4 Days Mount Meru Climbing Safari


At 4566 meters, Mount Meru is the third-highest mountain in Tanzania. Only the Kibo and the Mawenzi (the highest peaks of the Kilimanjaro massif) rise higher into the sky. The mountain was formed by volcanic activity in the East African Rift Valley. About 250,000 years ago, the entire eastern flank of the volcano was blown away by a violent outburst, an impressive sight to this day.
The mountain is located in the middle of Arusha National Park, so the hike on the first day has a special charm. In the lowlands of the mountain range, accompanied by a ranger, you will see baboons, buffaloes, giraffes, and other wildlife. The ascent leads through various vegetation zones, from the grassland into the rainforest, and through the heath and moorland into the alpine desert. A great mountain, which stands unjustifiably in the shadow of Kilimanjaro.

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The Meru is technically more difficult than Kilimanjaro and requires good physical condition; the last 1000 meters are quite steep. However, climbing skills are not required.
The mountain is also used by many to acclimatize for the Kilimanjaro ascent; this combination is also possible with us on request. The Mount Meru climb is recommended by us as a 4-day tour. For experienced and very fit mountain hikers with high altitude experience, the tour is also suitable for 3 days. The third day of the shortened tour walks from the summit directly to the Momella Gate. Overnight stays are in simple wooden huts.

Tour starts from: Arusha Town
Tour end in: Arusha Town
Tour style: Private tour
Departure day: Every day of the week
Optimal Season: Dry season
Best time to travel: January, February, June to October every year
Vehicle used on transfers: Shuttle bus for big groups climbers and Min van 4WD for small groups
Duration of the trekking: 4 days
Accommodation: Before and after trekking is included in the tour cost.

Day 0: Arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport— Transfer to your hotel in Arusha Town.

Upon arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport, you will meet and greet by our shuttle driver who will transfer you to your hotel in Arusha town. We stay at Arusha Tulia Boutique Hotel & Spar, which is a beautiful Hotel located on the lower slopes of Mount Meru and is a perfect place to prepare you for adventure. We will gather in the evening at 5:30 pm for a pre-climb briefing and an equipment check. We will also confirm you have the appropriate mandatory medical coverage and travel insurance. Dinner and overnight at Tulia Boutique Hotel &Spar. https://www.tuliahotelandspa.com/

Day 1 Transfer from the hotel to Momella Gate (1500m) – Miriakamba Hut (2514m)

After breakfast you will be picked up at your hotel. Before we leave, we have a general briefing about your ascent of Meru and check your equipment. The journey to Arusha National Park takes about an hour. Once your guide has completed the necessary paperwork at the gate, the trip continues to Momella Gate, the starting point of your hike. On the way you can observe giraffes, zebras and many other animals. Because of the wildlife in the park, from the Momella Gate you will be accompanied by an armed park ranger. The route takes you across the Ngare Nanyuki River, as you then walk along the river and will see buffalo herds, baboons and other animals. Soon the hike will take you through the forest, and after about 2 hours, you will reach the small Mayo Falls, here a meadow is an ideal place for your picnic. After you have relaxed a bit, your hike continues to the “Arched Fig Tree” – a unique tree that spans the way like a gate. After another 1.5 – 2 hours you will reach the Miriakamba Hut. Here you spend your first night on Meru. Lunch; Dinner

Day 2 Miriakamba Hut (2514m) – Saddle Hut (3560m)

After breakfast, the trek leads through the dense forest with mosses and beard lichens. After 2-3 hours you will reach the viewpoint of Mngongo wa Tembo (Elephant Ridge), which is at a height of about 3200 meters. The ascent takes place partly over wooden steps, since the path is steep and slippery in some places. From this vantage point, you will have a magnificent view of the large, burst crater. After a short rest, the trek continues to the Saddle Hut. Just before you reach it, the landscape changes from mountain rainforest to light bushland. After lunch, you will have the opportunity to take a detour to the summit of Little Mount Meru (3820m), this 1-1.5-hour hike will reward you with a great view over the national park up to Kilimanjaro. Back to the hut it is time for your dinner, after that it is straight to bed. Tomorrow is the summit day and it starts early! Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 3 Saddle Hut (3560m) – Socialist Peak (4566m) – Miriakamba Hut (2514m)

After a small snack and a hot drink, your way to the summit starts at around 2 o’clock in the morning. In the glow of your headlight, you will head up through the bushland to Rhino Point. The path becomes more and more challenging, and some passages with easy climbing will be encountered. Along the long north ridge the route continues to the summit, which you will reach around sunrise. The moment when the sun rises behind the Kilimanjaro and the plain to the Meru starts to shine in an orange-red light, will let you quickly forget the strenuous ascent. On the descent, you return to the Saddle Hut where a lunch and a hot drink will await you. Afterwards you will continue to Mirikamba Hut, reaching it in the early afternoon. Here you can rest and enjoy your summit success. Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 4 Miriakamba Hut (2514m) – Momella Gate (1500m)- Transfer to the hotel

After breakfast the trail continues down towards Momella Gate via the so-called “Northern Route”. On the way, you will be able to see again buffaloes, baboons and other wild animals, and with some luck also elephants. After a 2–3-hour trek, you will arrive at the Momella Gate, where your driver will be waiting. After a farewell from your mountain team, you will be driven back to your hotel. Breakfast; Lunch

What Airport should I fly into? The majority of those climbing Mount Meru and/or traveling on safari fly into Kilimanjaro International Airport (Airport Code: JRO). Some find it more economical flying to Nairobi, Kenya (Airport Code: NBO) and then taking the 6–8-hour shuttle transportation to Arusha town.

Whether you fly into Tanzania or arrive by shuttle bus, our Cross to Africa Safaris staff will be there at the airport or bus station to greet you and your adventure will being!

Additional Airport codes of interest: Zanzibar (ZNZ), Arusha (ARK), Dar es Salaam (DAR), Serengeti Airstrip/Airport (SEU)

Can I rent personal gear? Yes. Cross to Africa Safaris rents anything from sleeping bags to warm jackets down to trekking poles and gaiters. If you currently don’t have items on the Equipment List and feel it would be better to rent, simply reserve these items and we’ll have them ready for you upon arrival.

Price Includes

  • Mount Meru trekking according to the itinerary
    Professional, English-speaking guide
    Mountain crew (cook & porters)
    Overnight stays in mountain huts
    Meals according to the itinerary
    Drinking water, tea & coffee
    All national park fees
    Transfer from the hotel to the National Park gate and back

  Not included:    

  • Alcohol and soft drinks
    Sleeping bag
    International Flights
    Personal spending money for souvenirs etc.
    Travel insurance
    Entry visa for Tanzania (US$50 per passport holder for most nationalities / US $ 100 per visa for USA passport holders)
    Vaccination requirements (Yellow Fever – only compulsory if you travel to Tanzania via a Yellow Fever infected country, Meningitis & Hepatitis A remains optional, but recommended)
    Covid-19 PCR Test per person US$ 50
    Optional but highly recommended travel and medical insurance.
    Standard Packages include Flying doctors’ memberships (Helicopter evacuation to Nairobi), but could be done at own arrangement
    Personal hiking/trekking gear – you could rent some of the gear in Tanzania