Mount Meru Climbing
At 4566m, Mount Meru is the fifth highest mountain on the African continent and the second highest in Tanzania. Mt. Meru trek is as an ideal warm-up for Mt. Kilimanjaro due to its altitude acclimatization and hiking distances. This trek is also geared towards hikers that prefer fewer crowds and a challenging ascent. You will climb with an armed ranger due to the wide range of wildlife living on the mountain. On the lower slopes of the mountain, you are more likely to see elephants, giraffes, and buffalo! As you continue their ascents, the trail follows the north rim of the volcano’s crater along a dramatic ridgeline. Throughout the climb, you will sleep in designated huts along the trail. Hikers reach the summit as the sun is rising and have spectacular views of both Mt. Kilimanjaro and the Meru Crater.
- 2-night accommodation in Arusha or Moshi town on arrival & after the hike.
- Arrival and departure airport transfers
- Huts accommodation
- Experienced and professional mountain guides
- All park fees and rescue fees
- All large-portioned, nutritious food and purified drinking water on the mountain
- Guides, porters and cook salaries
- Pulse Oximeter for daily health check
- Crisis management and safety procedures
- Fair and ethical treatment of porters
- Beds (for luxury tours)
- International Flights & Visa & Insurance
- Tips to porters and guides (ranges from 50$-100$)
- Meals while in Arusha town
- Items considered to be non-essential, such as alcohol, beverages, cigarettes, snacks, etc.
- Optional Tours (for example, short safaris after your climb or Moshi day tour, etc.)
- Oxygen tanks (included in luxury tours - can be rented in budget and standard tour)
- Portable toilets (included in standard & luxury tours - can be rented in budget tours)
Accepts Credit Cards
We shall meet at Intenational House by 8:30am ready for departure at 8:45am. On our way, we shall have some stop overs and do some photo session as we have the views of the beautiful plains of Kajiado and Mount Kilimanjaro.
15:00 hrs:- Arrival at the Hotel:-We shall have some refreshments.
After an early morning breakfast in Arusha town, you will be picked up from your hotel and brought to the Momella Gate in Arusha National Park. At this time, the porters will organize and pack the belongings for the hike while you and your guide register with the Tanzania National Park (TANAPA).You will then begin your ascent in Arusha NP. The first day of hiking is similar to a walking safari; you should expect to see giraffes, zebras, antelope, buffalo, and potentially elephants near the trail. Due to the high possibility of spotting wildlife, an armed ranger, hired through the National Park, is required to hike with our team for the duration of the hike.As you continue hiking, you will pass the Ngarenanyuki River and a beautiful waterfall at the base of Mt. Meru. Upon arriving at Miriakamba Hut (2500m), your chef will prepare a hot dinner and washing water for you. Enjoy the beautiful sunset and a memorable night in nature!Duration: 5-7 hours of hiking
After breakfast, you will start ascending up the steep trail along the ridge of the saddle where you may see various wildlife along the way! The trail has views of Mt. Meru Crater and the Ash Tray. When you arrive at camp, you have the option of hiking Little Mt. Meru (3820m) with your guide to further acclimate. You will be served an early dinner, so you can receive ample rest before your midnight summit attempt. Please get to sleep as early as possible.Duration: 3-5 hours of hiking
Your guide will wake you at 00:30 for tea and biscuits. You will then begin your summit attempt at 1:30 am. The trail starts off on a steep grade to Rhino Point (3800m) to Cobra Point (4350m). The last hour of the hike you will step on a rocky ridge between the crater and inner cliffs of Meru. You will reach the summit of Meru (4565m) at sunrise with spectacular views of Mt. Meru Ash Tray and Mt. Kilimanjaro. Enjoy your views then descend to Saddle Hut for a short break. Miriakamba Hut (2500m) is the place after your descent for dinner and overnight.Duration: 10-12 hours of hiking
After a long rest and breakfast, we will begin our final descent to Momella gate where we pass through forest and meadows to spot wildlife. At the base of Mt. Meru, you will be greeted by Africa Outdoors team who will take you back to Arusha for true rest and celebration!Duration: 2-3 hours of hiking
Wake up at 8.00am and ready for breakfast; check out from the Hotel. After which we depart back to Nairobi. We expect to arrive Nairobi at 1630hrs.