The meals you eat on Kilimanjaro can make or break your climb. Seriously.
The importance of food and water at high altitude
High altitude can increase your metabolism while suppressing your appetite. You might therefore need to eat more than you feel inclined to achieve a good energy balance.
What are the meals like on a Kilimanjaro climb?
Your mountain crew includes a cook and cook's assistant.
porridge (oats or millet) a cooked meal (like eggs, sausages and pancakes) toast cereal yoghurt and milk fresh fruit
a boiled egg cooked chicken a couple of samosas a slice of cheese a wedge of banana loaf an apple a banana a small yoghurt a juicebox
Fresh meat, fruit and veggies ... but how?
Runners bring us fresh produce half way through the trek.
Do you cater for different dietary requirements?
vegan vegetarian kosher halal gluten-free dairy-free
What snacks should I bring for Kilimanjaro?
The benefits of snacks are twofold: they provide extra energy as well as a mental boost.
Salt kicks like trail mix, sev and nuts, mini pretzels or salted nuts Chocolate (candy) bars like Mars, Snickers and Bar One Sugary sweets like mints, energy sweets, hard sweets, gummy bears or wine gums Dried fruits like raisins and dried mango Jerky (biltong) and pepperoni sticks Snack bars like protein, granola or energy bars Hardy biscuits (cookies)
Electrolyte sachets like Gatorade, Nuun or Rehidrat Flavour infusion sachets to add to your water Favourite tea like herbal teabags
Snacks to avoid
caffeinated snacks – high altitude can make sleep difficult, so you don't want to consume too much caffeine alcohol – this is banned inside of Kilimanjaro National Park heavy foods – like fruit (provided for you at meals) and canned goods leaky goods – you don't want anything that could make a mess in your daypack perishable foods – unless you're eating it the first day, don't bring anything that can spoil
Don't bring snacks you think are 'good' for you – the meals will supply your nutritional needs. Bring snacks that make you happy.
Snacks for sharing
Having some extra snacks that you can share with others adds to the camaraderie of the adventure.
Food for the mountain crew
a water bladder or hydration pack (ideally built into your daypack and with a nifty drinking hose) a water bottle (choose one that can carry a litre and definitely does not leak!)
Note that plastic water bottles are banned in Kilimanjaro National Park. You must pack reusable water bottles.