Mountain views from guided Mount Meru trek in Tanzania
Panoramic view from Mount Meru Trek

Mount Meru Trek

6 days

Two hikers on guided Mount Meru trek in TanzaniaMountain views from guided Mount Meru trek in Tanzania

Trek to the summit of Africa's second highest mountain on this 6-day guided adventure

We invite you to join our spectacular Mount Meru Guided tour and experience the amazing climb to Tanzania’s second highest mountain (4,566 m). Located in Arusha National Park, it offers some of the most amazing scenery. It's also an opportunity to see the most diverse wildlife of all mountains in Tanzania. It is not an easy stroll due to the steepness of this mountain trek, but it’s a great chance to test yourself before challenging Mount Kilimanjaro. This wonderful Mt Meru guided trek is for those who want to take the challenge of a great climb while being out in the wild. We urge you to take this tour before you take on the Kilimanjaro mountain.

Highlights of the Mount Meru Trek

See animals such as cape buffaloes, giraffes, warthogs, and bushbucks.
Climb to the top of the second-highest mountain in Tanzania.
Hike through beautiful forests and a vast alpine desert.
Enjoy the amazing views of the summit crater and ash cone.

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Views above the clouds on guided Mount Meru trek in Tanzania

Mount Meru Trek Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive in Tanzania

Get picked up at the Kilimanjaro International Airport near Arusha and taken you to your hotel in Moshi. Here you will meet the tour leader, who will tell you everything you need to know on your upcoming guided trekking tour up Mount Meru. Your guide will also make sure all your equipment is there. If you will need any more gear, you will be able to rent it in Moshi.
Accommodation: Panama Garden Resort
Distance: None
Meals: No Meals Included

Day 2 Momella gate (1,500m) to Miriakamba Hut (2,500m)

Start your Mount Meru trek at 8 AM with a roughly 90-minute transfer to Momella gate, which is where you will start the trek. After you complete your registration, you will start the trek accompanied by an armed ranger. Today’s route will have some spectacular views of Mt. Kilimanjaro and Momella Lakes. Along the way, you may spot animals like cape buffaloes, giraffes, bushbucks, warthogs, and other local species. You will soon come to Miriakamba Hut and spend the night here.
Accommodation: Miriakamba Hut
Distance: 6km, 1,000m, 4-5 hours
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 3 Miriakamba Hut (2,500m) to Saddle Hut (3,500m)

Your trek up Mount Meru will take you on a steep path which takes you to the saddle ridge today. You can expect amazing views of Meru Crate, the ash cone and little Meru while trekking today. There is also the chance to see wildlife while you are trekking through the forest today. You might even be lucky to spot buffaloes and the black and white Colobus monkeys. Eventually, you will make your way to Saddle hut - the accommodation for the night, where you’ll have a quick rest and then continue on to Little Meru (3,810m). This additional trek to Little Meru will assist in acclimatization, and afterward you’ll return back down to the Saddle Hut.
Accommodation: Saddle Hut
Distance: 6.5km, 1,350m, 3-4 hours
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 4 Saddle Hut (3,500m) to Socialist Peak (4,562m) to Miriakamba Hut (2,500m)

Today is a tough, long day, but it is also the highlight of this trip. You will have to wake up just after midnight for a light meal and an ascent to the top of Mount Meru, known as Socialist Peak. This push to the top of Mount Meru is on a steep path and you will be hiking through rocky ridges and gravel. Enjoy unforgettable views of the Meru Crater and ash cone from the summit. You may also see some animals like Klipspringers and reedbucks today. After we spend some time to enjoy the pinnacle today's trek, descend back to the Miriakamba Hut and spend the night there.
Accommodation: Miriakamba Hut
Distance: 19km, 1,200m, 10-12 hours
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 5 Miriakamba Hut (2,500m) to Momella gate (1,500m)

After the tough day trekking to the top of Mount Meru, today is about descending back to Momella Gate. You will start your day with a hearty breakfast. After that, you will start your final hike to Momella Gate, using the southern route to descend. You will pass through a montane forest where you will be able to see the incredible Fig Tree Arch. You will be picked up from Momella Gate and taken back to your hotel in Moshi.
Accommodation: Panama Garden Resort
Distance: 14km, 4-5 hours
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 6 Departure

Today it’s all up to you and what time your flight leaves. If you have time, you can explore the town of Moshi and find some souvenirs to commemorate your summit of Mount Meru. Consider sparing an hour of your time to help our environmental conservation efforts by planting a tree in the Kilimanjaro region.
Accommodation: None, departure day
Distance: None
Meals: Breakfast

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Dates and prices of Mount Meru Trek

This trekking tour in Tanzania is always run as a custom tour for you and your group. Please contact us with your preferred starting date and group size so we can help you make incredible memories on this private group tour. This tour is typically run from June to October and December to March, however, it can be run April, May, and November.

Prices of guided Mount Meru Trek

Pricing is based on the number of guests on your trip.

  • Guided Groups of 2-4: $1,320 USD per person
  • Guided Groups of 5-9:$1,090 USD per person
  • Guided Groups of 10+: $990 USD per person
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Accommodation on Mount Meru Trek

This accommodations on this trekking tour of Mount Meru are Mountain huts / wooden cabins with shared dormitory rooms while on Mount Meru and in a private room in a lodge while in Moshi. In some cases, accommodation listed below may need to be substituted for other, comparable accommodations.

Single Rooms and Solo Travelers
You can pay a supplement of $100 USD to have a private room as a solo travelers. In some cases, there may be other solo travelers, and we can match you with participants of the same sex. Please note, that single accommodation is not possible in guesthouses with assigned stay at dormitories.

Hotels on Standard Tour

Panama Garden Resort ★★★

This beautiful hotel has everything you need to make your stay in Moshi comfortable: the resort has a beautiful garden area with swimming pool, bar, BBQ corner and free WiFi.

Night 2

Miriakamba Hut

Spend the night in huts that are scattered up the mountainside. This camp will be where you lay your head for two nights during your trek.

Night 3

Saddle Hut

This hut is in the perfect location for easy access to Little Meru and to enjoy the tremendous scenery.

Night 4

Miriakamba Hut

Spend the night in huts that are scattered up the mountainside. This camp will be where you lay your head for two nights during your trek.

Panama Garden Resort ★★★

This beautiful hotel has everything you need to make your stay in Moshi comfortable: the resort has a beautiful garden area with swimming pool, bar, BBQ corner and free WiFi.

What's included on Mount Meru Trek

Meals

5 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners

Accommodations

Accommodations along the tour

Transportation during the tour

2-way shared airport transfers between Moshi and Kilimanjaro International Airport

Also Included

  • 2-way shared airport transfers to Kilimanjaro International Airport
  • Professional mountain guides, cooks and porters for the Mount Meru Trek
  • Park fees, camping fees & rescue fees
  • 18% VAT on tour fees & services
  • Accommodation in wooden cabins on Mount Meru. Pre & Post Trek accommodation at the Weru Weru River Lodge (or alternative) on Bed & Breakfast Basis
  • Transportation to & from the mountain gate
  • Fair wages for the mountain crew as approved by the Kilimanjaro Association of Tour Operators (KIATO)
  • Gear, such as -29C Extreme Limit Sleeping Bags, Double layered Sleeping Mats
  • Katadyn filtered water throughout the trek
  • Tree donation in support of our environmental conservation projects

Not included

  • Tips – see FAQ for guidelines per group.
  • Air Travel to Kilimanjaro International Airport
  • Any meals or drinks not specified in the itinerary
  • Laundry Services & Items of personal nature.

Optional Tours

  • Transfer: Moshi to Arusha - $60 USD per vehicle (one way)
  • Transfer: Moshi to Nairobi - $200 USD per vehicle (one way)
  • Materuni + Coffee Tour Day trip - $60 USD per person
  • Rundugai Hot water springs Day Trip - $40 USD per person
  • Cycling day trip - $60 USD
  • Cultural Day Trip - $50 USD
  • 2 Days Safari – $680 USD per person. This safari is suitable for trekkers after Kilimanjaro, and the price includes meals, transport, park fees and accommodation. National Parks that are visited are Tarangire National Park & Ngorongoro Conservation Area.

Frequently Asked Questions about Mount Meru Trek

Ahsante tours is a family-run tour operator based in Moshi. They aim to provide exceptional treks and game drives at fair prices. They’ve been leading guests in Africa for over 20 years.

Ahsante provides each client with family-like service, keeping the values of care, trust, respect, and commitment at the centre of their operations.

They are committed to ensuring each guest has the best adventure possible.

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Is this tour for me?

We rate this tour as a 5 / 5 due to the elevation and very long summit day.

Local Guide

Julius, Ahsante Tours
Julius
Moshi, Tanzania

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