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What will I eat while climbing Kilimanjaro?

Our chefs will serve large, healthy meals to keep you happy and well-fed on your trek. You’ll have hot meals at breakfast and dinner, freshly prepared with locally-sourced ingredients. We prepare all our food to strict hygiene standards, ensuring it’s delicious and safe to eat. Our menus are designed to be nutritionally-dense, with plenty of variety to cater to the energy demands of the trek.

We can accommodate all dietary restrictions, just let us know in advance. In the case of very strict diets, we recommend you bring along some of your favorite “energy” foods, as some specialty ingredients can be hard to source in Tanzania.

One very common effect of the altitude is a reduced appetite. We offer enticing meals, rich in “good” carbohydrates. According to the US Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine, “carbohydrate is the most efficient fuel for optimizing performance at altitude”, speeding up recovery and replenishing muscle glycogen stores for the next day’s activity.

The same study goes on to say, “a high carbohydrate diet at altitude is recommended as an intervention to alleviate symptoms of AMS (acute mountain sickness)” as it increases ventilation and blood oxygenation.

With the decreased appetite, carbohydrate-based foods are often more palatable than high protein or fats, and altitude changes your metabolic processes. The combination of hours on the trail and your body’s adaptation to altitude means you’ll have a much higher energy requirement than you would have at home.

Experienced hikers who are used to eating horrible dehydrated foods on the trail are often surprised at the quality and variety of food that comes out of our mountain kitchens. We use only fresh produce, no dehydrated “ready meals” and all food is carried up the mountain by our porters.

Drinking Water

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.

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

Kilimanjaro Menu Sample

This is a small sample of the type of food you’ll be eating on the mountain. Obviously, if you’ve got specific dietary requirements, this will change. We use seasonal, fresh produce for all our meals.

BREAKFAST:

  • Porridge
  • Eggs (scrambled, omelet, fried)
  • Bacon or sausage
  • French toast
  • Pancakes
  • Toast
  • Peanut butter, jam, honey
  • Cheese
  • Fresh Fruit
  • Tea, coffee, hot chocolate, juice

LUNCH: 

  • Sliced Carrot and Cucumber salad
  • Pasta salad (with tuna)
  • Avocado slices
  • Boiled eggs
  • Vegetable/Meat cutlets
  • Sandwiches (Egg/ Cheese/Tomato/Tuna/Meat/Peanut butter)
  • Fruits, cookies, brownies

SNACKS

  • Peanuts
  • Crisps
  • Popcorn
  • Cookies

DINNER: 

  • Soup of the day with bread
  • Spaghetti with meat sauce
  • Fish with rice
  • Chicken & Meat cutlets
  • Fried beef with roast potatoes
  • Mixed Vegetable stir-fry
  • Roast chicken with vegetables
  • Hearty lentil stew
  • Vegetable side dishes: salads, seasonal vegetables
  • Starches: Rice, potatoes, pasta
  • Fruit Salad, fruit with custard & other desserts
  • Tea, coffee, hot chocolate

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