Niasa Tours (T) Ltd

4 Day Mt Meru Trekking Tour

4 Days
4 Days Mt Meru Trekking Tour Embark on a four-day adventure to conquer Mount Meru, Tanzania's second-highest peak, within the stunning landscapes of Arusha National Park. This trek offers an exciting mix of wildlife encounters, scenic hikes through diverse ecosystems, and a rewarding summit experience. Accompanied by an armed ranger and a knowledgeable guide, you'll explore rich vegetation, spot various wildlife, and witness breathtaking views of Mount Kilimanjaro and the surrounding areas.

5 Trip Highlights

  1. Wildlife Encounters on Day 1:
    • The initial hike from Momella Gate to Miriakamba Hut is akin to a walking safari. Spot giraffes, buffaloes, and other wildlife grazing in the grasslands and acacia forests, offering a unique blend of hiking and wildlife observation.
  2. Maio Falls and Fig Tree Arch:
    • Enjoy a scenic break at Maio Falls, followed by a walk through the impressive fig tree arch formed by Ficus Thonningii. These natural attractions add a touch of wonder to your ascent and provide excellent photo opportunities.
  3. Stunning Views from Little Meru:
    • Opt for a side hike to Little Meru (3,820 m) from Saddle Hut. This short trek rewards you with panoramic views over Arusha National Park and a distant view of Mount Kilimanjaro, enhancing the overall trekking experience.
  4. Summit Sunrise at Socialist Peak:
    • The final ascent to Socialist Peak (4,562 m) begins in the early morning hours, culminating in a breathtaking sunrise. Witness the dawn breaking over Mount Kilimanjaro and the Meru Crater, creating an unforgettable and awe-inspiring moment.
  5. Descending Through Diverse Ecosystems:
    • The descent from Saddle Hut back to Momella Gate takes you through varied landscapes, from heather and moorland to rainforest. Encounter black and white colobus monkeys, giraffes, and other wildlife, enriching your trek with the beauty and biodiversity of Arusha National Park.
This four-day trek up Mount Meru is not only a physical challenge but also an immersive nature experience, offering spectacular views, diverse wildlife, and the thrill of reaching Tanzania's second-highest summit.


In the morning you will be met at your hotel and after a briefing about your upcoming trek start the scenic drive to Arusha National Park. Arriving at the gate, your guide will complete the registration forms and gather the hiking team before you will start your journey up Mount Meru accompanied by an armed park ranger. Walking through the grasslands towards the acacia forest on the southern route, you might spot giraffes and buffaloes lazily grazing on the lush vegetation. After roughly 2 hours you will reach the Maio Falls, where you can stretch your legs and enjoy a picnic lunch. Thereafter the journey continues through the “fig tree arch”, an unusual tree formation created by the wild fig Ficus Thonningii. Another two hours of hiking takes you to Miriakamba Hut where afternoon tea and snacks await you. The night will be spent at the Miriakamba Hut.
Lunch; Dinner

After breakfast you will continue on wooden steps along a steep track. The shift in altitude brings about a noticeable drop in temperature and walking may seem easier. The low hanging clouds often shrouds the rainforest in mist, creating a moody atmosphere in the lush vegetation. Your uphill trek will take you to “Mgongo wa Tembo” (elephant back) at a height of 3,200 m after approximately 2 hours, where you can take in the scenery and rest, before heading onward to Saddle Hut (3,550 m). On the way you will see the vegetation changing from rainforest to heather and moorland. After reaching Saddle Hut you can opt to hike to Little Meru (3,820 m), a 1 to 1½ hours hike from where you will have a fantastic view over Arusha National Park and Kilimanjaro about 80 km away. A warm meal and an early night awaits you back at Saddle Hut as your wake-up call will be just after midnight.
Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

You will be awakened with a small snack and warm tea, after which you will start your final ascent. Headlamps light your way as you follow the trail through bush land to Rhino Point (3,821 m). The path becomes more challenging and occasionally climbing will be required. Following the crater rim, you will walk on frozen volcanic ash and rocks, before reaching the summit, Socialist Peak, in about 4 – 5 hours. Standing at the peak you will enjoy the breath-taking view of the sun rising above Mt Kilimanjaro as well as have a fantastic view of Mt Meru’s crater with its steep sides and the “ash cone” in the middle. After taking a few deep fresh breaths you will start your descent on the same route back to Saddle Hut (3,550 m) where you can recuperate with hot soup and tea. Once rested, you will continue the descent to Miriakamba Hut (2,500 m). Tired and happy you will have your evening meal and doze off with the views of the day filling your thoughts.
Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

After breakfast you will start your final stretch on the so-called “northern route back to Momella gate. On this 2 to 3 hour trek you will once again have the chance to see giraffes, buffaloes elephants as well as the black and white colobus monkeys. Arriving at the gate you will say farewell to your hiking crew and be taken back to Arusha.

Note: The summit stage contains a few easy but unsecured climbing passages. A good head for heights and surefootedness are absolutely necessary. In adverse weather conditions (heavy rain, icy rocks or thick fog) the park ranger can call off the summit attempt. We do not advise to climb Mt Meru in the rainy season in April and May.

What is included in this trek package?

  • Mount Meru trekking according to the itinerary
  • Professional, English-speaking guide
  • Mountain crew (cook & porters)
  • National Park Ranger
  • Overnight stays in mountain huts
  • Meals according to the itinerary
  • Drinking water
  • All national park fees
  • All mentioned transfers

What is excluded in this trek package?

  • Sleeping bag
  • Flights
  • Alcoholic and soft drinks
  • Visa fees
  • Tips
  • Personal spending money for souvenirs etc.
  • Travel insurance
4 Day Mt Meru Trekking Tour