At a height of 4,566 meters (14,980 ft), Mount Meru is a dormant stratovolcano located in Arusha National Park, 70 Kilometres (43 miles) west of Mount Kilimanjaro in the country of Tanzania. Typically Mount Meru Climb takes four days, but it can be done in 3 days to complete a trek to the Summit.
It is visible from Mount Kilimanjaro on a clear day and is the fifth-highest mountain in Africa, dependent on definition. Climb Mount Meru, Second highest Mountain in Tanzania is great with no traffic and an amazing wildlife experience as you hike past wild animals.
Mount Meru Key facts
1. Tanzania’s second tallest mountain at 4,566m
2. Abundant wildlife sightings on day 1 of the climb
3. Great acclimatization climb before tackling Kilimanjaro
4. Ascent and descent via the Momela route over 3 days
5. Dormitory style hut accommodation
Mount Meru Climbing Safety
Be open and honest with us at all times. We’re part of the same team and share the same goal – to reach the top and come back comfortably and safely.
Mount Meru waterfalls
Never pretend to feel well if you don’t before or during the climb.
Make sure you are in good physical and mental health before attempting the mountain. We recommend a medical check prior to any climb.
Most people will experience mild symptoms of altitude sickness. Your guide is experienced in identifying and dealing with altitude sickness but you should also educate yourself about the symptoms and prevention of Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS), High Altitude Sickness (HAS), High Altitude Pulmonary Edema (HAPE) and High Altitude Cerebral Edema (HACE).
Should you experience any symptoms of AMS, immediate descent is the remedy on Mt. Meru and will be ordered by your guide.
Before Climbing Mount Meru
Start your physical preparation (hiking) at least two months before. Decrease efforts the last 2 weeks and rest the final days before the climb so your body can recover properly. We recommend long walks in different terrain, swimming and yoga.
Start practicing deep, deliberate breathing. Try the Pranayama breathing technique or any other that suits your lungs.
Make sure you are properly equipped according to our packing gear list.
You should bring some “comfort” food, such as chocolate and energy bars or energy drinks powder. You might need this for a boost on summit night.
During Mount Meru Climb
Be positive and prepared for any kind of weather and surface – rainy, foggy, snowy, dusty, muddy, loose surface.
Ascend slowly. Don’t overexert yourself.
Take deep, deliberate breaths.
Communicate openly with your guide and follow his instructions at all times. He is the most experienced person on the mountain and there to assist you at all times.
At high altitudes, loss of appetite is common. Eat and drink properly even if you don’t feel like it.
Mount Meru summit day/night is tough. Steep ascent and sheer drops at some places, cold, wind and loose gravel surface will require your best efforts. Prepare yourself for this challenge and conserve mental and physical energy from the start. You will need it!
Don’t forget to enjoy it! Feel connected to the mountain and feel the spiritual experience offered to you.