Ol Doinyo Lengai means the Mountain of God in the Masai language. It is located south of Lake Natron in the Arusha region of Tanzania.
A search on it online will quickly inform you that it is a unique mountain. It is an active volcano. It is the the only mountain in the world that erupts erupts natrocarbonatite lava (looks like fluid black oil which turns white when it comes into contact with moisture/rain).
That said, you are probably wondering how safe it is hiking this very tough to hike active volcanic mountain. I too wondered. Our guide for this trip informed me that there are experts who confirm on the mountain’s activity. They shall advice us whether it is safe to hike it. As of now and the set day of the hike, it is safe.
That said, this hike is VERY HARD. Only experienced hikers are allowed to sign up.
OL DOINYO LENGAI ITINERARY
Day 1 (15th Jan);
Arrival at Hotel in Arusha to meet our guide for this experience. He will show us the best spots to have dinner in Arusha. This will be followed by an overnight stay in the hotel. To share details of the hotel with the group going as the day nears.
From Nairobi via shuttle, Arusha is approximately 7 hours.
Day 2 (16th Jan);
After breakfast, our guide and driver will pick us up at the hotel and we will drive down towards Ol’ Donyo Lengai. On the way, we will stop over at Mto wa Mbu. We will arrive at Lengai village and have lunch. We will then visit Lengai Waterfall and Lake Natron. Back to the village for an overnight stay.
Day 3 (17th Jan);
You will have light snacks ahead of the 11pm hike. Our driver will drive us to the base of the mountain. The hike usually takes 6-7 hours to get to the summit. Hike speed will be slow as the mountain is challenging. We will get to the summit as the sun comes up. Praying for clear skies. The mountain has an elevation of 2,962 mtrs.
After a photo session and enjoying the summit views, descend for 4-5 hours.
Our driver will be awaiting and they will drive us back to the village.
We will have lunch and drive back to Arusha where we will spend the night at the hotel.
Day 4 (18th Jan);
Breakfast and bidding our guide goodbye. Trip back home.
To get into Tanzania, here are the must have items;
Yellow fever certificate.
Negative COVID test results done in home country within 72 hours prior to entry into TZ.
COVID test at the point of entry into TZ.
Travel insurance – advisable incase need for emergency evacuation arises.
Attend at least 3 prep hikes between now and then. Under upcoming Hikes category, we currently have 5 hikes running.
WHAT TO CARRY
A headlamp as the hike shall start at night.
You don’t need heavy clothes. One layer each and a jacket is good enough for the hike.
Good hiking boots.
Ladies, we can adorn dresses at the summit and at the lake.
Read the below article for a clearer picture of the same;
East Africans; Kes. 45,000
Non-East Africans; Kes. 52,000
PAYMENT VIA BUY M-PESA BUY GOODS TILL NUMBER – 9096347 (Monicah Mathenge)
After paying, forward the message to +254 726770113. Use the same number for enquiries.
Pay 50% by 27th December 2021 and clear balance by 5th January 2022.
Price is inclusive of;
Accommodation – per person sharing (2 people per room – twin beds)
Transportation from Arusha to Lengai Village and back.
Mto wa Mbu, Lake Natron, Lengai Waterfall and Lengai Village visits.
All meals except supper on day 1 and day 3.
Hike ol’Doinyo Lengai entrance fee and guide fee.
Price is exclusive of;
Transportation from Nairobi to Arusha on day 1 and transportation from Arusha to Nairobi on day 4.
Supper on day 1 and day 3.
Covid test fees.
Anything not mentioned under inclusive of.