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Climb Tanzania's second highest mountain
Great acclimatisation climb before Kilimanjaro
Takes only 3-4 days to reach Socialist Peak 4562m
Watch out for wildlife on the ascent through Arusha National Park
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Mount Meru is often overlooked due to its proximity to Kilimanjaro, but it has plenty to offer those looking for a challenging climb.  A dormant volcano that last erupted in 1910, it is Tanzania's second highest mountain at 4562 metres (14,979 ft).   Taking only 3 or 4 days to climb it is perfect for those wanting to get a taste of high altitude trekking without going too high before or after going on safari, or to help with acclimatisation if undertaken before you climb Kilimanjaro.  It is ideal for those looking for a quieter trekking experience and should definitely not be underestimated as climbers still need to acclimatise properly to succeed in reaching its peak.

An armed park ranger will join the team to guard against any animal threats as you start your approach through Arusha National Park via the Momella route.  Keep your eyes open and you will be rewarded with sighting of baboons, giraffe, zebra, colombus monkeys and variety of birds.  From here you start your ascent through Meru's diverse vegetation zones from montane forest, moorland, semi-desert and alpine desert, until you reach its magnificent crater.  Traversing round the crater rim to reach its summit, Socialist Peak at 4256m, after which you will have time to explore the ash cone that has formed in the crater during the 1910 eruption. 

Accommodation is in dormitory style huts.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1Arrive Kilimanjaro airport

The Kandoo team will meet you at Kilimanjaro airport and transfer you to your pre-climb hotel. Later you will attend a pre-climb briefing with your Lead Guide to prepare you for the challenge ahead.

Day 2Momella Gate to Miriakamba Hut

Elevation: 1600m to 2500m, Distance: 7 km, Time: 3 - 4 hours, Habitat: Montane forest

 This morning you will be collected from your hotel and we will drive to Arusha National Park to check all our permits are in order at the Park Headquarters. We then proceed on by vehicle until we reach Momella Park Gate where we start our trek. It is mandatory on this route that an armed Park Ranger accompanies us to ensure that we are safe against any wild animal threats. The trail leads us through montane forest, past waterfalls and oddly formed trees until we reach Miriakamba Hut.

Day 3Miriakamba Hut to Saddle Hut

Elevation: 2500m to 3550m, Distance: 6 km, Time: 3 - 4 hours, Habitat: Moorland

As we climb higher up Mount Meru you will feel the air begin to cool and get slightly thinner. Today we will ascend over 1000 metres up to Saddle Hut at 3550m. This afternoon there is time to go for an acclimatisation hike a further 300 metres up to Little Meru at 3820m. Don't forget to take your camera to capture the views of Mount Kilimanjaro over 80 kilometres away.

Day 4Saddle Hut to Socialist Peak to Momella Gate

Elevation: 3550m to 4566m (and down to 1600m), Distance: 5 km ascent / 18km descent, Time: 4-5 hours ascent / 6-7 hours descent, Habitat: Semi-desert, alpine desert, montane forest

We set off early around 2 a.m. following the path through scrubland to Rhino Point at 3820 metres. From here the route gets more demanding as we follow the narrow crater ridge until we reach the summit after approximately 4-5 hours. From Socialist Peak we will watch the sunrise over Kilimanjaro and have time to explore Meru's crater and ash cone. 

We then descend by retracing our steps back down to Saddle Hut and onwards to Miriakamba Hut and finally Momella Gate. Transfer to your hotel for a well-earned shower and celebration. If you are climbing Mount Meru as an acclimatisation trek before tackling Kilimanjaro, we will transfer you to a hotel in Moshi to rest. 

Day 5Depart Kilimanjaro airport

We will collect you from your hotel and transfer you to Kilimanjaro Airport for your departing flight.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q1WHAT IS THE DISTANCE OF THE MOMELLA ROUTE

The actual trekking distance is 15.8 miles from gate to gate.

Q2CAN I CLIMB MOUNT MERU BEFORE KILIMANJARO

This is a great acclimatisation trek to get you prepared for your Kilimanjaro challenge. Most people start to feel the effects of altitude at around 3500m so the fact that you will be climbing up to 4562m over 2-3 days will help get your body ready. We recommend taking at least two days rest before starting your Kilimanjaro climb.

Q3WHEN WAS THE LAST ERUPTION

Mount Meru last erupted in 1910 but has since been dormant.

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