Mount Meru

Photo of Mount Meru

Photo by Bart Offeringa

Details

Elevation (feet): 14,979
Elevation (meters): 4,566
Continent: Africa
Country: Tanzania
Range/Region: Northeast Tanzania
Latitude: -3.244392
Longitude: 36.749999
Difficulty: Walk up
Best months for climbing: Jan, Feb, Mar, Jun, Jul, Aug, Dec
Volcanic status: Active
Year first climbed: 1904
First successful climber(s): Fritz Jaeger (Disputed: May have been Carl Uhlig in 1901)
Nearest major airport: Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO)
Convenient Center: Arusha, Tanzania

Thanks to Terrill Thompson for contributing to these details. (View history)

Description

Mount Meru is a volcano which rises just 44 miles west of Kilimanjaro. Though comparatively small, Meru is equally spectacular, with slopes that rise up at incredibly steep angles. It is partially shattered, as its east face was blasted away during an eruption at some point in its past. Though Meru's summit is rocky and barren, its slopes are highly fertile, with many streams and thick forests. Located in Arusha National Park, Meru and its surrounding terrain is home to a large population of animals, including elephants and lions.