Mount Meru

mount meru

Arusha Tanzania

Located in the heart of the Arusha National Park, Mount Meru is Tanzania’s second tallest mountain and the fourth highest in Africa. Standing at 4,566 metres high it is often used as a warm-up for Mount Kilimanjaro but we believe Mount Meru is a very rewarding trek in its own right.

It offers rustic hut style accommodation as well as impressive views and diverse vegetation from dense mountain rainforest, healthy moorlands to alpine desert and you will have the opportunity to witness wildlife such as giraffe, buffalo, elephants, antelopes and the colobus money. In addition to your trekking team including your Guide, Chef and Porters you will be accompanied by an armed Park Ranger.

Mount Meru can be trekked in 3 or 4 days and it is important to take into consideration your level of fitness and mountain climbing experience in high altitudes when deciding on your itinerary. Unless you are experienced in high altitude mountain treks we recommend a 4 day trek as this allows more time for your body to acclimatise which will you a greater chance of reaching the summit. We are proud to have a current summit rate of 100% on Mount Meru and we look forward to challenging you and taking you on the trek of a lifetime.

Mount Meru Climbing FAQ

What is the best time to climb Mount Meru?

The best time to climb Mount Meru is during the dry seasons, which are from June to October and from December to February. These periods offer the most stable weather conditions, making the climb safer and more enjoyable.

How long does it take to climb Mount Meru?

The standard route to the summit of Mount Meru typically takes 3 to 4 days. This allows for proper acclimatization and a more enjoyable trekking experience.

Do I need a guide to climb Mount Meru?

Yes, it is mandatory to have a guide when climbing Mount Meru. Guides are knowledgeable about the terrain, local wildlife, and can provide assistance to ensure a safe and successful climb.

What is the altitude of Mount Meru?

Mount Meru stands at an elevation of 4,566 meters (14,980 feet) above sea level. It is the second highest mountain in Tanzania, after Mount Kilimanjaro.

How difficult is the climb?

The climb up Mount Meru is considered moderately difficult. While it is less challenging than Mount Kilimanjaro, it still requires a good level of fitness and proper acclimatization to prevent altitude sickness.

What should I bring for the climb?

Essential items for the climb include warm clothing, a good pair of hiking boots, a sleeping bag, a first aid kit, water purification tablets, and trekking poles. It is also important to bring sufficient food and water for the duration of the trek.

Are there any accommodations on the mountain?

Yes, there are designated huts along the route where climbers can rest and sleep. These huts provide basic shelter and facilities.

Is it possible to see wildlife on Mount Meru?

Yes, Mount Meru is located within Arusha National Park, and climbers often encounter a variety of wildlife, including elephants, giraffes, buffaloes, and various bird species.

Do I need to acclimatize before climbing Mount Meru?

While acclimatization is less critical for Mount Meru compared to Mount Kilimanjaro, it is still important to pace yourself and ascend gradually to reduce the risk of altitude sickness.

Can I combine a Mount Meru climb with a safari?

Yes, many climbers choose to combine their Mount Meru trek with a safari in nearby national parks, such as Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater, or Tarangire. This offers a well-rounded experience of Tanzania's natural beauty.