Mount Meru

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Mount Meru is a volcano which rises just 44 miles west of Kilimanjaro. Though comparatively small, Meru is equally spectacular, with slopes that rise up at incredibly steep angles. It is partially shattered, as its east face was blasted away during an eruption at some point in its past. Though Meru's summit is rocky and barren, its slopes are highly fertile, with many streams and thick forests. Located in Arusha National Park, Meru and its surrounding terrain is home to a large population of animals, including elephants and lions.

Elevation (feet): 14,979
Elevation (meters): 4,566
Continent: Africa
Country: Tanzania
Range/Region: Northeast Tanzania
Latitude: -3.244392
Longitude: 36.749999
Difficulty: Walk up
Best months for climbing: Jan, Feb, Mar, Jun, Jul, Aug, Dec
Volcanic status: Active
Year first climbed: 1904
First successful climber(s): Fritz Jaeger (Disputed: May have been Carl Uhlig in 1901)
Nearest major airport: Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO)
Convenient Center: Arusha, Tanzania

Thanks to Terrill Thompson for contributing to these details. (View history)

Trip Reports

NOTE: Trip reports were previously called "Summit Logs" - same feature, new name

There are 47 trip reports for Mount Meru.

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  • Log #21758 - by Bart Offeringa on Aug 22, 2009
    We had great weather.And a good few on killi.
  • Log #21452 - by Vera de Leeuw & Charles Gielen on Sep 29, 2008
    We summitted on September 9th - the last day of the climb is beautiful but when you see it in daylight it is also quite scary (steep)at some parts. In comparison to the Kili, there are fewer people...
  • Log #21189 - by Offeringa IB on Feb 12, 2008
    Nice Climb,very steep but the view on the kilimanjaro is great!
  • Log #21185 - by Offeringa IB on Feb 10, 2008
    Great Climb,harder then Kilimanjaro.
  • Log #21186 - by Offeringa IB on Feb 10, 2008
    Cold,but nice
  • Log #20588 - by LINDHOLM on Jan 08, 2007
    Did the summit using a local agent from Moshi as a warm-up for Kili. Both the Mt. Meru (aka Socialist Peak) and Little Meru was a great experience and especially the main summit shall not be...
  • Log #18996 - by Jose on Feb 14, 2006
    First day is an easy and very nice climb from 1500 metres from the Momela gate where all begins to the 2500 metres first Hut. Some animals like buffalos, monkeys, dik diks can be seen along the way....
  • Log #5556 - by Alain Figer on Aug 21, 2004
    I started from Miriakamba Hut (2520 m) at 7:20 a.m. . At 9:30 a.m. I was at Saddle Hut (3570 m). There I had to wait for lunch so that I was able to start again at 11:05 p.
  • Log #5514 - by kelly colson on June 14, 2004
    We did the three day walk of meru (do four!!i needed slepp after the summit!). the first day was incredible, animals and waterfalls! The second was harder, but got to see the most amazing sights of...
  • Log #5516 - by Aichi Mongi on Feb 19, 2004
    I was only 13 years old at the time I climbed Mount Meru. It was wonderful experience!!! I hope to climb Mount Kilimanjaro as well.
  • Log #5518 - by Juha Puusti on Jan 10, 2004
    Summited Sosialist Peak with Sampsa Korpivaara and Juha Mustonen from Finland. Great sunrise and marvelous views to Kilimanjaro.
  • Log #5519 - by Gavin Greenan on Jan 09, 2004
    Meru is a far superior walk to Kili. Better forest, wild life and views. Got soaking wet on the way down which turned the path between The Saddle hut and Miriakamba hut into an ice rink of mud,...
  • Log #5520 - by Martin Oester on Dec 17, 2003
    We climbed Meru after Kili. Its totally different. The vegetation is much more beautiful, the huts clean, comfortable and less crowded. And to follow an armed park ranger passing next to girafes and...
  • Log #5521 - by Geoff Dickin on Dec 09, 2003
    I was 25 years old,living in Arusha, and climbed it with a friend. We had no guide, no porters and no gun, and there were no overnight huts at the time. Started from a pyrethrum farm,late one...
  • Log #5522 - by MARK EVDEMON on Dec 02, 20034 Stars
    I was attending Arusha School when the opportunity to climb Mt. Meru came. There were about 10 students and 2 teachers plus a guide and an Askari with a gun for protection walking through the forest....
  • Log #5523 - by Karim Halai on Nov 27, 2003
    Captivating experience. Looking forward to climbing it again.
  • Log #5524 - by FRANCESCA MALLARD on Oct 27, 2003
    Watch out for elephants when you want a pee at the loo outside,in the middle of the night at saddle hut. Don't count on that emergency rescue being up to much . We needed it for one of us... I don't...
  • Log #5525 - by Judith Lohay on Oct 16, 2003
    Cant forget the day i climbed it was an unforgetable experience reaching the top of Mount Meru, October 1989.
  • Log #5526 - by Stuart Williams on Aug 26, 2003
    Summited Meru at sunrise, It was not our original intention to summit, only to use Meru as an acclimitisation trip in readiness for Kili, but summit fever got the better of us and it just had to be...
  • Log #5527 - by Juan Ramon Morales on May 31, 2003
    A ver beautiful mountain and a great afriacn adventure. Miriakamba is a magical place and we had a great time with the rangers there ( and Kibo beer also....). A bit of scrambling before the summit...
  • Log #5528 - by Kevin Robson on Apr 11, 2003
    Extremely hot at low level, 40 deg. one day. Once off the plain into the bush, it's quite serene.Seen amazing variety of wildlife, unfortunately no elephant or leopard.Stunning scenery, crater wall...
  • Log #5529 - by Keith and Jonathon Roberts on Mar 31, 2003
    We climbed Mt Meru as a "warm up" for Kilimanjaro, which we successfully climbed the following week. Organised by Gane and Marshall in the UK who were great, and can be recommended. Thanks to our...
  • Log #5530 - by Alex Righolt on Dec 22, 2002
    If you have time, climb the Kilimanjaro as a preparation for the Meru! Nearest major airport is not Nairobi, as you listed, but Kilimanjaro international, at only 45 kms.
  • Log #5531 - by Bruno Knaeps on Aug 14, 2002
    Blood, sweat and tears ... but well worth the effort. I (41 years) climbed together with my 12 year old daughter, a friend (41y) and his daughter (12y). I'm not an experienced climber, so I did some...
  • Log #5532 - by Angela Kieffer on Aug 02, 2002
    Climbing Meru is a great test of endurance and a magnificent show of natural beauty.
  • Log #5533 - by tom on July 31, 2002
    it takes 4 days but well worth seeing that flag on top was the end of a great adventure. and it wasnt that hard(up to the 2nd hut)
  • Log #5534 - by Levi Roach on July 21, 2002
    Well worth a visit, and far more physically challenging than Kilimanjaro.
  • Log #5535 - by JACKSON LOHAY on Apr 25, 2002
    While we were walking down the mountain I thought there would be a chance to climb again. I am still looking forward to that. I was 12 then and I just cant guess how old I'll bewhen I climb again.
  • Log #5536 - by Jens Carspecken on Nov 07, 2001
    What a great adventure!!! Mount Meru was even more exciting than the Kilimanjaro: to watch the sunrise behind the Kilimanjaro after a 5-hour-climb from the saddle-hut this was probably the most...
  • Log #5537 - by Enrique Zozaya on Oct 01, 2001
    Never give up during the climb from Rhino Point to the summit. The crest seems to go on for ever, but it does get to an end. Look out for the tanzanian flag marking the top.
  • Log #5538 - by Conan Harrod on Sep 18, 2001
    Fantastic Peak. Avoid the elephants at 3000m and you'll be rewarded with great views of Kili at sunrise. Ideal acclimatisation for climbing Kili a few days later.
  • Log #5539 - by Steph Lightfoot on Sep 07, 2001
    One of the most rewarding things I have ever done Remembered not only for the sense of achievement and the sunrise over Killimanjaro, but for being nearly trampled by elephants at 3000m and for...
  • Log #5540 - by Mario Dutil on Aug 21, 2001
    Belle montagne pour l'acclimatation avant le Kili. Plus abrupte que le Kili,Beaux refuges,Rain forest interessant. Pour plus d'infos ecrivez-moi,il me fera plaisir de vous repondre. Bonne grimpe.
  • Log #5541 - by ROSE SPALDING {MAKILAGI} on Aug 11, 2001
    I CLIMBED MOUNT MERU IN 1990 WHEN I WAS JUST 12YRS OLD AS PART OF THE ARUSHA SCHOOL TEAM. THIS IS AN ACTIVITY WHICH WAS HELD EVERY YEAR FOR THE GRADUATES. IT IS THE BEST EXPERIENCE I HAVE EVER HAD...
  • Log #5542 - by Kirill Grach on Feb 03, 2001
    It is a beautiful mountain and in my opinion much more interesting than Kilimanjaro. The trek is three days long, but you just do not want to come down. It is peaceful (few trekkers), huts are clean,...
  • Log #5543 - by Andrew Olson on Jan 26, 2001
    First, I must admit, none of my companions nor I summitted. Although disappointing as this may have been, the climb was one of the most physically and mentally demanding challenges I have ever had....
  • Log #5544 - by neema mollel on Dec 27, 2000
    well,i celebrated my 13th birthday over the mountain.that was very challenging i could tell,but mount meru is the best.
  • Log #5545 - by Alex Henderson on Sep 24, 2000
    Had a great time climbing this mountain for Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award, the scenery was breath taking near the top, especially the sunrise and it was brilliant to reach the top as in some ways it...
  • Log #5546 - by an anonymous user on Sep 21, 2000
    Beautiful trip ! We used this mountain for acclimatisation purposes for a Kilimanjaro-trip, ut I was more impressed by Mount Meru. Very quiet there (we met four other people during our 3-day climb)...
  • Log #5547 - by Chiam Chye Heng on Aug 08, 2000
    Elegant Mountain. Beautiful sunrise over Mount Kilimanjaro with the silhouette of Kibo and Mawenzi against the brightening sky.
  • Log #5548 - by Morten Laustsen on Oct 22, 1999
    The bedst mountain to klimb in Tanzania, better than Kilimanjaro. Not as tall, but more beautifull and a lot less turists. Go there
  • Log #5549 - by Jill Manchester on Sep 19, 1999
    Mt Meru is impressive, and more fun than Kilimanjaro. I would go back and climb it again.
  • Log #5550 - by Katherine Manchester on Sep 19, 1999
    For myself, a skinny eleven-year-old girl, to reach the summit of Mt.Meru, was more than a challenge. But it was one of the best-remembered trips of my life, and not only because I did make it to the...
  • Log #5552 - by eric mollel on July 27, 1999
    As a maasai come from Arusha, i was very much interested with your website concerning mount Meru please keep it up. thanx
  • Log #5553 - by paul howarth on June 01, 1999
    this was supposed to be just an aclimatisation climb before going on to kilimanjaro three days later. it turned out to be much more. the most beutiful mountain i have yet climbed. once you have seen...
  • Log #5554 - by Mark Mortimer on Feb 24, 1999
    Worth climbing to hit the summit at first light, if only to watch the sun rise over Kilimanjaro to the east
  • Log #5555 - by Geurt van Rennes on Dec 18, 1998
    Schitterende tocht. Niet moeilijk maar prachtige natuur.