Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro: Food and Drink on the Mountain

You will be provided with breakfast, lunch and dinner each day spent on the mountain. The food, specifically selected to help your climb, are high energy carbohydrate foods that are easily digestible. The primary carbohydrate of the meals are rice, potatoes and pasta. Fresh fruit and vegetables accompany every meal. Meat is served on the mountain but not in large quantities because it is not easily digestible at high altitude and nor does it keep well on the mountain. We resupply the team with fresh food throughout the climb.

Water is collected from mountain streams and treated with Aquatabs® water purification tablets. Water is provided only at the campsites so you need to carry enough water, usually about 3 liters, to stay hydrated while you hike.

Below are sample menus for your three meals:


Tea, Coffee, Hot Chocolate

Toast, Biscuits with Margarine, Jam, Peanut Butter, Honey

Eggs, Sausages or Bacon

Porridge or Pancakes

Fresh Fruit: Mango, Orange, Pineapple, Banana, Avocado or Watermelon





Tea, Coffee, Hot Chocolate

Bread, Biscuits or Pancakes with Jam, Peanut Butter, Honey

Chicken Curry, Rice, Chapati, Green Beans

Snack: Peanuts, Popcorn, Cake, Cookies

Fresh Salad: Tomato, Cucumber, Onion, Carrots, Green Peppers



Tea, Coffee, Hot Chocolate

Vegetable Soup

Potatoes, Rice, Pasta

Fresh Vegetables: Carrots, Peas, Tomato, Beans, Greens





You may want to bring some supplementary "comfort" foods, such as candy, gum, chocolate, health bars or powdered energy drinks.

We can accommodate vegetarian and vegan diets. For those with special diets, please contact us to discuss what we can or cannot do. Note that food selection is limited in Tanzania, so although we will try to please all clients, in some cases clients will be asked to bring their specific food items to us, which our cooks will prepare.

Top left: vegetable stew and rice, Top right: chicken, rice, and green beans
Bottom left: beef, potato and cabbage salad, Bottom right: pancakes and leek soup.