ol doinyo lengai

Oldoinyo Lengai

Located in Northern Tanzania in the Lake Natron region, Oldoinyo Lengai is visited by only a select few who are brave enough to venture off the beaten path. It is wild, it is remote and it is hauntingly beautiful. Known as the “Mountain of God” to the local Maasai people, Oldoinyo Lengai stands at 2,890 metres high and is nothing short of spectacular.

It is the only active volcano on earth that erupts carbonate lava. This type of lava is unique as the temperature is around 5,000-degrees Celsius (half the temperature of regular basalt lava) and it flows with a viscosity almost as fluid as water.

Its steep slopes with ash and crumbly rock plus the heat make it a physically demanding climb. The heat during the day often exceeds 40-degrees Celsius and we believe the best time to climb is during the night when the temperature is lower. This allows for a more comfortable climb and together with your specialised Maasai Mountain Guide you will witness the sun rise from the summit and the views are breathtaking – to the north you will see the salt flats of Lake Natron and in the distance, the Kenyan border and to the east you will see Mount Kilimanjaro and the Great Rift Valley while to the south stretches the Ngorongoro Highlands and Ngorongoro Crater.

For those seeking an extraordinary adventure, climbing Oldoinyo Lengai offers a unique opportunity to experience the raw power of nature. The journey to the summit is not just a physical challenge, but also a chance to immerse yourself in the rich cultural heritage of the Maasai people. Their deep spiritual connection to the mountain adds a profound dimension to the climb, making it a truly memorable experience. Whether you are an avid mountaineer or a curious traveler, Oldoinyo Lengai promises an unparalleled adventure that combines natural beauty, geological wonder, and cultural richness.