Altitude ↓1000m; walking time approx. 2-3 hours

After breakfast, you will follow the so-called northern route – a 2 to 3 hours trek 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 Meru View Lodge where you will celebrate your achievement and spend the night.

Breakfast Dinner
Flower plants Kilimanjaro

Day 6 | Arusha – Kilimanjaro Airport

Arusha – Kilimanjaro Airport

After breakfast, you will be transferred to Kilimanjaro Airport. Alternatively, you can extend your trip and go on safari or relax at the white sandy beaches of the Indian Ocean.

Breakfast

Included

  • professional, English-speaking guide
  • mountain crew (cook & porters)
  • 5 nights‘ stay in lodges and mountain huts
  • meals according to the itinerary
  • drinking water
  • all national park fees
  • all mentioned transfers

Excluded

  • flights (international and domestic)
  • meals not indicated in the itinerary
  • alcoholic and soft drinks
  • sleeping bag (can be rented at extra cost)
  • tips
  • personal expenses, visa fees, travel insurance

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