Mount Meru Climb
Mount Meru is a 4566-meter-high active volcano located 70 kilometers west of Mount Kilimanjaro. It’s a great stand-alone excursion or a warm-up for climbing Kilimanjaro. Some believe that Meru is actually more difficult, and it is certainly quieter. As a reason, there is a lot more wildlife to observe, and the sense of isolation and solitude is much stronger than on the surrounding more famous summit.
The mountain is the main focus of Arusha National Park, and its fertile slopes rise above the surrounding grassland, supporting a forest that is home to a huge variety of wildlife, including approximately 400 bird species, as well as monkeys and leopards. As they approach and climb the mountain, hikers will be able to witness a variety of species.
The approach is strenuous in sections, and the path to the summit passes through plains, tropical rainforest, alpine meadows, moorlands, and desert uplands before reaching snow and ice. A thin, rocky slope leads to the peak, which offers spectacular views of the Ash Cone, which lies several hundred feet below in the crater.
When Should You Climb Mount Meru?
Peak climbing seasons are generally January to March and June to October, when temperatures in Arusha average 22 degrees Centigrade and summit temperatures range around – 4 degrees Celsius. The rainy seasons are April, May, and November, however climate change has drastically altered this pattern. The weather is starting to warm up again in December, with clear sky.
Fitness Required To climb Mount Meru
This hike involves several lengthy days of hiking on moderately steep slopes on rocky routes. Of course, we’ll be ascending to elevations where the effects will undoubtedly be felt, and the program has been designed to allow for acclimation time.
Day of Climb Start Level Daily High Point Sleep Level
Day One 1500m 2600m 2600m
Day Two 2600m 3600m 3600m
Day Three 3600m 4566m 3600m
Day Four 3600m 3600m 1500m
Because of all of these circumstances, you’ll need to be in relatively decent physical and mental shape. This is from the standpoint of both safety and fun. If the going isn’t too difficult, you’ll have more energy and excitement to enjoy your surroundings and the experience in general.
General physical exercise, leg, core, and back strength are the most important parts of fitness to improve. Long walks of 5 hours or more on rough ground with a light rucksack are the best way to simulate what you’ll do on the climb.
Things such as swim, cycling, running, rowing and more are also great strategies to establish the necessary conditioning for 40 minutes or longer workouts.
Please do not hesitate to call or email us if you have any questions about the level of fitness required or suggested methods of reaching it.
Climb Mount Meru Experience Needed
This is a non-technical Mt Meru trek, but delivers the same high altitude and climbing experience. It takes little over 35 kilometers to complete the ascent and descent. You will need to be fit and this excursion will be within your power for any frequent walker on a hill. At least one hill walk a week with a modest pack of around ten kgs should include a training program and regular visits to the gym or swimming pool once a week during the last 2 months. The trick of climbing Mt Meru is to walk slowly and appreciate the landscape, drink properly, eat well and sleep well. Even ages are a limiting factor. A regular, steady pace ensures the right acclimation.
Mount Meru Climbing Gear
The main concept behind the gear we’ll bring is to keep you warm, dry, sun-protected, able to move quickly in the mountains, and comfortable in the evenings and at night. A complete list can be found in the menu to the right, however the following are the essential points to consider:-
- BAGS – Large duffle ~90L (carried by porter) + Medium Daypack ~25L (carried by you)
- SHELL – Top and bottoms to keep off wind/rain
- INSULATION – Layered system to keep you warm- body hands & Head
- BASELAYER – Thin layers to wick away sweat and to strip down to and keep the sun off when it gets hot
- FEET – Sturdy trekking Boots (not walking Shoes), flip flops or similar, footwear for city
- SLEEPING – Warm sleeping bag and camping mat to get a good nights sleep at the huts
- EATING/DRINKING – Water bottles & favorite energy-snacks for during the day
- WASHING & MEDICAL – To allow you to wash and maybe stave off a headache or blister