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    Our climbing itineraries are crafted in a way that ensures the smoothest acclimatization transition.

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Mount Meru Climb

A thrilling hiking adventure in the pristine wild

Magnetized by Mt Kilimanjaro, the hikers often overlook Mt Meru, the second highest peak of Tanzania. Towering over Arusha National Park, Mount Meru offers both an excellent warm-up exercise for Kilimanjaro, in addition to being a stunning trekking experience in the wild by its own.

Mount Meru trekking is a real adventure. The slopes of this dormant (yet active - the last eruption was in 1910) volcano offer fascinating panoramic vistas and bustling wildlife around it

This volcano was “born” around 500,000 years ago, and it's very first eruption virtually exploded its eastern side, creating its well-known, peculiar appearance. In addition to that, Mt Meru has one of the deepest craters - over 1,500 meters!

Why Climb Mount Meru

There are several reasons to include Mount Meru into your Tanzania adventures list. Regrettably, this volcano is often outshadowed by Kilimanjaro - located in the immediate vicinity, it attracts the most of international hikers, thus making it a secondary hiking destination or a warm-up exercise. The majority of hikers, however, ignore it altogether.

We at Altezza firmly believe that Mt Meru hiking is a great adventure by itself because of these reasons:

Reason 1 - Stunning sceneries

Mount Meru features incredibly captivating scenic vistas. The trek to Socialist Peak (4566 m/14,980 f), traverses several climatic zones, offering diverse landscapes and unparalleled scenes for wildlife photography.

The views from the summit area of Mt Meru are truly rewarding - valleys, forests and meadows, all buried in lush verdure, and magnetizing view of the Kilimanjaro peak looming on a horizon will surprise even the most seasoned travellers.

Reason 2 - Rich wildlife

Nestled in Arusha National Park, Mount Meru is one of the few mountains of the world still densely inhabited by the wildlife, which freely roams on its slopes. The hikers are likely to experience multiple encounters with different animals, including buffaloes, antelopes, monkeys, giraffes and, with some luck in your pocket, even elephants.

Reason 3 - No crowds

Meru is not yet popular among the hikers. During the high season, on the popular routes of Kilimanjaro (Marangu and Machame) there is a chance of “traffic jams”, something that you will never experience on the trails of Meru. For those who are seeking reclusive, tranquil hiking in the wild, Meru is a great choice.

EXCELLENT PREPARATION FOR KILIMANJARO Climbing Mount Meru is by far the most proven way to gain acclimatization for your Kilimanjaro adventure. As we explained in our article about the importance of high altitude acclimatization, it is the adaptation of your body to the heights (not your physical strength and stamina) that is critical for the Kilimanjaro success. Practically, the longer your stay at high altitudes is - the better your body adapts. Thus, hiking Meru before Kilimanjaro is a good extra acclimatization boost for you, hugely elevating your Uhuru chances! In addition, Mt Meru trekking gives good insights into what it takes to be a member of a true mountain expedition. A minor of version of Kilimanjaro, it gives a glimpse into the “main mount” challenge, showing you what the future adventure will be like.

Reason 4 - Mount Meru hiking tour is affordable

In contrast to other hiking adventures, Mt Meru climb is quite an affordable activity. Because no tents are necessary (overnight stays on Mt Meru are in huts), the number of crew is small, reducing the travel costs. Therefore, for those with shrinking budgets Meru can become a good and affordable alternative.

Reason 5 - Excellent addition for the safari tour

The wildlife of Tanzania is what attractions most of the visitors to the country. Several times the country was voted by the experts as the best destination for big game watching.

At the same time, flying over half of the world surely justifies having more diverse experiences. Thus, pairing your safari tour with a Meru climb may be an excellent idea to get the best of Tanzania.

Mount Meru Expedition - Essentials points

The key features of Mt Meru expedition are the following:

You do not need special alpine skills or experience to take part. Together with Kilimanjaro, Mount Meru is a “hiking”, not climbing “mountain”. Neither ropes, nor ice axes or helmets are necessary - the trekkers reach the Socialist Peak (4,562 m/14,967 f) on foot, and for the majority of them Mt Meru is the first mountaineering experience.
Ordinary fitness level is ok. Meru hiking does not require anything special- as long as you can comfortably walk up to 10 km/6 miles per day, you can do it. Trekking level there is moderate.

Acclimatization to the altitude is important! Do not take it lightly - the altitude of Mt Meru is serious enough to be the cause of altitude sickness. Follow these fundamental rules acclimatization:

  • Hike slowly (recommended pace is two times slower than your ordinary one)
  • Drink much water (3-4 liters per day)
  • Listen to your guide
  • Do not drink alcohol or too much coffee

The combination of these simple principles will make you Meru climb enjoyable, safe and successful.

The crew will take care of everything. Under the TANAPA (Tanzania National Parks Authority), a qualified guide should accompany the hikers. The team of porters and cooks are responsible for carrying your luggage, camp organization, food preparation, etc.

CLIMBING STANDARDS AT ALTEZZA TRAVEL At Altezza we believe that it is the crew that makes your adventure a lifetime experience. All our guides and porters are hand-picked, individually trained professionals. The guides have Wilderness First Responder/Wilderness First Aid certifications. They know how to act in times of emergency and how to make your experience with Altezza a lifetime adventure.

Under the local customs, in order to promote employment, half of the porters crew should be hired from the Meru tribe, which lives in the foothills of Mount Meru.

Overnight stays on Mount Meru are in huts only. In contrast to Kilimanjaro, where tented camping options are available on all routes but Marangu, on Meru climb the one should be ready to stay in huts only.

An armed ranger will be accompanying your party up to the summit camp. In order to make your stay in wild safe and protect the animals from poachers, an armed ranger will be hiking with you up to Saddle Hut Camp (see itinerary below).

Mount Meru Climb - day-by-day itinerary

There is only one route leading to Socialist Peak - “Momella”. Three and four day hiking are available

3-DAY VS. 4-DAY HIKE - HOW TO CHOOSE? If the schedule allows and you have not gained acclimatization on other mountains before (meaning that you have successfully climbed anything above 4,000m/13,123f and did not get affected by altitude sickness), we always recommend choosing a longer option. The more time you spend on Mount Meru - the more effectively your body adapts to the altitude, making the whole experience less stressful for it.

The Momella route approaches Mount Meru from the eastern face, moving up through the northern ridge to the peak.

The total trek distance is 45 km/27 miles.

Mount Meru Photography

Mount Meru Climbing Programms

  • arrival Day 1 Arrival to Tanzania
  • mountain Day 2 From Momella Gate to Miriakamba Huts
  • mountain Day 3 From Miriakamba Huts to Saddle Huts
  • mountain Day 4 From Saddle Huts to Socialist Peak and to Momella Gate
  • departure Day 5 Departure


Mount Meru Climbing Programms Cost

All payments in Tanzania are in USD only. The prices in RUB and EUR are given for informational purposes only.

All payments in Tanzania are in USD only. The prices in RUB and EUR are given for informational purposes only.

3-DAY CLIMB + 2 DAYS IN HOTEL 1 pax 2 pax 3 pax 4 pax 5 pax 6 pax 7 pax
MOUNT MERU CLIMB
$1 443 $1 024 $1 017 $939 $912 $882 $881 Compare prices
3-DAY CLIMB + 2 DAYS IN HOTEL
MOUNT MERU CLIMB
1 pax $1 443
2 pax $1 024
3 pax $1 017
4 pax $939
5 pax $912
6 чел. $882
7 чел. $882

The climb price includes:

The price excludes:

All payments in Tanzania are in USD only. The prices in RUB and EUR are given for informational purposes only.

3-DAY CLIMB + 2 DAYS IN HOTEL 1 pax 2 pax 3 pax 4 pax 5 pax 6 pax 7 pax
MOUNT MERU CLIMB
$3 467 $2 583 $2 362 $2 226 $2 123 $2 042 $2 009 Compare prices
3-DAY CLIMB + 2 DAYS IN HOTEL
MOUNT MERU CLIMB
1 pax $3 467
2 pax $2 583
3 pax $2 362
4 pax $2 226
5 pax $2 123
6 чел. $2 042
7 чел. $2 042

The climb price includes:

The price excludes:

  • arrival Day 1 Arrival to Tanzania
  • mountain Day 2 From Momella Gate to Miriakamba Huts
  • mountain Day 3 From Miriakamba Huts to Saddle Huts
  • mountain Day 4 From Saddle Huts to Socialist Peak and to Miriakamba Hut
  • mountain Day 5 From Miriakamba Huts to Momella Gate
  • departure Day 6 Departure


Mount Meru Climbing Programms Cost

All payments in Tanzania are in USD only. The prices in RUB and EUR are given for informational purposes only.

All payments in Tanzania are in USD only. The prices in RUB and EUR are given for informational purposes only.

4-DAY CLIMB + 2 DAYS IN HOTEL 1 pax 2 pax 3 pax 4 pax 5 pax 6 pax 7 pax
MOUNT MERU CLIMB
$1 696 $1 241 $1 202 $1 120 $1 083 $1 054 $1 045 Compare prices
4-DAY CLIMB + 2 DAYS IN HOTEL
MOUNT MERU CLIMB
1 pax $1 696
2 pax $1 241
3 pax $1 202
4 pax $1 120
5 pax $1 083
6 чел. $1 054
7 чел. $1 054

The climb price includes:

The price excludes:

All payments in Tanzania are in USD only. The prices in RUB and EUR are given for informational purposes only.

4-DAY CLIMB + 2 DAYS IN HOTEL 1 pax 2 pax 3 pax 4 pax 5 pax 6 pax 7 pax
MOUNT MERU CLIMB
$3 813 $2 828 $2 570 $2 416 $2 304 $2 215 $2 176 Compare prices
4-DAY CLIMB + 2 DAYS IN HOTEL
MOUNT MERU CLIMB
1 pax $3 813
2 pax $2 828
3 pax $2 570
4 pax $2 416
5 pax $2 304
6 чел. $2 215
7 чел. $2 215

The climb price includes:

The price excludes:

Kilimanjaro Hike Reviews

137 reviews
  • Climbing
    Mark Wright

    Hi everyone! I and my wife went to Tanzania for a honeymoon and of course we decided to do the most important thing - to conquer the top of Africa. Our friends have recommended us Altezza Travel compa...

    Hi everyone! I and my wife went to Tanzania for a honeymoon and of course we decided to do the most important thing - to conquer the top of Africa. Our friends have recommended us Altezza Travel company. We discussed our climbing and safari remotely. I think prices are rather high but as a reward we got a better quality compared with competitors. Altezza company has a new equipment: tents, sleeping bags, even their safari car is new and very cool! During the ascent the team took care of us. Surely they were earning money but they did their work well. It is not so easy to find such good team. It is a chief’s merit! I have some tips for those who are going to conquer Kilimanjaro, firstly, don’t doubt, it is very cool! Secondly, choose only Altezza Travel! We do not have any bad emotions or any remarks. Everything was great! Read more
  • Climbing
    Brian Patrick

    I cooperate with Altezza and can strongly recommend them as a professional company, which will organize your trip five plus. When planning your journey to Africa by yourself you have to search for the...

    I cooperate with Altezza and can strongly recommend them as a professional company, which will organize your trip five plus. When planning your journey to Africa by yourself you have to search for the cheapest options of safari and trekking Kilimanjaro. I can say from my own experience that the local companies by reducing the price of travel often may trick you: give you cheap dirty hotels (though you paid for good quality), the meager food and cheat on different services. After this negative experience you have to specify every detail. With Altezza planning turns into pleasure, I like that they include all spendings in the price, it is always comfortable and even cheaper than the other local companies offer. Altezza offers only comfortable hotels, brand new safe safari jeeps, professional equipment for the climbing on mountains. In addition, they think through every step of the ascent on Kilimanjaro, guides provide you great food and hot tea, support and help at the right time. So I appreciate the organization of the first Russian companies in Tanzania Altezza and recommend them as a responsible company. Read more
  • Climbing and Safari
    Carly J. McKay

    During a month we were chatting by emails with African companies which arrange tours to Africa: climbing Kilimanjaro and Safari. The language barrier, poor description of what we are paying, huge rang...

    During a month we were chatting by emails with African companies which arrange tours to Africa: climbing Kilimanjaro and Safari. The language barrier, poor description of what we are paying, huge range of prices for the same service from different representatives, created a feeling of scam. Just 3 weeks before departure, we turned to a Russian company In Africa - Altezza Travel, expecting that now the price would be even higher than Africans have. But the price was pleased, Alex was very clear in his first letter, he advised to switch from the Machame route we choose to Lemosho and after just a couple of emails we all agreed and decided to go with the Altezza. I must say that we fully trust on the accommodations provided by Altezza, did not check and did not even see any hotel, which had planned for us. Expectations of the hotels were fully met. We were met at the airport, settled in a lovely hotel at the foot of the mountain. Alex has arrived a couple of hours later, gave a full briefing, checked our equipment, some of the stuff we have was quite old and we have been planning to leave it in Africa after the trekking. 80% of our climbing gear, of course, was unprofessional and did not fit. So we went to the Altezza office, where we were fully outfitted. Climbing Kilimanjaro – is definitely a fairy tale. Neither further Safari or Zanzibar are not compatible with the emotions of the ascent! The experience of a lifetime! And such a starry sky probably does not exist anywhere, as on the Equator. Everything was perfect - meals, tents, sleeping bags and great team. And most importantly - professional guides - Moses and Albert. We left the camp the last to trek very slowly, steadily, however we came ahead of all who left the camp before, made 2 stops for 2 minutes and reached the summit one of the first just at dawn! Such an amazing view! Then we had Safari trip where everything was perfect as well. Luxury hotels, the most memorable of which Mbalageti. With swimming pools, a huge selection of food "at the buffet", overlooking the African savannah. Our guide was very energetic and made sure that we saw almost all the possible animals except rhino. In general, this trip is number one of all, where we were. I strongly advise the company Altezza, who carry out their responsibilities in full, taking care and responsibilities for all those who came under their wing in Africa. We already advised Altezza to our friend, I know, she will be also delighted! Read more

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