3 Days Mount Meru Climbing


You will hike past wildlife, the landscape is spectacular, and the sunrise on the summit has Kilimanjaro as the backdrop. Meru is a great preparation hike for climbing Kilimanjaro or a spectacular trek for those not compelled to do Kilimanjaro. While all of our climbing itineraries are private, it is the policy on Mt. Meru for multiple tour groups to join together on the lower slopes. For those pressed for time, the three-day option gives you the chance to the summit over a long weekend.

  • Although it is 4,000 feet shorter than Kilimanjaro, solitary Mt. Meru nonetheless cuts an impressive figure and makes for a challenging acclimatization hike or an attraction in its own right.
  • Mount Meru is located in Tanzania and is the fifth highest mountain in Africa.
  • It is a great mountain to climb and offers spectacular scenery, including views of Mount Kilimanjaro.
  • The mountain is unspoiled and less congested as compared to its Mount Kilimanjaro and Mount Kenya counterparts.
  • Professional, English-speaking Wilderness First Responder & CPR certified Guide
  • Proper Ration of Mountain crew (Cook & Porters)
  • Pre and Post accommodations (2 nights Bed and Breakfast)
  • Airport Transfers
  • Meals according to the itinerary
  • Drinking water and Full Board meals
  • All National Park & Hut Fees, Crew Permits, and VAT
  • Rescue Fees and Emergency Evacuation Coverage with AMREF
  • Gate Transfers
  • Complimentary Oxygen Cylinder
  • Flights
  • Visa fees
  • Travel Insurance(Required)
  • Medication
  • Tips for porters and mountain crew (20% Industry Standard Recommended)
  • Tips for porters and mountain crew (20% Industry Standard Recommended)
  • Energy food & beverages, alcoholic and soft drinks
  • Personal hire gear such as trekking poles, sleeping bags, etc.

Location Map

Tour Timeline

  • 1
    Day 1: Arusha (1400m) – Miriakamba Hut (2500m)

    Duration: 5-7 hours of hiking

    After early morning breakfast in Arusha (1400m), you will be picked up from your hotel and brought to the Momella Gate in Arusha National Park. 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 at Miriakamba Hut (2500m), your chef will prepare a hot dinner and washing water for you. Enjoy the beautiful sunset overnight.

  • 2
    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 (3820 m) 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 19h00!

  • 3
    Day 3: Saddle Hut (3500m) – Summit Attempt (4566m) – Miriakamba Hut (2500m)

    Duration: 12-14 hours of hiking

    Your guide will wake you at 00:30 A.M for tea and biscuits. You will then begin your summit attempt at 1:30 A.M. The trail starts off on a steep grade from Rhino Point (3800m) to Cobra Point (4350m). In the last hour of the hike, you will scamble on a rocky ridge between the crater and inner cliffs of Meru. Enjoy your views then descend to Saddle Hut for a short break. We take a short break and brunch at Saddle hut before continuing the descent to the Momella gate. Your transfer vehicle will be waiting for you at Momella gate ready to pick you up at your hotel in Arusha.