Located inside of Arusha National Park, climbing Mt Meru is a very nice experience. At 4,566m (14,977 ft), it is the second highest mountain in Tanzania. A Mt Meru climb is usually accomplished as a 4 day itinerary although it can be done in 3 days. It is very useful to climb Mt Meru to acclimate for a Mt Kilimanjaro climb but is an excellent climb in its own right. There is only one route on Mt Meru and overnights are inside of basic huts. At lower elevations, there is an abundance of wildlife so park regulations require an armed park ranger to accompany all climbers. Fewer people have problems with AMS on Meru due to the climb being steeper than Kilimanjaro, forcing climbers to proceed more slowly (allowing better adjustment to the altitude) and the lower altitude. The packing list for the climb is identical to Mt Kilimanjaro. The scenery is quite lovely throughout the climb, from the lush vegetation at the lower altitudes, to the collapsed ash cone on the mountain, and under good weather conditions, Mt Kilimanjaro is easily seen from Socialist Peak (Meru’s highest point). We welcome you to experienced this challenging climbing experience.
Itinerary – Mt Meru
Early morning after breakfast with your lunch box, drive to Momella gate(1500M) where trek starts. After completing the park registration formalities, we then proceed along with an armed park ranger (required) ascend to Miriakamba hut (altitude 2500m) for dinner and overnight rest.
From Miriakamba Huts ascend to Saddle Hut takes 4 hours (3500m). Afternoon trek to the summit of Little Meru (3820m) takes 1 hour. Then down to the Rhino Point. Dinner and overnight at Saddle Hut.
Around 2:00 am from Saddle Hut ascend to the summit of Mt. Meru (4565m) and walk around the rim of Meru Crater. Then return to Saddle Hut for short rest and breakfast afterwards you will descend to Miriakamba Hut for lunch and dinner and overnight.
After breakfast with your lunch box, you will have a walk down to the park gate across alpine desert. Lunch on the way down you find our vehicle at Momella Park Gate waiting to drive back to your hotel.
Note: A three day itinerary is possible by continuing the descent after a break at Miriakamba Hut to the park gate.