Can I drink alcohol on Mount Kilimanjaro?

Because alcohol is prohibited within the limits of the Kilimanjaro National Park, it is not available there. Tranquil Kilimanjaro providers will not allow porters to carry alcoholic beverages for you. Drinking alcohol at a high altitude isn’t a good idea anyhow. At the park’s exterior descending gates, you’ll find individuals selling beer once you’ve completed your climb. Because they are frequently offered warm, you will most likely not enjoy your drink, unless otherwise if you do not prefer a cold beer. On special request, we may incorporate a champagne celebration at the park gate in our premium packages. If you’d want it included in your package, please let us know when you make your reservation.

We recommend having a celebratory beer after climbing the mountain, at the lower slopes, in the camps located at the base of Mount Kilimanjaro like Horombo Hut if you are using the Marangu Route where you can buy beer or at Mweka Hut if you are using the Mweka Route for descending or near the exit gates.

Why you should not drink alcohol on Mount Kilimanjaro treks

No, it is not recommended to drink alcohol while climbing Kilimanjaro. Climbing Kilimanjaro is a physically demanding activity that requires proper acclimatization and optimal physical condition. Alcohol can have adverse effects on your body and can be dangerous at high altitudes. Here are some reasons why alcohol should be avoided while climbing Kilimanjaro:

  1. Dehydration: Alcohol is a diuretic, which means it increases urine production and can lead to dehydration. Dehydration is already a risk at high altitudes due to the dry air and increased fluid loss through respiration. Drinking alcohol can exacerbate dehydration and potentially lead to altitude sickness.
  2. Impaired Judgment: Alcohol can impair judgment and decision-making abilities, which are crucial for a safe and successful climb. Climbing Kilimanjaro requires careful planning, following the guide’s instructions, and making quick decisions in challenging situations. Consuming alcohol can compromise your ability to react appropriately to changing conditions.
  3. Negative Impact on Acclimatization: Proper acclimatization is essential when climbing at high altitudes to avoid altitude sickness. Alcohol can interfere with the body’s natural acclimatization process and may increase the risk of altitude-related illnesses.
  4. Increased Fatigue: Climbing Kilimanjaro is physically demanding, and alcohol can add to the fatigue experienced during the ascent. It can negatively impact your energy levels and make the climb more challenging.
  5. Potential Health Risks: Alcohol can have different effects on individuals, and its impact at high altitudes can vary. Some people may experience adverse effects on blood pressure, heart rate, and oxygen levels, which can be dangerous during the climb.
  6. Safety Concerns: Alcohol impairs coordination and balance, increasing the risk of accidents and injuries during the climb. Safety is paramount in Kilimanjaro, and consuming alcohol can compromise your ability to navigate challenging terrains.

For these reasons, it is strongly advised to avoid alcohol consumption while climbing Kilimanjaro. Instead, focus on staying hydrated, maintaining a healthy diet, getting enough rest, and preparing your body for the physical challenges of the climb. Prioritizing your health and safety will increase your chances of having a successful and enjoyable experience on Mount Kilimanjaro.

NB: There is no Alcohol sold on top of Mount Kilimanjaro at Uhuru Peak.

You may not drink alcohol while climbing Kilimanjaro but you can drink a few days or a day before or after your climb. Check out the best beers to drink after your Kilimanjaro trek here.


Kilimanjaro celebratory beer
Celebratory beer after coming from the summit of Kilimanjaro
Having beer at Kilimanjaro gate
In the parking lot at Mweka Gate, there are people selling room-temperature, local beer for climbers that have descended the mountain.

Beer at Mweka Hut

Having celebratory beer at Mweka Hut Camp
Having a celebratory beer at Mweka Hut Camp


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