4 Days Mount Meru Trekking

Mount Meru Climbing

Mount Meru situated in the heart of Arusha National Park in Tanzania is great for hiking. It is usually recommended to trek Mt. Meru prior to summiting Mt. Kilimanjaro as it prepares for altitude acclimatization. However, the trek to Mount Meru in itself is a rewarding experience.

Mount Meru not only possesses striking views and diverse vegetation, but it also gives a chance to witness wildlife during your trek. Also Mount Meru trekking is less crowded than Mt. Kilimanjaro route.

The crater rim walk on Mount Meru is a spectacular hike and offers 360 degree views from the summit of Meru and also you can witness Mt. Kilimanjaro from Meru’s peak, which is an enthralling experience.

Unlike Mt. Kilimanjaro, Mount Meru has only one official Mount Meru route to the summit – the ‘Momella route’.

Baraka Trails provides two Mount Meru trekking package:

  • The first package is the Mount Meru 3 days trekking package. In the three days package, you summit and descend on the third day of your trek which makes it a little tiring.
  • The second package comprises of 4 days of trekking. Mount Meru 4 days trekking also summits on the 3rd day, however, the descent takes on the next. The extra time gives more time for rest and also discovers the monkey- and bird-filled Meru forest on your way down of Mount Meru.

Day 1 ARUSHA – Meriakamba Hut (Full board)

Meriakamba Hut

We drive from Arusha to Momela Gate. After a short registration at the Gate our walk will begin with full armed ranger escorting us, simply we can see along the way the wild animals including elephants, zebras, and giraffe , monkeys, antelope, and often elephants along the route. Dinner and overnight night at Miriakamba Hut.

  • Elevation 1,387 m to 1,500 m, Distance: 10 km,
  • Hiking Time: 4-6 hours Habitat: Montane Forest.

Day 2 Meriakamba Hut – Saddle Hut (Full board)

Saddle Hut

The walk from Miriakamba Hut to the saddle below Little Meru is a short day but a steep climb. The walk will take us slowly along the ridge for a spectacular view of the Meru Crater and the impressive Ash Cone.

After hot lunch at Saddle Hut we can make a short climb to the summit of Little Meru (3,820m) for superb views just before sunset.

  • Elevation 2,514 m to 3,570 m, Distance: 8 km, Hiking
  • Time: 3-5 hours
  • Habitat: Forest and Moorland

Day 3 Saddle Hut – Summit Day – Back to TOWN

Saddle Hut

We start early at around 1:30 a.m. to climb steeply to Rhino Point (3,800 m.) and on to Cobra Point (4350m). We reach the summit (4,566 m) on time for sunrise there is a possibility to see Kilimanjaro Peak above the clouds. The final part of the climb is along a spectacular narrow ridge line between the sheer inner cliffs and the sloping outer wall of the crater. We return back and after some brunch at Saddle Hut, we continue down to Miriakamba hut for dinner.

  • Elevation 3,570 m to 4,565m, Distance: 5 km up 13 km down, Hiking Time: 12 – 14 hours
  • Habitat: Alpine Desert Moorland and Montane forest.Day 4 Depart Moshi/ Arusha

After breakfast we undergo the final section takes up to 3 hours to return to Momella gate where our vehicles will be waiting for pick up. It is allowed to have a short game drive in the park with your crew before returning to Arusha for overnight.

  • Price Include:
    * All transfers

    * Accommodation
    * all trekking fees,
    * All meals while on the Mountain
    * Guides, Porters, cook salaries and park fees
    * Quality Mess tents with table and chairs
    * English speaking guide
    * Sleeping bags
    * Porters salary
    • 3 meals in a day
    • Mineral drinking water.

    Price Exclude:

    * Tips,
    * medical insurance cover
    * all trekking personal gears
    * alcohol
    * all things of personal nature

    1. What is Mount Kilimanjaro?

      • Mount Kilimanjaro is the highest peak in Africa, located in Tanzania. It is a dormant volcano and one of the most iconic mountains in the world.
    2. How tall is Mount Kilimanjaro?

      • The summit of Mount Kilimanjaro, called Uhuru Peak, stands at an elevation of 5,895 meters (19,341 feet) above sea level.
    3. How long does it take to climb Mount Kilimanjaro?

      • The duration of a Kilimanjaro climb varies depending on the route chosen. Most climbs typically range from 5 to 9 days.
    4. What are the different routes up Mount Kilimanjaro?

      • There are several routes to the summit of Kilimanjaro, each with its own characteristics and scenery. Popular routes include the Marangu, Machame, Lemosho, Rongai, and Northern Circuit routes.
    5. Is climbing Mount Kilimanjaro difficult?

      • Climbing Kilimanjaro is challenging due to its high altitude, but it doesn’t require technical climbing skills. However, climbers should be physically fit and prepared for the rigors of high-altitude trekking.
    6. Do I need a guide to climb Mount Kilimanjaro?

      • Yes, it is mandatory to have a registered guide accompany you on your Kilimanjaro climb. Guides are essential for safety, navigation, and providing support throughout the trek.
    7. When is the best time to climb Mount Kilimanjaro?

      • The best times for climbing Kilimanjaro are during the dry seasons, which are typically from late June to October and from December to March. These months offer clearer skies and better trekking conditions.
    8. What should I pack for climbing Mount Kilimanjaro?

      • Essential items for climbing Kilimanjaro include proper clothing for varying temperatures, sturdy hiking boots, a good quality sleeping bag, trekking poles, personal medications, and other necessary gear as recommended by your tour operator.
    9. What are the risks of climbing Mount Kilimanjaro?

      • The main risks of climbing Kilimanjaro include altitude sickness, which can affect anyone regardless of fitness level, as well as other potential hazards such as extreme weather conditions and physical exhaustion.
    10. Do I need to train before climbing Mount Kilimanjaro?

      • Yes, it is highly recommended to undergo physical training and preparation before attempting to climb Kilimanjaro. This can include cardiovascular exercises, strength training, and hiking to build endurance and fitness levels.
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