4 Days Mount Meru Climbing – Hiking

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6 Days
Availability : Jul 2021’ - Dec 2022’
Min Age : 10+
Max People : 20
Tour Details

Arrival & Departure Location

Kilimanjaro International Airport (Google Map)

Mount Meru Trekking – Climbing Kilimanjaro’s Little Brother

Mount Meru is located in the heart of Arusha National Park and it is 50 miles west of Mt. Kilimanjaro. Mount Meru is a massive volcano reaching 14,980 feet (4,565 meters). This trek serves as an ideal warm up for Mt. Kilimanjaro due to its altitude acclimatization and hiking distances. This trek is also geared towards hikers that prefer less crowds and a challenging ascent.

The trek to the top of Mount Meru takes 3 to 4 days, and with our two trekking options you can decide whether you would like to tackle Meru at a fast or slightly slower pace and since Mt. Meru is located in Arusha National Park, hikers must climb with an armed ranger due to the wide range of wildlife living on the mountain. On the lower slopes of the mountain, hikers are more likely to see elephants, giraffes, and buffalo! As hikers continue their ascents, the trail follows the north rim of the volcano’s crater along a dramatic ridge line. Throughout the climb, hikers sleep in designated huts along the trail. Hikers reach the summit at sun rise will have spectacular views of Mt. Kilimanjaro and of the Mt. Meru Crater. Mount Meru is also known as the little brother to Kilimanjaro but it’s still the fifth highest mountain on the African continent. Come Mount Meru trekking with Inquisitive Africa Adventures for an experience you will never forget!

At Inquisitive Africa Adventures, we are pleased to offer combination treks of both Mount Kilimanjaro and Mount Meru or Mount Meru and Safari, Mount Meru and Beach holiday or both Mount Meru, Mount Kilimanjaro, Safari and Beach holiday. Whether you choose to trek Mount Meru on its own or in combination, Meru will enthral with it stunning vistas of its surroundings and views of its big brother, Mount Kilimanjaro, to the east.

Best Time to Take a Mount Meru Trekking Tour

Mount Meru can be trekked all year around, though the best time to tackle this mountain is during the dry season, from Mid-May to the beginning of March. If you’re considering a Mount Meru trekking tour during November or December you should expect occasional rains during these months. For the best views of the snow-capped rooftop of Africa, Mount Kilimanjaro, we recommend planning your Meru trek for January or February.

Mount Meru climb – Northern Tanzania

– 6 days Adventure, Trekking & climbing holiday in Tanzania
– Fantastic Adventures that leads you through many different vegetation zones: from grasslands to thick and lush green rainforest, heath and moorland along the knife edge of the crater rim, and alpine desert.
– Comfort climbing & Trekking Adventure

Tour price in US Dollars per person Sharing a Twin Room (Valid for 2021 -2022)

Number of Pax


1 Person (Private Climb)

US $ 1559

2 or 3 Person in Private Climb

US $ 1259

4 or 5  Person in Private Climb

US $ 1124

6  Person or more in Private Climb

US $ 1071

Single Room Supplement

US $ 130

 The above pricing is intended to serve as a guide. Pricing may vary based on changes or customizations made to the itinerary. Pricing assumes 2 guests sharing a room.


Day 1 Arrive in Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO), Tanzania

On arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) you will be met by your driver who will transfer you to Masailand Lodge for your overnight stay. Located in Arusha, Masailand Safari Lodge offers the ideal location from which to start your safari adventure. Strategically located at a base and the best view of Mt. Meru. Freshen up after your journey to Tanzania and unwind in the lush gardens before enjoying a delicious meal. Enjoying the remarkable view of Mount Meru by just walking in the tropical garden. Get an early night’s rest before your safari itinerary kicks off in the morning! Overnight Masailand Safari Lodge or similar (with Dinner and breakfast included)


Altitude: 1,387 m (4,921ft) – 1,500 m (3,000ft)
Hiking distance: 10 km
Hiking time: 4-6 hours
Habitat: Montane Forest
After breakfast, pack your bags and depart with Inquisitive representative for your transfer through Arusha town to Momela Gate. After a short registration at the Gate A welcome table will be set up either at the entrance gate or a short distance away, with tea and coffee, hot drinks and snacks, allowing you to refresh while your guide briefs you on the surrounding area. After hot/cold drinks and snacks, experience your first taste of the wild and beautiful Mount Meru, 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 Meriakamba Hut.


Altitude: 2,514 m (8,250ft) – 3,570 m (11,712ft)
Hiking distance: 8 km
Hiking time: 3–5 hours
Habitat: Forest and Moorland
You rise early at Meriakamba hut and after breakfast, the walk from Meriakamba 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. The crew will boil drinking and washing water, before serving dinner. The night at this exposed camp will even be colder than the previous night, with temperatures dropping.


Altitude: 3,570 m (11,712ft) to 4,565m (14,977ft) to 2,514 m (8,250ft)
Hiking distance: 5 km to 13km down
Hiking time: 12–14 hours
Habitat Alpine Desert, Moorland and Montane forest
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 ridgeline between the sheer inner cliffs and the sloping outer wall of the crater. We take a short rest and brunch at Saddle Hut before continuing the descent to Meriakamba hut.


Altitude: 2,514m (4,921ft) to 1,500m (8,250) to 1,387m (4,921ft)
Hiking distance: 10km down
Hiking time: 2–4 hours
Habitat: Montane forest
After breakfast, pack your bags and depart with your guides while take a short and fast descent way through open grassland and mixed forest, with possibility of seeing wildlife before reaching Momella Gate in the late morning. The returning transfer will be waiting at Momella Gate to pick you to your Hotel in Arusha.


Departure: After breakfast, you will say your goodbyes to the team at your lodge, making your way to Kilimanjaro International Airport where your adventure ends. While the memories will last forever, we do hope you will return one day to retrace the steps of the adventure you just completed with us. We wish you a safe and enjoyable trip to your next destination.


• All climbing rates quoted are based on a per person rate.

• Two nights’ accommodation at the Maasailand Safari Lodge in Arusha (before and after the climb)
o First night includes breakfast
• Return transportation from Arusha to/from the starting/finishing point on the mountain
• Return Airport transfers Kilimanjaro international Airport (JRO) & Arusha Airport
• Qualified guides with mountain crew
• All National park and entrance fees
• Hut accommodation
• Cutlery / Crockery / Eating utensils
• Rescue fees
• Pulse oximeters
• First aid kit
• Guides, porters, cook, waiter salaries
• Boiled water on the mountain
• All meals on the mountain (breakfast, Lunch & dinner)
• Guides, porters, waiter, cook accommodation and entry fees on the mountain
• Half board accommodation in Moshi and Arusha
• Current Government taxes and levies
• 24-Hour support during the safari from our office in Tanzania.

• Internal or International flights
• Single rooms supplement
• Guides, Porters, Cook & Waiters tips
• Gears for your climb
• Sleeping bag
• Additional nights beyond the standard hotel nights included
• Entry Visas to Tanzania
• Unforeseen increases in park fees and government taxes
• Emergency oxygen
• Travel and health insurance
• Gratuities to your guide, hotel staff and porters
• Meals, drinks and excursions not described in the itinerary
• Any other items of a personal nature, laundry, telephone and postage

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