Mount Oldoinyo Lengai (Mount Oldonyo Lengai) is a volcano in the Eastern Rift Valley, North Tanzania. Its name means ‘Mountain of God’ in the language of the Maasai people who inhabit this area. Mount Oldoinyo Lengai (Mount Oldonyo Lengai) is of particular interest to geologists because it is the world’s only active volcano that erupts natrocarbonatite lava.
The locals Maasai called Oldonyon lengai that means – Mount of God in English language, the maasai believe the mountain belong to God as they climb up there for praying and believe God lives on this beautiful mountain that stands at mt 2900 above the sea level. The locals Maasai called Oldonyon lengai that means – Mount of God in English language, the maasai believe the mountain belong to God as they climb up there for praying and believe God lives on this beautiful mountain that stands at 2886 Meters above the sea level. Located in the eastern Rift Valley, south of both Lake Natron and Kenya. It is unique among active volcanoes in that it produces natrocarbonatite lava, a unique occurrence of volcanic carbonatite.
Known s ‘Shira Plateau Route’ the normal route (used by some 95% of operations) has been designed to intersect with Machame from east of the Shira Plateau onwards. This causes crowding at Barranco, a camp which serves 4 of the 6 routes, and places a severe ecological burden on the immediate region during the high season, with as many as 300 climbers and 900 support staff abluting themselves within a few hundred square metres.
There is little advantage in spending three consecutive nights at around 4,000m - as occurs on the standard 7 day route - and that a more intelligent use of the additional day is to work harder on day 4 by pushing onto Barafu, and thereby affording a decent night’s sleep at Barafu with the option of a less crowded daytime assault (particularly appreciated by otherwise sleepy children and by those wanting to photograph the assault), or else a pre-assault excursion and rest day prior to summitting.
In our experience Umbwe has always attracted an unusual calibre of climber with the attraction of this route seeming to be the very fact of it being the hardest route by which to summit, and having some of the poorest acclimatisation facility and the highest rates of AMS. The route is so steep that it uses only two days to reach the same point that is reached in three days on Machame.
The traditional route and all variations on this route (used by all other operations except Team Kilimanjaro) either effectively straight-lines the navigation from the start point all the way to the summit, (via 3rd Caves) or simply dog-legs from second caves to Kibo Huts via Mawenzi Tarn. Neither of these options make anything like adequate use of the topography to exploit the essential climb, high sleep low principle of safe and thorough acclimatisation.
Trekking OldoInyo lengai in Tanzania which is the only active volcanic mountain is is suitable to all people who are fit and really enjoying the culture mixed with adventures of oldonyo lengai trekking. This will give you the real-life time experience exploring Tanzania on foot.
This unique Tanzania safaris and trekking itineraries is designed to meet all our customers who don’t want to spend their time sitting in the vehicle. This itinerary will give you the real-life time experience exploring Tanzania on foot when trekking Mount Oldoinyo Lengai and walking safari visiting the water falls.
This itinerary is suitable to all people who are fit and really enjoying the culture mixed with adventures of oldonyo lengai trekking. After the trek you will spend one days relaxing at the camp over view the spectacular view of Lake Natron as well as Mount oldoinyo Lengai.