Food on Mount Kilimanjaro

How Food Look Like on Kilimanjaro

Trekking up Mount Kilimanjaro necessitates a nutritious diet, encompassing a balance of essential nutrients like proteins, carbohydrates, and fats, not just for our clients but also for our entire mountain supporting crew. Throughout the hike, our team of professional cooks will provide three hearty meals each day, including breakfast, lunch, and dinner. These meals are prepared using the freshest seasonal ingredients, sourced from local markets in Moshi – these include fruits, vegetables, seafood, beef, chicken etc … For treks lasting more than 5 days, we ensure a regular resupply of fresh food to our team on the mountain for our continued sustenance.

Sample Menu for Mount Kilimanjaro

We provide a mess/ dining tent with camping chairs & table(s) for all Camping routes. Each day you will be served different meals whilst on the mountain and below is a guideline to what type of food you can expect:


Fresh Fruits, Oats Porridge, Sausages, boiled eggs/ Omelets (plain/Spanish), baked beans, toasted bread, coffee, cocoa/drinking chocolate, tea, margarine


Packed Lunch

Banana, cupcake, juice, chocolate bar (snickers/mars), fried chicken or fish, toasted bread with honey

Hot Lunch

Cold meat sandwiches; tuna or chicken salad sandwiches; grilled cheese sandwiches; fruits (oranges, mangos, bananas); pancakes, eggs; French fries, otherwise known as chips; tea; coffee; cocoa; juice.


Soup for starters (zucchini, leek, pumpkin), Beef, chicken (roasted, stewed, curried); pasta; rice; vegetables (stewed, boiled, steamed, curried); potatoes (mashed, boiled, fried); corned beef + cabbage; Ugali (Local dish); fruits (oranges, mangos, bananas); tea; coffee; cocoa, juice.


Peanuts, popcorn, crisps, cookies. Trek & Hide Adventures recommends you bring some of your own trail snacks to eat, especially for your summit night.

For each trek on Mount Kilimanjaro a dedicated cook will be part of the logistical team.
  • Fresh, organic ingredients are resupplied throughout the entire trek.
  • Nutritionist-designed meals include an optimal balance of complex carbohydrates, protein, and fats.
  • Vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free, and kosher diets can be accommodated with advance notice.
  • Unlimited purified drinking water provided daily.
  • Chefs are trained in hygienic food preparation and allergy safety.
  • Custom dining tents and comfy chairs included on every trek.
  • friendly solar lighting brightens your meals.

Drinking Water on Kilimanjaro

We provide boiled, filtered, purified water to our climbers at all times. A major cause of gastro-intestinal problems in Africa is as a result of drinking untreated water. We treat all our water, including the water we use to wash food and cook with.

Staying hydrated is very important for acclimatization. The dry air, exertion, and altitude can quickly dehydrate you, and if you’re taking Diamox to help acclimatization, you need to keep fluids up.

How much water should you drink when Climbing Kilimanjaro?

You should aim to drink around 3-4 liters of water per day. We recommend bringing an electrolyte formula to add to your water, and any flavoring drops if you find plain water too boring.

At each Kilimanjaro camp, there will be tea, coffee, hot chocolate, squash and fruit juices, we don’t bring sodas or bottled water.