Ol Doinyo Lengai Climb (2-Days )

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Oldoinyo Lengai (or Mountain of God to the Masai people) is Tanzania's only active volcano, erupting fairly regularly and belching smoke and ash clouds up to a kilometer into the air. The volcano erupted vigorously in September 2007 and since then the usual climbing route up the western face of Oldoinyo Lengai has been covered over by a lava flow and the new route takes climbers up the east and south eastern ridges.

The Oldoinyo Lengai climb is extremely strenuous, starting at 1200 meters (4000 feet) and climbing to 2890 meters (9500 feet). Climbers usually begin the steep climb around midnight, and the estimated time is 6 hours although it depends on the individual's level of fitness and the current status of the volcano itself. The summit is reached by sunrise which is absolutely spectacular, exposing the stark desolate landscape around the volcano. After sunrise, there is a bit of time to explore the crater and the top of the volcano before beginning the 4-hour return hike down Oldoinyo Lengai.

The temperature can vary considerably while you climb Oldoinyo Lengai, due to both the change in altitude and the timings of the climb. It is wise to be prepared - should you arrive on the summit before sunrise, you may have to wait in the cold for sunrise, and then the return hike may get quite hot once the sun is up.

Recommended Equipment: Hiking/walking boots, Waterproof jacket and trousers, Warm, windproof jacket, Thin gloves, Warm woolly hat, Gaiters to keep loose rocks out of boots (optional gear), Snack foods to keep energy levels up, Sunscreen, Sunglasses, Camera, Hat and Binoculars (optional).


  • Climbing Ol Doinyo Lengai can be challenging due to the steep and rocky terrain.
  • Ol Doinyo Lengai stands at approximately 2,878 meters (9,442 feet) above sea level
  • Ol Doinyo Lengai, also known as the "Mountain of God,"
  • Ol Doinyo Lengai holds cultural significance for the Maasai people

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Day 1 Moshi - Ol Doinyo Lengai

Depart Moshi at 7 am for your transfer to Lake Natron via West Kilimanjaro, Longido and Loliondo Wildlife Protected Area. Game drive en-route in the Gelai plains. Meet your local Maasai guide for pre trek briefing; dinner and overnight at Moivaro’s Lake Natron Campsite, F/B.

*Extra activity: Evening nature walk & swimming at the natural pool.

Day 2 Ol Doinyo Lengai Climb

Transfer to the Base of Oldoinyo Lengai at around mid-night ready to begin your ascent to the summit. Reach the summit during the sunrise, explore the only active Volcanic mountain in East Africa! Walk around the top rim looking at the vent filled with a fresh brown cabonatite lava on its crater floor. Descend to the base of the mountain and meet your driver for your drive back to your Camp for auick shower and breakfast/ brunch. Then depart your Camp for your transfer back to Moshi / Arusha via Lake Natron for watching lesser flamingos.

  • Accommodation as shown on the itinerary above (no need of tents, just your sleeping bags)
  • All transfers and as mentioned above
  • Park entry/Village fees at the park
  • Packed Lunch on day 1 & 2.
  • Meals as indicated on the itinerary above
  • A Cook during the trip
  • English Speaking driver Guide
  • Bottled mineral water throughout the trip
  • Services of a professional guide
  • You shall have a porter each (thus guests will only be carrying their day packs)
  • Tips
  • Beverages and other extras
  • All activities not mentioned above
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Personal insurance covers (including emergency evacuation cover)

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