Mount meru :Mountain Meru is about 4,566m high and is second tallest mountain in Tanzania. It is usually regarded to us the warm up challenge for Kilimanjaro.
Meru is about 1000m shorter than Kilimanjaro. Like all mountains, each one will have its special attributes and Meru is no exception but also stunning in its own way. It offers unrivaled wildlife and game views like no other mountain in Tanzania.
It’s about 70km southwest of the Kilimanjaro. It is also a volcanic mountain and it last erupted in 1910 and there are haven’t been much activity since then that why it’s called a dormant volcano but is expected to resume sometime in the future. Another thing to note is that this is the fourth tallest mountain in Africa.
Mountain Meru is located in Arusha National Park and the foot hills of this mountain are rich in wildlife and you meet a lot of monkeys, buffaloes, birds, elephants and giraffes. It is a must to have and armed ranger at all times during this hike.
Hiking the Meru Volcano
Like most mountains in the tropical area, the best time would be December to February and June to September. Hiking this mountain can take about 4 days.
Day One– Momella Gate to Miriakamba Hut-Time: 3 – 4 hours.
Elevation – 1500m to 2500m. Montane Forest.
Day Two– Miriakamba Hut to Sadlle Hut-Time: 3 – 4 hours
Elevation – 2500m to 3550m. Moorland
Day Three – Saddle Hut to Socialist Peak to Miriakamba Hut-Time: 8 – 10 hours
Elevation – 3550m to 4256m to 2500m. Semi Desert, Alpine Desert, Montane Forest.
Day four – Miriakamba Hut to Momella Gate-Time: 2 – 3 hours.
Elevation – 2500m to 1500m. Montane Forest\