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.
As the top local tour operator with decades of experiences of mountain climbing and safari, Chief’s Tours is happy to offer you Mt. Meru climbing with 02 options:
Option 1: Mt. Meru 4 days 3 nights
Option 2: Mt. Meru 3 days 2 nights.
Kindly note that the difference between 2 options is that option 2 reduce your climbing time as the final day is both summit attempt and descent back to Moshi town. Unless you are experienced climbers, we do not recommend you option 2 as it requires a significant amount of energy and effort.
Below is itinerary for Mt. Meru 4 days 3 nights climbing. Please contact us for your best tailor-made tours. Let Kilimanjaro Backpackers Ltd bring you the best African travel memory!
DAY 1: MOSHI (1000m) – MIRIAKAMBA HUT (2500m)
Duration: 5-7 hours of hiking
After an early morning breakfast in Moshi 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!
DAY 2: MIRIAKAMBA HUT (2500m) – SADDLE HUT (3500m)
Duration: 3-5 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.
DAY 3: SADDLE HUT (3500m) – SUMMIT ATTEMPT (4566m) – MIRIAKAMBA HUT (2500m)
Duration: 10-12 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.
DAY 4: MIRIAMKAMBA HUT (2500m) – MOSHI TOWN (1000m)
Duration: 2-3 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 Chief’s Tours team who will take you back to Moshi for true rest and celebration!
Mt. Meru 3 days
Mt. Meru 4 days
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