2-days climbing Mount Meru

$600.00 /

  • 2 Days

Mt. Meru (4565m) is a young volcanic mountain which dominates the town of Arusha in northern Tanzania. Its slopes are steep - the upper ones covered in ash - and it last erupted in 1877. The lower slopes are heavily forested. The summit is the highest point of an elegant steep-sided crater rim, comparable to that of Longonot but breached at its lowest point on the east side. The final sections of the ascent provide airy walking with dramatic views - west down steep, forested slopes to the plains below and east down a 1000m precipice dropping to the crater floor where a smaller volcanic cone lies at the base of a cirque of cliffs - the Ash Cone. Extensive forests cover the gentler east slopes; this area falls within the Arusha National Park which can be divided into the Momela and Ngurdoto sections. Together they are endowed with 48km of fine game-viewing roads set in magnificent scenery. The first recorded ascent of Mt Meru was made by Franz Jaeger in 1904. Renamed "Socialist Peak" by the Tanzanians, it is unfortunate that this beautiful mountain has "Big Brother" so close by. Those with time and money to spare are however strongly advised to pay a visit at least to see the magnificent lakes and game-filled forests. An ascent would provide excellent opportunities for acclimatisation before a visit to Kilimanjaro.

Trek Itinerary



Upon your arrival in Tanzania, you will be greeted at the airport and transferred to your accommodation ambassador lodger in Arusha, a vibrant city nestled at the foothills of Mount Meru. Spend the day settling in, enjoying the serene surroundings, and relaxing after your journey. In the evening, savor a romantic candlelit dinner, indulging in delicious local cuisine while basking in the warm African ambiance.


Day 1:

  • Transfer to Momella Gate: The starting point for the Mount Meru climb is Momella Gate, which is about a 1-hour drive from Arusha. Register at the gate and meet your guide and porters.
  • Begin the trek: Start hiking from Momella Gate (1,500 meters/4,921 feet) to Miriakamba Hut (2,514 meters/8,250 feet). The hike usually takes around 4-5 hours, and you'll pass through the beautiful rainforest zone.
  • Afternoon/Evening: Arrive at Miriakamba Hut and settle in. Enjoy a warm meal prepared by your porters and take some time to rest and relax. Make sure to drink plenty of water to stay hydrated.
  • Optional: If time permits and you're feeling energetic, you can take a short acclimatization hike to the nearby Little Meru summit (3,820 meters/12,533 feet) for better acclimatization and scenic views. It takes about 1-2 hours roundtrip.


Day 2:

  • Early Morning: Wake up around 1-2 a.m. to begin the summit push. Have a light breakfast and prepare your gear, including warm clothing, headlamp, and snacks.
  • Summit ascent: Start climbing from Miriakamba Hut to Socialist Peak, the highest point of Mount Meru (4,566 meters/14,980 feet). The hike to the summit usually takes around 4-6 hours and involves some steep sections and scree slopes.
  • Sunrise at the summit: Reach Socialist Peak just in time for sunrise, where you'll be rewarded with breathtaking panoramic views of Mount Meru's crater and surrounding landscapes.
  • Descend to Miriakamba Hut: After spending some time at the summit, begin your descent back to Miriakamba Hut. The descent usually takes around 2-3 hours.
  • Return to Momella Gate: From Miriakamba Hut, hike down to Momella Gate, where you'll finish your Mount Meru adventure. The descent takes about 2-3 hours.
  • Transfer to Arusha: Once you reach Momella Gate, meet your transportation and return to Arusha.
  • Evening: Celebrate your successful climb and enjoy a well-deserved rest in Arusha.

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    Included & Excluded

  • Package Included
    • All Park Fees
    • 4x4 Safari Vehicle
    • Professional English Speaking Guide
    • All prices are quoted in US Dollars.
    • Mineral Water
    • All activities specified
  • Package Excludes
    • International Flights
    • Visa
    • Drinks on Accommodations
    • Personal items
    • Increases in park fees where applicable
    • Tips and Gratitude

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