The Mount Meru summit at 4566M and is located in the heart of Arusha National Park and it is 50 miles west of Mount Kilimanjaro. Mount Meru is a massive volcano reaching 14,980 feet (4,565 meters). The Mount Meru trekking serves as an ideal warm-up for Mount Kilimanjaro climbing due to its altitude acclimatization and hiking distances. This trek is also geared towards hikers that prefer less crowds and a challenging ascent. Mount Meru hike serves as an acclimatization preparations for Mount Kilimanjaro hikes.
Typically Mount Meru Climb takes 4 days, but it can also be done in 3 days to complete a trek, as for all high altitude hikes, acclimatization is the key to success. Due to the fact that 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 Mount Kilimanjaro and of the Mount Meru Crater.
Mount Meru climb is one of the most popular treks in Tanzania. Our packages suits every climber situation for successful summit trekking. Mount Meru trekking can be combined with other tour packages like Kilimanjaro climb package or Tanzania safari tour and enable hikers to explore and enjoy the scenic nature of Tanzania and Africa.
Reasons Why to Climb Mount Meru
1 - Stunning scenery
Mount Meru features incredibly captivating scenic vistas. The trek to Socialist Peak (4566 m/14,980 f), traverses several climatic zones, offering diverse landscapes and unparalleled scenes for wildlife photography.
The views from the summit area of Mt Meru are truly rewarding - valleys, forests and meadows, all buried in lush verdure, and magnetizing view of the Kilimanjaro peak looming on a horizon will surprise even the most seasoned travelers.
2 - Rich wildlife
Nestled in Arusha National Park, Mount Meru is one of the few mountains of the world still densely inhabited by the wildlife, which freely roam on its slopes. The hikers are likely to experience multiple encounters with different animals, including buffaloes, antelopes, monkeys, giraffes and, with some luck in your pocket, even elephants.
3 - No crowds
Mount Meru is not yet popular among hikers. During the high season, on the popular routes of Mount Kilimanjaro (Marangu and Machame routes) there is a chance of “traffic jams”, something that you will never experience on the trails of Mount Meru. For those who are seeking reclusive, tranquil hiking in the wild, Meru is a great choice.
4 - Mount Meru trekking tour is very affordable
In contrast to other hiking adventures, Mount Meru climb is quite an affordable activity. Because no tents are necessary (overnight stays on Mt Meru are in huts), the number of crew is small, reducing the travel costs. Therefore, for those with shrinking budgets, Meru can become a good and affordable alternative.
5 - Excellent addition for the safari tour
The wildlife of Tanzania is what attracts most of the visitors to the country. Tanzania has been voted the best destination for wildlife viewing several years in a row.
At the same time, flying over half of the world surely justifies having more diverse experiences. Thus, pairing your safari tour with a Meru climb may be an excellent idea to get the best of Tanzania.