Mt. Meru

Mount Meru situated within the Arusha National Park is located about 70 kilometres west of Mt. Kilimanjaro in the Northern Tourism Circuit of Tanzania. Mount Meru is an active stratovolcano with approximately an altitude of 4566m above the sea level. Mount Meru is the fifth highest mountain on the African continent and the second highest in Tanzania. The first ascent was Fritz Jager in 1904.

The Mt. Meru ascent passes through many different vegetation zones which makes its most wonderful and beauty contributing to attractions to many visitors to include the following:-

  • The dry forest of the lower region with dense mountain rainforest
  • Heath and moorland vegetation towards the top of the mountain
  • Stunning baron alpine deserts
  • Large game of elephants and buffalos during the ascent which makes it being the only armed park in Tanzania

The Mt Meru summit is accessible high, with climbers plan to reach the top, Socialist Peak (4562m) to earn their climbing certificates and their memories. Key attraction when climbing Mt Meru includes the following features:-

  • Reaching its summits
  • Climatic world tour
  • Hike with the chance to see wild animals
  • Beautiful view of Arusha National Park
  • Midday ascent to Little Mt. Meru (3820m)
  • Fantastic views and light climbing passages
  • Magnificent beauty of the roof of the continent

Size:

542 sq Km [205.96 sq miles] [Arusha National Park]

Location & Getting There

Located on the Northern Tourism Circuit of Tanzania, near Arusha town.
Accessibility is by road to the main gates, about 60 km (35 miles) from Arusha, 1.5 hours drive from Kilimanjaro airport.



What to do

  • Hiking or trekking to the summit
  • Game view
  • Nature trails on the lower reaches

When to go

  • December to February, clearest and warmest conditions
  • July to September, dry (and colder)

Accommodation While Trekking:

  • Sleeping in Campsites within the National Park

Momella Route Itinerary:
Climbing Mt. Meru via Shira Momella, starts at the Momella Gate [1500 m above sea level] and it takes 3 days of climbing to the roof top. The itinerary for this route is as follows:-

Day 1 – Momella Gate [1500 m above sea level] to Miriakamba Hut [2500 m above sea level]
Walking Distance:
Walking Time: 3 – 4 hours
Altitude gain: 1000 m

Day 2 – Miriakamba Hut [2500 m above sea level] to Sadlle Hut [3550 m above sea level]
Walking Distance:
Walking Time: 3 – 4 hours
Altitude gain: 1050 m

Day 3 – Saddle Hut [3550 m above sea level] to Socialist Peak [4256 m above sea level] to Miriakamba Hut [2500 m above sea level]
Walking Distance:
Walking Time: 8 – 10 hours ascending to roof top, stays up and descending
Altitude gain: 3550m to 4256m to 2500m

Day 4 – Miriakamba Hut [2500 m above sea level]to Momella Gate [1500 m above sea level]
Walking Distance:
Walking Time: 2 – 3 hours descending
Descending: 1000 m