If you are a vegan climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, be rest certain that you will successfully complete trek as there are very many options at the hotels and lodges, before and after you climb. Also, we do prepare a vegetarian diet while on the mountain as every meal is accompanied by fresh fruits and vegetables.

Over the years, vegetarianism has been gaining popularity as a healthy and nutritious diet. The fact that there is a difference between a vegetarian and a vegan diet is sometimes not known to society, and therefore there are misunderstandings regarding the diets. A vegetarian diet mainly consists of plant foods like fruits, vegetables, legumes, grains, nuts, and seeds. Vegetarian diets may vary depending on ethnic, religious, and cultural beliefs. Various scientific studies have demonstrated that consuming a vegetarian diet brings about an array of health benefits while reducing the risk of a wide range of lifestyle disorders.

Vegan food on Kilimanjaro

Vegan Soups on the trek

Special soup favourites include Vegetable soup and bread, Pumpkin soup, Cucumber soup, Leeks soup, as well as porridge. As for meals we have many options for energy-giving foods which include fried potatoes with vegetable sauce, Chips, Rice, fruits, and Bread (Normal and Toasted). All these are of course accompanied by fruits and sumptuous vegetables.

Vegan food on Mount Kilimanjaro

Our chefs/cooks can adhere to your strict dietary restrictions, for vegans, vegetarians and climbers that cannot use gluten and lactose. Feel free to tell us about your dietary restrictions before you climb Mount Kilimanjaro and we can come up with a nice vegan meal plan just for you.

We can prepare a special vegan meal plan for our clients climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, Oldonyo Lengai,  Mount Meru in Tanzania, Mount Kenya in Kenya, and Mount Rwenzori in Uganda.

Vegan meals specifically for Mount Kilimanjaro should give you nutritional power and optimum athletic performance while entirely relying on a plant-based diet.

Let us work together to prepare a vegetarian diet just for you and specifically for your bodily needs on the mountain. Contact us here.

Vegan Soup KilimanjaroVegetarian Menu for Kilimanjaro

High altitudes in themselves depress the appetite, and the digestive system finds it increasingly difficult to cope with heavy meals. On summit night, we recommend all trekkers eat a hot, easily digestible breakfast. Although the meal plan below is specifically aimed at vegetarians, it is suitable for non-vegetarians too.

Day 1:

BREAKFAST: A full English breakfast will be provided at the hotel/lodge

LUNCH: Packed lunch from the hotel

DINNER: Vegetable soup with toast Spaghetti/Fried Potatoes/Vegetable sauce

Mixed salad/Fruits


Day 2:

BREAKFAST: Fresh fruits/Porridge/Toast with Jam, Honey, Butter

BEVERAGES: Tea/Coffee/Milo

LUNCH: Tomato-Sandwich/Bread/Biscuits/Fruits/Tea Coffee/Popcorn

DINNER: Fresh vegetable soup/Sandwich/Pancake Plain Chips/Eggplant



Day 3:

BREAKFAST: Fresh fruits/Porridge/Toast with Jam, Honey, Butter


LUNCH: Cucumber sandwich/Carrots/Biscuits/Cake/Fruits


DINNER: Vegetable soup/Mushroom soup with toast

Rice/Vegetable sauce

Green vegetables/Fruits

BEVERAGES: Tea/Coffee/Milo

Day 4:

BREAKFAST: Fresh fruits/Cornflakes/Toast with Jam, Honey, Butter Tea/Coffee/Milo

LUNCH:  HOT LUNCH — Plain chips/French toast/Fruits/Tea/Coffee/Milo

DINNER: Vegetable soup/Mushroom soup with toast

Macaroni/Vegetable sauce


BEVERAGES: Tea/Coffee/Milo

Day 5:

BREAKFAST: Mid-night light tea with biscuits


Orange Squash/Tomato sandwich or Spaghetti mixed with vegetable sauce /Vegetable Soup/ Tea/Coffee/popcorn/biscuits

DINNER: Vegetable soup with pancake

Rice mixed with vegetable/Vegetable sauce


BEVERAGES: Tea/Coffee/Milo

Day 6:

BREAKFAST: Fruits/Cornflakes/ Toast with Jam, Honey, Butter


LUNCH:  HOT LUNCH — Plain chips/Macaroni/Fruits/Tea/Coffee/Milo

DINNER: At the hotel

Vegetarian Menu for Mountain Kilimanjaro Climb with Tranquil Kilimanjaro.

What types of vegetarian dishes should we expect as vegans?

Many of our trekkers are vegetarian, and our cooks are well-versed in catering to this need. During the briefing session, you are welcome to meet with our cook to discuss and plan a meal that fits your needs.

Here are some sample dishes on the vegan menu:

  • Vegetable soup and bread
  • Pumpkin soup
  • Cucumber soup
  • Leeks soup
  • Vegetable Salad
  • Mushroom Vegetables
  • Fried potatoes with vegetable sauce
  • Chips
  • Rice
  • Fruits
  • Tea
  • Porridge
  • Fruits
  • Bread (Normal and Toasted)

How we keep vegetables and fruits fresh on the mountain

We store perishable foods like fruits and vegetables in cooler boxes to keep them fresh. Porters transport supplies balanced on their heads by straw rings, a skill often mastered from childhood. They take longer routes to separate from trekkers to ensure timely delivery of supplies without obstruction. Uphill ascents, downhill descents, and camp cooking are all part of their expedited 2-3 day journey, always accompanied by a guide for safety. Fresh salads and rich soups, made with rare high-quality olive oil, are thanks to the efficient resupply system of Tranquil Kilimanjaro.

Fresh fruits and vegetables at a market in Moshi Where do the vegetables and fruits on Kilimanjaro treks come from?

The Kilimanjaro cultivation zone is a very fertile and arable zone, on your way to Kilimanjaro, you will see the organic farms and plantations sprawling everywhere. The Kilimanjaro region is a popular fresh food distributor across the country. It is no surprise that all the vegetables and fruits come straight and fresh from the many farms in the Kilimanjaro region, more specifically from the fresh food markets across Kilimanjaro and Moshi. Every morning farmers transport their fresh produce to the food markets in Moshi.

Benefits of a Vegetarian Diet

A vegetarian diet, if properly planned and carried out, can be beneficial to one’s health, and its ecological impact is much lower than that of a meat-based diet. According to numerous studies reported in the FDA and Surgeon General’s reports, vegetarians are one-third as likely to have heart disease, 1/6 as likely to have cancer, and half as likely to have diabetes. For any particular adult, a vegetarian diet, in addition to environmental and social benefits, can lead to good health, low blood pressure, and a normal cholesterol level. It can also increase vitality, give a greater sense of well-being, and even mean cost savings.

There are many good reasons to adopt a vegetarian lifestyle. Some people have ethically based concerns about the rights of animals. Others are troubled by the environmental impact and wasteful inefficiency of the meat industry. For people in the Western world, where the economics of meat production mean that meat is cheap, it is easy to ignore these concerns. However, in an environment where resources are limited, and food is carefully weighed and carried on one’s back, the health implications of the diet become increasingly important.

Preparing for a Vegetarian Kilimanjaro Expedition

Before we can discuss how to prepare for the provision of a vegetarian diet on Kilimanjaro, we need to establish what is being prepared. It’s no use planning a meal if you don’t know what you are planning. The basic overall quantities and proportions contained in a main meal and then a definition of a vegetarian meal is required. The following tables contain data and diagrams that provide this information. Except for the tables on the left of each main meal diagram, both diagrams are of the same high energy and carbohydrate content main meal size. Typically, mountain guides and trek support staff will be very tired and require a lot of energy upon arrival at the next camp. Anticipation of and preparation for this fatigue is an essential aspect of designing high energy climbing food. Remember to use the term “Vegetarian”. This term describes the diet, i.e. what is to be provided or cut out of the main meals.

An increasing number of climber expeditions are interested in serving a vegetarian diet. In particular, on routes such as the Marangu and Rongai, this is possible with good pre-planning, understanding, and communication on what will be specifically provided. For the purpose of this discussion, a vegetarian is defined as a person who refrains from consuming flesh, not just red meat. Poultry and fish can also form part of the food to be excluded or avoided. It is therefore important to use the correct terminology such as “Vegetarian” instead of words such as “Meatless” and “Less Meat”.