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4 Days Mount Meru Climb – Momela Route

Route Overview

Mount Meru is a dormant stratovolcano located in Arusha National Park, Tanzania. Standing at a height of 4,566 meters (14,980 ft), it is the second-highest peak in Tanzania, after Mount Kilimanjaro. Often referred to as the “Little Brother” of Kilimanjaro, Mount Meru offers a challenging and rewarding climbing experience.

The trek to the summit of Mount Meru typically takes four days, allowing for proper acclimatization and enjoyment of the surrounding scenery. The climb begins at Momella Gate, where trekkers register with the park authorities and start their ascent through lush montane forests.

As the climb progresses, the vegetation changes, and trekkers pass through heather and moorland zones. Along the way, there are stunning views of the surrounding landscapes, including the picturesque crater and the plains below. The final push to the summit offers panoramic vistas of the surrounding area, including Mount Kilimanjaro on clear days.

Descending from the summit, trekkers retrace their steps back to Momella Gate, completing the Mount Meru adventure. The climb is known for its diverse flora and fauna, including a variety of bird species and the possibility of encountering wildlife such as buffalo, giraffes, and monkeys.

Mount Meru is often considered a warm-up or acclimatization trek for those planning to climb Mount Kilimanjaro. It provides an opportunity to experience high-altitude trekking and offers a taste of the stunning landscapes and challenges of climbing in the region.

With its breathtaking views, diverse ecosystems, and a sense of adventure, Mount Meru is a popular choice for climbers seeking a rewarding and slightly less crowded experience in Tanzania’s stunning natural surroundings.

Why this Route?

Mount Meru is a beautiful mountain to hike, offering a challenging and rewarding experience for very fit individuals. We highly recommend the 4-day version of the climb, which allows for proper acclimatization and enjoyment of the stunning landscapes.

Highlights of the Route?

Signs and possible sightings of wildlife on foot, afromontane forest, less busy than Kilimanjaro, excellent bird life and game drives in Arusha National Park. One of the most under rated hikes in East Africa.

Route Itinerary

Arrival Day

You will be greeted on arrival by our friendly JAMBO MAASAI TOURS team who will transfer you to your hotel in either Moshi or Arusha. After meals or refreshments, mountain climbing briefing and climbing equipment inspection. Overnight at your Hotel on bed and breakfast basis.

Day 1: Mt Meru / Miriakamba 4 - 5 Hours Walking

In the morning, we are collected from your hotel and transfer to Arusha National Park. At the Momella gate we finish registration formalities before setting off with your guide and armed ranger – there is abundant wildlife in the forests! The forest section is especially scenic with strangler figs and the possibility of seeing buffalo grazing in one of the clearings. In the late afternoon we reach a viewpoint before heading onto Miriakamba hut for dinner. Dinner & overnight Miriakamba Hut.

Day 2: Mt Meru / Saddle 2 - 3 Hours Walking

We set off from Miriakamba initially still in the forest zone but in a few hours as we reach Saddle hut for lunch in the alpine desert zone. In the afternoon a walk to the summit of Little Meru can be taken for stunning views before heading back to Saddle Hut for dinner. Overnight Saddle Hut.

Day 3: Mt Meru Summit / Momella Gate 7 - 10 Hours Walking

We rise early and our hard work is rewarded at dawn as the sun rises to the East. Kilimanjaro is normally clearly seen from here and the sheer cliffs of the crater fall dramatically 1000 feet or more. We return back and after some brunch at Saddle Hut, we continue down to the gate for late afternoon and transfer back to Arusha.

It is a fantastic option for those seeking a challenging and rewarding trek in preparation for Mount Kilimanjaro or as a standalone adventure.


Join us on this 4-day Mount Meru climb via the Momela Route and experience the beauty and thrill of Tanzania’s second-highest peak.