Ol Doinyo Lengai
Ol Doinyo Lengai
4.5
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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The only volcano in the world to emit "cool" (950 degrees Fahrenheit) fluid lava.
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  • Anna U
    8 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Climbing Ol Dinyo Lengai with a local guide - highly reccomended!
    If you are thinking about visiting the Lake Natron area, getting in touch with Kelvin (whatsapp +255685582611) is a must! He made sure our experience in the region was unforgettable. He gave us real insight and first-hand experience into original Maasai lifestyle. His knowledge of the nature surrounding Lake Natron area is impressive! We especially loved hearing about natural medicines Maasai make out of the plants that surround them. We visited really lovely waterfall together, had a walk to lake natron and on top of everything: we climbed Ol Doinyo Lengai!! It has been my biggest dream and hope for our trip in Tanzania and i can easily say it happened thanks to Kelvin. He did not only guide us but also motivated, helped and made sure we were always comfortable during the challenging hike. I can surely say i wouldn’t ever want to do the hike with other guide and honestly I am not sure i would have made it if it wasn’t for Kelvin. If you are looking for unique and original experience, contact Kelvin and you will not regret it!!
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written November 1, 2023
  • Dancy Tamang
    Dubai, United Arab Emirates21 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Unforgettable experience 🌍
    Abraham, I can't thank you enough for being such an incredible person. Meeting you and becoming friends has been a true blessing. I'm beyond grateful for the unforgettable time we shared and for your warm hospitality throughout. Though our time was short, it left a lasting impression on me. Looking forward to joining you on the Ol Doinyo trip someday. For anyone considering a trip to Tanzania, reaching out to Abraham is a must. As a local Masai born and raised inside the park, his knowledge of the area is unparalleled. Just let him know your budget, and he'll take care of the rest. And those reviews? Absolutely on point. I wholeheartedly recommend him! ( Abraham’s Number: +255783119784 ) ❤️🙏🏼
    Visited February 2024
    Traveled solo
    Written April 7, 2024
  • Garance B
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Incredible experience !
    Amazing and impressive experience ! Make sure you are on top when its still dark to witness the red lava ! The 360 view is astonishing, even more during sunrise. We also saw Kilimanjaro and Meru from the top. I would definitely recommend it! Abu, our guide, knew a lot about volcanoes and the region, he was really helpful and a really nice person, don't hesitate to contact him if you want to climb this volcano (you'll need a guide anyway). His whatsapp number : +255783119784
    Visited May 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written May 28, 2024
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lisa c
Uganda12 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023 • Friends
The environment is very nice, the lake is beautiful with flamingos and we made a nice hike to the waterfall. In the night we started the hike up the volcano, last minute the masai guide was changed, so we didn’t know the guy. We started around 12 and climbed up the volcano, it is a hike for experienced hikers, it is continuously very steep going up almost in a straight line. There are a lot of rocks on the way. In 4 hours we almost reached the top and we had to wait, because otherwise we would be on the top to early (it would be too cold). The guide slept for an hour while we were freezing. The last part is even more steep, and the only way up is climbing like a monkey. (Without any help from the guide). In the end we reached the top a little too late to see the glowing lava and just in time for sunrise. The way back was very hard on the knees. We took much longer than going up. The guide was not very supportive! In the end, the top is very beautiful, but keep in mind that you have to be quite experienced and the way down is very hard on the knees! Make sure you have walking sticks, enough clothes, snacks and gloves!
Written January 23, 2023
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Betty
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Solo
One of the best volcanos you can climb in Africa: steep stratovolcano, active lava lake in the crater, unique geology, few tourists, remote, gorgeous desert landscape.

So you would need some help in organizing the trip. Daudi, a guide from Engaresero, lake Natron, is a Massai and knows the place. He helped me to find a place to stay, how to get there, where to eat and wrote me many times during the pandemic which delayed my trip for 1 year.

Daudi welcomed me and cared for me the whole time. He climed the mountain with me, was a very caring guide, showed me lake Natron and brought me to a waterfall.

He is very knowledgable, could explain a lot about volcanos, plants and the daily life and culture of the Massai.

He is also a very nice and funny guy, , you can trust and rely on him.

I really enjoyed my stay with him and can highly recommend him as a guide.

His telefon number  +255 689 061 217 and his email address naatandoros@gmail.com

If you like volcanos, climb Ol Doyinyo Lengai! If you need a trustworthy guide, take Daudi!
Written August 23, 2022
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Garance B
3 contributions
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May 2024 • Couples
Amazing and impressive experience ! Make sure you are on top when its still dark to witness the red lava ! The 360 view is astonishing, even more during sunrise. We also saw Kilimanjaro and Meru from the top. I would definitely recommend it!
Abu, our guide, knew a lot about volcanoes and the region, he was really helpful and a really nice person, don't hesitate to contact him if you want to climb this volcano (you'll need a guide anyway). His whatsapp number : +255783119784
Written May 28, 2024
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Rene
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Jun 2022
We went on a night hike with a masaai guide from eco giraffe lodge. The guide was very good and helpful. The views were spectacular and the volcanos and rock formations amazing to see. It is a once in a lifetime experience to witness an active volcano and experience the sights, sounds and smells.
However nothing prepared us for the difficulty of the hike, the description provided on eco giraffe lodge page does not prepare you for this. This is not for the faint hearted or those with a fear of heights! A good degree of fitness is required. We are regular hikers but have not experienced a hike that goes straight up, not a minute of flat terrain or switchbacks. The path is very overgrown with spiky and sticky grass so wear long pants. Towards the top the angle of the slope is 40 - 45 degree's and the descent on this is slope is quite scary, which is also in day light so you can see the drop. We struggled but were determined to reach the top, unfortunately we missed sunrise as we struggled with the steep terrain. Hikers should take at least 3 litres of water (even at night) and high energy snacks.
Written June 19, 2022
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Dancy Tamang
Dubai, United Arab Emirates21 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Solo
Abraham, I can't thank you enough for being such an incredible person. Meeting you and becoming friends has been a true blessing. I'm beyond grateful for the unforgettable time we shared and for your warm hospitality throughout. Though our time was short, it left a lasting impression on me. Looking forward to joining you on the Ol Doinyo trip someday. For anyone considering a trip to Tanzania, reaching out to Abraham is a must. As a local Masai born and raised inside the park, his knowledge of the area is unparalleled. Just let him know your budget, and he'll take care of the rest. And those reviews? Absolutely on point. I wholeheartedly recommend him!

( Abraham’s Number: +255783119784 ) ❤️🙏🏼
Written April 8, 2024
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WestKirsty
Victoria, Canada45 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2013 • Solo
I spent some time in the Lake Natron area in late February 2013. The landscape is unlike anything you will see in other areas of Tanzania and is well off the beaten track. If you are looking to see spectacular scenery, get away from the crowds of the Serengeti and visiting Maasai, then this area is well worth the bumpy, dusty roads. Ol Doinyo Lengai dominates the scenery and demands attention.

I climbed Lengai on our second night in the area and it was a night I will never forget. It is a more difficult climb than Kilimanjaro (I did that the week before), although shorter, and the remote area ensures that you will have a quiet climb. Despite starting the climb at midnight, it was still very warm to start. It does get cooler the higher you go but it is worth stressing the importance of bringing lots of water and good snacks. It is a challenging climb - all up with no switchbacks to speak of. I was thirsty for the whole ascent, no matter how much water I drank.

The climb gets continually steeper and more challenging. The loose rocks make for hard work. Of course, as difficult as the ascent is, it is hard not to think about how on earth you are supposed to get back down and start to question what you are doing on the side of this 2960m volcano in remote Tanzania!

But then you summit and it is all worth it. We got near the top in good time, which meant we could have a little nap before watching the sunrise. It really is breathtaking. I couldn't see any lava but we did pass over some smoking vents and went for a walk around the crater rim.

It really does get cold and windy at the top so if you plan on hiking, bring a warm layer and a wind breaker. There was one other group hiking the volcano that day and they did not bring extra layers so could only stay a minute at the top as they were too cold. It would be a shame to go all that way and not get to expolore the crater.

The descent took as long as the ascent but gets more firendly as you go. We also were just having lots of fun towards the bottom so that probably accounted for some of the time we took. The full trip was 10.5 hours from when we left our driver until we were reunited.

If you do plan on climbing, I would suggest good hiking boots and gaters. The others also did not have gaters and commented frequently how lucky I was to have them! I do not use hiking poles and for this climb, liked having my hands free as I used them constantly. For those with sensative hands, gloves might not be a bad idea. My hands were raw at the end from grabbing at the rocks and stopping the inevitable little slips on the way down. I also cannot stress enough the importance of an experienced guide. Lome, with Team Kilimanjaro, was a great guide who clearly knows the mountain and even knew all of the good resting spots with perfect shelter and veiws! The trail isn't always obvious and an experienced guide is essential, particulalry as this is a very active volcano.

For those who are ok with heights, like a good challenge and are active I would highly recommend an attempt to summit Ol Doinyo Lengai. If you have any knee issues, fear of heights etc. then I would suggest that this climb may not be for you. This climb was part of a safari I booked and I am amazed that such a challenging climb is part of a package that you can just book like any other Serengeti safari. Like others have mentioned, there is not a lot of information out there on climbing Lengai and it really is not for everyone.
Written April 13, 2013
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BKSport
Birkenhead12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2013 • Friends
Ok, having just completed this insane escapade and read some of the less-than-detailed reviews of the climb that exist on the internet, I feel it my duty to point out EXACTLY what's involved in this climb - because its not for the casual hiker or anyone of even moderate fitness. That said, it all takes place wonderfully out-in-the-sticks (don't expect a phone reception!) and the rewards when you get to the summit - and back down - are quite exceptional. So here goes...

The first thing to point out is that you will need decent equipment for the climb. Your tour company is unlikely to provide anything - or point out what is needed. Namely:

- Head torch (ESSENTIAL) + spare batteries
- Walking pole
- Gloves (useful)
- Good hiking boots (DON'T attempt in trainers unless the grips are superb)
- A guide (our guide, Dennis, was excellent, the tour company will provide one for you)
- AT LEAST 3 litres of water per person (we were slightly short due to a misunderstanding, and paid for it)

The climb is almost invariably carried out at night, setting off at midnight (yes, midnight, it will take that long), in order to reach the summit for daybreak and avoid the daytime heat. Something that you will appreciate when the sun hits you at 10am-ish on the way down, trust me.

Ok, so on to the climb - its all very gentle at the start, a gentle hike through sand dunes, increasing in gradient steadily to about 30 degrees. This continues for approximately an hour and a half and is no great shakes..your guide will whistle you through this. However don't be fooled at this stage into thinking you have achieved anything...your guide will take you to a natural rest point at this stage. Although you have ascended half the vertical height by this stage, and effectively conquered most UK mountains by this stage...as Dennis pointed out 'the mountain starts here'.

From here on in, hiking stops and climbing starts. For the next hour and a half - the hardest stage for my mind, its a scrambly fight against slippery ash and handholds that crumble in your hand - all set against a slope of 40 degrees. In some ways climbing in the dark benefits - its a case of one step at a time with no physical view of your goal - or the seemingly infinite edifice towering above your heads (you will appreciate this on the way down).

After this stage, for my friend and I at least, it got a tad easier. Although the climb gets steeper, due to the slow deposition of ash further down the mountain, the terrain becomes rockier. There was less slipping and quicker progress. We both hit a 'second wind' and, despite the seemingly interminable nature of the climb, we got there, even having an opportunity for a half-hour's snooze close to the summit! And, it should be pointed out, there is little more danger in a purely physical sense than climbing any rocky mountain in the UK - although it is steep, if you fall you won't fall more than a few metres due to the profligate scattering of rocks. There are fissures cradling the main path, but little danger of entering one.

...and when you get to the summit with the sun rising (after 5 to 6 hours), you realise why people attempt such seemingly lunatic ventures. The view from the summit is beyond surreal in its beauty - on the one side you have Kilimanjaro in the distance and the preceeding plains...the other the rift valley and Lake Natron. Between the two is the surreal Caldera with its sloshing, sea-like Natrocarbonite lava and almost extraterrestrial anatomy. Beautiful is simply not the word. A group of Americans followed us up and summited 15 minutes after us, and the camaraderie itself between the groups was something in itself to appreciate.

Coming down? Well. its tricky, and took us 5 hours on its own, but with diligent use of the pole, its a breeze compared to the climb. The sense of achievement alone will guide you to the bottom. And when you get there? Apart from the geniune appreciation of your driver, you will receive a certificate from the local community office, plus the admiration of the local Maasai community. You will be exhausted and screaming with thirst, but you will feel like a hero.

For all outdoor types who like to challenge themselves (and maybe cant afford Kilimanjaro!), it is one hundred percent worthwhile...
Written February 22, 2013
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David B
Seattle, WA150 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2011 • Friends
This place is really cool, and if you are a serious mountain climber, you will love it. The only reason that I only gave it 4 stars is because the mountain kicked my butt. I attempted to climb the mountain, but I did not summit. My friend did though. My only problems here really stemmed from our safari company, BaseCamp Tanzania, completely not having us prepared for a climb this difficult. Achmed at Basecamp stated in the itinerary that we would start our climb at midnight to avoid the hot sun, and then summit the active volcano at sunrise, enjoy a nice breakfast, and then decent. However, when we met our guide, he was appalled that Basecamp had provided us with only 1 bottle of water when we needed 3, and they had not prepared us any food to eat, and did not give us vital instructions including the need for a solid walking stick, a flashlight, and a dry change of clothes. While I enjoyed almost every minute of climbing the mountain, when we needed food and had none, that was a problem. When we needed water but had run out, that was a big problem, and after hiking for 5 or 6 hours to get to the top, you are drenched in sweat, and it is almost 9,000 feet, so it is bitterly cold, and you are stuck in soaking wet clothes. That sucked big time! We also found out well into our climb that this is actually a mountain climbing experience, not a hiking one. People hike up Kilimanjaro, but they have 3 days to do it, and it is nowhere near as steep as Ol Doinyo Lengai. Achemd also failed to tell us that up to 80% of the people who attempt to climb it do not succeed. When we met up with him afterward, he played it down, but I thought it was completely unprofessional of him to not mention these facts to us beforehand, and also that he completely did not prepare us for what was needed during the hike. Not to mention that this climb comes on the heels of 3 straight days of hiking with the Massai, which had already taken a toll on our bodies, including exhausted muscles and bad blisters, which don't help you to avoid the very large crevaces that you will be trying to avoid as you climb the mountain in pitch darkness. Our actual guide who went on the climb with us was stellar, and I cannot recommend him enough, but Achmed completely failed on the logistics of setting it up, and he was not even the least bit interested in hearing my points that I am reiterating here. I think it is because when I met him, he had some other people with him who were going to climb it in the upcoming days, and he did not want me to scare them out of it. But considering the fact that your safety will be compromised on this climb, I think he owes a duty to his clientele to share these issues with them. He even went so far as to say that we were exaggerating and that our guide, Bura, had only told us that to make us feel better. But if you met Bura, you would know that is not his style to sugarcoat something like this. Bura was genuinely surprised and alarmed that Achmed had left us hanging so bad on the planning details.
Written February 21, 2012
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gailportland
Seattle, WA23 contributions
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I just returned from Eastern Africa with my 16 year old son. Most remarkable was our trip deep into the heart of Maasai country in the northern safari curcuit of Tanzania, with the particular destination of Oldonyo Lengai, the only active volcano in East Africa. I am compelled to write this review because I have not read an adequate accounting of the climbing experience. Nor will this be as climbing is largely a subjective experience, however there are objective markers that may assist others in planning your own adventure. Getting there is the first part of the 'approach' and involves maybe a 6 hour dusty drive in a four wheel vehicle beginning from an umremarkable turnoff north in the town of Mto wa Mbu, west of Arusha. One immediately enters into a vast rolling landscape increasingly less and less inhabited but dominated by Massai people and bomas. Oldonyo Lengai is located on the south western area of Lake Natron. We traveled with a tour company that I have used before(climbing Kili) website : [--] We had a climbing guide with us and still a Maasai guide was required in addition. There is great wisdom behind this requirement as well as profit for the Maasai. I was told that as far as climbing there is only one way up and down, and the particulars can only be well know by the inhabitants of the mountain. In addition is the rich spiritual signifigence of this mountain to the Maasai which others have written about and I recommend any traveler there to look into. Climbing begins in the middle of the night, as daytime climbing can be too hot, is the explanation. Depending on the time of year, night time climbing can be surprisingly cold, so be prepared. In our case, we were moderately cold and not at all during the actual vigor of climbing. This is a serious ascent, the so called path is not switchbacked and after the initial half hour very steep with increasing exposure. The second half of this climb I would describe as an exposed scramble. Hands must be used, which can be complicated if you have poles. Eventually the use of one pole was essential on the way down and of marginal use on the way up. If you don't know what scramble means in rock climbing jargon, then look it up. This is a rocky climb, steep, exposed and challenging. Our guides were magnificent in assisting us in negotiating the many difficult patches. Being fit is a minimal requirement. Most noteworthy was that almost 500 ft, rock face at a very steep and exposed pitch in the final ascent to the summit rim. We climbed in the full moon light so I am not imagining the exposure or steepness of this patch. As challenging as the way up is, I can assure you that going down is much more challenging. With the recent eruptive activity there, traversing the summit is not advised except with a Massai guide who knows the area, which changes daily. The altitude is a factor, expecially for my 16 year old son, who pushed slowly through it. The ascent took us about 6 hours and decent about 4. The rating of this experience is determined by the expertise of my tour company, the magnificence of our Maasai guide working in tandem with our own, the beauty of the country and the cultural richness the sacred site we were allowed to be on.
Written September 4, 2007
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Schoerny
Greenwich, CT13 contributions
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Feb 2014 • Friends
A friend of mine and I both climbed Ol Doinyo Lengai on February 24th 2014. It was an amazing experience but we were both scared to death towards the end of the ascent that we would slip down the mountain and when we reached the crater rim we were sure that we would never be able to make it down again. However, the views are amazing and it feels great afterwards when you made it up and back down again in one piece.

We went there on a 2 day tailor-made safari package from Arusha. I had already seen the nearby waterfalls and Lake Natron on an earlier trip, so we just focussed on the mountain itself. The whole trip did cost about $575 per person (for group of just two people) incl. all meals and fees. We had asked around at several recommended safari companies before and that seemed to be the cheapest price we could get. None of the safari companies actually take care of the trip up the mountain itself. They neither include equipment nor food or water for the hike in their package and they don't mention a single word about how challenging it is. But fortunately I read most of the reviews on this page so I knew what to expect.

We started from our camp at around 11pm, started the ascent at midnight and reached the summit area around 6am I think, rested a bit near those rock structures called ‚Pearly Gates' and continued with the rest of the ascent right in time to be at the crater at sunrise, which was at around 7am. We spent about 15 min on the crater rim and were finally back at the car at 11.15am.

You are basically walking up the mountain in one straight line from the place where the car is parked to the summit and back. No back and forth or spiraling around the mountain, etc.

I am 38 years old and in good physical condition but I hardly do any sports apart from some easy bike tours in summer. I didn't find the ascent very exhausting. I was sweating a bit at the beginning but towards the summit it gets colder and colder and due to the fact that you are rather climbing slowly than walking you won't get so much out of breath. However, when we were descending and especially in the very easy part towards the end I was counting the steps and couldn't have walked much longer without a longer break. The heat kicks in quickly and your knees and legs start hurting. Well, at that point we were already climbing for 11 hours during a time of the day where we were supposed to sleep usually :-)

- It was (or at least it felt) extremely dangerous, especially towards the summit. It basically gets steeper and steeper and more and more dangerous the higher you get. You are crawling up a 45 degrees slope of pavement of cold lava or sandy scree on all fours and behind you it's just going straight down the mountain without anything that could stop you if you fall. My friend was climbing about 1-2 meters in front of me and I saw him desperately trying to find anything that could hold his weight for every step that he was making. I was scared that he would slip and take both of us straight down the mountain. And once you finally reach the crater rim, you find a little bit of space (maybe 1.5 meters wide at max) to sit but a bit further it's going straight down into the crater. That slope is even steeper than the outer one.

We couldn't imagine how to get back down and therefore we were more anxious than happy while being on the crater rim. Another group walked around the crater rim to get a better view into the crater. We were both just scared of the descent. Looking back, I regret not having walked around more as well.

Surprisingly, the descent was rather easy. On the steep slopes you just sit down and slide/crawl down an all fours. You will have both feet, both hands and your buttocks and backpack on the ground and that will give you enough grip so there is no way you could fall down the mountain.

As I said before, it felt (!) dangerous but others in our team took it way easier and as far as what I have read about the mountain so far there has never been a serious accident during the ascent or descent so far, so it can't be that dangerous. But some climbing experience would have been definitively helpful and can be highly recommended.

The biggest danger (if more than one group is climbing and not staying close together) are actually falling rocks that could hit someone climbing below you, especially on the descent. We had to wait several times until the group below us was far enough to the left or right so that they could not get hurt from any falling rocks or stones.

The main summit of the mountain is actually behind the crater. To reach there, you would need to walk about a quarter around the crater rim, then descent into a kind of valley and then climb up the main summit (which seems easy, at least when looked at it from the distance). But it would be hard to do all that on one day, unless you want to descent during the hottest hours of the day.

Food/Water: I think I brought 4 1.5 liter water bottles with me but I think I didn't drink more than 3 liters on the whole climb. We also brought a lot of cookies from the Arusha Shoprite supermarket and finished hardly half of them

Equipment:
- Headlamp: You don't need a super strong one because you only need to see the area right in front of you. I had a very strong lamp but I always kept it on the low red-light setting. I felt more comfortable like that because that way my eyes could adjust better to the darkness around.
- Hicking boots: You need a lot of grip for the steep slopes!
- Gaiters (those things to put around your shoes to protect them from sand falling inside): I brought them because I read about others recommending them on this side. But I didn't need them. My hiking boots that cover my ankles are high enough so I didn't get a single piece of sand in my boots.
- Gloves: You will need to grab with your hands almost everywhere near the summit and the rocks are sharp. Don't take very thick ones though because you also want to feel what you are holding on (is it a piece of well fixed rock that could really hold you or just a piece of hard sand that will crumble to pieces?)
- Wind breaker/extra jacket/hat,etc. It's cold and windy on the summit but the most important place to be warm is that place where you will rest (and hopefully sleep) before you continue the final part of the ascent. I was shivering up there. I thought about the jackets and the hat but I came with just a pair of thin summer trousers! Be prepared to cover your whole body in two layers and don't forget to wear warm trousers as well!
- Walking sticks: I brought two telescope walking sticks but I only used one of them on some parts of the climb. Towards the end I folded it together and was happy to be able to use my hands.

Make sure to take care of your camera if you want to take pictures on the steep slopes. If it falls off your hands it will probably be gone forever.

However, I want to repeat that it was an amazing experience that I will never forget and I didn't regret for a minute having climbed Ol Doinyo Lengai!! The views are magnificent and the climbing is a once in a lifetime experience!

Good luck! :-)
Written April 17, 2014
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