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Mount meru

Safari Overview

Mount Meru, located within Arusha National Park (just 76km from Moshi) is a fantastic way to fulfil your mountaineering quota within Tanzania, without breaking the budget. Often overshadowed by its big sister Mt Kilimanjaro, Mt Meru is still Tanzania’s second tallest mountain, reaching an altitude of 4566m. Meru itself is classified as an ‘active’ stratovolcano (don’t worry- there’s been no activity since 1910!) and makes for an incredible and challenging climb, as you ascend along the narrow ridge of the volcanic cone, with spectacular views down to the crater and smaller ash cone formed within.

From the summit of Mt Meru, you can enjoy views across to Mt Kilimanjaro and the savannahs of Northern Tanzania. Along your way you will stay in well-maintained huts within the National Park with a nice comfortable bed to rest up on after a hard days trekking!

Day to Day

Day 1: Arusha / Moshi- Miriakamba Hut

In the morning you will be picked up from your accommodation and drive to the Arusha National park (approx. 1 hour). You will register at the Momella gate where we will pick up your armed ranger who will accompany you for the trek. In contrast to Mt Kilimanjaro, there is only one way up and the same way down Mt Meru. The path from Momella gate to the Miriakamba Hut is the only place where you will have the choice of two routes.

We always recommend to start with the longer route (it’s less steep giving you more time to acclimatize- and let’s face it, you’re more likely to have more energy on the first day than the last!) so that you can then take the shorter route on your descent. Today’s hike is 13.6km with a 906m elevation again as you ascend from the forest to the crater floor up to Miriakamba Hut at an elevation of 2514m. You will have a lunch box en route and will enjoy a hot dinner freshly prepared by your mountain chef at the huts.

Day 1
Day 2: Miriakamba Huts To Saddle Huts

Today, you will have a short hike of around 6km with an elevation gain of 1057m. This section of the hike is often a favourite for many as you climb up through grasslands (sometimes may be lucky enough to spot an elephant or a few zebras) to reach the Mgongo Wa Tembo (Elephant Ridge) where you will stop for lunch (with great views over the crater).

From here the scenery changes into alpine dessert as you ascend up to the Saddle Huts. Your hike today will only last about 3-4 hours. This will leave you ample time to enjoy the views and take some side trips to Little Meru (3820 m) for acclimatization. You will have dinner prepared and rest up in preparation for your climb to the summit.

Day 2
Day 3: Saddle Huts To Summit (Socialist Peak) To Miriakamba

You will be woken by your guide at midnight for some tea and snacks before your ascent. You will start climbing steeply leaving behind the larger bushy vegetation and coming out onto the rocky ridge to reach Rhino Point. From here the trail drops and then rises steeply where you go through patches of bare rock and scree to reach the summit (Socialist Peak) 4566m. From here you will enjoy the sunrise- illuminating the fantastic views over to Kilimanjaro, the crater and Arusha town before descending again.

The distance of 5.5km from the huts to the summit takes on average 5-6 hours up and 2-3 hours to return. Upon reaching the Saddle Huts you will be rewarded with a well deserved hot lunch. Take your time to relax and rest up (2-3 hours) before descending back down to Miriakamba Huts for dinner and overnight.

Day 3
Day 4: Miriakamba To Mommela Gate

Today is just 7km (taking approximately 2-3 hours), taking the alternative shorter route back down to Momela gates (looking out for the wildlife of Arusha national park on the way). At the gate you will collect your certificate before returning to your accommodation in Arusha/Moshi for a relaxing hot shower and overnight.

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  • Park fees (for non-residents)
  • All activities (unless labeled as optional)
  • All accommodation as stated in the itinerary
  • A professional driver/guide
  • All transportation (unless labeled as optional)
  • All Taxes/VAT
  • Roundtrip airport transfer
  • All Meals (as specified in the day-by-day section)
  • Drinking water on all days


  • International flights (from/to home)
  • Additional accommodation before and at the end of the tour
  • Tips (tipping guideline US$20.00 pp per day)
  • Personal items (souvenirs, travel insurance, visa fees, etc.)
  • Government imposed increase of taxes and/or park fees
  • Alcohol drinks


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