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Mount Meru

Mount Meru stands tall at 4566m/14,980ft and is the fifth highest mountains on the Africa continent and the second highest in Tanzania. Mount Meru is located in Arusha national park in the west of Kilimanjaro and it offers one of the most breathtaking scenery and wildlife diversity compared to any mountain in Tanzania. Meru trek is indeed a challenging trek due to rocky ridges and its steep ascent to the peak.

However, it is one of the best ways to get an experience of high- altitude trekking and it also the best way to acclimatize for those who want to conquer Mount Kilimanjaro. Mount Meru trek takes you through places from where you can get a glimpse of the magnificent Mount Kilimanjaro.

 

Mount Meru is surrounded the green vegetation in its lower part with wildlife experience and has an amazing landscapes and great view of Arusha city. For those who don’t have much time to climb Kilimanjaro should attempt mount Meru climbing.

 

The mountain is estimated to occurs 250,000 years ago after or during volcanic eruption. It offers rustic hut style accommodation as well as impressive views and diverse vegetation from dense mountain rainforest, healthy moorlands to alpine desert and you will have the opportunity to witness wildlife such as giraffe, buffalo, Elephants, antelopes, colobus money, Zebras, Wildebeest, warthogs, Giraffes, Baboon, Blue Monkeys and so many other animals.

The park is also home of birdlife such as flamingos in some lake in the parks and other approximately 300 hundred species of birds. In addition to your trekking team including your Guide, Chef and Porters you will be accompanied by an armed Park Ranger for wildlife protection.

 

Mount Meru can be trekked in 3 or 4 days and it is important to take into consideration your level of fitness and mountain climbing experience in high altitudes when deciding on your itinerary. Unless you are experienced in high altitude mountain treks, we recommend a 4-day trek as this allows more time for your body to acclimatize which will give you a greater chance of reaching the summit.

 

 

Mount Meru Packages

3 Days Meru
4 Days Meru

Standard Package Pricing

  • Price Rates Per Person in US$. The prices in other currencies are given for comparison only.

3 Days Meru Climbing + 2 nights in hotel

Hiking Route/Days

1 Pax

2 Pax

3 Pax

4 Pax

5 Pax

6 Pax

7 Pax

8 Pax

9+ Pax

3 Days Mt Meru

$ 920

$ 800

$ 790

$ 780

$ 750

$ 730

$ 720

$ 710

$ 660

 

Deluxe Package Pricing

  • Price Rates Per Person in US$. The prices in other currencies are given for comparison only.

3 Days Meru Climbing + 2 nights in hotel

Hiking Route/Days

1 Pax

2 Pax

3 Pax

4 Pax

5 Pax

6 Pax

7 Pax

8 Pax

9+ Pax

3 Days Mt Meru

$ 1250

$ 1075

$ 990

$ 950

$ 930

$ 900

$ 880

$ 830

$ 800

Tanzanian Residents pay 80% of rates & East African Citizens pay 60% of rates.

Standard Package Pricing

  • Price Rates Per Person in US$. The prices in other currencies are given for comparison only.

 

4 Days Meru Climbing + 2 nights in hotel

Hiking Route/Days

1 Pax

2 Pax

3 Pax

4 Pax

5 Pax

6 Pax

7 Pax

8 Pax

9+ Pax

3 Days Mt Meru

$ 1,220

$ 1,000

$ 995

$ 975

$ 959

$ 730

$ 920

$ 910

$ 860

 

Deluxe Package Pricing

  • Price Rates Per Person in US$. The prices in other currencies are given for comparison only.

4 Days Meru Climbing + 2 nights in hotel

Hiking Route/Days

1 Pax

2 Pax

3 Pax

4 Pax

5 Pax

6 Pax

7 Pax

8 Pax

9+ Pax

3 Days Mt Meru

$ 1,420

$ 1,180

$ 1,165

$ 1,145

$ 1,125

$ 1,100

$ 1,070

$ 1,000

$ 960

Tanzanian Residents pay 80% of rates & East African Citizens pay 60% of rates.

 

Included

  • Mount Meru trekking according to the itinerary
  • Overnight stays in mountain huts
  • Meals according to the itinerary
  • Professional, English –speaking guide
  • Mountain crew (cook & porters)
  • Park Ranger fee
  • Drinking water
  • All entry park fees
  • Huts fees
  • All mentioned transfers
  • VAT (18% charge by the Government)

Excluded

  • Additional accommodation before and at the trekking (Unless mentioned otherwise).
  • International and Domestic Flights
  • Alcoholic and soft drinks
  • Visa fees
  • Tips for the crew
  • Personal spending money for souvenirs etc.
  • Travel insurance

 3 Day Mount Meru Trekking

Tour Highlight

At a height of 4,566m, Mount Meru is the second-highest mountain in Tanzania and the fifth highest on the African Continent. Its distinct appearance was formed around 250,000 years ago by a tremendous volcanic eruption that destroyed the entire flank, leaving a horseshoe-shaped crater. Not only does Mt. Meru boast impressive views and diverse vegetation, but it also gives the chance to see some wildlife in the form of a walking safari. On your trek, you might come across large games such as giraffes, buffaloes, baboons, elephants, antelopes, and colobus monkeys. As the vegetation changes from dense mountain rainforest into heather and moorland and finally alpine desert, the frequency of animals you will see becomes scarcer, shifting your focus from animals to the landscape. You will be accompanied by an armed park ranger on your tour for wildlife protection.

 

Day to Day Itinerary

Day 0: Pre-trek Briefing

If you have opted for the optional airport transfers, we will pick you up from Kilimanjaro Airport and transfer you to your hotel in Moshi/Arusha. You will meet your Guide for Pre- trek briefing at your Moshi/Arusha hotel. You should be planning to arrive at least one day before the start of the trek. Today we will spend the day having a pre-trek briefing. We will also review your equipment and rent any equipment which is needed at a store.

 

Day 1 Hotel – Momella Gate –Miriakamba Hut

 

  • Start:Momella Gate Elevation: 1,500 m/4,921ft
  • Finish:Miriakamba Hut: 2,500 m/8,202ft
  • Altitude Gain: 1,000 m/3,280ft
  • Distance:14km /8.5 mi
  • Hiking time:4-5 hrs.
  • Meals:Lunch and Dinner
  • Accommodation:Huts

 

In the morning at around 08:00 am you will be met at your hotel and after a briefing about the upcoming trek, transferred to Arusha National Park to register before setting off with your guide and ranger, required because there is an abundance of wildlife in the forest! Walking through the grasslands of the acacia forest on the southern route, you may spot giraffes and buffalo. After roughly 2 hours you will reach the Maio Falls, where you can enjoy a break, then continue through the ‘fig tree arch’ an unusual tree formation created by the wild fig Ficus Thonningii. After approximately 4 to 5 hours of trekking, you will reach a spectacular viewpoint, before heading on to the huts. Where afternoon tea and snacks await you. The night will be spent at the Miriakamba Hut.

 

Day 2 Miriakamba Hut to Saddle Hut

  • Start:Miriakamba Hut: 2,500 m/8202ft – 3500m/11483ft
  • Finish:Saddle Hut:3,500m/11,483ft
  • Altitude Gain:1,050 m/3,444ft
  • Distance:6km/3.5 ml
  • Meals Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Accommodation:In Huts

 

After breakfast today you will continue on wooden steps along a steep track. The shift in altitude brings about a noticeable drop in temperature and walking may seem easier. The low-hanging clouds often shroud the rainforest in mist, creating a moody atmosphere in the lush vegetation. Your uphill trek will take you to “MGONGO WA TEMBO” (elephants back) at a height of 3,200 m/10498ft after approximately 2 hours, where you can take in the view and rest, before heading onward to saddle Hut (3,550 m/11483ft). On the way, you will see the vegetation changing from rainforest to heather and moorland. After reaching Saddle Hut you can opt to hike to Little Meru, a 1 to 1 ½ hours hike from where you will have a fantastic view over Arusha National Park and Kilimanjaro about 80 km away. A warm meal and an early night await you back at Saddle Hut as your wake–up call is just midnight.

 

 

Day 3 Saddle Hut – Summit – Miriakamba Hut – Momella gate – Hotel.

  • Start:Saddle Hut:  -3,550m/ 11,483ft – Socialist Peak -4,562m/14,967ft
  • Finish: Momela Gate– 1500m/4921ft
  • Altitude Gain:1,012m/3,320ft
  • Altitude Lose:3,062m/10,045ft
  • Distance:28km/17mi
  • Hiking time:14 – 16 hrs.
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch

 

You will be awaked with a small snack and warm tea, which you will start your final ascent. Headlamps light your way as you follow the trail through bushland to Rhino Point (3,821m/12,536ft). The path becomes more challenging and occasionally climbing will be required. Following the crater rim, you walk on frozen volcanic ash and rocks, before reaching the summit, Socialist Peak, in about 4 -5 hours. Standing at the peak you will enjoy the breathtaking view of the sun rising above Mt. Kilimanjaro as well as have a fantastic view of Mt. Meru’s crater with its steep sides and the “ash cone” in the middle. After taking a few deep fresh breaths you will start your descent on the same route back to Saddle Hut (3,550m/11,483ft) where you can recuperate with hot soup and tea. You will have a short rest before continuing to the Momella Gate After Miriakamba hut, you will follow the so-called northern route about a 2 to 3 hours trek to the Momella Gate. Arriving at the gate you will say farewell to your hiking crew, Kilele climb vehicle will be waiting for you at Momella gate to drive you back to your hotel in Moshi/Arusha where the remainder of the day is at leisure.

 

Included:

  • Mount Meru trekking according to the itinerary
  • Overnight stays in mountain huts
  • Meals according to the itinerary
  • Professional, English –speaking guide
  • Mountain crew (cook & porters)
  • Park Ranger fee
  • Drinking water
  • All entry park fees
  • Huts fees
  • All mentioned transfers
  • VAT (18% charge by the Government)

 

Excluded:

  • Additional accommodation before and at the trekking (Unless mentioned otherwise).
  • International and Domestic Flights
  • Alcoholic and soft drinks
  • Visa fees
  • Tips for crew
  • Personal spending money for souvenirs etc.
  • Travel insurance

       4 Day Mount Meru Trekking 

Tour Highlight

At a height of 4,566m, Mount Meru is the second-highest mountain in Tanzania and the fifth highest on the African Continent. Its distinct appearance was formed around 250,000 years ago by a tremendous volcanic eruption that destroyed the entire flank, leaving a horseshoe-shaped crater. Not only does Mt. Meru boast impressive views and diverse vegetation, but it also gives the chance to see some wildlife in the form of a walking safari. On your trek, you might come across large games such as giraffes, buffaloes, baboons, elephants, antelopes, and colobus monkeys. As the vegetation changes from dense mountain rainforest into heather and moorland and finally alpine desert, the frequency of animals you will see becomes scarcer, shifting your focus from animals to the landscape. You will be accompanied by an armed park ranger on your tour for wildlife protection.

 

Day to Day Itinerary

 

Day 0: Pre-trek Briefing

If you have opted for the optional airport transfers, we will pick you up from Kilimanjaro Airport and transfer you to your hotel in Moshi/Arusha. You will meet your Guide for Pre- trek briefing at your Moshi/Arusha hotel. You should be planning to arrive at least one day before the start of the trek. Today we will spend the day having a pre-trek briefing. We will also review your equipment and rent any equipment which is needed at a store.

 

Day 1 Hotel – Momella Gate –Miriakamba Hut

 

  • Start: Momella Gate Elevation: 1,500 m/4,921ft
  • Finish: Miriakamba Hut: 2,500 m/8,202ft
  • Altitude Gain:1,000 m/3,280ft
  • Distance:14km /8.5 mi
  • Hiking time: 4-5 hrs.
  • Meals:Lunch and Dinner
  • Accommodation: Huts

 

In the morning at around 08:00 am you will be met at your hotel and after a briefing about the upcoming trek, transferred to Arusha National Park to register before setting off with your guide and ranger, required because there is an abundance of wildlife in the forest! Walking through the grasslands of the acacia forest on the southern route, you may spot giraffes and buffalo. After roughly 2 hours you will reach the Maio Falls, where you can enjoy a break, then continue through the ‘fig tree arch’ an unusual tree formation created by the wild fig Ficus Thonningii. After approximately 4 to 5 hours of trekking, you will reach a spectacular viewpoint, before heading on to the huts. Where afternoon tea and snacks await you. The night will be spent at the Miriakamba Hut.

 

Day 2 Miriakamba Hut to Saddle Hut

  • Start: Miriakamba Hut: 2,500 m/8202ft – 3500m/11483ft
  • Finish: Saddle Hut:3,500m/11,483ft
  • Altitude Gain: 1,050 m/3,444ft
  • Distance: 6km/3.5 mi
  • Meals Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Accommodation: In Huts

 

After breakfast today you will continue on wooden steps along a steep track. The shift in altitude brings about a noticeable drop in temperature and walking may seem easier. The low-hanging clouds often shroud the rainforest in mist, creating a moody atmosphere in the lush vegetation. Your uphill trek will take you to “MGONGO WA TEMBO” (elephants back) at a height of 3,200 m/10498ft after approximately 2 hours, where you can take in the view and rest, before heading onward to saddle Hut (3,550 m/11483ft). On the way, you will see the vegetation changing from rainforest to heather and moorland. After reaching Saddle Hut you can opt to hike to Little Meru (3,820m/12,532ft), a 1 to 1 ½ hours hike from where you will have a fantastic view over Arusha National Park and Kilimanjaro about 80 km away. A warm meal and an early night await you back at Saddle Hut as your wake–up call is just midnight.

 

Day 3 Saddle Hut – Socialist Peak – Miriakamba Hut

 

  • Start: Saddle Hut: 3,550 m/11,483ft – Socialist Peak – 4,562m/14967ft
  • Finish: Miriakamba Hut:2,500m/8,206ft
  • Altitude Gain:1,012m/3,320ft
  • Altitude Lose: 2,062m/6,765ft
  • Hiking time: 10 -14 hrs.
  • Distance: 19km/12 mi
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
  • Accommodation: In huts

 

You will be awakened with a small snack and warm tea, after which you will start your final ascent. Headlamps light your way as you follow the trail through bushland to Rhino Point (3,821m/12,536ft). The path becomes more challenging and occasionally climbing will be required. Following the crater rim, you will walk on frozen volcanic ash and rocks, before reaching the summit, socialist peak, in about 4 -5 hrs. Standing at the peak you will enjoy the breathtaking view of the sun rising above Mt. Kilimanjaro as well as have a fantastic view of Mt. Meru’s crater with its steep sides and the “ash cone” in the middle. After taking a few deep fresh breaths you will start your descent on the same route back to Saddle Hut (3,550m/11,483ft) where you can recuperate with hot soup and tea. Once rested, you will continue the descent to Miriakamba Hut (2,500m/8,202ft). tired and happy you will have your evening meal and doze off with the views of the day filling your thoughts.

 

Day 4 Miriamkamba Hut – Momella Gate – Hotel

 

  • Start:Miriakamba Hut – 2500 m/8202ft to 1500 m/4921ft
  • Finish:Momella Gate – 1,500 m/4921ft
  • Altitude Lose:1,000 m/3,280ft
  • Hiking hrs:2 -3 hrs.
  • Distance: 6km /3.5 ml
  • Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

 

After breakfast, you will start the final stretch on the so-called “northern route back to Mamella gate.

On these 3 hours of trek, you will once again have the chance to see giraffes, buffaloes’ elephants as well as the black and white colobus monkeys. Arriving at the gate you will say farewell to your hiking crew, Kilele Climb’s vehicle will be waiting for you at Momella gate to drive you back to your hotel in Moshi/Arusha.

 

Included:

  • Mount Meru trekking according to the itinerary
  • Overnight stays in mountain huts
  • Meals according to the itinerary
  • Professional, English –speaking guide
  • Mountain crew (cook & porters)
  • Park Ranger fee
  • Drinking water
  • All entry park fees
  • Huts fees
  • All mentioned transfers
  • VAT (18% charge by the Government)

 

Excluded:

  • Additional accommodation before and at the trekking (Unless mentioned otherwise).
  • International and Domestic Flights
  • Alcoholic and soft drinks
  • Visa fees
  • Tips for the crew
  • Personal spending money for souvenirs etc.
  • Travel insurance