You can climb mt Meru as an acclimatising climb prior to climbing Kilimanjaro. However this four day climb is an adventure on its own. It is well recommended, if you are not up to Kilimanjaro but still want the adventure of mountain trecking. You should however not underestimate the challenges of climbing mt Meru. The summit day offers some 10 hours of hiking, and there will also be some scrambling on rocks.
What to expect when you climb mt Meru
This beautiful Mountain is situated west of Kilimanjaro, inside the Arusha National Park. Even though it is existing in the shadow of Kilimanjaro, it is still an impressive volcano. It reaches 4566 m at the top, Socialist Peak, and offers some spectacular views of Kilimanjaro in the distance. In contrast to Kilimanjaro, wild animals are often seen on mount Meru. For this reason, an armed ranger from the Arusha national park will accompany us on this treck. Your guide and porters are still in charge of taking care of you and the climb. The ranger is our safety guard, specialised in his own field.
Only one route to climb
There is only one route up Mount Meru, but if you are not up for the strains of reaching the top, you can stop at Rhino point, 3850 m, and return down after having experienced the amazing sunrise.
When you climb Mt Meru you sleep in huts during the climb.