Mount Meru

Just west of Mount Kilimanjaro, Mount Meru is a stratovolcano located in Arusha National Park with an elevation of 4,566 meters (14,980 ft).

The second-highest mountain in Tanzania is known for its vast cliffs, beautiful green surroundings, and rich wildlife diversity. This makes Mount Meru excellent for game viewing and trekking.

Why visit Mount Meru?

  • Mount Meru is one of Africa’s best trekking routes due to its superb views from its crater.
  • Even on day one of the climb, abundant wildlife sightings exist.
  • It offers excellent acclimatization before climbing Mount Kilimanjaro.
  • Ascent and descent only take three days via the Momella route.
  • It offers comfortable, dormitory-style hut accommodation.
  • It’s regarded as a sacred place by the local Waarusha people who live around Mount Meru. Each year, they sacrifice a sheep or a bull to the mountain for rain.

Getting to Mount Meru

By Road

Mount Meru can be reached by road from Arusha. The journey from Arusha takes around 55km/1 hour drive.

By Air

By air, the estimated flight time to reach Mount Meru from Dar es Salaam to Arusha (Arusha Airport or Kilimanjaro International Airport) is around 1 hour and 35 minutes.

Best Time to visit Mount Meru

First, it’s best to know whether Mount Meru is visitable or climbable year-round.
However, if you want an excellent time climbing Mount Meru and have a superb game viewing in Arusha National Park, visiting during the dry season (June to October) is ideal. During this time, the skies are clear, giving you an excellent view of the wildlife and landscape.
Moreover, you can also visit from December through February, which is the short rainy season in Tanzania. The little rain won’t affect your climb or safari experience since it usually only rains in the afternoon.
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Things to do in Mount Meru

Whether you’re an experienced adventurer or just looking to get outside and explore, Mount Meru has something for everyone.

Wildlife in Mount Meru

With lush forests, rocky crags, and winding rivers, this mountain is the perfect home for many remarkable creatures.

Birds in Mount Meru

The forests, grasslands, and rocky cliffs on this majestic mountain are teeming with life and offer the perfect habitat for these beautiful creatures.

Landscape in Mount Meru

With its verdant forests, rolling hills, and majestic mountains, this breathtaking region is the perfect destination for those who love adventure and nature.

Where to stay in Mount Meru

Whether you’re looking for adventure or want some time to relax and recharge, Mount Meru is blessed with several prime accommodation options.

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Top questions answered for Mount Meru

Mount Meru is unlike anywhere you’ve been before. So, you have questions. We’ve been visiting for decades. So, we have answers.

The best way to get to Mount Meru of Arusha National Park is to fly to Kilimanjaro International Airport, the main entry port for visitors entering northern Tanzania. From there, the airport is a quick 1-hour ride straight to the park.

Mount Meru is climbable year-round. However, if you want excellent trekking conditions and a game-viewing experience, visiting Meru during the dry season is best—from June to October.

The short rainy season (December to February) is also a better time to visit Kili’s little sister.

With a towering height of 4,566 meters (14,980 ft), Mount Meru is a dormant stratovolcano in Arusha National Park, 70 kilometers west of Mount Kilimanjaro. It typically takes four days to complete a trek, but it can be done within three days to finish the climb to the summit.

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If talking about the Nepalese Himalayas, Meru is the world’s most challenging mountain to climb. No one has successfully ascended to the Shark’s Fin, a sheer wall of rock mounting approximately 20,000 feet.

Whether you are an experienced climber or a novice, a guide is mandatory when climbing Mount Meru. Easy Travel ensures your whole trip is taken care of so you can focus on getting to the summit.

Our mountain guides are there to help ensure that you climb at a safe pace while making sure you are eating and drinking well throughout the climb.

An armed ranger from the national park will join us on our adventure to ensure protection against wildlife during the climb.

Mount Meru is a volcanic cone with an elevation of 14,978 feet in northern Tanzania. It is 42 miles west-southwest of Mount Kilimanjaro.

While Mount Everest is the world’s tallest mountain at 29,029 feet, Meru, also in the Himalayas, is the most tricky mountain to climb. No one has successfully made the ascent to its Shark’s Fin—a sheer rock wall that ascends to 20,000 feet.

Meru is tough to climb if you aim to reach the Shark’s Fin. It’s ultra-steep that there are ledges that you can’t even put a tent on and have to live in portaledges, hanging there.

The altitude is high, and it is a big wall climbing.

The Peak of Mount Meru has been called the ‘anti-Everest’ because most climbers revere its technical difficulties, but it remains unknown to the general public.

Mount Meru is located in northern Tanzania, nestled 42 miles west-southwest of Mount Kilimanjaro.

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