Climb Mount Meru in Tanzania

Mount Meru is Tanzania’s second highest peak, surrounded by the captivating Arusha National Park. An unforgettable journey that offers the perfect blend of breathtaking views, rich biodiversity, and cultural significance. This dormant volcano is ideal for those preparing for Kilimanjaro, or for those who seek a lighter climbing experience. Live in dormitory-style accommodations and enjoy a world where wildlife roams free, and every step reveal a new layer of the mountains vibrant ecosystem.

If you want to add some more spicing to it, this is the perfect opportunity to combine your African excursion with a thrilling Safari adventure of choice, or a paradise-like holiday at Zanzibar and its crystal-clear water! The possibilities to customize your travel plan are truly limitless – we’ll make sure your experience is nothing but perfect!

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HIGHLIGHTS

A gentle trekking option among breathtaking landscapes

Hike through forests and view diverse animals in the wild

Stunning views of Meru Crater and Ash Cone

Sunrise summit with views of Kilimanjaro above the clouds

Gear and equipment rentals are available through our service

Journey to the Summit of Serenity

Mount Meru stands as a magnificent dormant ovolcano within Arusha National Park. Mount Meru offers an unforgettable journey, beginning with a scenic drive through lush surroundings that sets the scene for its mesmerizing ascent. Mount Meru stands as a testament to Tanzania’s rich natural diversity and provides a breathtaking glimpse of Tanzania’s wild beauty.

As climbers embark on their ascent of Mount Meru, wildlife becomes apparent from day one of their ascent. The mountain’s slopes are home to an abundant tapestry of flora and fauna forming an expansive ecosystem; whilst its lower reaches boast an array of bird species, mammals, and indigenous plants teeming with life – creating an immersive experience!

 

The Natural Majesty of Mount Meru

Mount Meru holds both physical and cultural significance for those attempting the climb, and its proximity to Arusha National Park gives trekkers a unique chance to discover its rich cultural and natural heritage , enriching their overall experience and creating lasting memories, it promises adventurers an extraordinary journey, combining the thrill of conquering its towering heights with discovering its vibrant wildlife and abundant ecosystems.

The accommodation is dormitory-style huts. This is a great acclimatization climb before trekking Mt. Kilimanjaro.

Climbing solo? Don’t worry, all travelers have the option to choose between a private climb or to be placed in a group with other climbers. Solo adventurers looking to join a group will be well taken care of, ensuring they can share the experience with other trekkers.

 

Craft Your Dream African Saga with a Wild Safari or at Zanzibar’s White Beaches

While you’re at it, take advantage of the ability to tailor your adventure completely with a perfect ending by the crystal-clear waters at Zanzibar’s idyllic shores, or an exciting Safari experience of choice – the possibilities are endless! We’re here to make your dream vacation come true, dedicated to make it flawlessly unforgettable!

For some real Mount Kilimanjaro conquers, check out the Lemosho route, the Coca-cola Route, or the Machame Route!

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Day 1

KILIMANJARO AIRPORT – MOSHI | SPRINGLANDS HOTEL

Arrive at the Kilimanjaro International Airport, pick up and transfer to Springlands Hotel or similar for overnight.

Overnight at Springlands Hotel (bed and breakfast) or Similar.

Day 2

MOMELLA GATE | MIRIAKAMBA HUT

Altitude: 1,500 m –  2,541 m

Hiking time: 4-6 Hours

Distance: 10 Km

Habitat: Montane Forest

Drive from Moshi to Momella Gate. After a short registration at the Momella Gate, our walk begins with a fully armed ranger escorting us on the hike. Along the way, you will see wild animals including buffalo, zebras, giraffes, monkeys, antelopes, and often elephants. Dinner and overnight at Miriakamba Hut.

Day 3

MIRIAKAMBA HUT | SADDLE HUT

Altitude: 2,541 m –  3,570 m

Hiking time: 3-5 Hours

Distance: 8 Km

Habitat: Forest and Moorland

The walk from Miriakamba Hut to the saddle below Little Meru is a short day but a steep climb. The walk will take you slowly along the ridge for a spectacular view of the Meru Crater and the impressive Ash Cone. After a hot lunch at Saddle Hut, you can make a short climb to the summit of Little Meru (3,820 m) for superb views just before sunset. Dinner and overnight at Saddle Hut.

Day 4

SADDLE HUT | RHINO POINT | COBRA POINT | SUMMIT SOCIALIST PEAK | MOMELLA GATE | SPRINGLANDS HOTEL

Altitude: 3,570 m –  3,600 m – 4,350 m – 4,566 m – 1,500 m

Hiking time: 12-14 Hours

Distance: 5 Km ascent and 13 Km descent

Habitat: Alpine Desert, Moorland and Montane Forest

We start early at around 1:30 am for a steep climb to Rhino Point (3,800 m) and then on to Cobra Point (4350m). We reach the summit (4,566 m) in time for sunrise. There is a possibility of seeing Mt. Kilimanjaro’s Peak above the clouds. The final part of the climb is along a spectacular narrow ridgeline between the sheer inner cliffs and the sloping outer wall of the crater. We take a short rest and brunch at Saddle Hut before continuing the descent to Momella gate. Once at the gate, it’s time to tip your porters, guide, cook, and game ranger. After that our driver will be ready and waiting to transfer you back to Springlands Hotel in Moshi for refreshments, dinner, and overnight.

Note: In icy conditions or strong winds it is not necessarily possible to pass the ridge between Rhino Point and the summit. Your guide will decide whether or not the conditions are good enough to continue.

Overnight at Springlands Hotel (Dinner, bed and breakfast) or Similar.

 

Day 5

MOSHI-AIRPORT | DEPART

After having breakfast, enjoy your morning leisure time at the hotel, and depending on your flight schedule, get transferred to the airport to catch your departure flight back home.

Download Travel Plan as pdf

Day 1

KILIMANJARO AIRPORT – MOSHI | SPRINGLANDS HOTEL

Arrive at the Kilimanjaro International Airport, pick up and transfer to Springlands Hotel or similar for overnight.

Overnight at Springlands Hotel (bed and breakfast) or Similar.

Day 2

MOMELLA GATE | MIRIAKAMBA HUT

Altitude: 1,500 m –  2,541 m

Hiking time: 4-6 Hours

Distance: 10 Km

Habitat: Montane Forest

Drive from Moshi to Momella Gate. After a short registration at Momella Gate, our walk begins with a fully armed ranger escorting us on the hike. You will see wild animals including buffalo, zebras, giraffes, monkeys, antelope, and often elephants along the route. Dinner and overnight at Miriakamba Hut.

Day 3

MIRIAKAMBA HUT | SADDLE HUT

Altitude: 2,541 m –  3,570 m

Hiking time: 3-5 Hours

Distance: 8 Km

Habitat: Forest and Moorland

The walk from Miriakamba Hut to the saddle below Little Meru is a short day but a steep climb. The walk will take you slowly along the ridge for a spectacular view of the Meru Crater and the impressive Ash Cone. After a hot lunch at Saddle Hut, you can make a short climb to the summit of Little Meru (3,820 m) for superb views just before sunset. Dinner and overnight at Saddle Hut.

Day 4

SADDLE HUT | RHINO POINT | SUMMIT SOCIALIST PEAK | MIRIAKAMBA HUT

Altitude: 3,570 m –  3,850 m – 4,566 m – 2,541 m

Hiking time: 10-12 Hours

You will start climbing between 1 am to 2 am at night. The route is very steep towards Rhino Point (3,850 m) and from there towards the summit along a very narrow ridge. You will reach mount Meru summit, Socialist Peak, (4566 m) right at sunrise.

The sceneries there are stunning; you can see Mount Kilimanjaro at a distance if the weather is clear. After taking photos on the summit you will descend back to Saddle hut and then descend to Miriakamba hut.

Note: In icy conditions or strong winds it is not necessarily possible to pass the ridge between Rhino Point and the summit. Your guide will decide whether or not the conditions are good enough to continue.

 

Day 5

MIRIAKAMBA HUT | MOMELLA GATE | SPRINGLANDS HOTEL

Altitude: 2,541 m –  1,500 m

Hiking time: 2-5 Hours

 

You will leave at about 8.00 a.m. in the morning and descend to Momella gate. You can choose the longer or shorter route down. On the longer route, you have a very good chance to see wildlife and the ash cone. Once at the gate, it’s time to tip your porters, guide, cook, and game ranger. 

After that our driver will be ready and waiting to transfer you back to Springlands Hotel in Moshi for refreshments, dinner, and overnight.

Overnight at Springlands Hotel (Dinner, bed and breakfast) or Similar.

Day 6

MOSHI-AIRPORT | DEPART

After having breakfast, enjoy your morning leisure time at the hotel and depending on your flight schedule, get transferred to the airport to catch your departure flight back home.

Your Gateway to Adventure with Comforts and Breathtaking Nature

Climbing Mount Meru is a journey where comfort meets the wild, with climber-centric lodging, perfect Kilimanjaro preparations and escorted wildlife safaris. Embrace in cultural insights and stunning vistas as an appetizer to reach the second highest peak of Africa.

  • Climber-friendly accommodations: Hotels that specialize in catering to climbers, such as equipment rentals. They’re comfortable, clean, and provide a home away from home feel.
  • Ideal acclimatization for Kilimanjaro: An excellent way to acclimatize prior to climbing Kilimanjaro and witness incredible views of its majestic peak and the surrounding terrain.
  • Rich wildlife encounters with safety: Accompanied by an armed ranger to ensure safety, you’re offered close-up experiences with the region’s diverse wildlife and incorporating a walking safari.

 

Summit Spectacles and Challenging Ascent with Rewarding Panoramas

Ascending Mount Meru offers you stunning panoramic views that span from Mount Kilimanjaro, Ngorongoro Crater and Serengeti Plains; all stunning landmarks. Climbing Mount Meru can be an extremely demanding physical feat that requires stamina, endurance and strength. It offers you an outstanding physical challenge while giving you an opportunity to become immersed in local culture. Meru people living near Mount Meru offer an intriguing culture and show you traditions you’ll gain insight to during your climb. Climbing Mount Meru can serve as a great preparation for Mount Kilimanjaro as you acclimatize to higher altitudes, gain experience mountain climbing, and test your physical endurance.

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Tell me more about Mt. Meru.

Mount Meru is a dormant stratovolcano located in the Arusha Region of Tanzania. It is the second-highest mountain in Tanzania after Mount Kilimanjaro.

How difficult is climbing Mount Meru?

Climbing Mount Meru is considered to be moderately difficult, with steep and rugged terrain. The climb typically takes 3-4 days and requires good physical fitness.

How high is Mount Meru?

Mount Meru stands at 4,562 meters (14,968 feet) tall.

When is the best time to climb Mount Meru?

The best time to climb Mount Meru is during the dry season, from June to October and from December to February. The weather is generally more stable during this time, and the trails are easier to hike.

Do I need a guide to climb Mount Meru?

Yes, it is mandatory to climb Mount Meru with a licensed guide. Our guides are qualified and members of the MKPS.

What is the accommodation like on Mount Meru?

Accommodation on Mount Meru is typically in mountain huts or tents. The huts have basic facilities such as bunk beds and toilets, while the tents are more rustic and require camping equipment.

What should I pack for a Mount Meru climb?

Some essential items to pack for a Mount Meru climb include sturdy hiking boots, warm clothing, rain gear, a backpack, a sleeping bag, a headlamp, and plenty of water.

What is the tipping etiquette for safari guides and mountain crews on trips like this?

Tipping is highly appreciated at the end of safari/mountain climb. The size of tips will vary depending on the length and complexity of the trip, the number of staff on the trip and the number of clients on the trip. Generally, groups like to meet together before the end of the trek to discuss how much they would like to tip each staff member based on their individual trek experience. You should prepare an envelope after your trek for your tip money at the Hotel. You can use US dollars, Euros, TZ Shillings or a combination of these. Please ask the Safari/Climbing coordinator at the Hotel for advice.

RECOMMENDED TIP:

Mountain Climbs: $25-50 USD per Day per Climber to be shared between guides, chefs and porters.

Safaris: Driver/Guide: $35-50 USD per Day per Car. If it is a camping safari there will be a tip for the cook $10 USD per Day.

THESE ARE JUST GUIDELINES AND TIPS CAN BE GIVEN TO SAFARI STAFF/MOUNTAIN CREW ACCORDING TO SERVICES PROVIDED.

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Accommodation

Springlands Hotel

Springlands Hotel in Moshi, 29 km from Kilimanjaro, offers accommodation with amenities like an outdoor pool, complimentary parking, a bar, 24-hour reception, and free WiFi. Continental or à la carte breakfast is served at the hotel.

Rooms are equipped with air conditioning, a seating area, satellite TV, a kitchenette, dining area, and private bathroom with all essentials, including a kettle. Enjoy a hiking around Moshi, with a mini-supermarket just 3 km away.

Upgrade to Chanya Lodge or Home Villa Arusha or Gran Melia Hotel.

Upgrade available

Huts

The majority of the comfortable huts are equipped with bathrooms with running water, although there are exceptions.

Evening meals are served by dedicated cooks, keeping you well-fed and energized to support your journey ahead.

Enjoy basic and functional – and relatively luxurious – amenities set against the backdrop of Tanzania’s stunning landscapes.

All gear and equipment are available to rent through us!

 

Accommodation Upgrades

Chanya Lodge

Chanya Lodge is located at the foothills of the majestic Mount Kilimanjaro, just outside Moshi in Tanzania. A convenient drive from the airport it’s perfect for trekkers, tourists, families and business visitors.

The residence offers 32 en-suite rooms, a large pool, a diverse cuisine restaurant and beautiful grassy gardens.

 

Gran Melia Hotel, Arusha

This magnificent hotel Is located between the majestic Serengeti and Kilimanjaro National Parks, unveiling the natural beauty of Tanzania’s wilderness.

Enjoy an oasis of five-star luxury and comfort with unbeatable facilities, exclusive suites, international cuisine, spa, an infinity pool and a gym – it’s the ideal retreat for an exciting safari adventure or a luxurious business meeting.

Included in the price:

  • Transportation from Moshi to the starting point, the mountain and return to Moshi
  • National park gate fees, hut fees, rescue fees, 
  • All meals on the mountain
  • Armed ranger fee
  • Two nights accommodation at Springlands Hotel or similar. First night for bed and breakfast. Last night dinner, bed and breakfast
  • Qualified guides with mountain crew

Price does not cover:

  • Internal or International flights
  • Airport transfers
  • Entry visa to Tanzania
  • Travel and health insurance
  • Meals, drinks and excursions not described in the itinerary
  • Any other items of a personal nature, laundry, telephone and postage
  • Additional nights beyond the two standard hotel nights included
  • Guides, porters, and cook tips – Find guidelines in the FAQ
  • Mountain gear e.g. sleeping bags, clothes, and shoes but some climbing gear will be available for hire at Springlands Hotel

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