5 Days Mount Meru Trekking Adventure

A 5-Day Mount Meru Trekking is a magical hiking adventure safari package best designed for those craving to climb Mount Meru in Tanzania. This expedition involves climbing and hiking up the mountain with each day of the safari offering a fresh new challenge to the visitors.

Mount Meru, in the heart of Arusha National Park, offers a view of the breathtaking savannah plains of Tanzania. The distinctive shape of Meru is the result of a volcanic explosion that wiped out much of the island’s eastern edge long ago. A wide variety of animals make Mount Meru their home on the verdant hills. Ascending the summit adjacent to the volcanic caldera will require you to be in quite good shape, even if you are not an athlete or a serious alpinist. The steep slopes of Mount Meru make the climb to the peak challenging, but the payoff is worth it in the end.

Quick tour details

Duration: 5 days

Number of People: Tailored

Starts/Ends: Arusha

Availability: All year round


Mount Meru Trekking


Trip overview of the 5-Days Mount Meru Trekking

  • Day 01: Kilimanjaro International Airport – Moshi
  • Day 02: Momella Gate (1500m) – Miriakamba Hut (2500m)
  • Day 03: Miriakamba Hut (2500m) – Saddle Hut (3550m)
  • Day 04: Saddle Hut (3550m) – Summit Attempt (4566m) – Miriakamba Hut (2500m)
  • Day 05: Miriakamba Hut (2500m) – Arusha


Day 1: Pick up in Arusha and transfer to Moshi.

On arrival in Tanzania, you will be picked up from Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) and driven to your accommodation in Moshi. Participants will be given a short briefing for the climb the next day. Kits and the necessary equipment will be checked as well.

Day 2: Start the hike from Momella Gate to Miriakamba Hut.

In the morning, you will be picked up from your hotel and after a 45-minute drive, you will arrive at the Arusha National Park Gate for entry formalities. Afterward, we drive a little further to Momella Gate to start our climb. After a steady 2-hour climb, you will reach Maio Falls and some picturesque meadows. After resting, we will be on our way to the well-known ‘Arched Fig Tree’, with its shape forming an arch over the path. After another 1½ – 2 hours, you will reach the Miriakamba Hut.

Day 3: Miriakamba Hut to Saddle Hut

Climbing Mount Meru
Climbing Mount Meru

In the morning, we follow a steep track with wooden steps upwards. Due to the increase in altitude, it will be noticeably cooler than the previous day making the hike easier. After approximately 2 hours, you will reach the vantage point ‘Mgongo Wa Tembo’ (Elephant back) at an elevation of 3200m, where you will enjoy a well-earned break. After another hike in which the vegetation changes from rainforest into airy bushland, you will reach Saddle Hut (3550m) at midday for a relaxing lunch break. In the afternoon, you have the option to do a side trip to Little Meru (3820m), which takes approx. 1 – 1 ½ hours where you can have wonderful views of Arusha National Park and Kilimanjaro (approx. 80 km away).

Day 4: Saddle Hut to the Summit and back to Miriakamba Hut.

Your guide will wake you at 00:30 for tea and biscuits. You will then begin your summit attempt at 1:30 am. The trail starts off on a steep grade from Rhino Point (3800m) to Cobra Point (4350m). At the last hour of the hike, you will scamble on a rocky ridge between the crater and inner cliffs of Meru. You will reach the summit of Meru (4565m) at sunrise with spectacular views of Mt. Meru Ash Tray and Mt. Kilimanjaro. Enjoy your views then descend to Saddle Hut for a short break. You will then continue descending to Miriakamba Hut (2500m). The hike here will last for 10 – 12 hours.

Day 5: Descend from Miriakamba Hut back to the park gates and drive back to Arusha.

After a long rest and breakfast, we will begin our final descent to Momella gate. We will hike through forests and meadows where it is likely to spot wildlife. At the base of Mt. Meru, you will meet your driver’s guide who will take you back to Arusha or the airport.

End of 5 Days Mount Meru Trekking

 Safari includes

  • Drinking water on all days
  •  Camping Equipment
  • Park fees
  •  All activities (unless labeled as optional)
  •  All accommodation as stated in the itinerary
  •  A professional driver/guide
  •  All transportation (unless labeled as optional)
  •  All Taxes/VAT
  • Porters
  •  Round-trip airport transfer
  •  All Meals (as specified in the day-by-day section)

Safari excludes

  •  International flights
  •  Additional accommodation before and at the end of the tour
  •  The government imposed an increase in taxes and/or park fees
  •  Alcohol drinks
  •  Rescue Fee
  •  Climbing Gear
  •  Sleeping Bag
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