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Mount Meru

Mount Meru is the second highest mountain in Tanzania. Situated in the Arusha National Park within 1 hour's drive from the Kilimanjaro National Park, is often referred to as Mount Kilimanjaro's little brother. It offers great opportunities to warm up and pre-acclimatize to the high altitude before attempting to scale Africa's tallest mountain. At a height of 4,566 meters, however, Mount Meru is a truly impressive and worthwhile mountain to climb in its own right.

The mountain's distinct appearance was formed around 250 000 years ago by a tremendous volcanic eruption that destroyed the entire eastern flank, leaving a horseshoe-shaped crater. Besides its unique views and diverse vegetation, Mount Meru also gives you the chance to see wildlife in the form of a walking safari. On your trek you might come across large game such as giraffes, buffaloes, baboons, elephants, antelopes and colobus monkeys. But no need to worry – you will be accompanied by an armed park ranger on your tour.

During your climb, you will quickly experience the changing vegetation – from dense mountain rainforest into heather and moorland and finally alpine desert. The higher you climb, the less animals you'll spot, and the more your focus shifts to the landscape. From the top of Mount Meru, you'll be rewarded with stunning views not only of Mount Meru and the inner crater, but arguably also the most impressive sunrise views of Mount Kilimanjaro.

Mount Meru is often climbed in a minimum of 3 days, which involves a long descent from the summit all the way back down on the third day (3-day itinerary). To ease the burden on your knees, you may prefer to split your descent into 2 days (4-day itinerary).

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Sunrise view from Mount Meru towards Mount Kilimanjaro
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From US$ 1,005   for 15 days Moshi, Mount Kilimanjaro Briefing, Climbing +2 3-day Mount Meru Mountain Hut, Hotel
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US$ 1,00515 days
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  • Wilderness First Responder Certified GuideLead Guide Included
  • Emergency Oxygen Included
  • Pulse Oximeter Included
  • Pre-Climb Briefing with Your Guide Included
  • First Aid Kit Included
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  • Gear & Clothing Available to Rent LocallyAs per Price List on Tour Page; Can Be Paid for Locally in Cash Included
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  • Full-Board Meals (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)On the Mountain (Hot when possible) Included
  • Drinking WaterOn the Mountain (Boiled; Excluding First Day of Trek) Included
  • Coffee & Tea Included
  • Professional Cook Included
  • Special Dietary RequirementsSubject to Locally Available Ingredients Included
  • Vegetarian DietOptional, on Request Included
  • Vegan DietOptional, on Request Included
  • Gluten-free DietOptional, on Request Included
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  • Airport TransfersKilimanjaro International Airport Included
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  • Safe Luggage StorageWhile on Trek Included
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Sunrise view from Mount Meru towards Mount Kilimanjaro
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From US$ 1,225   for 21 days Moshi, Mount Kilimanjaro Briefing, Climbing +2 4-day Mount Meru Mountain Hut, Hotel
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Custom Trip
US$ 1,22521 days
  • Sustainability >>
  • KPAP Partner for Responsible Travel Included
  • Guiding >>
  • English-Speaking Guide Included
  • Assistant Guide(s)For 2 or More Travelers; max. 2 Travelers per Guide Included
  • Safety >>
  • Wilderness First Responder Certified GuideLead Guide Included
  • Emergency Oxygen Included
  • Pulse Oximeter Included
  • Pre-Climb Briefing with Your Guide Included
  • First Aid Kit Included
  • Equipment >>
  • Sleeping Mattress Included
  • Gear & Clothing Available to Rent LocallyAs per Price List on Tour Page; Can Be Paid for Locally in Cash Included
  • Drinks & Meals >>
  • Full-Board Meals (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)On the Mountain (Hot when possible) Included
  • Drinking WaterOn the Mountain (Boiled; Excluding First Day of Trek) Included
  • Coffee & Tea Included
  • Professional Cook Included
  • Special Dietary RequirementsSubject to Locally Available Ingredients Included
  • Vegetarian DietOptional, on Request Included
  • Vegan DietOptional, on Request Included
  • Gluten-free DietOptional, on Request Included
  • Transfers & Porterage >>
  • Transfers to/ from Itinerary DestinationsFrom/ to Moshi Included
  • Airport TransfersKilimanjaro International Airport Included
  • Porters Included
  • Personal Bag Porterage15kg Included
  • Safe Luggage StorageWhile on Trek Included
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  • Entrance or Park Fees & Permits Included
Mount Meru sunrise
Custom Trip
From US$ 868   for 3 days Arusha National Park, Mount Meru Climbing, Transfer 4-day Mount Meru Mountain Hut
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Custom Trip
US$ 8683 days
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  • KPAP Partner for Responsible Travel Included
  • Travelife Partner Included
  • Guiding >>
  • English-Speaking Guide Included
  • French-Speaking GuideOptional, on Request Included
  • Safety >>
  • Wilderness First Responder Certified GuideLead Guide Included
  • Pre-Climb Briefing with Your Guide Included
  • First Aid Kit Included
  • Equipment >>
  • Sleeping Mattress Included
  • Wash BasinsProvided Each Morning & Evening Outside Your Tent Included
  • Private Toilet Tent Included
  • Gear & Clothing Available to Rent Locally Included
  • Drinks & Meals >>
  • Full-Board Meals (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)On the Mountain (Hot when possible) Included
  • Drinking WaterOn the Mountain (Purified Using Katadyn Water Filter) Included
  • Coffee & Tea Included
  • Professional Cook Included
  • Transfers & Porterage >>
  • Transfers to/ from Itinerary DestinationsFrom/ to Arusha Included
  • PortersFor Sleeping Tent, Equipment & Supplies Included
  • Personal Bag Porterage15kg Included
  • Safe Luggage StorageWhile on Trek Included
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