Mount Meru Climbing is an active composite volcano located 70 kilometers (43 mi) west of Mount Kilimanjaro in the nation of Tanzania. At a height of 4,565 meters (14,977 ft), it is visible from Mt Kilimanjaro on a clear day, and it is the ninth or tenth highest mountain in Africa.
Day 1: Drive from Arusha to Momela Gate, hike to Miriakampa Hut
Drive from your Lodge/Hotel to the Starting point Momela Gate, the track passes through open grassland with cape buffalo and warthogs. With luck, you may also see giraffe and elephants. Continue a steady climb through montane forest. You can have your lunch at the famous “Fig tree”. After lunch, the trek continues through less dense forest, where there are lots of birds and monkeys including the black and white colobus. By mid-afternoon, you will have your first close views of the towering cliffs and the Ash Cone. Miriakampa Hut, situated in idyllic grassy glade, is reached in time to enjoy the afternoon sun and beautiful views over the surrounding plains towards Kilimanjaro.
Dinner and overnight at Miriakampa Hut
Day 2: Hike Miriakampa Hut to Saddle Hut, afternoon hike up little Meru.
Here start to walk from Miriakampa Hut to the saddle below Little Meru is a steep sustained climb all the way. Starting through beautiful and lush montane forest, the path continues beyond the halfway point of Elephant Back Ridge and carries on uphill through the giant heather and other moorland vegetation to reach Saddle Hut for lunch. In the afternoon, you can make the short climb to the nearby summit of Little Meru (3,820 m / 12,533 ft) for superb views. It takes about 1 hour to walk up and 30 minutes to walk down. The ascent is 1,056 m / 3,465 ft.
Dinner and overnight at Saddle Hut
Day 3: Hike to Summit then down to trail head, return to Arusha
The Summit day has an early start at around 12:00AM. There is a 1 hour steep climb to Rhino Point (3,800m / 12,467ft), and then the path continues along a ridge of ash and rock to reach Cobra Point (4,350m / 14,272ft). The summit of Socialist Peak (4,566 m) is an hour further on a steep path with magnificent views of Kilimanjaro. Depending on your speed, you can enjoy sunrise at Cobra Point or the summit. The views are stunning: the cliffs of the Crater rim, the Ash Cone rising from the crater floor, Kilimanjaro floating on the morning clouds, and the Rift Valley. The route back to Rhino Point in the sharp morning light along a narrow ridge between the sloping outer wall of the crater and the sheer cliffs of the inner wall is one of the most dramatic and exhilarating walks in Africa. Brunch and a brief rest is taken at Saddle Hut before continuing the descent to Miriakamba Hut.
OUR SUGGESTION: We suggest for an easier climb, you can start the trek at 05:00 A.M., hike for about 1 hour, and enjoy sunrise at Rhino Point before going back to Saddle Hut for breakfast and then descending.
- 2 night’s hotel in Arusha one before and one after trekking.
- Meru entry fees.
- Camping (hut) fees.
- Rescue fees.
- Transfer to and from the mountain.
- Certified, experienced, English-speaking guides for all routes.
- Salaries for Meru support staff.
- All meals on the mountain.
- Sleeping Tents or hut camping.
- Cooking and eating utensils.
- Sleeping mattresses.
- Tips for the guides and support staff.
- Private portable toilet and privacy tent.
- Personal expenses (visas, airport taxes, Internet, etc.)
- Extra nights ($240 per person per day).
- Extra activities.
- Sleeping bag and personal items.