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Mount Meru

Introduction

Mount Meru is a prominent active volcano with an elevation of 4566m , making it the second highest peak in Tanzania, just 700m lower than Mount Kilimanjaro and the fifth highest peak in Africa. It is located within Arusha National Park boundaries but you can get a great view of the mountain from Arusha Town center.

Meru is the only great isolated stratovolcano in East Africa that is still active. A massive eruption 7,800 years ago shattered Meru’s upper slopes and formed an oblong 8 km/5 mi wide caldera that is open to the east. The main summit is on the caldera’s western edge, perched above a dramatic and still active Ash Cone inside the caldera. Meru is just below the permanent snowline, so there are no glaciers or snowfields on its slopes.

The vegetation changes dramatically as you ascend, starting out in grasslands which turn into montane (mountain) forest. As you go higher the landscape changes to shrubland and and moorland. As you climb Meru you will get stunning views of Kilimanjaro.

Whilst there is no tehnical climbing involved, it is steep and tough going in places and you will need to take it slowly to allow time for your body to acclimatize to the altitude.

The best time to climb Meru is between October and February. But also June to September, while it is colder then. It is best to allow 4 days for climbing Meru, since it involves a large elevation gain, but you can do the trek in 3 or 5 days. There are huts available to climbers on the mountain and firewood is supplied. You need advance permission from the park warden at Momella Gate before you start your ascent. Aside from being a rewarding and picturesque trek in its own right, Meru is also great acclimatization for a Kilimanjaro climb.

Mount Meru climbs

Mount Meru Climb - Tanzania
Mount Meru Climb - Tanzania
Visit Arusha National Park and Ngurdoto Crater and challenge yourself to trek to the summit of Mt. Meru the Tanzania’s second highest mountain and Africa’s fifth highest
4 Days - USD $775
Mountain Hiking, non-summit - Tanzania
Mountain Hiking, non-summit - Tanzania
Enjoy the unique flora and fauna of the Montane forest and spectacular views of Africa. Mountain hiking Kilimanjaro and Mount Meru with a visit to Arusha National Park.
4 Days - USD $1,635
Mount Meru Climb and Wildlife Safari in Tanzania
Mount Meru Climb and Wildlife Safari in Tanzania
Hike to the top of Mount Meru, the 2nd highest peak in Tanzania followed by a day day wildlife safari to the 'Big Five' areas of Tanzania.
10 Days - USD $1,952
Mount Meru and Mt Kilimanjaro Climb Marangu Route
Mount Meru and Mt Kilimanjaro Climb Marangu Route
Starting with the beautiful ascent of Mt. Meru - an exceptional crater rim roller - coaster warm up and acclimatization trek for the big one - Mount Kilimanjaro on Marangu route
11 Days - USD $2,023
Mount Meru and Mt Kilimanjaro Climb Shira Route
Mount Meru and Mt Kilimanjaro Climb Shira Route
Trekking to the summits of the Africa's continent's highest peaks. Starting with Mt. Meru - as warm up and acclimatization trek for the big one - Mount Kilimanjaro on Shira route
12 Days - USD $2,211

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