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What to eat during Kilimanjaro climb

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What to eat during Kilimanjaro climb

Food Menu on Mount Kilimanjaro is an important issue to discuss before climbing mount Kilimanjaro. Kilimanjaro Climbs requires healthy food menu ranging from Proteins, Carbohydrates and Fats for both clients and our entire Kilimanjaro trekking crew.

For Oserok Trips it’s crucial to ensure our clients consume a balanced and energy-rich diet to support your body’s physical demands and acclimatization to the high altitude.

During your Kilimanjaro hike, our professional cooks will prepare three hot meals on daily basis. i.e.  breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Food Menu on Mount Kilimanjaro always is cooked with fresh seasonal yields. All fruits, vegetables, sea food, beef and chicken are purchased from the local markets in Moshi.  For all treks of over 5 days in length, we have re-supplied of fresh food to the camp/hut for our use.

Supplying your body with continuous calories is an important factor in successfully climbing Kilimanjaro. While an average person on a typical work day burns around 2,500 calories, a hiker on Kilimanjaro can burn 6,000 to 8,000 calories a day! In order to keep well fueled, you have to eat.

Common questions are:-

1. What nutritious food to eat when climbing Kilimanjaro?

2. What if I am vegan, vegetarian or kosher? What will I eat during my Kilimanjaro Climb

Meals on Mount Kilimanjaro

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.

Our Oserok Trips mountain chefs are brilliant at what they do. The taste and variety of the menu items is very impressive. We regularly receive glowing feedback from our clients that they were pleasantly surprised at how good the food was and how it really helped them in their quest for the summit.

Why do we serve the best food on Kilimanjaro climb?

For many trekkers, the food menu on the way up Kilimanjaro is an afterthought – you have a mountain to climb after all! There’s gear, guides, tents, routes and more to consider. How important are breakfast, lunch and dinner in the grand scheme of things?

As you gain altitude, you tend to lose your appetite. That’s not just conventional wisdom, it’s a studied phenomenon. The Journal of Applied Physiology found that simulated ascents “[appeared] to be associated with a change in the attitude toward eating and with a decreased appetite and food intake.”

The higher you go, the less you’ll want to eat and the less you may actually eat. That’s not a recipe for success when you’re burning thousands of calories hiking. A 180-pound trekker with a 20-pound pack can burn 3,400 calories during an average day of hiking on Kilimanjaro.

If you don’t make up the lion’s share of those calories, you may sap your energy, feel more sluggish and have a tougher time reaching the summit. The trail becomes increasingly difficult and energy intensive late in the trek, too. You’ll need your strength (and a lot of food) to get through those parts

Sample of the food we serve on the mountain for breakfast, lunch and dinner, as well as snacks and beverages:

Morning Call

  • Tea, Drinking chocolate, Milo, Coffee, Biscuits, Milk


  •  Porridge – Oat porridge, Finger millet porridge, Maize porridge, Semolina (sooji)
  • Fruits – Assorted fruit plate, Fruit platter, Selection of Fruits
  • Toasted Bread, French toast
  • Eggs – Onion omelet, Plain omelet, Spanish omelet, Scottish eggs (over easy)
  • Grilled bacon, Grilled sausages
  • Cheddar cheese
  • Tanzania tea, Drinking chocolate, Coffee, Decaffeinate, Milk (Nido)
  • Pan cakes and Sautéd potatoes

Lunch Box

  • Juice box
  • Biscuits
  •  Cut fruits
  • Chocolate
  • Portions of cheese
  • Queen cakes
  • Bread sandwich
  • Sweetness(pipi)

Dinner on Mount Kilimanjaro

  • Soups:


    •  Cream of cucumber and potatoes
    •  Cream of celery soup
    •  Leeks soup
    •  Green pepper and pork soup
    •  Cream of zucchini and potatoes
    • Cream of ginger soup
    • Cream of garlic soup
    • Vegetable soup
    •  Cream of cucumber and potatoes
  • Main Course


    • Grilled beefwith Gravy garnished/grilled tomatoes
    • Beef stroganoff
    • Fried chicken
    • Spiced meatballs with a creamy pomodoro sauce
    • Mincemeat with bolognese sauce
    • Chicken chasseur
    • Grilled Beef fillet served with a mint sauce
    • Chicken fricassee, with a coulis and tomato sauce
    • Vegetable rice, Macaroni with cheese, Spaghetti
  • Accompaniment


    • Lyonnaise potatoes
    • French fries
    • Fried potatoes
  • Dessert


    • Queen cake glassed with chocolate source
    • Grape suzettes and pancake
    • Bread and buttered pudding, Cake
    • Fruit salad, Fresh fruits


Vegetarian Menu on Kilimanjaro

We have many trekkers who are vegetarian and our cooks are well trained to handle these requirements. You are free to meet our cook during the briefing session to discuss and create a menu which meets your criteria. Here are some dishes

  • Soups:


    • Cream of cauliflower & carrot
    • Vegetable soup and bread
    • Pumpkin soup
    • Cucumber soup
    • Leek soup
    • Salads:


    • Vegetable Salad
    • Mushrooms with Vegetables
    • Fried potatoes with vegetable sauce
    • Coleslaw
  • Main Course:


    • Fresh beans and carrot with coconut sauce
    • Cauliflower and carrot
    • Seasonal green beans with cream sauce
    • Braised cabbage
    • Mixed vegetables
    • African pride-Red finger, (ngogwe or better tomatoes)
    • Rice
    • Porridge
  • Accompaniment:


    • Chips
    • Fruits
    • Tea, Coffee, Drinking chocolate, Milo, Milk (Nido)
    • Bread (Normal and Toasted)

Vegan Menu on Kilimanjaro

We have many trekkers who are Vegan and our cooks are well trained to handle these requirements. You are free to meet our cook during the briefing session to discuss and create a menu which meets your criteria. Here are some sample dishes:

  • Soups:


    • Vegetable soup and bread
    • Pumpkin soup
    • Cucumber soup
    • Leek soup
    • Vegetable Salad
    • Sweet potatoes soup
    • Carrot soup
  • Salads:


    • Mushrooms with Vegetables
    • Fried potatoes with vegetable sauce
  • Main Course:


    • Grilled Sandwich, Pasta,  Rice, Porridge
    • Boiled Potatoes,
    •  Mashed potatoes
    • Beans,
    • Vegetable Samosa
    • Chapati, Chinese rice
    • Spaghetti
  • Accompaniment:


    • Chips
    • Fruits
    • Black Tea
    • Fruits
    • Bread (Normal and Toasted)

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