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- Mount Meru Trekking -

Meru may not be a name which enjoys the same international recognition as mighty Mount Kilimanjaro, 80km to the east. But whether you are training for an ascent of Africa’s highest peak, or targeting Meru as your primary goal, this really is an experience to treasure. At a lofty 4566 metres, this is a great challenge in its own right.

And there are plenty of other highlights on this epic climb! You can expect to see some wildlife on the lower slopes, maybe some buffalo, elephant or giraffe, perhaps even – if you are very lucky – hyena or leopard. Bird-lovers will also find lots to interest them.

Day to Day Itinerary

Day 1: Momella Gate to Miriakamba Huts

Elevation: 4,921 ft to 8,250 ft
Hiking Time:  4-6 hours
Distance: 14 km | 9 miles 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. Our hike on the Southern Route takes us through the rain forest to Maio Waterfalls and Fig Tree Arch until we reach Miriakamba Huts, situated in a grassy glade.

Day 2: Miriakamba Huts to Saddle Huts

Elevation: 8,250 ft to 11,712 ft

Hiking Time: 3-5 hours

Distance: 6 km | 3 miles

Habitat: Health

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 to Miriakamba Huts

Saddle Huts to Summit

Elevation: 11,712 ft to 14,977 ft
Hiking Time: 4-6 hours

Summit to Miriakamba Huts

Elevation: 14,977 ft to 8,250 ft
Hiking Time: 4-6 hours


Distance: 6 km | 4 miles Habitat: Alpine Desert


Distance: 12 km | 7 miles Habitat: Health

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

Hiking Time: 2-4 hours

Distance: 7 km | 4 miles

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.

Route Map


  • All Entrance fees and Government taxes
  • Airport Transfers (upon Arrival and Departure)
  • Clean, purified drinking water
  • Fair wages for the mountain crew.
  • All meals while on the Mountain
  • Rescue Fees and all taxes.
  • Salaries for Porters, Cook, and Guides
  • Oxygen Tanks, Pulse Oximeter, and First Aid Kit
  • International and local airfare.
  • Yellow fever vaccinations
  • Passport, Visa, and Travelers Insurance
  • Local transportation before and after the climb.
  • Personal expenses eg. Laundry, beverages, etc.
  • Tips for the support team
  • Private Toilet and hot shower tent
  • Bed, Sleeping Bag, and walking Poles.


Please note all trip prices are based on our own Company costs, fees, and supplier prices in effect at the time of booking. We reserves the right to alter trip prices should inflation, cost of fuel, labor, materials, or exchange rates change. If the Tanzania National Parks Authority (TANAPA) raises park fees, or any hotel, lodge, camp or any other service provider raises their rates, We reserves the right to require additional payment from the client.

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