4 Days Mount Meru Climb

Tour Overview

Meru is a great preparation hike for climbing Kilimanjaro, or a spectacular trek for those not compelled to do Kilimanjaro. You will hike past wildlife, the landscape is spectacular, and sunrise on the summit has Kilimanjaro as the backdrop.
While it can be done in only 4 days, it is not an easy peak to summit. To reach the top (almost 15,000 feet), there is some scrambling on rocks in the dark and at high altitude. You should be prepared for at least 10 hours of hiking on summit day. For an easier hike, you can climb just to Rhino Point for sunrise overlooking Kilimanjaro, and then descend.
Mt. Meru is in Arusha National Park. In Arusha National Park all hikers must be accompanied by an armed ranger. This ranger is employed directly by the national park. You will also have your own mountain guide, who is managing the crew and watching out for your safety.
The park ranger has the authority to make decisions such as trail choices, pace, etc. Arusha National Park may combine groups of people to hike with one park ranger, therefore, we cannot guarantee a completely private Meru trek.
Arusha National Park requires the hire of porters specific to Arusha National Park, who will be assigned once you arrive at the trail registration.

Tour Itinerary

Day 1: Moshi to Momela Gate to Miriakampa Hut

Starting from Momela Gate, the track passes through open grassland with cape buffalo and warthogs. With luck, you may also see giraffe and elephants. Continue a steady climb through montane forest. You can have your lunch at the famous? Fig tree? After lunch, the trek continues through less dense forest, where there are lots of birds and monkeys including the black and white colobus. By mid-afternoon, you will have your first close views of the towering cliffs and the Ash Cone. Miriakampa Hut, situated in idyllic grassy glade, is reached in time to enjoy the afternoon sun and beautiful views over the surrounding plains towards Kilimanjaro.


  • Meal : Lunch & Dinner
  • Budget Lodging: Miriakampa Hut.
Day 2: Hike Miriakampa Hut to Saddle Hut, afternoon hike up Little Meru

The walk from Miriakampa Hut to the saddle below Little Meru is a steep sustained climb all the way. Starting through beautiful and lush montane forest, the path continues beyond the halfway point of Elephant Back Ridge and carries on uphill through the giant heather and other moorland vegetation to reach Saddle Hut for lunch. In the afternoon, you can make the short climb to the nearby summit of Little Meru (3,820 m / 12,533 ft) for superb views. It takes about 1 hour to walk up and 30 minutes to walk down. The ascent is 1,056 m / 3,465 ft.


  • Meals : Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Budget Lodging: Saddle Hut.
Day 3: Summit and down to Miriakampa Hut

Summit day has an early start at around 12:00AM. There is a 1 hour steep climb to Rhino Point (3,800m / 12,467ft), then the path continues along a ridge of ash and rock to reach Cobra Point (4,350m / 14,272ft). The summit of Socialist Peak (4,566 m) is an hour further on a steep path with magnificent views of Kilimanjaro. Depending on your speed, you can enjoy sunrise at Cobra Point or the summit. The views are stunning: the cliffs of the Crater rim, the Ash Cone rising from the crater floor, Kilimanjaro floating on the morning clouds, and the Rift Valley. The route back to Rhino Point in the sharp morning light along a narrow ridge between the sloping outer wall of the crater and the sheer cliffs of the inner wall is one of the most dramatic and exhilarating walks in Africa. Brunch and a brief rest is taken at Saddle Hut before continuing the descent to Miriakamba Hut.

NOTE: For an easier climb, you can start the trek at 05:00 A.M., hike for about 1 hour, and enjoy sunrise at Rhino Point before going back to Saddle Hut for breakfast and then descending.

NOTE: In icy conditions or in strong winds, it may be impossible for anyone to progress beyond Rhino Point.

There are two ways down from here. You can descend the route you came up or walk down the jeep road, which descends to the lower crater floor. You pass through the well-known Fig Tree Arch and can visit an impressive waterfall hidden in a ravine not far from the road.

A fast descent through open grassland and mixed forest, with good chances of seeing wildlife. This trail has excellent views back towards the crater and over the plains of the National Park. We’ll have lunch on the way down. Momela Gate is reached by mid-day or afternoon.


  • Meals : Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Budget Lodging: Miriakampa Hut
Day 4: Hike to trail head, return to Moshi or Arusha

There are two ways down from here. You can descend the route you came up or walk down the jeep road, which descends to the lower crater floor. You pass through the well-known Fig Tree Arch and can visit an impressive waterfall hidden in a ravine not far from the road.
A fast descent through open grassland and mixed forest, with good chances of seeing wildlife. This trail has excellent views back towards the crater and over the plains of the National Park. Momela Gate is reached by late morning.
Overnight at your hotel in Moshi or Arusha.


  • Meals : Breakfast & Lunch

Itinerary Map

Includes

  • National Park gate fees
  • Transport from Arusha/Moshi to trail head and return
  • Hut fees
  • Services in Arusha/Moshi before/after the trek (accommodations, meals, airport transfers)
  • Certified, experienced, English-speaking guides
  • National Park ranger (required by Arusha National Park)
  • Porters’ salaries
  • All meals on the mountain
  • Cooking equipment and eating utensils
  • Oximeters available upon request

Excludes

  • Tips for guides, ranger, and porters
  • Add $250/person/day for an extra day on the mountain
  • Sleeping bag and personal items

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Matthew R.
Matthew R.
2021-03-15
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Amazing Experience for Inexperienced Climbers **I actually went on this tour in early March 2020 but forgot to write the review because the world fell apart when we came off the mountain! And TripAdvisor only lets you post trip reviews with dates within the past year. I was reminded of the trip in March 2021 because of the one-year anniversary of my summit, and I needed to give this company the amazing props they deserve!** I would highly recommend this tour company to anyone! Me (22M at the time) and my friend (21M at the time) had always wanted to climb this mountain but had no climbing experience and lived close to sea level. My friend reached out to Emmanuel and he set us up with the 8 day Lemosho route. The whole process was easy, and he gave us plenty of tips on what to pack! The customer service was great the whole trip from Emmanuel, and the quick responses to our questions prior to the trip made the trip prep easy. I was picked up immediately by a very friendly man named Joseph despite my flight landing two hours late. We drove about 45 minutes to the hotel, where I met up with my friend who had arrived earlier in the day. The next morning, my friend and I had breakfast at the hotel and met the third member of our group, a German (30M) who we quickly befriended and shared stories with during the climb. We then drove to the TJT office and met Emmanuel and the whole gang. Our head guide, Ringo (Like Ringo Starr as he would say!), checked all our gear and made sure we were good to go. After a couple hours drive, we arrived at Londorosi Gate, the start of our Lemosho route. The route we took went as follows: Day 1: Londorosi Gate to Mt Mkubwa. 2250m to 2650m (400m elevation gain) and about 2-3 hours of climbing. Day 2: Mt. Mkubwa to Shira 1. 2650m to 3610m (960m elevation gain) and about 4-5 hours of climbing Day 3: Shira 1 to Cathedral Point to Shira 2: 3610m to 3895m to 3850m (285m elevation gain) and about 5-6 hours of climbing Day 4: Shira 2 to Lava Tower to Barranco: 3850m to 4600m to 3950m (750m elevation gain) and about 6-7 hours of climbing Day 5: Barranco to Karanga: 3950m to 3995m (45m elevation gain) and about 3-4 hours of climbing Day 6: Karanga to Barafu Hut: 3995m to 4673m (678m elevation gain) and about 2-3 hours of climbing Day 7: Barafu Hut to Uhuru Peak: 4673m to 5895m (1222m elevation gain) and about 6-7 hours of climbing. Followed by a descent all the way to Mweka Hut after a brief rest at Barafu Hut (about 6-7 hours of descending) Day 8: Mweka Hut to the park gate (about 3-4 hours of descending) We took it slow given our group's limited climbing experience and need to acclimate. All three of us got altitude sickness the night we made it to Barranco Camp, but after a couple hours we felt much better. Summit night was very difficult for all of us but was extremely rewarding when we made it to the top. The views were indescribable and we could even see Kenya! The ease of our trip wouldn't have been possible without Ringo, his assistant guide Modi, and all the porters who were patient with us as we snailed up the mountain. They told great stories, had great attitudes, and pushed us when we needed the extra motivation on the harder days. It was one of the best weeks of my life and was a great way to bond with my friend and make new friends along the way!
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Kembang Bakung
2021-02-25
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Recommended!!! Me and my husband climbed Kilimanjaro at 2019 using Tanzania Joy tour. I was sick couldnt reached the top. But my husband made it perfectly. Second time, in 2021 I didn't want to take a risk about looking for another tour agent. I just trust Tanzania Joy. So I decided to back to Emmanuel (Tanzania Joy) and consulting about the trip. He is responsible. He gave me perfect team (guide, porters, cook, etc). I have Asthma, bronchitist and alergic of cold. Few weeks before climb, I got injury on my knee. Emmanuel ensure me that he will give me the best guide so I can reach the top this time. He will provide the guide all the things that I need for safety. (Notes: I bring my own personal medicine) And he is right! If not because of the guide (Mr. Ringo) and his assistant ( Kaka Rama) I am sure I already gave up that time and couldnt reach the Uhuru peak. Mr. Ringo is really really smart and supportive to customer. His team is perfectly good. They are funny and solid. The food was great! Here I am! Very satisfied and happy!
Lucas
Lucas
2021-01-26
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Sommet du Kilimandjaro atteint ! Merci à Tanzania Joy Tours qui nous a accompagné jusqu'au sommet du Kilimandjaro avec le magnifique lever du soleil ! Emmanuel le gérant est très disponible pour tout programmer et nous conseiller ! De l'arrivée à l'aéroport à l'hôtel de fin d'ascension tout était parfaitement organisé. Son équipe est formidable, attentionnée, professionnelle. L'ascension fut très agréable, ainsi que chacune des personnes de l'équipe ! Un grand merci et une grande admiration pour leur travail à nos côtés : Living, Johnny, Robert, David et Hussen ! La cuisine parfaite, copieuse et variée ! Un grand merci à Adam le cuisinier, et à son assistant Izackiiii ! 😁 Les guides Regan et Kelvin sont aux petits soins, une amitié s'installe rapidement. Ils sont motivants, connaissent parfaitement bien cet environnement et sont très professionnels quand les difficultés liées à l'altitude se font ressentir ! Asante sana ! Pauline & Lucas
Jenny
Jenny
2020-12-27
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Top Wir hatten eine super Zeit im Rahmen unserer Kilimanjaro Tour mit dem Dream-Team von Tanzania Joy Tours. Unsere Guides Patrick und Praygod haben einen super Rhythmus beim gehen und sie haben sich bestens um uns gesorgt. Das gesamte Team hat sich hervorragend um uns gekümmert - besser geht es nicht! Alle haben mit uns mitgefiebert :) Das Essen von unserem Koch Jeremia (Mr. delicious) war ausgezeichnet, abwechslungsreich und mehr als ausreichend. Respekt den Porters gegenüber, welche das schwere Gepäck und Equipment tragen. Ein riesengroßes danke an das gesamte Team!
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Fabio B
2020-11-17
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Amazing experience in a private Kilimanjaro!!! Amazing experience!!! When i was looking for a company to arrange the trip Emmanuel from Joy Tour got back to us in seconds and was very reactive at any question we had. On arrival, we were picked up at the airport and took to the hotel where we meet straightaway our tour guide, Kelvin and Joseph. The trip was a dream coming true and this couldn’t be better with Kelvin and his team, that look after us like king!! Also because of Covid the mountain was completely empty. This is of course not good for business but for us was a unique scenario. We also were impressed by the food; the quality was definitely above our expectations considering that we were camping, but having a personal chef and waiter at 4000m plus after a long hike is just amazing. Big thank you to the porters team Thomas, Sebastian, David, Living, Iddi, Jacob, Frans. Waiter Izack Chef Adam And of course the head guide Kelvin and his assistant Joseph that without them we would never manage to get to the top. Will definitely recommend !!
Katoudji
Katoudji
2020-11-01
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EXCEPTIONNEL Bonjour, Je tenais absolument à partager mon expérience avec Tanzania Joy tours. J’ai contacté cette compagnie en janvier via leur site web en janvier 2020 et nous avons construit ensemble le parcours de notre Safari. Mon expérience a été parfaite du premier contact au dernier jour de notre Safari. Emmanuel, le responsable de la société a su se rendre disponible à tout moment. Tout est clair du début à la fin : le contrat, le paiement de l'acompte et le déroulé du safari. Nous avons bénéficié d'une prise en charge exceptionnelle à notre arrivée sachant que compte tenu de la situation actuelle, notre vol a été annulé 24 heures avant le départ. Emmanuel a su réorganiser les choses pour que notre expérience soit optimale, c'est d'ailleurs leur objectif, faire en sorte que nous ayons un souvenir mémorable. L'équipe qui nous a accompagné a tout mis en œuvre pour que nous soyons ravis en faisant le maximum pour que l'on puisse voir le plus d'animaux possible et bien sûr ceux du D5 : objectif atteint ! Notre safari a été contrarié par la situation politique liée aux élections présidentielles et qui a eu pour conséquence l'annulation d'un vol interne (Kilimanjaro - zanzibar). Idem, Emmanuel nous a apporté toute son aide et nous a trouvé une solution afin que nous puissions arriver à Zanzibar comme prévu. J'ajoute enfin qu'Emmanuel (Via Whatsapp) est toujours disponible quel que soit la question, sur les éléments à emporter par exemple, sur le déroulé du safari... J'ai été enchanté de faire ce safari avec cette société qui mérite d'être reconnue pour son professionnalisme. Un grand merci à notre équipe : Sebastien, Denis, Praygod et particulièrement à ELLY notre chauffeur / guide / responsable du safari qui s'est démené pour que l'on vive une expérience unique ! N’hésitez pas une seule seconde à les solliciter !
kimada6
kimada6
2020-10-20
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Amazing company for Kilimanjaro and safaris This is an amazing company! We did the Kilimanjaro climb (through the Rongai route) and then a 5-day safari with them. From the moment we arrived at the airport, everything was organized flawlessly. - The Kilimanjaro team was great ; our guide Patrick helped us reach the top, and was very reassuring. The 15 porters were amazing, and the cook made us delicious and copious meals. The camps were perfectly set up. - The safari was breathtaking ; our guide Elly is a real gem, he is extremely passionate about wildlife, and has a lot of training and experience. He took us to the best places of the national parks and taught us about animals ; he is also super nice! About Covid : there is NO COVID in Tanzania! You should definitely go for a visit, it is very safe. Tanzania joy tours is really a great choice!
Yuliia S
Yuliia S
2020-09-26
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5-Day Marangu route and 5-Day Safari We planned our trip to Tansania shortly after COVID-19 measures in Germany were partially lifted and selected Tanzania Joy Tours. Emmanuel was very helpful, answered all questions promptly and prepared individual program based on our wishes and needs. We've pre-paid this tour only one week before the actual travel, nevertheless, everything was organised on a top level. A driver picked us at the airport and brought to Weru Weru lodge. In the morning a guide and a team have already been waiting for us and together we started our journey to Kilimanjaro. Team was amazing and very helpful. We received delicious meals, water (even in alpine desert area) and our guide Ringo and his assistant, Mudi, were very attentive and cared about us a lot. Even though summiting was very tough, thanks to Ringo's and Mudi' support, we made it to the Uhuru peak. After celebrating our success, we were brought back to Weru Weru lodge and proceeded to Serengeti early next morning. Safari was outstanding and our guide, Chris, and cook, Viktor, were very helpful and made our stay as awesome as possible. Chris is very knowledgeable and told us many interesting facts about wild animals. We've enjoyed plenty of game drives, watched two huntings, saw the great migration and visited the best parks in Tanzania: Serengeti and Ngorongoro. I would like to thank Tanzania Joy a lot for outstanding trip which put this beautiful country to the top list among all destinations we've visited (38 and 55 countries).
M M
M M
2020-08-19
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6-day Machame route & 5-day Safari After our initial trip to Georgia was cancelled due to covid 19, we contacted Emmanuel only 4 days before the start of our holidays. In no time, he draw a program for us and booked everything while he did not even received our money yet due to the fact that we booked only 2 days before we left. When we arrived at Kilimajaro airport, our driver was already here and greeted us with lots of smiles and « karibu » (meaning welcome). We started with the Kilimanjaro hike (Machame route). Patrick, Leonard (the guides), Jeremiah (the cook) and all their team (additionnaly 2 waiters and 6 porters) made a wonderful job taking care of us all the way to the top. We hiked in other countries before and never experienced such service : large tents where you can stand (also fits a table and chairs to eat!), comfortable mats (no need to bring yours), hot water for you to wash morning and evening if you like, tasty food (which they will adapt to your taste if you ask) and encouraging and smiling team all the way. Even if i did not try the last ascent to the top (i did not feel well), my boyfriend successfully did. The cherry on the cake was of course the fact that we were only 6 pax to climb the Machame route on that week due to covid 19. We had sun all the way and the moutain for us! Overall, a great experience. For your reference, we tipped the team 15% of the total cost of the hike. After a rest day in Moshi (Altezza Lodge which we fully recommend), we went for a 5 day safari covering Tarangire, Ngorongoro and Serengeti. Praygod was our tour guide for safari : he is a very knowledgeable, kind and elegant man. He took special interest in showing us the big 5. He chased the cheetah and leopard for hours for us to see and never counted work hours. Even if we did not catch the rhino in Ngorongoro, we had the chance to see one of the few (around 30!) rhinos of the Serengeti National Park. Car was perfect and lunch boxes always tasty. In Serengeti we stayed in Heritage Luxury Tented Camp (very nice) and near Tarangire & Ngorongoro we stayed in Karatu at Eileen’s Tree Inn (do not recommend) and Kudu Lodge (way better, 2 minutes away from Eileen’s Tree Inn). For your reference, tipping is around 20usd a day for your guide. All in all, the experience we had with TJT was wonderful, don’t hesitate to book with them and to send them your money, they are 100% reliable and act as they say. Again thank you Emmanuel for your responsiveness, reliability and flexibility! We wish you and your team all the best and lots of clients to come!
Peter F
Peter F
2020-03-14
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Lemosho Route Overall the trip was 5 star from start to finish. Everything ran smoothly, the food was great and the portions were huge. We booked the 7 day Lemosho route, however given myself and my friend were doing so well, our guide Ringo recommended we attempt the summit earlier therefore completing the trek in 6 days. We really appreciated the personalised touch. Emmanuel was very responsive and arranged an extra night at the hotel. The porters were also brilliant. I would highly recommend booking with TJT.

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