4 DAYS MOUNT MERU ROUTE 

MOUNT KILIMANJARO | 4 DAYS MOUNT MERU ROUTE 

OVERVIEW

Mt. Meru which is Tanzania’s second highest mountain standing tall at 4,566m. It is located in Arusha National Park and offers some of the most spectacular scenery and wildlife diversity of any mountain in Tanzania. Mt. Meru is a challenging trek due to its steepness, but is a great way to acclimatize before attempting Mt. Kilimanjaro.

Climbers are accompanied by an armed ranger due to the abundance of wildlife on the lower slopes. Mt. Meru also has some historical significance to it whereby some have suggested that it was the resting place of Noah’s Ark when it came to rest after the biblical flood receded. Mt. Meru is a great trekking option for those who want to take on a climbing challenge and get the sense of being out in the wild, but are not quite ready to tackle Mt. Kilimanjaro.

Momella gate (1500m) to Miriakamba Hut (2500m)

ELEVATION (FT)

4,921 ft to 3,000 ft

DISTANCE

6km / 3.5miles

Hiking Time

4 – 5 hours

Habitat

montane forest

You will depart the hotel at 0800hrs and head to the Momella gate which is the starting point of the trek. The drive to the gate is roughly an hour and a half. After the registration you will start your trek accompanied by an armed ranger.

Along the route you will catch spectacular views of Mt. Kilimanjaro and the Momella lakes. You will encounter animals such as cape buffaloes, giraffes, warthogs and bushbucks, to name a few. Your trek will end up at Miriakamba Hut where you will be spending the night.

Miriakamba Hut (2500m) to Saddle Hut (3500m)

ELEVATION (FT)

8,250 ft to 11,712 ft

DISTANCE

6.5km / 4miles

Hiking Time

3 – 4 hours

Habitat

Montane Forest

Today’s trek takes you through the steep path along the ridge of the saddle. Amazing views of the Meru crater, the ash cone and little Meru can be seen along the way. While trekking through the forest keep your eyes peeled for wildlife and the attractive wild flowers. Common animals include buffaloes and the black and white Colobus monkey. Your trek will end up at Saddle hut where you will be spending the night. After resting at the camp you will set off on an hour acclimatization trek to little Meru (3810m) then head back down to Saddle hut.

Saddle Hut (3500m) to Socialist Peak (4562m) to Miriakamba Hut (2500m)

ELEVATION (FT)

8,250 ft to 11,712 ft

DISTANCE

19km / 12 miles

Hiking Time

10 – 12 hours

Habitat

Forest and Moorland

You will wake up just after midnight for a light meal then start your final ascent to Socialist Peak at the top of big Meru. The trail to the summit is steep and you will be climbing through gravel and rocky ridges. While at the summit you will enjoy breathtaking views of the Meru crater and ash cone. Occasionally, animals such as Klipspringers and mountain reedbucks can be seen over the rocky terrain. After the summit, you will then descend to Miriakamba Hut where you will be spending the night.

Miriakamba Hut (2500m) to Momella gate (1500m)

ELEVATION (FT)

14,977ft to 11,712 ft to 8,250ft

DISTANCE

14km / 8.5m

Hiking Time

4 – 5 hours

Habitat

Alpine Desert Moorland and Montane forest.

After breakfast you will begin your final descent to Momella gate. You will be using the southern route to descend. During your descent you will pass through the montane forest where you will pass the amazing Fig Tree Arch. Upon arrival at the Momella gate, you will be picked up and transferred to your hotel back in Moshi town.

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