Mount Meru Climb

An exhilarating climb to the summit of Mount Meru, rewarded by superb views and a great sense of achievement.

Mount Meru Climb

5 days

Test your mettle on this ascent of Mt Meru. It’s not quite Kilimanjaro, but still a real challenge and great for commanding views all around, including across to Kilimanjaro.

It’s not every day you get to climb a mountain! On this trip you tackle Mount Meru, Tanzania’s second highest peak at 4,566m. It’s sometimes considered a warm-up to an ascent of Kilimanjaro, but we feel it’s quite enough of a challenge in its own right.

You are led by an experienced guide and accompanied by an armed ranger, as at lower altitudes you walk through areas frequented by warthog, buffalo, elephant and giraffe. As you ascend you notice the terrain change with vegetation become more sparse, and the air gets cooler and thinner, so you need to pace yourself and listen to the wise words of your guide.

The final push begins at around 2am, after some sustaining hot tea and biscuits, ascending to reach the narrow crater rim: this is not a climb for sufferers of vertigo. This leads to the summit, which you should reach just before sunrise, to make the panoramic views all the more spectacular. Enjoy the moment before beginning the descent and travelling back to your lodge in Arusha where you can indulge in the relative luxury of a hot shower before dinner, and bask in the sense of achievement!


  • Climb Tanzania’s 2nd highest mountain – Meru
  • Summit the peak by dawn
  • Hike through forest and alpine desert on the way
  • Stay in basic mountain huts

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From Kilimanjaro airport you are driven the short journey, about 25 minutes, to Mount Meru Game Lodge. Relax on the terrace overlooking the gardens and enjoying a swim in the pool. You also meet the head guide for a briefing about the climb to help you prepare for the days ahead.


You are collected for the drive to the Momella Gate in Arusha National Park. Your guide sorts the paperwork and then you set off on foot with both the guide and an armed ranger, who keeps a look out for wildlife. The first part of the trek is through forest with occasional clearings where you may catch sight of buffalo. There is time to pause and admire the views en route, and you reach Miriakamba hut in time for dinner.  Breakfast, lunch, dinner


After breakfast you set out from Miriakamba hut. At this stage you are still in the forest zone, but by lunchtime you are in alpine desert at Saddle hut. This afternoon you can either opt to take it easy and conserve your energy for tomorrow, or go for an acclimatising walk to the summit of Little Meru, not forgetting your camera to capture the fine views, and then return to Saddle hut for dinner and an early night. Breakfast, lunch, dinner


You are woken just after midnight, essential as you have a long, but rewarding, climb ahead. After tea and biscuits you set off up the steep trail to Rhino and Cobra Points, and then along a ridge between the crater and cliffs. Heed you guide’s instructions, take your time and you should reach the summit around sunrise. Enjoy the spectacular views across to Kilimanjaro and relish the sense of achievement before beginning the descent to Saddle hut where you have brunch. You continue down to Momella gate where you say goodbye to the guides and crew, and have lunch. You are then driven back to the lodge where you can have a hot shower and dinner. Breakfast, lunch, dinner


Enjoy breakfast at the lodge and you are transferred to the airport in Kilimanjaro at the appropriate time for your onward flight. Breakfast

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Includes: 2 nights at Mount Meru Game Lodge, 2 nights in huts on Mount Meru, meals and transfers as shown, services of a guide, armed ranger and crew on Mount Meru, park fees.

Excludes: International flights and taxes, domestic departure tax, visas, travel insurance, meals not listed as included, laundry, drinks, personal expenditure, tips

hotel poolMount Meru Game Lodge

Set in pretty gardens complete with a swimming pool and bordering a wildlife sanctuary, this family-owned lodge provides a friendly welcome and comfy accommodation.

Mount Meru huts

Both Miriakamba and Saddle huts have dorm rooms sleeping up to 8 people, dining rooms for communal meals and outdoor seating areas. They are basic but clean.

Forget April and May.

You can do this trek really any time other than April and May as it’s such a hard slog in these months of the long rains. The dry seasons of June to October and again December to February are the best times to climb this mountain.

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