4 Day Mt Meru trekking

Mt. Meru which is Tanzania’s second highest mountain standing tall at 4,566m. It is located in Arusha National Park and offers some of the most spectacular scenery and wildlife diversity of any mountain in Tanzania. Mt. Meru is a challenging trek due to its steepness, but is a great way to acclimatize before attempting Mt. Kilimanjaro. Climbers are accompanied by an armed ranger due to the abundance of wildlife on the lower slopes. Mt. Meru also has some historical significance to it whereby some have suggested that it was the resting place of Noah’s Ark when it came to rest after the biblical flood receded. Mt. Meru is a great trekking option for those who want to take on a climbing challenge and get the sense of being out in the wild, but are not quite ready to tackle Mt. Kilimanjaro.

Details Trekking Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Tanzania
You will be picked up at the Kilimanjaro International Airport and transferred to your hotel in Arusha town; you will meet your guide who will brief you on your upcoming trek and do an equipment check to make sure you have all the necessary mountain gear. Gear which is missing can be rented on this day. Overnight mvuli hotel (or alternative).
Meals: No Meals Included

Day 2: Momella gate (1500m) to Miriakamba Hut (2500m)
You will depart the hotel at 0800hrs and head to the Momella gate which is the starting point of the trek. The drive to the gate is roughly an hour and a half. After the registration you will start your trek accompanied by an armed ranger. Along the route you will catch spectacular views of Mt. Kilimanjaro and the Momella lakes. You will encounter animals such as cape buffaloes, giraffes, warthogs and bushbucks, to name a few. Your trek will end up at Miriakamba Hut where you will be spending the night.
Distance covered: 6km / 3.5mi
Approx. time taken: 4 – 5 hours
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included

Day 3: Miriakamba Hut (2500m) to Saddle Hut (3500m)
Today’s trek takes you through the steep path along the ridge of the saddle. Amazing views of the Meru crater, the ash cone and little Meru can be seen along the way. While trekking through the forest keep your eyes peeled for wildlife and the attractive wild flowers. Common animals include buffaloes and the black and white Colobus monkey. Your trek will end up at Saddle hut where you will be spending the night. After resting at the camp you will set off on an hour acclimatization trek to little Meru (3810m) then head back down to Saddle hut.
Distance covered: 6.5km / 4mi
Approx. time taken: 3 – 4 hours
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included

Day 4: Saddle Hut (3500m) to Socialist Peak (4562m) to Miriakamba Hut (2500m)
You will wake up just after midnight for a light meal then start your final ascent to Socialist Peak at the top of big Meru. The trail to the summit is steep and you will be climbing through gravel and rocky ridges. While at the summit you will enjoy breathtaking views of the Meru crater and ash cone. Occasionally, animals such as Klipspringers and mountain reedbucks can be seen over the rocky terrain. After the summit, you will then descend to Miriakamba Hut where you will be spending the night.
Distance covered:19km / 12mi
Approx. time taken: 10 – 12 hours
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included

Day 5: Miriakamba Hut (2500m) to Momella gate (1500m)
After breakfast you will begin your final descent to Momella gate. You will be using the southern route to descend. During your descent you will pass through the montane forest where you will pass the amazing Fig Tree Arch. Upon arrival at the Momella gate, you will be picked up and transferred to your hotel back in Moshi town.
Distance covered: 14km / 8.5mi
Approx. time taken: 4 – 5 hours
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included

Day 6: Depart Tanzania
The day is left free to wind down after the trek before your flight home. Depending on flight times you could go and explore Arusha town and grab some souvenirs before heading to the airport.

* We also welcome you spare an hour of your day to visit orphans home, as part of our community support after climb Kilimanjaro
* Safari and Zanzibar add-ons are available if you wish to continue exploring Tanzania
Meals: Breakfast Included

No. of Pax in one group 7 Pax 6 Pax 5 Pax 4 Pax 3 Pax 2 Pax 1 Pax
Price/Person $615 $625 $650 $750 $800 $900 $1500

What is included?

  • Park fees, camping fees & rescue fees
  • 18% VAT on tour fees & services
  • Accommodation in wooden cabins on the mountain
  • -29C Extreme Limit Sleeping Bags
  • Double layered Sleeping Mats
  • Transportation to & from the mountain gate
  • Professional mountain guides, cooks and porters
  • 3 meals daily while on the mountain
  • Pre & Post Trek accommodation at the Mvuli Hotel   (or alternative) on Bed & Breakfast Basis
  • Fair wages for the mountain crew as approved by the Kilimanjaro Association of Tour Operators (KIATO)
  • 2- way shared airport transfers

What is not included?

International flight in / out to Kilimanjaro (Tanzania)
Tanzanian Visa (USD $95)
Your meals in Arusha, except provided breakfast at the hotel.
Items of personal expenses: laundry, telephone, satellite phone, internet access, beverages, etc.
Travel insurance that also covers trekking to altitudes up to 6000m as well as medical evacuation from the mountains.
Rescue costs or other cost due to the abandonment of the group. (Individual transfer, helicopter flight, extra nights, meals, extra costs for changes in your flight tickets etc.)
Personal equipment and all trekking gear.
Sleeping bag.
Liabilities of loss, theft and damages.
Tips to mountain crew.
Recommendation per day:
porter is from USD $6,
assistant guide / cook from USD $12,
guides from USD $20.
porter = approximately 1 : 4-5 on Kilimanjaro trek)
Any other service not detailed as included in the paragraph above.

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