MOUNT MERU COST:
£955 per person
Based on a minimum of 2 travellers sharing a twin or double hotel room pre / post 4 day climb. For solo climbers or group prices please contact us.
Not all about money
Our prices are competitive and good value, and we offer quality, an excellent service, security and a strong stance on responsible tourism in a developing country. We don’t want to be so expensive to run fewer trips and have our staff idle, but on the other hand we believe that running cheap trips, that promote the practise of skimming budgets, would result in the porters getting next to nothing, which is something we cannot consider.
Additionally on Mt Meru we run only 4 day treks, since any less is dangerous for a peak just short of 4600 metres. Current National Park and Hut fees are included in our trip fees. We include lots of support staff plus one guide for every two or three climbers (ratios change depending on the number of climbers but our guide to climber ratio is never greater than 1:3). We do not operate kitties and we use a very good hotel in town pre / post climb with which we have built up a strong relationship over the past 4 decades.
We have our own license to operate tours on Mount Kilimanjaro and Mount Meru and are a member of the local Tanzanian Association of Tour Operators.
We advise all of our clients to take out a travel insurance as soon as you book to cover potential events that might cause you to cancel your trip. You need to ensure that you have a policy which covers trekking to 4600m as well as helicopter rescue and cancellation.
“I wanted to write and tell you how marvellous our climb was to the stunning summit of Mt Meru. We were looked after perfectly, our accommodation, meals and guides were fantastic throughout. We enjoyed the sunrise as we climbed as it silhouetted Kilimanjaro – a sight we’ll carry with us for years to come. After the climb our walking safari in Arusha National park and our drives around Tarangire and Ngoronogoro were breathtaking! We felt so honoured to be so close to nature. Thank you once again for putting together such a perfect holiday.” Thomas Jordan
Mount Meru Fitness and Experience
To climb Mt Meru involves some long days of trekking on moderate and occasionally steep slopes over undulating paths. We will also of course be ascending to altitudes where the effects of less oxygen will be felt, and the itinerary is planned to allow good acclimitisation.
Because of all these factors you will need to be in reasonably good fitness and also in good health. This is from the point of view of safety but also enjoyment. You will have more energy and enthusiasm to enjoy your surroundings and the experience in general if you aren’t finding the going too tough.
The most relevant aspects of fitness to work on are general cardiovascular fitness and leg, core and back strength. The best training is to replicate what you will do on the climb by doing long walks of 5 hours or more on undulating terrain with a light rucksack. Things like swimming, cycling, running, rowing etc for 40 minute or longer sessions are also good ways to build the right conditioning.
If you have any questions about the level of fitness required or suggested ways of achieving it then please do feel free to call or email us for individual advice.
This is a non-technical trek of Mt Meru, but it offers a mountaineering experience all the same and high altitude to contend with. You will need to be fit and any regular hill walker will find this expedition within his or her capabilities. A training programme should include at least one hill walk a week with a small pack of around 10kgs, and regular visits to the gym or the swimming pool once a week for the final two months before departure. Age is not a limiting factor either; the secret of climbing Mt Meru is to go slowly and enjoy the scenery, drink well, eat well and sleep well. A regular, maintained pace will ensure proper acclimatisation.
Mount Meru Kit List
The kit you need to climb Mt Meru is similar to Kilimanjaro, though with staying in huts you don’t need as warm a sleeping bag. The kit summary below shows that you need kit to keep you warm, dry, protected from the sun, able to move efficiently on the mountain and be comfortable in the evenings / night. There is a detailed Mt Meru / Kilimanjaro kit / packing list found by clicking here, but in summary you need nothing technical and most hill walkers will already own what they need:
- BAags – Large duffle ~90L (carried by porter) + Medium Day pack ~25L (carried by you)
- Waterproof Shell – Top and bottoms to keep off wind/rain
- Insulation – Layered system to keep you warm- body, hands, feet and head
- Base layer – 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) with ankle protection, flip flops or similar for evening, footwear for city
- Sleeping bag – 2 / 3 season sleeping bag to get a good nights sleep at the huts (comfortable twin rooms)
- Eating / drinking – Water bottles & favourite energy-snacks for during the day. We provide all meals and kitchen equipment on the climb
- Washing / medical – To allow you to wash and for minor issues like headache, stomach upset or blister
Rental Items for Mount Meru
When you book your trip, or any time up until departure you can book many rental items through the ‘Extras’ tab here. If you’ve forgotten something then when in Moshi you can also rent equipment directly from our team.
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