Food on Mount Kilimanjaro is usually prepared by our able and experienced chefs/cooks. Meals will be prepared according to our menu or as per your instructions. That being said, we pay special attention to your dietary requirements, you may request a special diet according to your need, restrictions or doctor recommendations.
For a vegetarian diet for our Kilimanjaro vegan climbers, please click here.
Our mountain cuisine consists of three main meals per day namely, Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
Our chefs are very critical at controlling things like red meat, fats and cholesterol in our cooking oil.
Please inform us before your climb if you have any special dietary restrictions or recommendations.
Despite limited ingredients and equipment on the mountain, our chefs/cooks will go out their way to prepare and serve you sumptuous meals that are easily digestible. They know what your body needs in regards to the tedious days of trekking on the mountain. You will most definitely need balanced diet meals as well as a good supply of energy.
Specialty foods on Mount Kilimanjaro
Specialty foods are not easy to find in Tanzania if needed, we recommend that you come with your own specific ingredients and let our chefs/cooks prepare the meals, just the way you like them.
Also, make sure that you bring just enough quantity to last you the whole trip. Our Tranquil Kilimanjaro office representatives are available anytime in case you need to ask or discuss anything concerning your diet and meals on the mountain.
Other specialty foods like dried fruits, chocolates and cheeses can be found in Tanzania. Please let us know about your special dietary needs before climbing Mount Kilimanjaro with us here.
Special Dietary Requirements on Mount Kilimanjaro
If you are on a low carb, gluten-free, or diabetic (low sugar) diet, your main aim will take enough fat and protein to provide your body with as much energy as possible for your trek.
You’ll need to avoid meals that contain bread, oats, fruit, starchy veggies, pasta, rice, and desserts that may cause inflammation on your body or make your blood sugar levels shoot above normal levels
So, your daily Kilimanjaro menu due to your condition may include more eggs, meat, low-carb veggies, and cheese.
Here are some best practices for eating and drinking on Mount Kilimanjaro.
- Wash your hands before every meal.
- Do not skip your meals. Even if you do not feel hungry, just eat.
- Eat a high carbohydrate diet for energy(which we will provide).
- Bring snacks from home that you love to eat.
- Drink at least four liters of water per day.
- Take electrolytes.
- Avoid consumption of alcohol, tobacco or depressant drugs including barbiturates, tranquilizers, sleeping pills and opiates.
- Avoid consuming excessive caffeine.