Located in northern Tanzania at the heart of Arusha National park. It is about 14,967 feet/ 4,562 meters. Mount Meru it’s Tanzania’s second-highest peak after Mount Kilimanjaro and the fourth-highest mountain in Africa. It has remained dormant for over century. On clear days you can see Mount Kilimanjaro from mount Meru, as the two iconic peaks are separated by a distance of just 43 miles/70 kilometers.
Mount Meru it is serious three to four-day trek and although it is often used as a practice run by those hoping to summit Kilimanjaro, the smaller mountain is actually the more technical.
Mount Meru official route is named the Momella Route, it starts on the eastern side of Mount Meru and a second long the northern rim of the crater to socialist peak, the summit. There are two routes to the first hut, Mariamba (located at 8,248 feet/2,514 meters).
You can choose between shorter, steeper ascent or slower, more gradual climb. A four to six hours walk the next day brings you to saddle Hut (at 11,712 feet/3,570 meters) with good views of the crater along the way.
On day three, it takes approximately five hours to summit and returns to the Saddle Hut in time for lunch.
Mount Meru located inside Arusha National Park. Most visitors fly into Kilimanjaro International Air Port, which is 60 kilometers / 35miles away. The city of Arusha is a 1.5 hours drive from the park.
Mount Meru is the topographic centerpiece of Arusha National Park. It is fertile slopes rise above the surrounding savanna and support a forest that hosts diverse wildlife, including nearly 400 species of birds and also monkeys and leopard.
BEST TIME TO VISIT
Any time of the year, but you may need to bring waterproof clothing if intending to do this hike during the rainy season of March to July each year.