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Traveling along the Rift Valley: Ol Doinyo Lengai climbing

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Ol Doinyo Lengai, the new crater

Ol Doinyo Lengai climbing:
climbing to the summit [2890 mt.] of the active volcano is possible without specific equipment but it's hard and strenuous and climbers must be very well trained.

The volcano cannot be climbed during the day because of scorching temperatures. You will have to leave the camp around 21.00 with lunch box and you will reach the windy peak at sunrise after about 8 hours walking. The upper part of the volcano is the hardest to climb. The slope is about 45 to 55 degrees. The surface is
covered by a thin slippery layer of lava under which the ash is still loose. You will proceede almost crawling, going up and sliding down continuously.
Until 2007 eruption there were two craters, the active northern one about 200 meters deep and the sleeping southern one. After the eruption they melted together. The south crater is now an expanse of ash with no vegetation left w
hile in the northern crater there's now a new volcanic cone which crater is about 80 meters deep and which rim is approximately 1 meter wide. The crater floor cannot be accessed but new cones and lava flows are visible from the rim.
The summit tend to be hazy and cloudy except for a few hours early in the morning when you should be able to see the sun rising over Mount Kilimanjaro. There'a a cold wind and temperature is about 10°. To descent it will take you approximately 5 hours.

According to the number of you climbing the volcano one or more Masai guides will lead you.
The cost per guide is usd 100, we can arrange the guides to be ready at your arrival but you will have to pay them directly. One guide can do for two people if you are both reasonably sure to make it to the top otherwise it's better you go with two of them so that one will be eventually escorting down one person while the other one continue to the top. We will not supply any specific equipment and everybody will carry his own water and lunch box.

Each climber must have:

• Head torch [make sure the batteries are sufficiently charged]
• Strong and comfortable trekking boots
• A good pile, a wind-jacket and a dry T-shirt to get changed

• Long and resistent trousers to protect you in case of falls

First aid kit
Depending on your consumption, we recommend you bring two or three liters of water

If you suffer dizziness, do not attempt this feat.


Informative notes on the active volcano Ol Doinyo Lengai