Mount Meru Trek – 3 Days

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Mt MeruMount Meru, Tanzania’s second-highest peak (4566 m) is a fantastic and challenging climb. This mountain sits within Arusha National Park and allows hikers to experience the wildlife of this small but scenic park as part of the mountain trekking experience. Trekkers will likely see unique birdlife and colobus monkeys as they climb through the forests at the base of Mount Meru and on the final descent, enjoy a short walking safari through marshes and plains as they pass Tululusia waterfall, where they will likely spot zebra and groups of giraffes.

The difference between the 3-day and 4-day treks is in regard to the final descent. It takes a minimum of 3 days to reach the summit of Mount Meru, and the acclimatization and speed to approach the summit are identical on both treks.

For the descent: the shorter trek has climbers descend the entire mountain on that same final day, whereas the 4-day option allows hikers to have a longer rest and complete the descent over 2 days, which allows for a more enjoyable walking safari on the final day.

All treks on Mount Meru have climbers sleeping in designated huts, there is no tented camping allowed on the mountain.


Four Days Trek Itinerary

Hiking Mt. MeruDay 1: Momella Gate (1500m) to Miriakamba (2750m):
Transfer from Arusha Town to Momella Gate where the registration for trekking takes place and thereafter you will start trekking. This day is mostly through the forest, where climbers see a variety of forest birds and mammals. There are two routes from Momella gate to Miriakamba; Southern and Northern.

Southern Route (road): It takes 5 hours walk from Momella gate to Miriakamba hut.  Visitors pass through the Montane Forest with different features such as the Fig Tree Arch, Moivo Waterfalls, and different kinds of vegetation.

Northern RouteIt takes between 3-4 hours from Momella gate to Miriakamba hut.  This is the shortest and steepest route.  Along this route the views of Mt. Kilimanjaro and Momella Lakes are spectacular.  Dinner and overnight at the Hut.

Day 2: Miriakamba to Saddle (3750m):
It takes 3-4 hours trekking from Miriakamba to Saddle Hut.  Along this portion of the route you will enjoy the spectacular view of Mt. Kilimanjaro, Momella Lakes, Meru Crater, Ash cone, Mt. Meru Cliff and Little Meru.  Wild animals can be seen and altitudinal changes in vegetation become apparent.  While at this hut, the ascent to Little Meru can be done in the afternoon.  Dinner and overnight at the hut.

Day 3: Saddle Hut to Summit (4566m):
0000 hrs (midnight) or 0100 hrs: It takes 5-6 hours from Saddle Hut to Summit.  This is the place where visitors enjoy most of the features of Mt. Kilimanjaro, Little Meru (3801m), Meru Crater, Ash cone, Momella Lakes, Cliff face, Meru Peak, Ngorongoro Crater Highlands, Arusha Town, sunrise and sunset.

Klipspringers and mountain reedbuck are seen over the rocks.  High altitude birds e.g. lammergeyer, and flowers like everlasting can also be seen.

You will start for the summit when it is still dark, you make sure to come prepared with a headlamp to climb the mountain in the dark. After reaching the summit at 4566m you will witness the sunrise and take photos to commemorate your climb. Then you will trek back down to Saddle Hut for a brief rest and lunch, then you will descend the mountain, reaching Momella Gate by 1700 or 1800 hrs.


Mt Meru Climb 3 days pricing

This climb is available exclusively from RA safaris for as low as $891 per person*

Couple (2 ppl, sharing) ———$969, per person

Climbing Group of 4 ————-$891, per person

See our full list of Climb Prices for treks in Tanzania for more information. Contact us for other group numbers, discounts or to join a rescheduled group climb.

*for a group climb minimum of 4 persons, sharing

Note the following:

  • If you like us to arrange your accommodations for the night (s) before and after your climb please let us know.
  • If you are arriving at Julius Nyerere/Kilimanjaro/Arusha Airport or by a bus let us know so we can arrange meeting you on arrival to make things even smoother.
  • We will be happy to know your travel plans so we can customize this itinerary or any other itinerary for you. We are a full service company.
  • Click here for packing list. Camping and lodge safari have almost the same packing list but in case you have questions let us know.
  • This itinerary can also be extended to cover other parks in the western parksSouthern parksNorthern circuit safarisKilimanjaroOldongo Lengai trekUsambara MountainsZanzibar beach holiday or either way depending on your needs.