Mount Meru Trekking

Mount Meru is an often overlooked, but spectacular volcano located in the center of Arusha National Park. At 14,980 feet high, Meru serves as a great warm up to Mount Kilimanjaro or a complete standalone hike in it of itself. The crowds that can plague 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 ridge-line. Once at the summit, the views of Mount Kilimanjaro and down into Meru crater are unforgettable.

Africa Wonders Safari 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.

  • DAY 1

    Momella Gate to Miriakamba Huts
    Elevation: 4,921 ft to 8,250 ft
    Distance: 10 km 
    Hiking Time: 4-6 hours
    Habitat: Rain Forest

    We depart Moshi or 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 the 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

    Summit to Miriakamba Huts
    Elevation: 14,977 ft to 8,250 ft
    Distance: 13 km
    Hiking Time: 4-6 hours
    Habitat: Heath

    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.

  • 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 or Moshi.