Mount Meru is located in Tanzania and is the fifth highest mountain in Africa. It is a great mountain to climb and offers spectacular scenery, including views of Mount Kilimanjaro. The mountain is unspoilt and less congested compared to Mount Kilimanjaro and Mount Kenya.
Standing at 4566 m, Mount Meru is located in Arusha city about 23 km on Arusha-Moshi main road within the Arusha National Park. It’s also the second highest Mountain in Tanzania after the Mt. Kilimanjaro which has 5896 m.
Unlike Mt. Kilimanjaro, Meru has only one route which is Momela gate where all the registration and payments are done, also porters and guides are obtained on this entrance. It takes three days to hike Meru but one day for acclimatization is recommended by the company.
Clients need full armed rangers to accompany them while crossing to the Arusha National Park to Mount Meru. Arusha National Park is famous for walking safaris and when hiking to Meru clients can see zebras, black and white colobus monkeys, African buffaloes, baboons, lions, leopards, klipslingers, antelopes, giraffe, waterbucks, hyenas and warthogs.
The Park is also enrich with scenic flora (highland rain forest and acacia woodland) and fauna, numerous birdlife more than 400 species are recorded. Most of these species dwell in Momela Lake and Ngurudoto crater they include the greater and lesser flamingos, white pelicans, African spoonbill, Marabou stork, European pintail, kingfishers, sun birds, crows and turracos.
Also Meru has different types of reptiles, the African black and green mamba, Egyptian cobras, chameleons and lizards they are rarely seen while hiking but you are assured to see all this in the snake park within the Arusha National Park.
Mount Meru Climb
After meeting the armed Park ranger to accompany us, and registering ourselves at Momella Gate, the climb then starts out in the grasslands of the lower slopes where we will encounter: giraffes, buffalos and warthogs and then lush forest inhabited by bushbucks, red duikers, blue / Skye’s monkeys, black & white colobus monkeys and some variety of birds to Miriakamba Huts, 2515m / 8,250ft. (3 – 4 hours walk). Mt. Meru summit view from Miriakamba Hut, 2515m / 8,250ft.
Our destination today is Saddle Huts (3560m / 11,700ft) and along the way we will stop Mgongo wa Tembo (Elephant Ridge) viewpoint for lunch. After getting to our camp and resting we will hike to the summit of Little Meru (3810m / 12,500ft), which has spectacular views of Mt. Meru’s summit, and the sheer cliffs of the crater wall. As the sun sets behind us we can watch the glaciers on Mt. Kilimanjaro turn different hues of orange and red… spectacular! (3 – 4 hours walk from Miriakamba to Saddle hut).
We start out in early morning at 2.00 am in order to see the sunrise from behind Mt. Kilimanjaro. Along the way will pass Rhino point (2870m / 12,700ft) then the narrow ridge of the crater to summit itself. If the weather is clear, we see the active volcano of Mt. Oldoinyo Lengai to the west, and below us the town of Arusha and the plains of the Maasai steppe. From the summit we return to Miriakamba Huts for overnight after stopping for lunch and a rest at Saddle Huts. (4 ½ – 5 hours walking from Saddle Huts to the summit, 2 ½ hours back to Saddle Hut from the summit, and 2 ½ hours more continuing to Miriakamba Huts)
We will descend back through the forest and arrive at Momella Gate by noon where we stop for picnic lunch and presentation of certificates. Finally, we will have a drive back to Arusha by our vehicle(s).
Ground transfers with pick up and drop off at Arusha or JRO
Park fees, rescue fees
Transfers to/from park gate
2 night hotel accommodation at base hotel in Moshi on HB
3 heavy meals a day on the mountain
Hut or camping fees
Tents, tables, chairs & all cooking facilities, mess tents Guide, porters and cook,
Medical first aid Kit for Guides
Hire of Mountain gear