Mt. Meru Climbing
Mount Meru is the beautiful conically shaped Mountain Located within the Arusha National Park which is the nearest park to Arusha town. This mountain is also near to Mount Kilimanjaro and on clear day you can easily see Kilimanjaro from Mount Meru. Being the second tallest mountain in Tanzania Mount Meru measure 14,980 (4566m) in height.
The first two successful records to climb mount Meru were put by German climbers Carl Uhlig in 1901 and Fritz jaeger in 1901.
Mount Meru Climbing
A normal duration for climbing Mount Meru is 3-4 days. Since climbers have to walk across the Arusha National Park on the way to the Mount Meru then they have to be accompanied by armed rangers. Up to the moment there is only one official route for climbing Mount Meru which is well marked with huts along the way for accommodation.
We recommend 4 days Climbing Itinerary to visitors who climb Mount Meru since this provides them with enough time for acclimatization although other visitors might prefer 3 days. The best time to trek is June – October and December – February.
Mt. Meru Climbing-3 Nights/4 Days
Best time: June – October and December – February.
Duration: 4 days
Day 1: Hotel (1400m) – Miriakamba Hut (2500m)
Duration: 5-7 hours of hiking
After an early morning breakfast, 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 to Miriakamba Hut (2500m), your chef will prepare a hot dinner and washing water for you. Enjoy the beautiful sunset and overnight.
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. 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. Get to sleep by 1900!
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 1:30am. The trail starts off on a steep grade to Rhino Point (3800m) to Cobra Point (4350m). The last hour of the hike you will scramble 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. You will then continue descending to Miriakamba Hut (2500m) for dinner and overnight.
Day 4: Miriakamba Hut (2500m) –Gate (1400m)
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 forest 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 the hotel.