Often used as warm-up hiking in preparation for the Kilimanjaro, Climbing Mount Meru is just a challenging and you need to have some climbing experience before trekking this second-highest Mountain in Tanzania. Known for its huge cliffs and green surroundings, the slopes of this epic mountain forms the Center of Arusha National park and will give you a really unique experience. On your trekking, you have greater chances of seeing various animals and a lot of birdlife.
Mount Meru at 4566 meters is Tanzania’s second-highest mountain, and one of Africa’s highest peaks.
Mount Meru is a dormant but active volcano about 70 km west of Mount Kilimanjaro. Unlike Mount Kilimanjaro, Mount Meru has only one route from starting gate to the summit.
Mount Meru has two peaks, the first peak is called Little Meru, which is 3801 meters high. The second peak, which is also the summit, is called Socialist Peak (4566 meters).
Dubbed Mount Kilimanjaro’s little brother, Mount Meru offers a challenging and rewarding trekking experience. Most people think of Mount Meru as only good for getting people ready to climb Mount Kilimanjaro, however, Mount Meru stands alone as a unique, challenging, and beautiful experience even when you are not preparing yourself for Mount Kilimanjaro.
Mount Meru is a much quieter climb and there is a lot more wildlife to be seen and the sense of remoteness and solitude is much stronger than Mount Kilimanjaro.
Mount Meru is inside Arusha National Park, 1.5 hours from Arusha town. From Moshi town, it may take about 2 hours to reach the Arusha National Park. You will drive about 15 minutes to the starting point (Momella Gate) from the National Park.
Mount Meru is uniquely beautiful. It has fertile inclines that rise above the surrounding savanna and support a forest with diverse wildlife. While starting your Mount Meru trek, you will have an opportunity to see birds, monkeys, giraffes, and buffalos. You will be entertained by the sounds of birds. Before you completed the trek, you will have experienced different types of vegetation such as grasslands, tropical rainforest, alpine meadows, moorlands, and high altitude desert, snow, and ice
In some places, the climb will be quite steep. You will be at a high altitude so you may experience symptoms of altitude sickness such as headaches.
You will sleep in large-size huts at both Miriakamba and Saddle. The huts at Miriakamba and Saddle are comfortable, and it is not as cold as on Mount Kilimanjaro.
Throughout the climb, you will be accompanied by a ranger who will possess a gun to protect you from wild animals. You will still have your porters and guide as climb support crew.
Summit attempt begins around midnight. You will hike up a narrow, barren ridge only to be welcomed by stunning views of the Ash Cone lying several hundred meters below in the crater. You will reach the summit around sunrise.
You don’t have to reach the summit to have great views. Great views can be experienced from the first camp – Miriakamba to the base camp – Saddle Hut. Notable views are those of Mount Kilimanjaro, the two Mount Meru peaks, and the clouds below you.
Reason #1: Climb Mount Meru for acclimatization while you wait to climb Mount Kilimanjaro
Mount Kilimanjaro climb is just 1320 meters higher than Mount Meru, hence it helps climbing Mount Meru as a way to get acclimatized for the Kilimanjaro climb.
Reason #2: Climb Mount Meru for its uniqueness and beauty
There is plenty to see and do during the hike on Mount Kilimanjaro. It is a paradise for photography enthusiasts because of the great views, wild animals, beautiful and unique plants such as Fis Tree Arch. There is an incredible waterfall along the way.
Reason #3: You have a tight schedule but still need a big climbing adventure
Mount Meru is the next big climbing adventure after Mount Kilimanjaro and can be accomplished in a minimum of 3 days!. The minimum number of days to climb Mount Kilimanjaro is 5 days.
WHEN IS THE BEST TIME TO CLIMB MOUNT MERU?
You can climb Mount Meru all year round. However, the best time is usually between June and Mid-October, then Mid-December to Mid-March.
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