Mt. Meru & Arusha National Park

From €990
4 Days / 3 Nights

Our 4-day Mount Meru climb adventure is an ideal alternative for those who desire to conquer a majestic peak of a high mountain without committing to an extensive expedition or breaking the bank. This is also a great compromise if you are not used to sleeping in a tent: on Mt. Meru you will be accommodated in friendly huts on the mountain.

On the other hand, this thrilling journey provides the opportunity to acclimatize your body, build your confidence, and prepare yourself for greater adventures to come: Kilimanjaro climbers often start their journey with hiking to the top of Meru, a dormant volcano, standing tall at 4566 meters!

In addition, you’ll have the opportunity to experience the serenity of Arusha National Park, which is the home of Mt. Meru. On the first day of the hike, our crew and an armed park ranger will guide you through a walking safari, where you will have “face-to-face” encounters with the untamed wildlife. For even more diverse and memorable experience, don’t miss a chance to combine this package with our optional game drive activity as you descend from Meru’s peak.

Climb to the top of Mt. Meru & embark on Walking Safari in Arusha Park:

Day 1: Arrival. Momella Gate, Arusha National Park – Miriakamba Hut (2500 m)

  • Driving distance / time: 45 min / 36 km
  • Walking distance: 14 km
  • Walking time: 5-6 hours
  • Altitude gain: 1000 m

Welcome to the land of adventure! Upon your early morning arrival at Kilimanjaro or Arusha Airport, our driver will be there to greet you and transfer you to the Momella Gate of Arusha National Park.

You will meet our friendly mountain guide, who will brief you and take care of the registration procedure at the gate. Our walk begins with an armed ranger of the National Park escorting us. Along the route we can see wild animals including buffaloes, zebras and giraffes, monkeys, various species of antelopes and often elephants. This days offer a truly unique chance to combine a walking safari and a mountain hike!

After around 5 to 6 hours of hiking, we will reach our destination for tonight, Miriakamba Hut at 2500 m above sea level.

  • Overnight: Miriakamba Hut
  • Meal plan: lunch, dinner

Day 2: Miriakamba Hut (2500 m) – Little Meru (3820 m) – Saddle Hut (3570 m)

  • Walking distance: 6 km
  • Walking time: 3-5 hours
  • Altitude gain: 1320 m
  • Descend: 250 m

Our today’s journey starts through the rainforest, and gradually, we transition into the heath zone, where towering giant heathers and a rich array of moorland vegetation surround us. The walk will take us slowly along the ridge for a spectacular view of the Meru Crater and the impressive Ash Cone.

The hike from Miriakamba Hut to the saddle below Little Meru peak is not a long but quite a steep climb.

After arrival to our today’s overnight point, a Saddle Hut at 3570 m above sea level, and following a hot lunch and brief rest, we can make a short climb to the summit of Little Meru (3820 m) for superb views just before sunset.

  • Overnight: Saddle Hut
  • Meal plan: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 3: Saddle Hut (3570 m) – Socialist Peak (4566 m) – Miriakamba Hut (2500 m)

  • Walking distance: 18 km
  • Walking time: 9-12 hours
  • Altitude gain: 996 m
  • Descend: 2066 m

After midnight, at around 1:30 AM, we begin a steep climb to Rhino Point (3800 m), and then on Cobra Point (4350 m). Continuing along the ridge of ash and rock, we reach the summit – Socialist Peak (4566 m) in time for sunrise. Congratulations, we are at the top! Here we have an opportunity to enjoy breathtaking view of Kilimanjaro peak above the clouds.

The final part of the climb takes us along a spectacular narrow ridge line between the sheer inner cliffs and the sloping outer wall of the crater. We will take a brunch and a short rest at Saddle Hut before continuing the descent to the Miriakamba Hut.

  • Overnight: Miriakamba Hut
  • Meal plan: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 4: Miriakamba Hut (2500 m) – Momella Gate – Arusha or Kilimanjaro Airport

  • Walking distance: 7 km
  • Walking time: 2-4 hours
  • Descend: 1000 m

We take a short and fast descent way through the open grassland and mixed tropical rainforest, with more opportunities to see wildlife before reaching Momella Gate in the late morning.

Optional Game Drive

Arusha National Park is a truly worthwhile destination, so extend your experience to the game drive in our 4WD customized safari vehicle to reach remote areas of the park and discover more of it’s wild inhabitants. Enjoy a relaxed lunch in a picnic site at Momella lakes featuring flocks of pink flamingos.

The returning transfer will take you to Kilimanjaro Airport for the next leg of your adventure in Zanzibar, or to Arusha, where you can continue exporing African wildlife on our exciting safari adventure.

  • Meal plan: breakfast (and lunch on an optional game drive)

What’s included: 

  • Meet and greet at Kilimanjaro or Arusha airport and transfer to Arusha National Park
  • 4-day climb with shared accommodation in the huts
  • Walking safari
  • Sleeping bags
  • All entrance tickets to Arusha National Park
  • All fees for overnight stays in Arusha National Park
  • Services of a professional licensed mountain guide
  • Services of the park’s ranger
  • 3 hearty freshly prepared meals per day during the climb, chef’s services
  • Drinking water
  • Porter wages
  • Group first aid kit
  • Emergency assistance and evacuation if necessary
  • Transfers to and from the park gates
  • All government taxes and fees
  • Full-time informational support of a tour leader before and during the climb

What’s not included: 

  • Optional Game Drive (extra cost per person: 1 person – €240; 2 people – €160; 3 people – €130; 4-6 people – €100)
  • Personal gear (clothing, footwear, and accessories) – you can bring your own or rent it from us (upon prior agreement). We’ll send you a list of necessary equipment in advance
  • Tipping for the mountain crew (recommended amount of €150-200 for the entire climbing program)
  • Visa ($50 on arrival or online at (https://visa.immigration.go.tz/)
  • Medical insurance

We can assist you with arranging these things if needed.
Tipping the mountain crew is a common practice and shows appreciation for their hard work and dedication.
Finally, obtaining a visa and medical insurance is your responsibility, but we are happy to guide you also through these processes.

Number of travellers Price per person
1 person
€1320
2 people
€1150
3 people
€1100
4-6 people
€990

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