Mount Meru

Meru is the second-highest mountain in Tanzania at 14,980′ / 4566m. Located 70 kilometers west of Mount Kilimanjaro, it stands inside Arusha National Park.

For those seeking a shorter and less busy alternative to Kilimanjaro or in preparation for a Kilimanjaro ascent, we recommend a climb to the summit of Mount Meru. It deserves respect as a formidable peak – no less stunning than its more famous peer, and offers a challenging and highly satisfying 3- or 4-day climb.

The forest on the lower slopes of Meru hosts diverse wildlife, including dik dik, baboon, giraffe, nearly 400 species of birds, and more. For safety, a park ranger accompanies all climb teams at the lower elevations

On Meru all hikers sleep in huts located along the trail. The final ascent starts at around midnight in order to reach the summit at sunrise and where one can admire views as far as Kenya.


Mount Meru in 3 days
On a 3-day climb you summit and descend completely on the 3rd (and final) day.  It makes for a long arduous day of hiking, but you savor the downhill after your success reaching the summit.

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Mount Meru in 4 days
The 4-day climb also summits on the 3rd day, but includes an additional day for the descent.  The extra rest and slower pace allow you to explore the monkey- and bird-filled Meru forest.

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