Mount Meru & Kilimanjaro Combined Trek

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Duration 10 Days
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Tour Type Hiking
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Meru-Kilimanjaro Highlights

  • √ Summit two major African mountains in one trip.
  • √ Great for acclimatisation before climbing Mount Kilimanjaro.
  • √ Meru is a true wilderness experience, there will be very few people on the mountain.

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Our Mount Meru and Kilimanjaro combination tour provides a wonderful opportunity to knock off ‘two birds with one stone’, so to speak. Meru is the second-highest mountain in Tanzania and a great acclimatisation trek before tackling the Roof of Africa. Our tour combines a 4-day trek on Meru with our 6-day Machame climb.

Climbing Meru & Mount Kilimanjaro via Machame Route

Our Mount Meru and Kilimanjaro tour consists of a 4-day hike on Meru, followed by a day’s rest before tackling the 6-day Machame route to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro.

Mount Meru

Mount Meru is often overlooked due to its proximity to Kilimanjaro, but it has plenty to offer those looking for a challenging climb. A dormant volcano that last erupted in 1910, it is Tanzania’s second-highest mountain at 4562 metres (14,979 ft).

Taking only 4 days to climb, it is perfect for those wanting to acclimatise before climbing Kilimanjaro. It is also ideal for those looking for a quieter trekking experience and should definitely not be underestimated as climbers still need to acclimatise properly to succeed in reaching its peak.

An armed park ranger will join the team to guard against any animal threats as you start your approach through Arusha National Park via the Momella route. Keep your eyes open and you will be rewarded with the sighting of baboons, giraffe, zebra, colobus monkeys, and a variety of birds. From here you start your ascent through Meru’s diverse vegetation zones from the montane forest, moorland, semi-desert, and alpine desert until you reach its magnificent crater. Traversing around the crater rim to reach its summit, Socialist Peak at 4565m, after which you will have time to explore the ash cone that has formed in the crater during the 1910 eruption.

Accommodation is in dormitory-style huts.

Mount Kilimanjaro via the Machame Route

After a day’s rest, you will be driven to the Machame Gate to begin your Kilimanjaro climb. As you have already acclimatised to the high altitude we take the faster 6-day itinerary on the Machame route to Uhuru Peak, the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro.

The Machame route is one of the best-profiled routes on Kilimanjaro, and the 6-day option affords a good climb high, sleep low acclimatisation day.

The summit assault passage is via Barafu camp and Stella Point.

Mount Meru and Kilimanjaro Itinerary

Detailed Itinerary: 10-Day Trek + 3 Hotel Nights

Northern Circuit routes


All trekkers need to organise their own flights to Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) – see here for detailed flight information. From JRO you can either catch a taxi to your hotel in Arusha or we can arrange an airport transfer for you. That night or early the next morning you will meet your local Mount Kilimanjaro Routes representative and have a full pre-climb briefing.


Elevation (m): 4600m to 5895m to 3100m), Distance: 7km ascent / 23km descent, Time: 6- 8 hours ascent / 7-8 hours descent, Habitat: Stone screed and ice-capped summit.
You will be woken at 23:30 with tea and biscuits. We start our trek to the summit between the Rebman and Ratzel glaciers through heavy scree up to Stella Point on the crater rim. This is the most mentally and physically challenging part of the trek. At Stella Point (5732m), we will stop to witness the magnificent sunrise (weather permitting). We are now only an hour away from the summit, Uhuru Peak (5895m), the highest point on Mount Kilimanjaro.

From the summit, we descend down to the Mweka Hut camp site, via Barafu for lunch. Trekking poles will be needed for the loose scree going down to Mweka Camp (3100m). Later in the evening, we will enjoy our last dinner on the mountain and a well-earned sleep.

What’s included

  • Pick up and drop off at Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO)*
  • 2 nights hotel accommodation in Moshi (before & after the climb)
  • Breakfast is included at the hotel*
  • 1 Post-climb celebratory drink (beer, juice, or soda) on us*
  • Group transport to and from Moshi to ALL Kilimanjaro park gates*
  • No additional transport fees will be charged to the Northern or Western route gates*
  • Kilimanjaro National Park permits
  • Camping/Hut fees
  • Mountain rescue fees
  • Guides/Porters salaries
  • Private toilet for the party on all climbs (except for Marangu)*
  • All season mountain tents
  • Foam sleeping pad (unless you opt to bring your own instead)
  • Mess tents, tables, chairs for parties of two or more
  • All meals on the mountain
  • No small party supplement fees will be charged
  • No single supplement fees for Private Climbs will be charged

Not Included

  • Airfare
  • Personal Gear
  • Tips for porters & Guides
  • Tanzania Visa: $50 per person on arrival
  • Personal Expenses (e.g. laundry, telephone, beverages, etc.)
  • Optional Tours (short safari after your climb etc)
  • Tips and any items of personal nature.

Mount Meru & Kilimanjaro Reviews

We spared two weeks for a challenging adventure in Tanzania. Our main goal was to only climb Mount Kilimanjaro first but we still had two weeks at our disposal. Kilimanjaro usually takes about 5-9 days to climb, thus we were told by the Mount Kilimanjaro Routes reservations team. They came up with a brilliant idea since they are mountaineering enthusiasts. They proposed we tackle Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa, and Mount Meru, the second-highest in the country. We were to use Mount Meru as a warm up and acclimatization before climbing Kilimanjaro. Mount Meru is very scenic but steeper compared to Kilimanjaro. Mount Kilimanjaro has a more gentle slope and we reached to the top without any major issues. All in all, we would like to thank our expedition team and mountain guides, it was a brilliant adventure for us.
Jean PhillipeJean Phillipe

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Mount Kilimanjaro Routes has been providing and still continues to provide the highest quality Kilimanjaro climbs at a reasonable cost.

Update - Route infoThere are eight established routes used to climb Mount Kilimanjaro, namely: – Marangu Route, Machame Machame, Lemosho Route, Rongai Route, Northern Circuit, Umbwe Route, Shira Route and Western breach . The Marangu, Machame, and Umbwe routes approach Mount Kilimanjaro from the South. The Lemosho and Shira routes approach the mountain from the west. The Rongai route and Northern Circuit Routes approach Kilimanjaro from the north near the border of Tanzania and Kenya. All routes except Marangu and Rongai descend via Mweka.

Specification: Mount Meru & Kilimanjaro Combined Trek


10 Days


Join Group, Private Tour



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