Find Physical Ease Hiking This 4-Day Mount Meru Trekking Tour

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4 Days
Availability : Jan - Dec
Kilimanjaro International Airport
Arusha National Park
Min Age : 6+
Max People : 25

Compare Mount Meru tours & find physical ease trekking this 4-day Mount Meru itinerary. This especially applies if you have no prior experience hiking above 3,000m/10,000ft.


Mount Meru sits at 4,566m and is the 8th tallest mountain in Africa. Therefore climbers should expect this East African peak to take 3-4 days to complete. The Mountain is located at Arusha National Park and is a much more approachable feat, in comparison to other East African mountains of greater heights, such as Mount Kilimanjaro and Mount Kenya. This is why so many hikers primarily trek Mount Meru, as an acclimatization session, before embarking on larger expeditions. Climbers that attempt Mount Meru beforehand are often well conditioned to perform incredibly well, when they hike larger peaks such as Mount Kilimanjaro.

All trekking groups follow the same route up the mountain, which begins at Momella Gate and ends right at the start. However its worth noting that there are various wildlife sightings along the trail, particularly in the early days of the ascent. In addition you’ll also get to stay in a series of huts, that have basic but comfortable accommodations, located at two different campsites, before culminating at Socialist Peak.

Highlights From This Long-Distance Trail

  • It’s a convenient acclimatization mountain for Mount Kilimanjaro than Mount Kenya, due to its close proximity to Mount Kilimanjaro.
  • Has spectacular scenery of various habitats, nearby towns and distant mountains.
  • Has great acclimatization opportunities.
  • Less crowded.
  • Has an easy summit success.

Best Time To Trek Mount Meru

  •  January through mid-March
  •  Mid-June through October
  • December

Dietary Menus Served On Mount Meru

All of your meals on Mount Meru are freshly cooked by excellent chefs and served according to your dietary preference.

  • Normal diet
  • Vegan diet
  • Vegetarian diet
  • Halal diet
  • Gluten-free diet

Meet Your Tanzanian Tour Guide

  • 43 years of age
  • Has 9 years of experience as a Mount Kilimanjaro & Mount Meru tour guide
  • Has 3 years of experience as a porter on Kilimanjaro
  • Received Wilderness First Responders (WFR) safety training

Safety Trekking Material & Hiking Equipment

High-Altitude Kits

  • Supplemental Oxygen
  • Pulse Oximeter

Medication & Sanitary Treatments

  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Anti-Acid Tablets
  • Throat Lozenges
  • Eye Drops
  • Loperamide Tablets
  • Insect Sting Relief Treatment
  • Glucose
  • Oral Rehydration Salts
  • Dexamethasone
  • Phenergan
  • Soap
  • Hydrogen Peroxide

Wraps, Splints & Wound Coverings

  • Triangular Cravat Bandages
  • Rolled Gauze
  • Homeostatic Gauze
  • First-Aid Cleansing Pads With Topical Anesthetic

Tools & Supplies

  • Paramedic Shears
  • Standard Thermometer
  • Small Mirror
  • Surgical Gloves
  • Small Notepad & Pencil
  • Headlamp
  • Stethoscope
  • Portable Stretcher

Evacuation Protocol On This Walking Tour

  • Evacuations on Mount Meru are initially on foot and are accompanied by an assistant guide however if you’re unable to walk, 2 assistant guides will carry you with a stretcher up to the nearest point an ambulance.
  • Once in an ambulance, you’ll be transferred to the nearest gate to be picked up or KCMC hospital for treatment. If your condition is severe, you’ll be accompanied by an assistant guide to the hospital where he’ll monitor your condition and write a report. As you undergo medical attention, your family and Embassy will be notified about your health condition. They’ll continue to receive daily reports until you either recover or a close family member arrives.

Meeting Point

  • You will be met at Kilimanjaro International Airport and transferred to Venus Premier Hotel, at Arusha Region.
  • The next day, you’ll be picked up from your hotel and transfered to Mount Meru, at Arusha National Park, where your trekking adventure will begin.
  • Please keep in mind that the price includes both the hotel and the transfers (airport + trailheads). 

Departure Time

10:00 AM


Arusha National Park Fees

Park Fees
Conservation Fees$50/Per Day
Camping Fees$30/Per Night
Rescue Fees$20/Per Hiker
Park Ranger Fees$15/Per Day
Guide and Porter Entrance Fees$2/Per Supporting Crew
Guide and Porter Camping Fees$2/Per Hiker
Vehicle Entry Fees$20/Per Vehicle
Vehicle Exit Fees$20/Per Supporting Crew
Tourism Value Added Tax (VAT)18%
Retail Value Added Tax (VAT)18%
Total$668.352

Package Tours & Prices

Open Group Treks

Save Costs Hiking This 4 Day Mount Meru Escorted Tour With A Group. The Package Tour Includes:

  • Park Fees & Taxes
  • Lodging before and after the hike
  • Camping tents during the hike
  • Mattresses
  • Dining mess tents
  • Airport pick-up and drop-off
  • Transportation to and from the hotel and trailhead
  • Breakfast before and after the climb
  • 3 meals per day during the hike
  • Water during the hike
  • Supplemental Oxygen
  • Support team (certified guides, porters, and cooks)
  • Meru evacuation insurance

1,122


Private Treks

Get Privacy & Flexibility Hiking This 4-Day Private Tour on Mount Meru. The Package Tour Includes:

  • Park Fees & Taxes
  • Lodging before and after the hike
  • Camping tents during the hike
  • Mattresses
  • Dining mess tents
  • Private toilet
  • Flexible itinerary during your hike
  • Airport pick-up and drop-off
  • Transportation to and from the hotel and trailhead
  • Breakfast before and after the climb
  • 3 meals per day during the hike
  • Water during the hike
  • Supplemental Oxygen
  • Private support team (certified guides, porters, and cooks)
  • Meru evacuation insurance

1,686


Packages Exclude

  • Flights
  • Visas
  • Insurance
  • Tips
  • Private Expenses

Payment Process

Paying For Group Hikes

  • Pay a small $100 deposit when booking; then
  • Pay the remaining balance upon arrival; and
  • Get unlimited deferrals at no additional cost

Paying For Private Hikes

  • Pay a $686 deposit when booking; then
  • Pay the remaining balance upon arrival; and
  • Get unlimited deferrals at no additional cost

6-Day Travel Itinerary & Cumulative Elevation Gains

KILIMANJARO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

All trekkers will have to arrange their own flights to Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) and apply for their own visas through the online immigration portal. Visa guidelines are also available on the official immigration website. 

Note, if you’re arriving from a country subject to yellow fever, you will be required to show proof of vaccination. A 72-hour PCR test is required for entry.

A transfer will be arranged to drop off you and your luggage at the hotel in Arusha region in order to unwind from your travels. Briefing will take place in the evening or early morning, before departing to Arusha National Park for registration.

MOMELA GATE TO MIRIAKAMBA HUTS

After you check-out from your hotel, you’ll depart to Arusha National Park for registration. The commute shouldn’t take no more than 2-hours, from Arusha’s town center, so best to stretch your legs before departure. Once at Arusha National Park, you’ll clear your permits at Momella Gate, before beginning your 4-day trek.

At the onset of the hike, you’ll pass open grassland filled with buffaloes, warthogs and zebra. Furthermore, you’ll also likely spot various birds, reptiles and mammals, once you cross Ngare Nanyuki River and continue to the mountain’s forest. A native to Mount Meru’s forest zone is the Black-And-White Colobus Monkey. You can distinguish these creatures by their unique black and white fur that runs along their long tails. Finally the hike will end at Miriakamba Hut for an overnight stay.

MIRIAKAMBA HUTS TO SADDLE HUTS

The second day of your trek is short yet demanding. This is mainly due to the trail’s steep ascent, through the mountain’s rainforest. You’ll then reach a halfway point to Elephant Ridge, where you’ll come to a scenic viewpoint of the mountain’s crater. From there, it’ll only take approximately 2-hours to arrive at Saddle Hut.

In the afternoon, you’ll trek up to 3,794m at Little Meru for acclimatization. This process is called the trek-high and sleep low and it’ll help your body better anticipate and adjust to lower atmospheric oxygen levels during your trek. Especially when it’s employed right before your summit attempt.

 

SADDLE HUT TO SOCIALIST PEAK (SUMMIT) TO SADDLE HUT

On the final stretch to the summit, your hike will begin at 1am toward Rhino Point, at 3,850m. Since the trail at night is pitch dark, it’ll be wise to come with a head torch/headlamp or a flashlight. From Rhino Point the trail passes through a very narrow ridge, before arriving at the summit at Socialist Peak.

At Socialist Peak you’ll get to see stunning views of Mount Kilimanjaro, at a close distance, and a chance to take pictures of your successful climb. After an hour at the summit, you’ll then descend down to Saddle Hut for an overnight stay.

SADDLE HUT – MOMELLA GATE – ARUSHA TOWN

In the morning you’ll make your way down to Momella Gate, along with your support crew. The descent will take a total of 6-hours and, once at the gate, you’ll be picked up from Arusha National Park and transferred to your hotel at Arusha town.

KILIMANJARO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT/NEXT PACKAGE TOUR

If you have booked a Mount Kilimanjaro trek, a wildlife safari or Zanzibar beach holiday package with us, you’ll be transferred to the next travel itinerary. If you have not booked an additional trip with XPATS International, you’ll be transferred to the airport for your international travels.

Accommodations

Pre & Post Hike Accommodations


Camping Accommodations During The Trek

Map Of Mount Meru’s Walking Tour

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Related topics to understand:

Since Mount Meru is located within Arusha National Park, you’re far more likely to run into large mammals than other peaks in Tanzania, such as Mount Kilimanjaro. This is why the Arusha National Park has made it mandatory for visitors to be accompanied by a park ranger whenever they’re engaging in outdoor activities. This of course excludes wildlife safaris because you’re confined inside a vehicle.

Mount Kilimanjaro is significantly harder than Mount Meru because, on Mount Kilimanjaro treks, you’re reaching elevations close to 6,000m, while Meru’s peak only stands at 4,566m. Furthermore, the average elevation gains are great enough to cause severe forms of altitude sickness. This is why there more deaths reported on Mount Kilimanjaro than Mount Meru. Although this is the case, travelers are happy to recommend Mount Kilimanjaro than Mount Meru on TripAdvisor and Tourradar reviews. TripAdvisor and Tourradar are great resources that could provide feedback on the respective mountains.

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