Mount Meru is the fifth highest mountain on the African continent and the second highest peak in Tanzania. About 250,000 years ago, a massive volcanic blast blew away the entire eastern flank of this stratovolcano and created today’s distinctive appearance. Although often overshadowed by nearby Mount Kilimanjaro it´s spectacular volcanic cone offers one of East Africa´s most scenic and rewarding climbs since it involves a dramatic hike along the sharp edge of the crater rim. On a clear day you can enjoy unique views of Mount Kilimanjaro which towers just about 50 miles away.
Scenic climb & amazing wildlife on foot
TREKKING & CLIMBING
Mount Meru is the topographic centerpiece of Arusha National Park. When climbing this mountain you will pass through many different vegetation zones with an immense variety of tree and plant life. The dry forest at its base morphs to a dense mountain forest that grows up the fertile slopes. Getting higher the forest clears up and turns into scrubland. In highest regions, the vegetation consists of heath and moorland, and is finally replaced by alpine desert.
What makes this trek truly special is the chance to initially see a lot of wildlife on foot such as buffaloes, warthogs, monkeys, a large variety of birds, and occasionally even leopards. The trekking routes below Miriakamba Hut (8.248 ft / 2.514m) are walking safaris rather than mountain climbs.
The climb of Mount Meru is considered to be the perfect training program before climbing Mount Kilimanjaro. Although being a much underrated mountain climb due to a relatively low climbing difficulty Mount Meru belongs to the most exciting and thrilling travel adventures in Africa.
Best Time to Visit:
December to March and in June
14.977 ft / 4.566 m
Climb starting height:
4,920 ft / 1.500 m
Most recent activity:
smaller brother of the Kilimanjaro
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