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Mount Meru Trek | 4 Days

Mount Meru is an active volcano of 4566 metres about 70 kilometres west of Mount Kilimanjaro and our trek is six days to reach the summit and come back. It is an excellent standalone trip or a prequel to climbing Kilimanjaro itself. Some people say that Meru is actually more challenging, and for sure it is much quieter. Therefore there is a lot more wildlife to be seen and the sense of remoteness and solitude is much stronger than on the more famous peak nearby. The mountain is the centrepiece of Arusha National Park and its fertile slopes rise above the surrounding savanna and support a forest that hosts diverse wildlife, including nearly 400 species of birds, and also monkeys and leopards. Trekkers have the opportunity to see a lot of wildlife as they approach and climb the mountain.

The ascent is quite steep in places and the route to the summit passes over a number of streams, moving through grasslands, tropical rainforest, alpine meadows, moorlands and desert uplands to snow and ice. The summit is reached by a narrow, barren ridge, which provides stunning views of the Ash Cone lying several hundred feet below in the crater.


DAY-0 | Arrival at {JRO}

Upon arrival at Kilimanjaro Airport you will be met by a member of the Expect in Africa Safari team who will transfer you by road to your hotel.

Accommodation : Arusha Gold Crest Hotel
Meals : Dinner & Breakfast

DAY 1 | Arusha 1400m – Miriakamba Hut 2500m | Duration: 3-5 hours of hiking | Duration: 5-7 hours of hiking

After an early morning breakfast in Arusha (1400m), you will be picked up from your hotel and brought to the Momella Gate in Arusha National Park. At this time, the porters will organize and pack the belongings for the hike while you and your guide register with the Tanzania National Park (TANAPA). You will then begin your ascent in Arusha National Park. The first day of hiking is similar to a walking safari; you should expect to see giraffes, zebras, antelope, buffalo, and potentially elephants near the trail. Due to the high possibility of spotting wildlife, an armed ranger, hired through the National Park, is required to hike with our team for the duration of the hike. As you continue hiking, you will pass the Ngarenanyuki River and a beautiful waterfall at the base of Mt. Meru. Upon arriving to Miriakamba Hut (2500m), your chef will prepare a hot dinner and washing water for you. Enjoy the beautiful sunset and overnight.

Accommodation : Miriakamba Hut
Meals : All meals included

DAY 2 | Miriakamba Hut 2500m – Saddle Hut 3500m | Duration: 3-5 hours of hiking

After breakfast, you will start ascending up the steep trail along the ridge of the saddle. You may see various wildlife along the way! The trail has views of Mt. Meru Crater and the Ash Tray. When you arrive at camp, you have the option of hiking Little Mt. Meru (3820m) with your guide to further acclimate. You will be served an early dinner, so you can receive ample rest before your midnight summit attempt. Get to sleep by 1900!

Accommodation : Saddle Hut
Meals : All meals included

DAY 3 | Saddle Hut 3500m – Summit 4566m – Miriakamba Hut 2500m

Your guide will wake you at 00:30 for tea and biscuits. You will then begin your summit attempt at 1:30am. The trail starts off on a steep grade to Rhino Point (3800m) to Cobra Point (4350m). The last hour of the hike you will scamble on a rocky ridge between the crater and inner cliffs of Meru. You will reach the summit of Meru (4565m) at sunrise with spectacular views of Mt. Meru Ash Tray and Mt. Kilimanjaro. Enjoy your views then descend to Saddle Hut for a short break. You will then continue descending to Miriakamba Hut (2500m) for dinner and overnight

Accommodation : Miriakamba Hut
Meals : All meals included

DAY 4 | Miriakamba Hut 2,500m – Arusha 1400m | Duration: 2-3 hours of hiking

After a long rest and breakfast, we will begin our final descent to Momella gate. We will hike through forest and meadows where it is likely to spot wildlife. At the base of Mt. Meru, you will be greeted by our driver who will take you back to Arusha.

Accommodation : Arusha Gold Crest Hotel
Meals : Dinner & Breakfast

DAY-5 | Drive back to Airport

Depart the lodge in the Mid Morning - or flight time and make your way to Kilimanjaro International Airport, for your onward travel.

Meals : Breakfast

Note: Hotel check-out is at 10:30 AM. In case you need a late check-out because of an evening flight, there is the option to extend your hotel stay for an extra fee.

Mount Meru trek price 1 PAX 2 PAX 3 PAX 4 PAX 5 PAX 6 PAX 7 PAX
Included Halfboard Hotel Before & After Trek $ 1,210 $ 910 $ 760 $ 740 $ 720 $ 680 $ 650

Price Includes

  • Accommodation in huts while trekking
  • All park entrance fees and government levies
  • Transfers from Arusha to Mount Meru park gate -return
  • Meals per day while trekking
  • English speaking mountain guide and assistant guides
  • Porters and cooks
  • 2 night’s hotel accommodation in Arusha Half board (1 before and 1 after the climb)

Price Excludes

  • Tips for Crew
  • Personal equipment (see kit list)
  • International Flights
  • Vaccinations & Medications
  • Additional drinks
  • transfers ($100 ) per vehicle two ways