While not as big as Kilimanjaro in terms of height (at 4566m) or popularity, trekking Mount Meru provides a good acclimatisation for a subsequent climb of Kili as well as a worthwhile climb in itself. The summit provides magnificent views of the forest and plains below and Kili's peak in the distance.
Travel to Mount Meru
Organised group tours: The following tours for Mount Meru are available:
On this exceptional itinerary we enjoy a combination of a walking and vehicle safari in the Serengeti National Park and the Ngorongoro Crater with an ascent of Mount Meru (4566m) and an ascent via the Rongai Route to the summit of Mt Kilimanjaro (5895m). We spend time on the vast Serengeti savannah where herds of plains animals, including migratory wildebeest, can be seen. In the Ngorongoro Crater prepare for unsurpassed game viewing as many species of East African wildlife, including the rare Black Rhino and large prides of lion, inhabit it. High above the crater rim our Masai guides lead us on a climb up Mt Lemagrut (3100m) which is a good training run for our next objective, an ascent of Mt Meru. Mt Meru is the best way to acclimatise for 'Kili' and is a steep and demanding climb in itself. On summit day the steep ridgeline ascent is spectacular with views to Kilimanjaro. Its slopes are home to a large wildlife population including elephants and Mountain Reedbuck. Fit and acclimatised, and in the company of our experienced guides and crew we follow the relatively remote Rongai Route via Kibo and hope to enjoy spectacular sunrise views from the summit of Africa. The East African Rift has created some of the greatest volcanoes on earth, and this truly unique walking itinerary offers the opportunity to climb three of the best.
On this double peak holiday we acclimatise with a trek to the summit of Mount Meru before moving on to climb Africa's highest mountain, Kilimanjaro. As well as being a worthy objective in its own right, the ascent of Mount Meru prior to tackling Kilimanjaro means that you will be well acclimatised and this will ensure that your experience in Tanzania is remembered as a holiday rather than a feat of endurance. Flying in to Kilimanjaro Airport in Tanzania, gives us speedy access to Mount Meru (4566m). Our ascent of this dormant volcano involves a wonderful 4-day trek, leading through pleasant game-filled parkland and then bamboo forest and moorland, to the dramatic crater rim. Here, we can look across with a sense of anticipation to snow-capped Kilimanjaro, 70 kilometres away to the east. Before transferring to Kilimanjaro, we enjoy a game drive in the Arusha National Park, an outstandingly beautiful nature reserve where we can expect to see elephant, buffalo, giraffe, antelope and numerous bird species. Having acclimatised on Meru, we will be in good shape to enjoy the ascent of Kilimanjaro, following the picturesque Machame route to the Shira Plateau from where we make our final ascent directly to the 'Roof of Africa'.