OldoinyoLengai (or Mountain of God Local Maasai Language) is Tanzania‘s only active volcano and the only world’s active carbonatite volcano erupting fairly regularly and belching smoke and ashes to the surrounding communities. The climbing routes to the top of Oldoinyo Lengai is regurlaly changing due to the fact that sometimes the used routes are covered by lava flow.
Oldoinyo Lengai climbing is exceptionally exhausting. It starts at 1200 meters (4000 feet) and climbing to 2890 meters (9500 feet). Most climbers begin the steep climb in the midnight, and the estimated time is 6 hours although it depends on the individual’s level of fitness, experience and the current status of the volcano activity. The summit is reached by sunrise which is absolutely stunning, sensational and reveal the hidden landscape around the volcano zone. The climber still have more time to explore the volcanic crater and around the peak before beginning the 4 hour return down.
The temperature can vary considerably while climing Oldoinyo Lengai, due to both the change in altitude and your climbing timings. It is adviced to get prepared before you start climing. Chels Travel and Tours Guide will help you through the preparation and required equipments before the climbing start.
Oldonyo Lengai climbing, 4 Day
Day 1. Arrive to Arusha from airport
Spend a night at hotel/lodge L’Oasis –
Day 2. Great Rift Valley
Drive to Mto wa Mbu and enter the Great Rift Valley, passing via Engaruaka basin and into a semi-
Day 3. Rift Valley as far as Kenya
Enjoy the sunrise and the views up the Rift Valley as far as Kenya. Descent around lunch, and drive to Lake Natron one of the major Flamingo breeding grounds in East Africa –
Day4: Drive to Arusha and overnight L’Oasis
Lodge and Restaurant or Outpost LodgeOn our way back to Arusha we will haveï¿½ample time to stop and buy some of the Makonde carving for which Tanzania is so famous.Also for those who wish a chance to stop atï¿½Mesarani Snake Park, to see the snakes that areï¿½normally difficult to see in the wild due to theirï¿½natural shyness. NB: STEEP CLIMB, ONE SHOULD BE REASONABLY FIT AND NOT WORRIED ABOUT HIGHTS.