Mount Meru is an often overlooked, but spectacular volcano located in the centre of Arusha National Park.

At 14,980 feet high, Meru serves as a great warm-up to Mount Kilimanjaro or a complete standalone hike. The crowds of Kilimanjaro are non-existent here, allowing for a solitary, peaceful trek. Accommodations are in wood huts. On the lower slopes of the mountain and inside the park, there is a good chance of spotting animals.

An armed ranger will accompany your party on the first stage to protect against any wildlife threats. The trail follows the north rim of the crater, along a dramatic ridgeline. Once at the summit, the views of Mount Kilimanjaro and down into Meru crater are unforgettable. Tanzania Private Select Safaris offers Mount Meru as a four-day private climb. However, clients from different parties and operators are often combined to walk with the armed ranger on the lower slopes.

Mt Meru Stands at 14,980 feet/ 4,566 meters, Mount Meru is Tanzania's second-highest peak, and according to some, the fourth highest mountain in Africa. It's a dormant volcano, with the last minor eruption occurring over a century ago. On a clear day, you can see Mount Kilimanjaro from Mount Meru, as the two iconic peaks are separated by a distance of fewer than 50 miles/ 80 kilometres. The first successful ascent on record is still in dispute. It is credited to either Carl Uhlig in 1901 or Fritz Jaeger in 1904 - both Germans, reflecting the colonial power of Germany over Tanzania at the time. Mount Meru is ideal for altitude acclimatization and you may elect to climb Mount Kilimanjaro with a lower number of days after climbing Meru. Many people who climb both mountains have a quiet preference for the humble Mount Meru. Although about 4,000 feet lower than Mount Kilimanjaro, Mount Meru is still a very tall mountain. Do not underestimate Mount Meru. Altitude acclimatization is still the key to a successful summit to Meru.

Day 1Momella Gate to Miriakamba Huts

Elevation: 4,921 ft to 8,250

distance: 10 km

Time: 4-6 hours

Habitat: Rain Forest

We depart Arusha for Momella Gate in Arusha National Park for the necessary formalities before beginning our trek. The hiking trail begins in open grassland with an armed ranger as the possibility of seeing wildlife – giraffe, zebras, antelope, elephant, and buffalo – is high. We climb steadily through the rain forest until they reach Miriakamba Huts, situated in a grassy glade.

Day 2 Miriakamba Huts to Saddle Huts

Elevation: 8,250 ft to 11,712 ft

Distance: 8 km

Hiking Time: 3-5 hours

Habitat: Heath

We continue climbing through the rain forest until we enter the heath zone accompanied by giant heather and other moorland vegetation. Along the ridge of the saddle, we have views of Mount Meru Crater and the Ash Tray. After arriving at Saddle Huts, there is an option to hike to the top of Little Mount Meru for superb views and to further aid acclimatization.

Day 3 Saddle Huts to Summit

Elevation: 11,712 ft to 14,977 ft

Distance: 5 km

Hiking Time: 4-6 hours

Habitat: Alpine Desert

Very early in the morning (around midnight), we begin our climb to the summit. The trail is steep to Rhino Point and then Cobra Point. The path continues along the ridge of ash and rock to the summit - Socialist Peak. Here we enjoy magnificent views of Kilimanjaro and the sunrise before returning to Miriakamba Huts.

Summit to Miriakamba Huts

Elevation: 14,977 ft to 8,250 ft

Distance: 13 km

Hiking Time: 4-6 hours

Habitat: Heath

Day 4 Miriakamba Huts to Momella Gate

Elevation: 11,712 ft to 4,921 ft

Distance: 10 km

Hiking Time: 2-4 hours

Habitat: Rain Forest

On our last day, we descend quickly through the tropical rainforest to Momella Gate. At the base of the mountain, our vehicle will meet us and drive us back to the hotel in Arusha.
Package Price including two nights accommodation
Package Price VALID FOR TRAVEL 2020/May 31, 2021

Price for 1-3 pax US$ 1,395 per single occupancy all-inclusive in groups

Price 4-8 Pax US$ 755 per single occupancy all-inclusive in groups ​


The price includes:
• Pick-up and drop-off at Kilimanjaro International Airport;
• Transfer to the trailhead in Arusha National Park;
• Pick-up at the end of the trek.

Entry fees:

• All fees collected by the Arusha National Park for Mt Meru trekking (conservation fees, hut fees, crew fees, vehicle fees, rescue fees, and all other fees collected by the Tanzania National Parks Authority).

• One night( Mt Meru Hotel or Iliboru Lodge) before the expedition and one night after; The hotels have everything for your comfortable stay - caring staff, nice rooms, reliable Wi-Fi, restaurant, and swimming pool);
• Accommodation in huts on the trek.

Please note:
All hotel accommodation is on a sharing basis (i.e. you will be sharing with your travel companion a twin/double room. If you travel alone, we will match you with a same-sex adventurer). Single occupancy in a hotel is available upon request and extra charges apply. Single accommodation is not available in huts while on the trek because it is the park rangers who assign the trekkers to the huts.

• Breakfast in the hotel before and after the hike;
• All meals on the hike. Our Mount Meru diet includes energy-rich and highly nutritious meals prepared by our professional high-altitude cooks. In our menu you will find different soups, garnishes, several types of fish and meat, fresh fruit and vegetables; vegetarian/gluten-free/halal options are available at no extra cost;
• All drinks on the hike (coffee, tea, hot chocolate, and water).

• Hiking and safety equipment.

• 4-inch (10-cm) thick and comfortable sleeping mats;
• All group equipment;
• Oxygen cylinders and oximeters;
• GPS-tracking service;

• Complete medical kits.

Climbing crew:
• Professional guides, licensed by the Tanzania National Park Authority. All our guides are the holders of Wilderness First Responder or Wilderness First Aid certifications and have 10+years of successful mountaineering experience;

• Dedicated support crew (assistant guides, camp master, porters, cooks, etc.).
The price excludes:
• Airline tickets to Tanzania;
• Visa fee;
• Lunch and dinner at the hotel (before and after the hike);
• Personal gear rentals;
• Tips for the mountain crew (100–150 USD per person) (optional);