Meru Mountain Itinerary

Meru Mountain Itinerary

Overview

Mount Meru is the second highest mountain in Tanzania, at 4566metre (14,979feet). It is overshadowed by Kilimanjaro, its famous neighbour, and frequently overlooked by visitors. But Meru is a spectacular mountain; a trek involves beautiful hiking through the grassland and forest on the mountain’s lower slopers, followed by a dramatic and exhilarating ridge-walk to the summit.
The following is a five day itinerary, however the actual number of days on the mountain is three.

Mount Meru Trekking (3 Days 2 Nights)

  • Transfer from your hotel to the National Park Gate at Momella. From here you pass through lush forest, crossing the Ngare Nanyuki River to reach Miriakamba Hut (8337ft./2541m).Camp overnight.

  • The path continues to ascend steeply through pleasant forest glades and giant heather to reach Saddle Hute (11,713ft./3570m). From here it’s possible to reach the summit of Little Meru (12450ft./3794m) and return to Saddle Hut. Camp overnight.

  • An early start to reach Rhino Point, then on to the summit at 14,981ft./ 4566m. From here descend all the way down to Momella Gate to meet your vehicle and transfer back to the base hotel. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

Mount Meru Trekking (4 Days 3 Nights)

  • In the morning we are collected from your hotel and transfer to Arusha National Park. At the Momella gate we finish registration formalities before setting off with your guide and armed ranger – there is abundant wildlife in the forests! The forest section is especially scenic with strangler figs and the possibility of seeing buffalo grazing in one of the clearings. In the late afternoon we reach a viewpoint before heading onto Miriakamba hut for dinner.

  • We set off from Miriakamba initially still in the forest zone but in a few hours as we reach Saddle hut for lunch in the alpine desert zone. In the afternoon a walk to the summit of Little Meru can be taken for stunning views before heading back to Saddle Hut for dinner.

  • We rise early and our hard work is rewarded at dawn as the sun rises to the East. Kilimanjaro is normally clearly seen from here and the sheer cliffs of the crater fall dramatically 1000 feet or more. We return back and after some brunch at Saddle Hut, we continue down to Miriakamba hut for dinner.

  • The final section takes up to 3 hours to return to our vehicles where we say farewell to our crew and have time for a short picnic lunch and game drive before returning to Arusha/Moshi for a well deserved shower!