Acclimitisation to Kilimanjaro

Mt Meru Climb

Mount Meru is one of Africa's highest and most beautiful volcanoes, with a route which passes through a wide range of vegetation up into a moorland. A guide is mandatory on every trek and there is only one official route up to the summit. The summit is reached by walking along a very narrow, barren ridge, affording one views of Ash Cone thousands of feet below in the crater and Kilimanjaro across the vast plains in Moshi.

Mt Meru is home to over 400 species of birds as well as large herds of elephant, buffalo, rhino, giraffe, baboon, warthog and monkey. The climb is often used as an acclimatisation trek prior to ascending its larger sister, Kilimanjaro, and can be completed in either three or four days.

Accommodation is in mountain huts. The climb is fully portered and one walks with a guide and armed mountain game guide. The mountain is situated in Arusha Park.


Day-1: Arrive

Day-2: Momella gate - Miriakamba Hut at 8337ft / 2541m

Day-3: Miriakamba Hut at 8337ft / 2541m - Saddle Hut at 3570m

Day-4: Saddle Hut at 3570m to Summit (4565m) to Momella Gate

Day-5: Depart



Day-1: Arrival into Kilimanjaro International, transfer to Hotel.

Day-2: Drive to Arusha National Park and begin the trek.

Elevation - 1500m to 2500m.
Time: 3 - 4 hours.
Habitat - Montane Forest
We arrive after about a 2 hr drive, at Momella gate where we clear our trekking permits, meet up with our porters and game ranger, and head off through the lush forest, crossing the Ngare Nanyuki river to reach Miriakamba Hut at 8337ft / 2541m for overnight taking 4 to 5 hours. En route up, we will get views of buffalo grazing in the lush fields below us, and in the far distance, Kilimanjaro. Overnight Miriakamba Hut

Day-3: Miriakamba to Saddle Hut

Elevation - 2500m to 3550m
Time: 3 - 4 hours
Habitat - Moorland
After an early start, we ascend steeply for about 2 to 3 hours, through the lush forests full of bird song, toward Saddle Hut at 3570m. We may be fortunate to see a couple of buffalo grazing nearby as we head out.

We take in an afternoon trek to Little Meru, at 3794 and return to Saddle Hut for our overnight stay.

Day-4: Summit to Momella Gate

Elevation - 3550m to 4256m to 2500m
Time: 8 - 10 hours
Habitat - Semi Desert, Alpine Desert, Montane Forest
After a very early start, we trek off at about 02h00 to Rhino Point and onto the summit at 4565m, just in time to watch the sun rise behind Mount Kilimanjaro. We then descend all the way to Momella Gate to be met and transferred back to our Hotel and overnight stay.

Day-5: Departure from Kilimanjaro Airport

Alternately you can use this as leisure time before our trek up Kilimanjaro or Tanzanian Safari.

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Mt Meru Variations

5 days Combined with Kilimanjaro

Day-1: Arrive

Day-2: Momella gate - Miriakamba Hut at 8337ft / 2541m

Day-3: Miriakamba Hut at 8337ft / 2541m - Saddle Hut at 3570m

Day-4: Saddle Hut at 3570m to Summit (4565m) to Miriakamba Hut

Day-5: Miriakamba Hut - Momella Gate

Day-5: Depart


Day-1: Arrive

Day-2: Momella gate - Miriakamba Hut at 8337ft / 2541m

Day-3: Miriakamba Hut at 8337ft / 2541m - Saddle Hut at 3570m

Day-4: Saddle Hut at 3570m to Summit (4565m)- Momella Gate

Day-5: Rest day

Day-6: Machame Gate to Machame Camp (2450m)

Day-7: Machame Camp (2450m) to Shira Camp 2 (3840m).

Day-8: Shira - Lava Tower (4630m) - Baranco camp (3950m)

Day-9: Baranco Camp to Barafu Camp (4550m)

Day-10: Barafu - Uhuru Peak (5895m) - Mweka (3100m)

Day-11: Mweka camp (3100m)- Mweka Gate (1980m)

Day-12: Depart


Your Questions Answered

Very definitely yes. Porters and guides are the life blood of any successful mountain climb. Through our partners in Tanzania we support various charity initiatives including the most important Kilimanjaro Porters Society. This society was registered under the name Mount Kilimanjaro Porters Society on 30th September 2005 as a non governmental organization with a certificate no 13296 under the organization art of the United Republic of Tanzania. The society exists as a shield for porters who are registered under it with the goal of improving the living and working condition of these porters.
Mt Meru is often under-estimated given that it is marketed as a pre-Kilimanjaro hike, but although the day to day hiking is not as strenuous as Kilimanjaro, the pull to summit is very steep.
The climb to the summit of Mt Meru is approximately 33 km/ 21 miles from gate to gate
The route can be quite busy, especially during peak trekking times
Like Kilimanjaro there are two distinct trekking seasons during which is the best time to climb Meru. They are January-March and June-October. January-March is generally colder than June-October and there is a higher probability of encountering snow on the summit.
Saddle Hut and Miriakamba Hut provide the only accommodation on the mountain. Huts which are dormitory style, fill up well in advance, so if you are planning to trek during the high season then book early, or you made land up camping.
Mt Meru is in a national wildlife park and so the chance of seeing animals like Giraffe and Buffalo as well as monkeys is high. You also have to hike with an armed ranger for your safety in light of the mountain's wildlife.
This is a popular question. The toilets that are available on the mountain are pretty rudimentary unless you are on Marangu, and are really just a wooden or block building with a hole in the ground (or a 'long drop'). One option though it adds to the cost is to hire a portable toilet. Finally, although there may not be toilet facilities when you really need them during the days trek, we ask that you seek out a 'loo with a view' away from the path, and keep your used paper in a small bag to dispose of later at camp so as to preserve the environment.
Altitude sickness, also called mountain sickness, is a group of general symptoms that are brought on by climbing or walking to a higher and higher altitude (elevation) too quickly. High altitude is defined as 8,000 - 12,000 feet (2400 - 2600m) above sea level. Altitude sickness can affect anyone who goes to high altitudes without giving the body time to adjust to the changes in air pressure and oxygen level. Symptoms usually come on within 12 to 24 hours of reaching a higher elevation and then get better within a day or two as your body adjusts to the change in altitude
Month 2019 2020 2021
January - 10 28
February - 9 27
March - 9 28
April - 8 27
May - 7 26
June - 5 24
July 17 5 24
August 15 3 22
September 14 2 21
October 14 1, 31 20
November 12 30 19
December 12 30 19

Mt Meru at a Glance