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50 Mount Meru Climbing Tours

Mt Meru Climbing, Trekking & Hiking Tours

Mount Meru is a volcano towering at 4566 m/14,980 ft over the vast African savannahs and rainforests. It ranks as one of the highest peaks in Africa and Tanzania’s second-highest, just behind the iconic Mount Kilimanjaro, which lies only 40km away. While Kilimanjaro often steals the spotlight, Mt Meru is an impressive mountain with its own unique charm.

Climbing Mount Meru is an epic adventure that combines hiking with exploration of African nature and wildlife. Situated within a national park, it is home to a variety of rare animals and plants. The slopes of Meru are covered in lush tropical forests that give way to heather and high-altitude flora as you trek higher.

And, of course, you will be treated to breathtaking views of the surrounding savannahs, beautiful lakes, and Mount Kilimanjaro. Upon reaching the summit, travelers will marvel at the awe-striking sight of sunrise over Africa – a truly memorable moment that will stay with you forever.

An expedition to Mount Meru does not require any special skills and can be considered a moderately difficult trek. Additionally, if you’re considering climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, trekking to the Meru summit first is an excellent way to prepare and acclimatize to the high altitude, which will be of great help on the “Roof of Africa”.

Arusha FAQ's - Arusha Safaris

There are some Bureaus de Change in Arusha clustered around the Clock Tower, and some ATMs in the city centre. It is a good idea to stop by these before your safari to take out some notes. There are not many other options during the Northern Circuit and it is good to have cash to buy souvenirs or tip drivers and guides. 

Below we have shared a 4 day / 3 nights Meru climb but you can do it in 3 days / 2 nights which we do not recommend due to long walking distance from Miriakamba Hut to the Socialist Peak  and back all the way to Momella Gate.

The price for a 3 day Meru climb is USD 1,250 Per Person and the price for a 4 day Meru climb is USD 1,650 per person. You can climb Mount Meru all year round and you can pick and choose your own travel dates but we recommend you avoid the rainy season. The best time to climb Mount Meru is January to early March and June to October.

  • Be open and honest with us at all time. We’re part of the same team and share the same goal – to reach the top and come back comfortably and safely.

     

    Mount Meru waterfalls

    Mount Meru waterfalls

  • Never pretend to feel well if you don’t before or during climb.
  • Make sure you are in good physical and mental health before attempting the mountain. We recommend a medical check prior to any climb.
  • Most people will experience mild symptoms of altitude sickness. Your guide is experienced in identifying and dealing with altitude sickness but you should also educate yourself about the symptoms and prevention of Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS), High Altitude Sickness (HAS), High Altitude Pulmonary Edema (HAPE) and High Altitude Cerebral Edema (HACE).
  • Should you experience any symptoms of AMS, immediate descent is the remedy on Mt. Meru and will be ordered by your guide.
  • Start your physical preparation (hiking) at least two months before. Decrease efforts the last 2 weeks and rest the final days before the climb so your body can recover properly. We recommend long walks in different terrain, swimming and yoga.
  • Start practicing deep, deliberate breathing. Try Pranayama breathing technique or any other that suits your lungs.
  • Make sure you are properly equipped according to our packing gear list.
  • You should bring some “comfort” food, such as chocolate and energy bars or energy drinks powder. You might need this for a boost on summit night.
  • Be positive and prepared for any kind of weather and surface – rainy, foggy, snowy, dusty, muddy, loose surface.
  • Ascend slowly. Don’t overexert yourself.
  • Take deep, deliberate breaths.
  • Communicate openly with your guide and follow his instructions at all times. He is the most experienced  person on the mountain and there to assist you at all times.
  • At high altitudes, loss of appetite is common. Eat and drink properly even if you don’t feel like it.
  • Mount Meru summit day/night is tough. Steep ascent and sheer drops at some places, cold, wind and loose gravel surface will require your best efforts. Prepare yourself for this challenge and conserve mental and physical energy from the start. You will need it!
  • Don’t forget to enjoy! Feel connected to the mountain and feel the spiritual experience offered to you.

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