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High altitude can cause the loss of appetite, which is a symptom of altitude sickness.


While the average person on a typical workday burns around 2,500 calories, a hiker on Kilimanjaro can burn 6,000 to 8,000 calories a day. Therefore, it is imperative to continue eating to ensure you have the energy for hiking at altitude and for your summit bid.

Keeping in mind your nutritional needs while on the mountain, our head chef has developed a meal plan which is tasty, healthy, easy to digest and includes the proper ratio of liquids, carbohydrates, protein and vitamins to keep your daily energy level up.

Below you will find the varieties of food we will be serving during your climb.


Our chef will accommodate any dietary restrictions or preferences you may have. Please be sure to inform us at the time of booking.

Our Menu



  • Toast with honey, jam and butter

  • French Toast

  • Crepes

  • Sausage

  • Bacon

  • Eggs (scambled, fried, omelette)

  • Cooked vegetables

  • Fresh seasonal fruits - mango, banana, watermelon, oranges, pineapples

  • Hot cereal

  • Tea, coffee, hot chocolate, juice



  • Cold meat sandwiches

  • Grilled cheese sandwiches

  • Fresh seasonal fruits

  • Hard-boiled eggs

  • Muffins

  • French fries

  • Tea, coffee, hot chocolate, juice



  • Popcorn

  • Cookies

  • Peanuts

  • Tea, coffee, hot chocolate



  • Hot soups - pumpkin, carrot, vegetable

  • Pasta

  • Rice

  • Potatoes

  • Vegetables

  • Roasted, stewed or curried beef and chicken

  • Corned beef and cabbage

  • Fresh seasonal fruits

  • Tea, coffee, hot chocolate, juice

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It has long been known that eating a high carb diet is best for boosting endurance. Carbohydrates replace depleted muscle glycogen, prevent muscle deterioration, and require less oxygen for metabolism.

Furthermore sports researchers have found that people naturally increase their carbohydrate consumption while exercising at high altitude, presumably as a response to the low oxygen in the environment.

As a result carbohydrates are the preferred energy source and should make up the largest percentage of food at high altitude. It is recommended that 60% or more of your calorie intake should come from carbohydrates at high altitude.


Therefore, our chef's menu is predominantly made of high carb meals designed to sustain your body’s performance on the mountain.

Keep eating

As mentioned above, at higher altitudes, people struggle with appetite loss and nausea. Keep eating regardless.

Protein, fat and carbohydrates are all sources of calories and our chef is ready to accommodate your cravings and entice you to keep eating.

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