3 Days

Mount Meru

Tour Overview

A condensed three-day version of the Mt Meru hike, the third highest peak in Tanzania, takes you through lush afromontane forests and high-altitude alpine deserts, offering breathtaking vistas of a dormant volcano. This itinerary excludes the last night on the mountain. Instead, after reaching the summit, you will trek all the way back to Momella Gate. It is important to note that for the first two days, an armed ranger is required due to the presence of wild animals. Unfortunately, there are limited rangers available, so all guests must walk together or start together during this period. This lack of information has been a source of frustration for some guests, so it is essential to inform everyone about this point before embarking on the hike.

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Program Details

Day 1 | Miriakamba Hut

  • Start – 4,922ft / 1500m
  • End – 8,248ft / 2514m
  • Distance – 9 Miles / 14km
  • Time – 6-8 Hrs
  • Climate Zone – Afromontane Forest
In the morning, you will be picked up from your hotel and taken to Arusha National Park. Upon arrival at Momella Gate, we will handle the necessary registration procedures. Your experienced guide and an armed ranger will accompany you on the journey, as the forest teems with an array of wildlife.

The forest section of the park is particularly picturesque, adorned with beautiful strangler figs, and you might even have the chance to witness buffalo grazing in the clearings. As the day winds down, you will arrive at a stunning viewpoint before making your way to Miriakamba Hut for a delicious dinner.

Day 2 | Saddle Hut

  • Start – 8,248ft / 2514m
  • End – 11,713 / 3570m
  • Distance – 4 Miles / 6km
  • Time – 4-5 Hrs
  • Climate Zone – Alpine Desert
Leaving from Miriakamba Hut, your journey begins within the forest zone. After a few hours, you will transition into the alpine desert zone and arrive at Saddle Hut, where a delightful lunch awaits.

In the afternoon, if you wish, you can take a captivating walk to the summit of Little Meru (Alt: 12,532ft, 3820m) to witness breathtaking views. Later, you will return to Saddle Hut to enjoy a satisfying dinner.

Day 3 | Summit Bid / Arusha

  • Start – 11,713ft / 3570m
  • End – 4,922ft / 1500m
  • Distance – 16 Miles / 25km
  • Time – 16-18 Hrs
  • Climate Zones – Alpine Desert / Afromontane Forest
An early start will reward your efforts with a breathtaking sunrise in the East. On clear days, Kilimanjaro is easily visible from this vantage point, and the impressive crater cliffs plunge dramatically for over 1000 feet. After capturing some memorable photos at Socialist Peak (Alt: 14,978ft, 4,565m), you’ll head back to the base camp at Saddle Hut for a quick refueling session.

Following a hearty brunch, the long journey back to Momella Gate begins. Upon arrival, our driver will be waiting to take you back to your accommodation, where you can finally enjoy a well-deserved and refreshing shower!


  • Park fees
  • All activities (unless labeled as optional)
  • All accommodation as stated in the itinerary
  • A professional driver/guide
  • All transportation (unless labeled as optional)
  • All Taxes/VAT
  • Roundtrip airport transfer
  • All Meals (as specified in the day-by-day section)
  • Drinking water on all days
  • Camping Equipment
  • Porterage


  • International flights (from/to home)
  • Additional accommodation before and at the end of the tour
  • Tips (tipping guideline US$20.00 pp per day)
  • Personal items (souvenirs, travel insurance, visa fees, etc.)
  • Government imposed increase of taxes and/or park fees
  • Alcohol drinks
  • Rescue Fee
  • Climbing Gear
  • Sleeping Bag

Climbing Packing guide

  • Top Base Layer
  • Bottom Base Layer
  • 4-5 Pairs of Underwear
  • 3-4 Short Sleeve
  • 1 Insulated Trekking Pants
  • 1-2 Long Sleeve Hiking Shirts
  • 1-2 Pairs of Hiking Trousers
  • 1 Insulated Winter Jacket
  • 1 Polartec Fleece Jacket
  • 1 Hard Shell Jacket

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