MOUNT MERU ROUTES

Mt. Meru is located in the heart of Arusha National Park and it is 50 miles west of Mt. Kilimanjaro. Mt. Meru is a massive volcano reaching 14,980 feet (4,565 meters). This trek serves as an ideal warm up for Mt. Kilimanjaro due to its altitude acclimatization and hiking distances. This trek is also geared towards hikers that prefer less crowds and a challenging ascent.

Because Mt. Meru is located in Arusha National Park, hikers must climb with an armed ranger due to the wide range of wildlife living on the mountain. On the lower slopes of the mountain, hikers are more likely to see elephants, giraffes, and buffalo! As hikers continue their ascents, the trail follows the north rim of the volcano’s crater along a dramatic ridge line. Throughout the climb, hikers sleep in designated huts along the trail. Hikers reach the summit as the sun is rising and they will have spectacular views of Mt. Kilimanjaro and of the Mt. Meru Crater.

Main Route

The route to the summit passes through parkland, ancient forest with strange trees, a giant heather zone and a rocky moorland. Along the trail over 400 species of birds, buffalos, baboons and giraffes can be found. While the trek normally takes three nights and four days it can also be done within two nights and three days, but nevertheless the flag of Tanzania, a milestone with the height of the “Socialist Peak” (the peak of Mount Meru) and stunning views of the Meru Ash Cone and the Kilimanjaro are waiting for the successful trekkers. A park ranger is indispensable and prescribed within the rules of the national park as he protects trekkers from the wildlife. Tents are not common at Mount Meru, but small well-tended huts invite everybody to stay one night after an exhausting trekking day.

DIFFICULTY: Easy

LENGTH: 4 Days

Checkpoints:

Day
1 Momella Gate – Miriakamba Hut
2 Miriakamba Hut – Saddle Hut
3 Saddle Hut – Meru Summit and Return to Miriakamba Hut
4 Saddle Hut – Momella Gate