Mount Meru Trek

The second-highest peak in Tanzania, in a lot of ways Mount Meru feels like Kilimanjaro’s “little sister.” Meru looms over Arusha, reaching 14,979 feet at its summit.

Just 45 miles to the west of Kilimanjaro, Mount Meru also features multiple distinct climate zones (including a cultivated area, a forest belt, heath and moorlands, and alpine desert) as you ascend, and, like Kilimanjaro, is crowned in snow. Trekkers have spotted a wide variety of wildlife on Meru’s slopes, including black and white Colobus monkey, baboon, hundreds of bird species, warthog, and even elephant and giraffe!

Trekking Mount Meru doesn’t require any technical climbing expertise, but it is physically demanding. Because of this, and because of its altitude, it’s an ideal acclimatization climb before a Kilimanjaro trek. 

We are featuring group Mount Meru treks prior to these scheduled Kilimanjaro climbs:


SPECIAL GROUP RATE: $2,100 (per person, based on double occupancy)

You can also add a Mount Meru trek on to any Kilimanjaro climb.
Contact us for details and pricing.

Mount Meru Sample Itinerary

Days 1-2
Depart North America / Arrive Arusha

A staff member will greet you at the airport and escort you to your scenic nearby lodge.

Overnight: KIA Lodge (2,930’)

Day 3
Arusha to Miriakamba Hut

After a morning trek briefing, you’ll leave Arusha for nearby Mount Meru. A relatively easy day of trekking will take you through the cultivated lands around the mountain’s base, where coffee and banana farms abound, up into the rainforest zone, where you’ll have a chance to spot wildlife such as the black-and-white Colobus monkey.

Overnight: Miriakamba Hut (8,250’)
4-5 hours trekking

Day 4
Miriakamba Hut to Saddle Hut

You’ll pass through a mix of trees and pleasant glades as you leave behind the rainforest and head into the moorlands, where vegetation is sparser and temperatures are cooler. Continue on to Mgongo wa Tembo (elephant ridge). From here, you’ll have a clear view of Meru Crater and the cliffs below the summit.

Overnight: Saddle Hut (12,300’)
2-3 hours trekking

Day 5
Saddle Hut to Miriakamba Hut

Rise before the dawn to begin your trek up a narrow ridge alongside the sheer cliffs that lead to the summit. The breathtaking sunrise views near the peak will be a well-deserved reward after 4-5 hours of exhilarating climbing. Celebrate your summit of this 14,979’ mountain before retracing your steps back to Miriakamba Hut for the night.

Overnight: Miriakamba Hut (8,250’)
9-11 hours trekking

Day 6
Join Your Kilimanjaro Group

After breakfast, you’ll trek down to Momella Gate. Enjoy lunch here before meeting up with your Kilimanjaro guide, who will direct you to your comfortable lodge. Rest up—the Kilimanjaro adventure is just beginning!

Overnight: KIA Lodge (2,930’)
3-4 hours trekking

Contact the experts for more information: 800-235-0289



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