Kilimanjaro food menu, meals and drinks served on a Kilimanjaro hike

Kilimanjaro food menu

Kilimanjaro food menu for meals that will be served on the mountain. There are no restaurants on the mountain. All food supplies, cooking utensils and gas stoves are carried up the mountain. The cook will prepare delicious and wholesome meals in a kitchen tent for you on your hike. Many of our hikers are pleasantly surprised by the food quality served on their hike!

If you have any specific dietary requirements or food allergies, please let us know in advance. We will then make sure that we plan your menu in advance and allocate an appropriate cook. We are flexible and can cater for hikers requiring vegetarian meals, halal meals, vegan meals etc subject to informing us in advance.

In addition to the Kilimanjaro food menu served on the mountain, we recommend that you bring some additional snacks. Snacks such as energy bars, nuts etc also give you a boost and extra energy during longer hikes and especially during the summit attempt.

Kilimanjaro food menu – drinks on the mountain

Again, there are no restaurants or shops on Kilimanjaro. We recommend that you buy 3 litres of mineral water from Moshi town and fill your water bottles for the first day of the hike. Please remember no plastic bottles are allowed on Kilimanjaro. From night 1 onwards porters will collect water from streams on the mountain. The water will then be boiled and will be used as drinking water to refill your water bottles. As per the World Health Organisation boiling water is highly effective to make water safe for drinking. You may however still add water purification tablets if preferred.

We do not supply soft drinks for your trek. It is recommended that you bring powdered sports drink to mix with your drinking water. As part of our Kilimanjaro food menu will we serve coffee, tea, milk, and hot chocolate during breakfast and dinner. Additionally, a small juice box will be provided with your picnic lunch.

Please remember soft disposable plastics are not allowed on the mountain.

We do not recommend bringing and consuming alcohol while hiking up the mountain. Alcohol can dehydrate you and bring on altitude sickness quicker.

Water freezing

Due to the freezing temperatures that can be experienced while up the mountain, it is possible that your drinking water may freeze! We recommend that you use insulated water bottles. If you have a bladder system in your daypack you must have an insulated cover over the drinking hose.

Typical 7 day sample Kilimanjaro food menu

Please note that this is a sample Kilimanjaro food menu.

Day 1

Breakfast: Served at the hotel

Picnic lunch: Lunch pack provided

Teatime: Tea or coffee served with popcorn, peanuts or biscuits.

Dinner: Zucchini soup served with bread, Meat balls in sauce served with fried rice or chapattis, mixed fruit. Tea or coffee or hot chocolate.

Day 2

Breakfast: Porridge, Toasted bread, omelette, sausage, baked beans and mixed fruits.Tea, coffee, hot chocolate

Picnic lunch: Consisting of a vegetable sandwich, hardboiled egg, portion of fried chicken, queen cake, fruit juice box and mixed fruit

Teatime: Tea or coffee served with popcorn or peanuts.

Dinner: Cucumber soup served with bread, Beef curry served with French fried potatoes, mixed fruit. Tea or coffee or hot chocolate.                                                     

Day 3

Breakfast: Mixed fruits, porridge, scrambled eggs, sausage and pancake Tea, coffee, milo

Hot lunch: Carrot soup served with bread. Minced meat and cheese macaroni. Fruit. Tea or Coffee

Teatime: Tea or coffee served with popcorn

Dinner: Onion soup served with bread, Chicken curry served with rice and vegetables. Mixed fruit. Tea and Coffee

Day 4

Breakfast: Fruits, porridge, fried eggs, sweet potatoes. Tea, coffee and milo.

Hot lunch: Pumpkin soup served with Mandazi (local donut). Vegetables in sauce served with rice and green beans. Fruits. Tea or coffee.

Teatime: Tea or coffee served with queen cake or popcorn or peanuts.

Dinner: Leak soup served with bread. Meat stew served with chips and salad. Fruits. Tea or Coffee

Day 5

Breakfast: Fruits, pancake, boiled eggs, bread. Tea, coffee and milo.

Hot lunch: French onion soup served with bread. Chicken strips, served with vegetable stew and cabbage. Fruits. Tea or coffee.

Dinner: Cucumber soup. Vegetable pizza. Vegetables sauce served on mashed potatoes and salad. Fruit. Tea or Coffee.

Summit attempt start at midnight of night 5.

Pre-summit snack: Juice, biscuits, energy bar.

Day 6

Early lunch: Butternut soup served with bread. Spaghetti served with vegetable sauce. Fresh fruits. Tea, coffee or milo

Dinner: Tomato soup. Lentil curry served with rice or chapatti and vegetables. Tea or coffee.

Day 7

Breakfast: Fresh fruits, Porridge, pancake, fried egg and baked beans. Tea, coffee, milo

Your Kilimanjaro food menu on the hike may be different depending on market availability, cooks specialities and your dietary requirements. Please note packed lunches are normally served on Marangu route.