MOUNT MERU TREKKING
Mount Meru is the second highest mountain in Tanzania and fifth highest in Africa at 4,565m. When planning to climb Kilimanjaro, we recommend you climb Meru first as a ‘practice climb’ to get back on tack before encountering with Africa’s tallest mountain.
The Treasure of Tanzania
Mount Meru trekking in Tanzania has the most beautiful volcano in Tanzania, and it is the second highest mountain in Tanzania at 4,565m, the fifth highest in Africa. The mountain is located within Arusha National Park, Tanzania’s gem. There are two huts available to climbers on the mountain and firewood is supplied. The best time to climb Meru is between October and February. But also June to September, while it is colder then. Mount 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.
The Mount Meru Journey
ARUSHA - MARIAKAMBA HUT
Mount Meru Park Gate – Mariakamba Hut: 4-5 hours
Drive from Arusha to the Mt. Meru park gate where you will be met by our game ranger and porters. Hike for the few hours to Mariakamba Hut at 8,500 ft. From here you may wish to take an evening walk on the slopes to view wildlife at one of the watering holes in the crater. Overnight rest at Mariakamba Hut, with lunch and dinner included.
MARIAKAMBA – SADDLE HUT
Mariakamba – Saddle Hut: 3-4 hours
After breakfast hike upto 11,500 ft to arrive at Saddle Hut. If time permits you can climb a little further on Mount Meru for a scenic view of the ‘Roof of Africa’, Mount Kilimanjaro. This will also be part of more acclimatization. Overnight at Saddle Hut with breakfast, lunch, and dinner included.
SADDLE HUT - SUMMIT - MARIAKAMBA HUT
Saddle Hut – Summit: 4-6 hours
An early rise to hike all the way to the summit before the afternoon clouds cover the summit. From the summit, descend back to the 11,500 ft Saddle Hut in time for lunch. After lunch, hike down to Mariakamba Hut for dinner and overnight, breakfast, lunch, and dinner included.
MARIAKAMBA HUT - ARUSHA
Breakfast at the camp and a leisurely morning. Descend to the park gate to connect with your waiting transfer vehicle back to your Arusha Hotel, continue with other programs or depart.