Below we have shared a 4 day / 3 nights Meru climb but you can do it in 3 days / 2 nights which we do not recommend due to long walking distance from Miriakamba Hut to the Socialist Peak  and back all the way to Momella Gate.

Three Days Climbing Mount Meru

Change in Elevation:
Momella Gate (1,500 m)
Miriakamba Hut (2,541 m)

 -Hiking time: 4 to 6 hours

Day 1: Momella Gate –Miriakamba Hut

Leaving early in the morning from your accommodation in Arusha or Moshi and driving to Momella gate in Arusha National Park. Driving takes about 3 hours from Moshi and about 1 hr from Arusha. At the gate you will clear your trekking permits, meet up with your porters, guide, cook and game ranger, and start climbing. You will pass open grassland which will give you a good opportunity to see buffaloes, warthogs and other grazers.

You will cross the Ngare Nanyuki River and continue climbing through mountain forest. There you will have chance to see many different kind of birds and black and white colobus monkeys. Finally you will reach Miriakamba Hut where you will stay overnight.

– Miriakamba Hut (2,541 m)
– Saddle Hut (3,570 m)

  • Hiking time: 3 to 5 hours

Day 2: Miriakamba Hut – Saddle Hut

Second day climbing is quite short but demanding. You will start early in the morning and ascent steeply through lush mountain forest full of birds to reach the halfway point of Elephant Ridge. There you can see the crater. After 3 to 5 hours climbing you will reach Saddle Hut where you will have lunch.

In the afternoon you will have another hiking to Little Meru (3794 m) for superb views before sunset. Then you will return to Saddle Hut for overnight. It is good to go to sleep early so that you get enough rest for the next day’s hiking.

Change in Elevation:
Saddle Hut (3,570 m)
Summit (4566 m)

Momela Gate (1,000 m) 

  • Hiking time: 10 to 12 hours

Day 3: T Saddle Hut – Summit – Momela Gate

An early start to reach Rhino Point and then on to the summit at 14,981ft/4566m to see the sunrise behind Mount Kilimanjaro, before descending back to Momella Gate to be met and transferred back to your hotel.
Drive 1 hr back to Arusha.

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