Ol Doinyo Lengai

Ol Doinyo Lengai (the mountain of God) is an active volcano, located at the southern end of lake Natron, in northern Tanzania along the East African Rift System. It rises to an elevation of 2,878 metres (9,442 feet). It contains basalts rich in sodium and potassium and so alkaline that it’s lava resembles washing soda. The volcano has more than one active centre with it’s most recent eruption recorded in 1967

Climbing Ol Doinyo Lengai

The climb involves a very steep climb and ascent straight to the crater rim, which is only done at night which is quite un but it’s done to avoid the scorching heat of daytime. Setting off at midnight makes it even more adventurous. The aim is to reach the top by sunrise and enjoy the spectacular views brought by sunrise.

In the morning hours you will start your descent down the mountain, reaching the base at around noon time. When you reach the base, go to your accommodation for a shower or swim, then take a nap for the remaining hours of the day to rest from your climb.

How long it takes to climb Ol Doinyo Lengai?

The ascent takes about 4 to 6 hours depending on your fitness and the descent takes almost the same length of time.

Is it hard to climb Ol Doinyo Lengai?

Very hard! It’s not for the faint hearted. At first there is the steep incline, at some spots you will have to deal with scree and volcanic ash so there is possibility of some slipping and sliding. On nights with no moonlight, during your ascent, you can only see a few feet away as far as your head light can shine. The descend can seem harder than the ascent that is because of the steepness, the scree and the ash making for slippery paths.

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