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4 Days
Mount Meru Trekking

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Mt. Meru is located in the heart of Arusha National Park and it is 50 miles west of Mt. Kilimanjaro. Mount Meru is a massive volcano reaching 14,980 feet (4,565 meters). This trek serves 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.

Because Mount Meru is located in Arusha National Park, hikers must climb with an armed ranger due to the wide range of wildlife living on the mountain. On the lower slopes of the mountain, hikers are more likely to see elephants, giraffes, and buffalo! As hikers continue their ascents, the trail follows the north rim of the volcano’s crater along a dramatic ridgeline. Throughout the climb, hikers sleep in designated huts along the trail. Hikers reach the summit as the sun is rising and they will have spectacular views of Mt. Kilimanjaro and of Mt. Meru Crater.

Please remember that both our Standard and All-Inclusive Packages include:

  •  2 Nights at a Premium Hotel prior to the climb
  • 1 Night at a Premium Hotel post climb.

    In total, this trip with us takes you 7 days (not including flights).


Arusha (1400 m) – Miriakamba Hut (2500 m)
Duration: 5-7 hours of hiking

After early morning breakfast in Arusha (1400 m), 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 National Park. 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 (2500 m), your chef will prepare a hot dinner and washing water for you. Enjoy the beautiful sunset and overnight.

Day 2: Miriakamba Hut (2500 m) – Saddle Hut (3500 m)
Duration: 3-5 hours of hiking

After breakfast, you will start ascending up the steep trail along the ridge of the saddle. 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 (3820 m) with your guide to further acclimate. You will be served an early dinner, so you can receive ample rest before your midnight summit attempt. Get to sleep by 19h00!

Day 3: Saddle Hut (3500 m) – Summit Attempt (4566 m) – Miriakamba Hut (2500 m)
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 from Rhino Point (3800 m) to Cobra Point (4350 m). In the last hour of the hike, you will scumble on a rocky ridge between the crater and inner cliffs of Meru. You will reach the summit of Meru (4565 m) 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. You will then continue descending to Miriakamba Hut (2500 m) for dinner and overnight.

Day 4: Miriakamba Hut (2500 m) – Arusha (1400 m)
Duration: 2-3 hours of hiking

After a long rest and breakfast, we will begin our final descent to Momella gate. We will hike through forests and meadows where it is likely to spot wildlife. At the base of Mt. Meru, you will be greeted by our driver who will take you back to Arusha.

$ N/A
  • 4 persons - $1150 per person
  • 5 - 8 persons - $1000 per person
  • 9 - 12 persons - $ 950 per person

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Costing is inclusive of:

Full Kilimanjaro briefing,

Park entrance fees,

Camping fees,

Rescue fees,

Park commission,

Kilimanjaro certificate,

Food for climbers (3 meals a day),

Salaries to the climbing crew (guide, porters and a cook),

Professional and experienced mountain guides

Professional and experience cooks

Radio and cell phone – communication that helps us to stay in contact within and outside the group.

Enough number of porters for your luggage, food, water and camping equipment’s

Costing is exclusive of:

International flights

Tanzania visa (approx. $50)

Medical and Travel insurance

Items of a personal nature


Tips for Lead guide (we recommend 40$-50$ per day

Tips for Chef and Assistant Guide (we recommend 25$-30$ per day

Tips for porters (we recommend 15$-20$ @ per day

porters (we recommend $80-120 per climber)

What To Bring With You?

1)Sleeping bag – Winter

2)Four Season Duvet Jacket

3)Waterproof layer for big bag

4)Rain covers for day pack

5) Dry sacs for wet gear

6)Sun hat/cap

7)Woolly hat/toque


9) Balaclava


11)Wet weather jacket

12)Wet weather trousers

13)Warm upper body layers


15)Thick waterproof gloves

16)Thin gloves


18)Thick socks

19)Thin socks

20)Hiking boots-waterproof

21)Spare laces

22)Jogging shoes/flip flops

23)Walking poles

24)Water bottles – 2 to 3ltr

25)Water bladder

26)Iodine water purification tablets (optional)


28)Protective Eye Goggles

29)Head torch/hand torch

30)Spare bulb, if needed

31)Spare batteries


33)Memory cards

34)Towel, i.e., quick dry type


36)Repellent (first day)

37)Face lotion

38)Lip balm


40)Hand sanitizer

41)Wet wipes

42)Personal first aid kit.