Food and Water
Published July 3, 2020
- Is the water safe to drink on Kilimanjaro?On the mountain, the water comes from the mountain streams. We treat all the water to make it safe, before you drink it. You must keep well-hydrated throughout the day, aiming to consume between 3 and 5 liters daily. You may also wish to consider bringing additives to top up your electrolytes.
- Can you cater for special diets?If you have any special dietary needs, please let us know well in advance. We at Easy Travel can usually cater for most dietary needs, though if your needs are very specific then you may have to bring specialty foods with you. If in doubt, please discuss your needs with our staff when making your booking.
- Can you cater for vegetarians?Of course, just let us know in advance and we will be happy to adapt our meals accordingly.
- What kind of food is prepared on the mountain?Our meals are specifically designed for climbing Kilimanjaro. This means a focus on providing foods which are high carbohydrate, high energy foods such as pasta, potatoes and rice-based dishes. In addition, we balance our meals with fresh vegetables, fresh fruit. Carbohydrates are an excellent source of energy at altitude, far better than fat which ‘consumes’ less precious oxygen at high altitude. In addition, a carbohydrate-heavy diet helps with acclimatization. There is always plenty of water and tea, coffee and other drinks available, too.
Despite the expected high calorie-burn on a challenging hike such as this, it may surprise you that some people suffer from a loss of appetite when at high altitude! It is very important that everyone eats properly on Kilimanjaro.
We pride ourselves on the quality of the food our mountain chef can provide and many of our climbers comment very favourably on the quality of what we serve.