Mount Meru, Tanzania
Mount Meru stands at 14,980 feet (4,566 metres), towering over the city of Arusha. Located 43 miles (70 km) west of Mount Kilimanjaro, Mount Meru is often overlooked by climbers yet it offers spectacular views, lovely scenery and wildlife sightings, and is a challenging climb in itself.
Mount Meru is within Arusha National Park, and the lower slopes of the mountain are abundant with wildlife. It’s not uncommon to see giraffes, buffaloes, baboons, monkeys and a wide array of birds during the first stage of the trek. Because of the abundant wildlife, it is mandatory to be accompanied by an armed ranger.
Mount Meru is often climbed for altitude acclimatization prior to climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, or it can be climbed as a standalone hike. The climb is typically done in 3-4 days covering a total distance of 27 miles (45 km).Accommodations along the route are in wood huts.
There is only one route up the mountain, so you’ll get to see the sights twice. Unlike Kilimanjaro’s popular routes, crowds are absent and it is a peaceful and pleasant trek. For those who have climbed both mountains, many feel that Mount Meru is the more difficult climb with a steeper terrain.